Title: Due or Die Author: Jenn McKinlay Publisher: March 6th 2012 by Berkley Format: Paperback; 304 pgs Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Library Lover’s #2
Be patient, there is a mystery in there but you have to work through an abandoned dog, a storm, a mentally unbalanced woman and a budding romance before Jenn McKinlay gets back to the task at hand and the reader is allowed to resume the mystery behind the murder of Markus Rushton.
Having been found dead in his recliner, the authorities seem to spend endless time interviewing his wife Carrie, the newly elected Friends of the Library president, but that is where it seems to end. There was no investigating from the police side, just the clumsy questions of the town’s librarian.
Lindsay Norris is the town’s newest transplant and the town’s head Librarian, much to the chagrin of Ms. Cole, a fellow library employee, but that does not stop Lindsay from nosing around. Even if it does put her life in peril and “the love interest” must ride to her rescue more than once.
The ending seemed rushed and if possible out of place. There was no real run to up the ultimate killer, just there with a bit of back peddling and filling in of the blanks to make it fit.