cover image Word to the Wise

Word to the Wise

Jenn McKinlay. Berkley Prime Crime, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-0-593-10003-5

McKinlay’s gripping 10th Library Lover’s mystery (after 2018’s Hitting the Books) finds Briar Creek, Conn., librarian Lindsey Norris preparing for her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, Mike “Sully” Sullivan—and dealing with the unwelcome advances of a new library patron, Aaron Grady. Aaron’s stalking of Lindsey results in his obsessive wife, Sylvia, publicly accusing Lindsey of trying to steal her husband away. British actor Robbie Vine, police chief Emma Plewicki’s significant other, volunteers to help protect Lindsey from Aaron, but when Aaron’s body is found outside the library’s employee entrance, even Lindsey’s friendship with Emma doesn’t prevent Sully from becoming the chief suspect in the man’s murder. The couple are determined to do their own sleuthing to prove Sully’s innocence and keep their nuptials on track. The real killer, however, has other plans for Lindsey. McKinlay does a good job building the suspense. Rarely does a clean-as-a-whistle cozy qualify as riveting, but this one definitely does. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Sept.)