Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Better Late Than Never {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: A Library Lover’s Mystery, Book 7
◊ Hardcover: 304 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (November 1, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 0399583734
◊ ISBN-13: 978-0399583735


          In the latest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Likely Story, a decades overdue book puts library director Lindsey Norris hot on the trail of a cold case...
When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day—no fines for late returns—the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books.
But one tardy tome catches her attention—a copy of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she’s shocked to discover it was a murdered teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found.
Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case. No one noticed who brought the book back in, but could it be Candice’s killer? Lindsey is determined to catch the culprit one way or another because justice for Candice Whitley is long overdue...


Author Jenn McKinlay creates delightful characters that are well-developed, realistic, and likable. They have problems (not counting murder) and hopes like people you interact with every day.

The library setting is a perfect backdrop for this story. It’s inviting with just the right mix of intrigue and friendship. The day of amnesty adds a layer of mystery and mayhem in itself.

The story moves at a good pace and holds your attention from beginning to end. The twists and turns will keep you wondering. There’s a good blend of mystery, romance, humor, and friendship for a well-balanced story. Several tasty recipes at the end are an added bonus.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER is the seventh installment in the series but can be read on its own. This delightful cozy mystery will have you visiting your own local library for a chance to soak up the atmosphere.

Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay, A Library Lover’s Mystery (Book #7), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-0399583735, Hardcover, 304 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER by Jenn McKinlay to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, Nov. 17.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have you ever forgotten to return a library book? If so, what was it? Do you like the idea of an overdue book amnesty day?

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  1. The Catcher in the Rye is a wonderful book - and I love the idea that it could help uncover a murderer.

  2. I probably have returned books late back when I was just a kid and again a few times in college. What books they were is anybody's guess though. Thanks for the chance to win this fun book.

  3. That is creepy to think the killer returned it.
    I can't remember the last time I even checked something out of the library...

  4. My mom took me to the library every week as a child. I would love to start reading this series! Thank you!

  5. I was late returning a couple of library books that I had taken out for my kids, with the holidays it totally slipped my mind. I think that is the only time.

  6. What a great premise for a story! And, of course, a library setting is always terrific. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  7. My husband would love a book amnesty day! I tend to be more organized with mine! Thanks so much, I really like this series.

  8. One that can stand on its own as well as be a sequel is grand indeed. Been ages since I stepped foot in a library.

  9. i never returned a library book late since I value books and libraries.

  10. This is one of my very favorite cozy series - it is terrific! Late fees - a few small ones back in the 60s/70s when the kids were little.

  11. I 'LOVE' this cover!!!!

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  12. I haven't read too many cozy mysteries, but they are growing on me. It's such an interesting genre, and so different from my other reading preferences.

  13. This looks like a great read! My daughter still checks books out regularly! I've not been for a few years though.

  14. I love these types of mysteries. Best of success, Jenn!

  15. I love that it's set in a library. What a fun premise!

  16. Ohhhh, hope I win! I never win anything.. like... ever. Lol!! -

  17. I may have misplaced a book or two and had to pay late fees long ago.......not lately though!

  18. I have forgotten a book or two over the years. My sons lost one, I lost one. I like the amnesty day idea.


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