Books Can Be Deceiving: 09/17/22
Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay and Allyson Ryan (Narrator) is the start of the Library Lover's mystery series. Lindsey is the new director of the Briar Creek public library. The children's librarian has been working on a picture book and Lindsey arranges a meeting to have a visiting editor look at it. The editor accuses Lindsey of plagiarizing the entire thing. Turns out her ex-boyfriend had sold the book as his own.
Before the ex-boyfriend can be confronted about his actions, he's murdered in his island home. The children's librarian ends up being the prime suspect.
Ultimately this mystery is another of the author is murdered for steeling another's work. The motive then lies in the murdered man's past. This gives the author, through Lindsey, the change to explore and expand the world of Briar Creek. The world building and clue discovery felt organic and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Despite some of the hokeyness of how this particular novel describes the book industry, I found the book a quick and entertaining read. I had figured out the who and why pretty early and just had to wait for the evidence to catch up. I did miss one key detail, though, which resulted in an exciting conclusion.
The second book is Due or Die (2012).