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Better Late Than Never (Hardcover)

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“How could Lindsey possibly ignore what Nancy Drew would certainly call The Case of the Overdue Library Book?”, and this line sums up this book rather nicely! Our head librarian, Lindsey Norris, holds the library’s first ever fine amnesty day at the Briar Creek Library – and is completely astounded at the sheer quantity of books which are returned! (They probebly were too scared to face Ms. Cole - aka The Lemon - to pay their fine!). However, one volume in particular caught Lindsey’s attention, a copy of Catcher In The Rye which was checked out twenty years earlier by a popular teacher on the same day as her murder.

Lindsey, unable to resist a mystery which literally dropped into her lap, begins to investigate who dropped off the book, because it was most likely our killer….

It has been a while since I have read a book in this series – and I am glad I picked this book up! It was an entertaining read with a mystery I wanted to figure out who did it. While it doesn’t play exactly by the rules of fair play (and yes I think reading all of the golden age mysteries has spoiled me a bit that way) I did really enjoy meeting the afternoon crafter reading group, her perky puppy and all the small mysteries which abound in a small town. You don’t have to read the first book in this series to understand what is going on in this book – it would help – but it isn’t required if you have ever read a serial mystery before!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a lighter read which makes you feel like you are meeting old friends and solving mysteries with them!

— Amber


In the latest Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Likely Story, a decades overdue book puts library director Lindsey Norris hot on the trail of a cold case...

When the Briar Creek Public Library holds its first overdue book amnesty day no fines for late returns the volume of incoming materials is more than Lindsey and her staff can handle. In a bind, Lindsey drafts the crafternoon ladies to help check in and sort the stacks of books.
But one tardy tome catches her attention a copy of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, twenty years past due. When Lindsey looks up the borrower, she's shocked to discover it was a murdered teacher named Candice Whitley, whose killer was never found.
Candice checked out the novel on the day she was murdered. Now Lindsey wonders if it could provide a clue to the decades-old cold case. No one noticed who brought the book back in, but could it be Candice's killer? Lindsey is determined to catch the culprit one way or another, because justice for Candice Whitley is long overdue...

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay also writes the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Hat Shop Mysteries.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399583735
ISBN-10: 0399583734
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Library Lover's Mysteries