Better Late Than Never

A Library Lover's Mystery, #7

A sweet read from start to finish. Ms. McKinlay knows how to write a thoroughly enjoyable novel in Better Late Than Never. Great plot development as this plot is full of tight moments, intense emotions, and lots of humor. I loved the recipes in the back and hope to try some of them soon! Best of all, this book comes complete with a Reader's Guide for Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

It's book amnesty day and one of the overdue books was 20 years overdue, and it turns out the book was checked out by a murder victim on the day she died. Lindsey works hard at getting the answers while attending an array of meetings, helping her newly-hired staff adjust to their positions, and finding out whomever murdered Candice Whitley.

Candice was a teacher in this town found strangled under the bleachers. But for years no one knew who killed Candice; in fact, the town made things so unpleasant for two young men that they left and never came back. These young men happened to be her boyfriend and a young man Candice befriended before she died. Lindsey's determination to figure out the murder is one of her best character traits.

This novel is an easy and enjoyable read from start to finish. There are humorous situations which are cute (i.e. the dog sitter), and it illustrates how libraries have changed and adapted according to the times. I loved the robotics club of maker-space students. Also, very accurately portrayed with the politics, the endless meetings, getting out to meet the people and offer help when needed. Seldom do I have the opportunity to visualize how the various clubs and meetings help make the library stronger by offering a stable, reliable base of consumers. I look forward to her newest book coming out in 2017 for her hat shop mystery entitled Assault and Beret.

Book Blurb for Better Late Than Never

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...


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2016 4.00