Hitting the Books

Berkley Prime Crime. (Library Lover's Mystery, Bk. 9). Sept. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780451492678. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451492692. M
Lindsey Norris, director of the Briar Creek, CT, Public Library, is at the window just as a car speeds up and hits local tennis coach Theresa Huston. The same car is involved in a second accident, then found abandoned and containing CDs from the library. Before the police chief can provide a subpoena to see the library records, Theresa is the victim of a second murder attempt. She doesn't seem to have any enemies, but her wealthy widower fiancé might. Lindsey's professional need for information works hand-in-hand with Police Chief Emma Plewicki's interest when the body of her prime suspect is found. McKinlay, known for likable amateur sleuths in her "Cupcake Bakery" and "Hat Shop" mysteries, adds a gothic spin to her this atmospheric cozy featuring the spirited library director.
VERDICT Admirers of McKinlay's other books and Miranda James's "Cat in the Stacks" stories will appreciate this new entry involving the appealing small-town library and its supporters. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]
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