Fatal First Edition (A Library Lover's Mystery #14) (Hardcover)

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Fatal First Edition (A Library Lover's Mystery #14) (Hardcover)

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People are dying to get their hands on a rare, valuable book in the newest Library Lover’s Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot and the Pendulum.

Briar Creek Library director Lindsey Norris and her husband, Sully, are at a popular library conference in Chicago to hear book restoration specialist Brooklyn Wainwright give a keynote address. After the lecture, Lindsey looks under her seat and finds a tote bag containing a first edition of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train, inscribed to Alfred Hitchcock. Brooklyn determines the novel is one of a kind and quite valuable, so Lindsey and Sully return the book to the conference director, not wanting to stir up any trouble.

But just hours after the pair boards the train back to Connecticut, rumors that the Highsmith novel has gone missing buzz amongst the passengers, and they soon find the conference director murdered in his private compartment. And worse—the murderer planted the book in Lindsey and Sully’s room next door, making them prime suspects. Now, they must uncover the murderer and bring them to the end of their line, before they find themselves booked for a crime they didn’t commit.

Featuring a cameo by a beloved character from the New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile series!
Jenn McKinlay is the award-winning, New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series. Her work has been translated into multiple languages in countries all over the world. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband's guitars.

Product Details ISBN: 9780593639337
ISBN-10: 0593639332
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: A Library Lover's Mystery
"Plenty of hair-raising adventures combine with more cerebral pursuits in this enjoyable tale."
Kirkus

"Details of archival work and librarianship, plot twists, small coastal town life, and the beautifully described blizzard define this cozy.”
Booklist

Praise for the New York Times bestselling Library Lover's Mysteries

"A sparkling setting, lovely characters, books, knitting, and chowder! What more could any reader ask?"
—Lorna Barrett, New York Times bestselling author

"Terrific...intelligent, lively, and fun."
—Miranda James, New York Times bestselling author
 
"Sure to charm cozy readers everywhere."
—Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author
 
"[A] fast-moving, tricky tale that kept me guessing at every turn...[A] must read!"
—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author
 
"What a great read!...McKinlay has been a librarian, and her snappy story line, fun characters, and young library director with backbone make for a winning formula."
Library Journal

“A gifted storyteller, Jenn McKinlay writes a mystery that combines the challenges of wedding planning with the search for the killer in a very engaging narrative.”
Fresh Fiction

“Full of sass, charm, and page-turning suspense!”
Woman’s World

Word to the Wise is another superbly crafted mystery novel by a true master of the genre. An inherently fascinating and compelling read from cover to cover, Word to the Wise is very highly recommended.”
Midwest Book Review

“Rarely does a clean-as-a-whistle cozy qualify as riveting, but this one definitely does.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“A mystery set in a library just feels right…. McKinlay lets the first third of the story breathe, effectively ramping up the tension…. and the conclusion is a wild ride indeed.”
BookPage (Starred Review)
 
“Jenn McKinlay really knows how to keep readers enthralled until the very last page of her books. I loved this one.”
Suspense Magazine

Word To The Wise is heart-stopping and a mix of thrills and classic cozy mystery staples.”
Fresh Fiction

"I loved Word to the Wise. It's sweet and tart, irresistibly engaging and cleverly entertaining."
—Hallie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author

“Anyone who thinks the word cozy somehow equals slight and superficial ought to read Jenn McKinlay's Word to the Wise. The ordeal of the heroine battling a stalker is oh so real and harrowing. The characters are fully fleshed out and the coastal setting is appealing. A really enjoyable read.”
—Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author

"Jenn McKinlay is a treasure, and Word to the Wise is superb! Her books are always charming, endearing, and instantly engaging—but McKinlay's secret sauce is her deep understanding of human nature, her superb talent for storytelling, and the most desirable of skills: her unmatched ability to entertain, enlighten, and delight."
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Five-time Agatha winner and author of Trust Me

"In Word to the Wise, Jenn McKinlay mingles an appealing protagonist, small-town politics, and the terror of a stalker with the joys of true love and a library. A master class in the cozy mystery!"
—Lucy Burdette, national bestselling author of A Deadly Feast

"[Death in the Stacks is] exuberantly entertaining...McKinlay invites the reader into an appealing world inhabited by kind, intelligent people and only the occasional nasty villain."
Publishers Weekly