Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay



Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Berkley Pub Group (Mm)
ISBN : 0425242188 (ISBN13: 9780425242186)
primary language English

The Brier Creek public library is usually a quiet place and for director, Lindsey Norris, and her best friend Beth Stanley, the children's librarian, it's a pleasant place to work in a safe community. When word gets out that an editor from New York will be vacationing in their little town, Lindsey convinces Beth to show the editor her children's book she has been working on for quite some time.

Even though Beth's boyfriend Rick Eckman, local celebrity kid's author, tells her the book is too amateurish, she is convinced by Lindsey to try to see the editor and get her work appraised. The editor tells her she is talented but just not with that particular book. She is stunned when she finds out why Rick has been so disparaging of her work. Time for a confrontation!

When Lindsey and Beth arrive at  Rick's home on Thumb island, Beth goes in to speak to Rick first but unfortunately it's too late. She finds him dead and it's obviously not from natural causes. Since half the town witnessed their break-up the night before at the local watering hole, the police finger Beth as the most likely suspect without looking any further into Rick's life.

Chief Daniels is happy to take a short cut to end the investigation. As far as he is concerned Beth is a suspect with a viable motive and that's good enough for him. Case closed! Not so good for Beth and Lindsey who is determined to find the real killer and prove Beth's innocence. Will Lindsey be able to close the book on this investigation without her best friend being put on trial?

Disclosure: a review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Jenn McKinlay, who consistently pens a perfectly paced plot, is also the author of the Cupcake Bakery series; one of my favorites! Writing under the pen name of Lucy Lawrence, Jenn always writes another cozy series with a decoupage theme. Books Can Be Deceiving, the first in the new Library Lover's Mystery series is an auspicious beginning to a new series.  Due or Die, the second book in the series, will be published soon. Can't wait! 4****

To find out more about this author, you can visit her web page or find Jenn on facebook .

To celebrate this month's release of Books Can Be Deceiving, Berkley is allowing me to host a giveaway for one copy of the book. Open to US only and deadline to enter is July 22nd at 5 PM (est).  Please be sure to leave an e mail address in your comment. Bonus entries available for this contest are as follows:

+2 for being a follower old or new. Just remind me how you follow and under what name.
+3 for blogging or tweeting about the giveaway. Leave me a link, please.

53 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great cozy mystery, right up my alley.

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  2. I am a GFC follower.

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  3. I will post you in my sidebar on my blog.

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  4. Sign me up! Sounds like a lot of fun.

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  5. Thanks fr the givaway.

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  6. I follow on GFC

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  7. Sounds fun. Please count me in.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
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  8. follower via GFCV
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  9. Who wouldn't love a mystery set in a library? Please enter me.

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  10. I have to say that these cozies have the "punniest" titles.

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  11. another new cozy mystery!!! YAYS!!!!!

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    thank you for the giveaway!!!

    good luck, Jenn!!!!

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  12. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

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  13. I follow you via GFC (skkorman)!

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  15. I want this book it sounds wonderful
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  16. I follow you via GFC
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  17. I'm a new follower, booknut is my moniker and I'm a librarian and love librarian mysteries. I'd love a chance to win this book.

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  18. Sounds like a fun new series. Please include me.

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  19. Old GFC follower (DarcyO)

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  20. I tweeted:
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  21. I so enjoyed discovering Jenn's(Lucy's) decoupage series, and then the cupcake series! I can't wait to read the first book of her new series! Thanks for the info and chance to win.
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  22. I am an old GFC follower.
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  23. Sounds great!! Enter me please.

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  24. I love cozies - this looks like a good one!!!

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  25. Love the cozy mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  26. I follow your blog through GFC.

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  27. Sounds like a great new cozy series.
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  28. GFC follower as Karen B.
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  29. This sounds like a good mystery.

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  30. This does sound like a really fun book. I am not a huge mystery reader, but this one sounds like it might be really interesting. Please do enter me in your giveaway!

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  31. This is already on my wish list. I love all cozies but the best for me have a book or food connection.

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  32. I am an old Google Friend Connect Follower.


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  34. as a Library lover, how could I not love to try this...
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  35. follow you on GFC and Google Reader

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  36. This sounds like a cozy series I'm going to like.
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  37. Finally a series that is just starting!! I'm such a slowpoke!!

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  38. This sounds like a great new series!

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  39. I just recently started reading cozies, and I love them!!

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  40. I'm a GFC follower: Vicki Newell

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  41. I'd love to win a copy of this book!

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  42. I love cozies.
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  43. I just recently heard of this book. It is on my wish list.

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  44. I follow via GFC.

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  45. Tweeted: https://mobile.twitter.com/lag32583/status/93059479465238528

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  47. I follow you via GFC (Throuthehaze)
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  48. I would love to read this! It sounds good!
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  49. This sounds good! Please enter me!
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  50. I follow on GFC.
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  51. thanks for the chance to read this mystery

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  52. i'm a follower :)

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