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Fatal First Edition

Jenn McKinlay's latest is a delightful installment in the Library Lover's Mysteries!

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the free book! #berkleypartner

Fatal First Edition by NYT bestselling author Jenn McKinlay

Librarian Lindsey Norris and her husband Sully attend a conference to hear noted book restoration specialist Brooklyn Wainwright speak. Lindsey finds a valuable first edition of Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, inscribed to Alfred Hitchcock. When a series of events make Lindsay and Sully appear to be book thieves responsible for a suspicious death, she must clear their names. 

 McKinlay takes the reader on an entertaining ride with nods to classic mystery tropes and pop culture references in this solidly plotted, enjoyable mystery. We get a murder on a train, a blizzard that strands the suspects, a valuable book that once belonged to Hitchcock, and a nod to author Patricia Highsmith. The cross-over cameo featuring Brooklyn Wainwright from Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile series adds even more fun for cozy mystery lovers. 

This is the fourteenth book in the Library Lover’s series, but it would work as a stand-alone. Visiting the world of Briar Creek, Connecticut, is always delightful. Lindsey is a bright, likable sleuth, a librarian who solves crimes. This time, the stakes for her are high and become very personal, but she is surrounded by a great cast of quirky characters in the Briar Creek regulars who bring camaraderie and humor. The cast is warm and inviting, as is the writing. McKinley's style lends itself well to this fast-paced, intriguing mystery. The way the author wove in all the elements surrounding the valuable book and the inspiration from Highsmith was cleverly done and fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed this and recommend both this book and the entire series!

My steep was Afternoon Tea Rose from The Cultured Cup

A smooth, rose petal-scented dark tea pressed into heart-shaped tea cakes.


People are dying to get their hands on a rare, valuable book in the newest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot and the Pendulum .

Briar Creek Library director Lindsey Norris and her husband, Sully, are at a popular library conference in Chicago to hear book restoration specialist Brooklyn Wainwright give a keynote address. After the lecture, Lindsey looks under her seat and finds a tote bag containing a first edition of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train , inscribed to Alfred Hitchcock. Brooklyn determines the novel is one of a kind and quite valuable, so Lindsey and Sully return the book to the conference director, not wanting to stir up any trouble.

But just hours after the pair boards the train back to Connecticut, rumors that the Highsmith novel has gone missing buzz amongst the passengers, and they soon find the conference director murdered in his private compartment. And worse—the murderer planted the book in Lindsey and Sully’s room next door, making them prime suspects. Now, they must uncover the murderer and bring them to the end of their line, before they find themselves booked for a crime they didn’t commit.

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