by Sandra Murphy
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In Briar Creek, it’s almost Halloween. As the library staff gets ready for the spooky holiday, librarian Lindsey Norris learns William Dorchester is in town to settle his mother, Marion, into an assisted living home. He plans to sell the house and its contents and wants to donate all the books to the library to use however they want. Marion objects, of course, but suffering a form of dementia, is overruled.
The donation ranges from mass market books to first editions and in all, there are over 12,000 volumes. It will take library employees and volunteers many hours to sort, pack, and transport them to the library for storage until they can be cataloged.
At their first visit to the house, the door to the library won’t open, there’s a cat who doesn’t live there, and Marion mistakes Lindsey for a runaway bride who disappeared years before. No trace was ever found.
When a secret room is accidentally found and its grisly contents turn rumors into a full-fledged mystery, Lindsay and her friends hope to find the truth.
Since this is book eighteen in the series, Lindsay has quite a bit of experience in solving puzzles like this. With the help of her boyfriend and friends, they’re able to unravel clues that seemingly lead to more puzzles. It had an ending I never saw coming.
Although Lindsay is the main character, her friends have taken bigger roles over the years. Reading the books now feels more like visiting a community than catching up with a character or two.
There are craft times and food to go with it at the library. McKinlay has included instructions for making an autumn leaf garland, recipes for radish chips, figs in a blanket, sweet potato casserole with pecan streusel, and a reader’s guide for The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse, a book discussed at the library.
McKinlay also writes the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, the Hat Shop series, Bluff Point romances, Happily Ever After romances, and has two stand-alone books.
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