Название: Due or Die Автор: Jenn McKinlay Издательство: Penguin Audio Эту книгу озвучил: Allyson Ryan Год выпуска: 2015 Жанр: Детектив, мистика Аудио кодек: mp3 Битрейт аудио: 128 kbps Продолжительность: 09:01:15 Качество: Отличное Размер: 1250 Мб Язык: Английский
Answering tricky reference questions is excitement enough for library director Lindsey Norris. Until a murder is committed in her cozy hometown of Briar Creek, Connecticut, and the question of who did it must be answered before someone else is checked out--for good.
When Lindsey Norris is asked to sit in on the elections for the president of the Friends of the Library Committee, she has no idea what she's in for. Bill Stint, a wealthy elderly gentleman, has been president for a very long time and does not take it kindly when sweet nurse Carrie Rushton is unanimously elected. He blames Lindsey, as does Marjorie Bilson, a local woman who has been in love with Bill forever. Marjorie's antics leave Lindsey wondering whether Marjorie is a few pages short of a book. Then Carrie returns home to discover her husband has been shot dead. Who could have done it? The police obviously suspect Carrie but Lindsey wonders if it was a set up to reinstate Bill. She already has her hands full working full time and caring for a puppy someone left in the book drop and wondering when or if Sully was going to ask her out before Bill's nephew Edmund does, she has little time to investigate a mystery. Lindsey is certain Carrie didn't kill Marcus but when strange things begin happening around Lindsey, she feels certain she knows who did it, if only they could get a confession.
Hooray! Jenn McKinlay also felt this cozy mystery needed a pet. It's not enough to have books, crafts and recipes all in one series. The story is enriched by the addition of Heathcliff, a pit bull/Schnauzer mutt someone left in the library book drop. He's very sweet and friendly. I was disappointed he wasn't a Scottie as depicted on the cover but I loved him anyway. He's the best character in the story and advances some of the action.
As for the mystery, it kept me guessing though I did wonder.... I was thrown off by something but I wasn't surprised at the reveal. This isn't the most complicated of Jenn McKinlay's mysteries. The focus is more on the library and library life, which I like. I love Crafternoons and how Beth is always wearing a crazy costume for story hour. This book contains spoiler alerts for A Room With a View and Wuthering Heights. Good thing I've seen two adaptations of A Room With a View or I would have been mad. I love the introduction of rare books at the end.
It's amazing how Lindsey remembers what everyone in town likes to read. I like that a lot about her. What I don't like about her is how she has to wait for a man to ask her out. It's one thing to swear off men and another to be attracted to someone and wait for them to ask you out. Ugh. Just ask him already. Nancy and Lindsey's other friends are funny and charming. They care for her a lot and know her better than she knows herself.
New characters in this story include Carrie and Marcus Rushton. Carrie is a sweetheart of a woman married to a man-child who thinks the world has it out for him and expects to be taken care of. Marcus was a loser but he didn't deserve to die like that. I was surprised he was the one who was murdered. I kept thinking someone else had been murdered until they popped back into the story again. Another new character is Bill Stint. He's a crotchety, prejudiced old man who likes his power trip and doesn't understand no one else does. He's nasty to Lindsey for no good reason. Marjorie Bilson has been in love with him forever and to her unbalanced mind, Bill is a god and she would literally do anything for him. This is a little creepy. I found Edmund off-putting for some reason. Probably because Lindsey thought he reminded her of her cheating ex.
I wish I had the time to continue this series. I want to see where it's going but I don't have time right now.