Review of Books Can Be Deceiving

Posted September 27, 2018 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 7 Comments

Review of Books Can Be DeceivingBooks Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
Published by Berkley Books on July 5, 2011
Pages: 282
Format: eBook
Source: Library

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Lindsey is getting into her groove as the director of the Briar Creek Public Library when a New York editor visits town, creating quite a buzz. Lindsey's friend Beth wants to sell the editor her children's book, but Beth's boyfriend, a famous author, gets in the way. When they go to confront him, he's found murdered-and Beth is the prime suspect. Lindsey has to act fast before they throw the book at the wrong person.

Also by this author: Due or Die , Book, Line and Sinker , Read It and Weep , On Borrowed Time , A Likely Story , Better Late Than Never , Death in the Stacks , Word to the Wise , One for the Books



So this month Barb and I decided to do something different. We both recommended a book to each other to read that we enjoyed instead of reading the same book. Next month we are going to go back to the original way of doing this but we just thought it would be fun to see if the other would like a book recommended.

Here is what I thought

Why did I wait so long to try this series! I knew I would like it because my bff loves it and I have seen several other bloggers I trust loved it. It wasn’t the MC that hooked me though, I have to admit it was Captain Sullivan “Sully” that grabbed my heartstrings and makes me want to read more!

Lindsey is just getting comfortable in her new role as library director in Briar Creek when a New York Editor comes to town. She is a children’s editor and everyone was encouraging her to show her the children’s book she has been working on. The only one not encouraging her was her boyfriend Rick who seemed appalled that she would show her work to his editor. It caused a bit of a  fight in which Sully helps them break things up and shove Rick out the door.

Later on when they meet with this editor Lindsey finds out that Rick stole Beths idea and when she tells her about it she is so mad she starts spouting things like how she is going to kill him. Rick lives on an island so they have to catch a boat over and Sully says he will take them. When they get their Beth wants to confront him on her own so she goes in ahead of them, but when she screams Lindsey and Sully run in to find Rick dead from a stab wound.

Of course, Beth is going to be the prime suspect especially with an incompetent Chief who can’t see anything other than the fact Beth and a fight with him, he stole her work, he is dead. Beth did it. Thank goodness for the other detective that comes in to help. Lindsey will not let the chief derail her friend so she starts to look into Rick and see if she can find any information about it. Which seems like a very hard thing to do because he is such a recluse.

I liked Lindsey and how loyal she was to her friend Beth and how she took charge of trying to find out who killed Rick to get her friend out of the crosshairs of the police. I loved Sully who was ruggedly handsome and very appealing and even Lindsey took notice and sort of wished she hadn’t sworn off men.

It has a pretty decent mystery though I felt like I didn’t have adequate time to try and figure out whodunit because we didn’t really know much about Rick till later in the book.

Now I won’t say there weren’t some problems like the stereotypical dumb chief that makes it seem like only the ametuer slueth could solve the case. I would liked to have known more about the Ruby house that was burnt, Sully touched on it a little but it seems like something just thrown in to make conversation but now I am curious. Not anything huge that took from my enjoyment of the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and put the second one on hold on overdrive and can’t wait to read it. I am glad that Barb recommended I read it!!

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7 responses to “Review of Books Can Be Deceiving

  1. I’m so glad you loved this one – I knew you would. Yes, you need more Sully in your life. I really don’t recall being disappointed by any in this series. And the characters in the small town are some of my favorite. I enjoyed the switch up and we will have to do it again some time.

  2. Oh fun! I had forgotten about the dumb police chief but don’t worry that gets WAY better as the series moves along. I like this series though I think the last three books have been better than the earlier books. You have me wanting to reread this one though! It’s been years since I read it!

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