Review: Read It And Weep by Jenn McKinlay

09 Jan
A Library Lovers' Mystery

A Library Lover’s Mystery

Read It And Weep by Jenn McKinlay

Summary from Goodreads:  William Shakespeare is credited with inventing how many words?* 

Answering Shakespeare trivia comes with the job description for library director Lindsey Norris. But when the Briar Creek Community Theater mounts their newest production of the Bard, she has no intention of leaving the stacks for the stage. Unfortunately a villain is waiting in the wings…

Former Broadway actress Violet La Rue is holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and everyone from the sour spinster librarian Ms. Cole to Lindsey’s youthful library pages are trying out for parts. Brought in to play the mischievous Puck is the flirtatious professional actor Robbie Vine, who seems to have eyes for Lindsey. Before her blush has faded, the Bard’s dream turns into a nightmare—when one of the cast is poisoned. Now Lindsey and her crafternooners must take center stage to unmask the culprit before the final curtain call….

This is one of my all time favorite series. I’m a librarian and a mystery buff, so it’s only natural that I would love a cozy mystery series with a librarian as the sleuth.

The last half of 2013 was a crazy time for me. My position at school was finally made full time. I added two new after school book clubs, became more active in the VFW Post (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and added way too many things to my to do list.  As a result, my leisure reading time was drastically reduced.  I had promised myself that if I made it to Christmas Break, I was going to spend the break on the couch with my nose stuck in books I WANTED to read. (A great deal of my recent reading has been for work – my students think I’ve read every book in our library. And I do my best to foster that misconception 🙂 )

As a gift to myself, I put McKinlay’s Due or Die and Read It And Weep at the top of the reading stack. And what a wonderful gift it was.  Read It And Weep is book four in the series.  The series just gets better with each book.

The stories are always engaging and the characters likable. Well, maybe “The Lemon” isn’t exactly lovable, but in this book we do see a human side to her. And I wanted to sit Sully down and talk some sense into him.  However, McKinlay has created a charming and inviting community. I wonder if I could talk my husband to retiring to Briar Creek? Maybe the local school needs an elementary librarian?

Read It And Weep is well plotted with enough twists and turns (plus a love triangle) to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.  If you are looking for an enjoyable series, I highly recommend this one.

School resumed this week, so I’m back to trying to squeeze in pleasure reading to my nutty schedule. You can be sure that Jenn McKinlay’s book will have top spots on the list.



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