Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Likely Story (A Library Lover's Mystery #6)

Author:  Jenn McKinlay
Genre:  Mystery

Hardcover, E-book
ISBN #:  9780425260746
Berkley Publishing
304 Pages
$13.72 Amazon; $11.99 Kindle
November 3, 2015

Five Stars

Delivering books to the household residents of the Thumb Islands, just a short boat ride from the town of Briar Creek, library director Lindsey Norris has befriended two elderly brothers, Stewart and Peter Rosen.  She enjoys visiting them in their treasure-filled, ramshackle Victorian on Star Island until she discovers that Peter has been killed and Stewart is missing.  Now she's determined to solve a murder and find Stewart before he suffers his brother's fate.


Lindsay Norris, Director of the Briar Creek Library, is delivering a box of books to the Rosen Brothers, Stewart and Peter.  When arriving on their private island, Stewart is not waiting on the dock for her, as is usual.  Lindsay believes something is wrong, and along with Sully, the boat captain and ex-boyfriend of Lindsey, think something is wrong.

They decide to investigate, and approach the Rosens' home.   In doing so, Lindsey learns from Sully that the place is booby-trapped and any false move could mean injury, or worse, death.  Once inside the house, they discover the body of Peter Rosen, who has been shot.  Stewart is nowhere to be found.  Lindsey is convinced that Stewart had nothing to do with this, and is likely hiding from them.

After notifying the authorities, Lindsey is determined to bring Stewart out into the open in order to find out what happened on the island.  But this is easier said than done.  After one encounter with Stewart, he disappeared again just as quickly, and is on the run.

It also happens that two antique dealers arrived in town and are very interested in the brothers' property; and, what is even more curious, a wealthy woman arrives and is buying up the nearby islands - and wants Star Island as well.  And, as they say, the Plot Thickens...

I really enjoyed the book and the fact that Ms. McKinlay wrapped one mystery inside of another; and the stories were blended well.  The characters are well done and believable; there are also a couple of side stories going on, just as there would be in real life, but are not the main focus, as they shouldn't be anyway.

If there were one thing I didn't care for, it was the love triangle.  For anyone who has been following this series, it did seem as if it were going to be resolved, but's not.  I found that a disappointment (really, Lindsey should be able to figure out who she is interested in by now).  Aside from that, a worthy read and one to pick up, if you get the chance.  Recommended.

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