Mini Reviews ~Death in the Stacks & Assaulted Pretzel

January 15, 2019 Book Reviews 5

Mini Reviews ~Death in the Stacks & Assaulted Pretzel

I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Death in the Stacks by Jenn McKinlay
Published by Berkley on November 14, 2017
Pages: 304
Source: Library

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In the latest Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Better Late Than Never, the library's big fund-raiser leaves director Lindsey Norris booked for trouble . . .
Lindsey Norris and her staff are gearing up for the Briar Creek Library's annual Dinner in the Stacks fund-raiser. The night of dinner and dancing is not only a booklover's dream--it's the library's biggest moneymaker of the year. But instead of raising funds, the new library board president is busy raising a stink and making the staff miserable.
Although Olive Boyle acts like a storybook villain, Lindsey is determined to work with her and make the event a success. But when Olive publicly threatens the library's newest hire, Paula, Lindsey cracks like an old book spine and throws Olive out of the library.
The night of the fund-raiser, Lindsey dreads another altercation with Olive--but instead finds Paula crouched over Olive's dead body. Paula may have secrets, but Lindsey and the rest of the crafternooners know she's not the one who took Olive out of circulation. As the plot thickens, Lindsey must catch the real killer before the book closes on Paula's future . . .

Also by this author: Books Can Be Deceiving , Due or Die , Book, Line and Sinker , Read It and Weep , On Borrowed Time , A Likely Story , Better Late Than Never , Word to the Wise

When you need a book to get you out of a slump going back to a favorite series is the way to go!

Briar Creek has a new library board president and she is not very popular. Not only is she making things crazy for the librarians but she is backing it chaotic for the vendor’s helping with their annual Dinner in the Stacks fundraiser. Olive is after Lindsay but it’s Paula that she is trying to get fired for being a criminal. When Olive is found dead and it’s Paula who finds her it doesn’t look good for the librarian. Lindsay has sworn off investigating after an incident in the last book but when it’s one of her librarians in trouble she has a hard time staying on the sideline. She doesn’t stay on the side for long.

I really enjoyed this one it was fun being back with the characters in Briar Creek they are all a lot of fun and even those you might not like in the beginning start to grow on you. The characters show a lot of growth throughout the series and it’s like visiting with old friends. The dialogue can be a lot of fun and make me chuckle which is what I was needing!

I highly recommend this series!

Mini Reviews ~Death in the Stacks & Assaulted Pretzel

I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Assaulted Pretzel by Laura Bradford
Published by Berkley on March 5, 2013
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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Claire Weatherly found the simple life she always wanted when she opened a gift shop in Heavenly, Pennsylvania—a small town in the heart of Amish country. But when murder disrupts her Heavenly home, it’s up to Claire and Detective Jakob Fisher to find the not-so-simple truth.
The quiet town of Heavenly is buzzing with excitement over the latest guests at the local inn, Sleep Heavenly. Toy manufacturer Rob Karble is in town to meet the members of the Amish community who will soon be crafting a new toy line for his company. But when word gets out that Karble intends to use the Amish designs without employing the Amish to make them, someone sends the interloper to his final reward.
No one wants to believe anyone from the Amish community could commit such an act, but as Claire and Detective Fisher have learned, no one is above sin—or suspicion.

Also by this author: Death in Advertising, 30 Second Death, Éclair and Present Danger, Silence of the Flans, And Death Goes To . . . , Hearse and Buggy

Things in Heavenly Pennsylvania was going pretty good until the toy man, Rob Karble came to town. At first it was good news as he was going to make Amish toys by the Amish so it would provide work for a lot of Amish men. Then he seemed to take that all back with a memo that got sent out and not long after that he ends up dead.

Jakob the detective who use to be Amish is having a hard time with being back in Heavenly near his family that isn’t supposed to talk to him. Also one of them could be a killer as he had a lot to lose along with another Amish man, which is making it doubly hard on Jakob. Claire steps in to try and figure out what is going on and who might have killed Karble while also wrestling with her feelings for two different men. (Not a huge fan of love triangles and this was is very strange though I think the triangle might have been dealt with or at least I hope. 🙂 )

I really enjoy the characters and learning about Amish things. I really like Claire but question her thinking some times especially when it comes to Ben, that should have so stayed in the friend zone! I really like Jakob and feel bad for him and wish he could see his family without having to be sneaky. Her Aunt Diane is a great character to and I felt bad for her and what happened at her inn and how it made her questions how she runs things.

I can’t wait to get to the next one! I would recommend this series!

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5 Responses to “Mini Reviews ~Death in the Stacks & Assaulted Pretzel”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Assaulted Pretzel sounds like it would be interesting and I’ve not read any books centered around Amish communities. And of course you know I love the Library Lovers books. So glad you finally started them. I knew you’d love them.

  2. Katherine @I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Why haven’t I read this Laura Bradford series? I’ve read some in the Dessert Emergency series but never this one. It sounds like one I’d really like. McKinlay is always a good read and I’m so glad you’ve found and are enjoying this series!

    • Stormi

      Oh I do think you would like the Amish Mystery series. I have enjoyed both of them that I have read so far. 🙂

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