Title: Book, Line and Sinker Author: Jenn McKinlay Published: Published December 4th 2012 by Berkley Format: Paperback, 292 pages Genre: Cozy Mystery Series: Library Lover's Mystery #3
When I finished this book, my only thought was – now there is a book with inconsistent writing. Parts come across as very amateurish and then a couple of chapters later, the writing has tightened up and the story flows then only to fall back to sloppy again.
Lindsay Norris, the head library in Briar Creek, Connecticut has her hands full with a coworker that she refers to as the Lemon, Milton the Yogi, and her new lover Sully. Though she is not ready to make any declaration of love, she is moving that way until her ex-boyfriend, John Mayhew, shows up in town and rumors of Captain Kidd’s treasure map being discovered set everyone in a frenzy.
With a salvage company chomping at the bit to start their exploration, things get a bit messy when Trudi Hargrave starts forcing her way into the project and wanting to open Pirate Island, a treasuring hunting park that will bring tourists to the area and put a couple of dollars into her own pocket. Unfortunately, the discovered map shows that it is really Ruby Island, another one of the Thumb Islands, which was the location of the mass murder of the Ruby family several decades before. It appears that the island has not yet claimed its final victim when Trudi’s body is discovered at the bottom of a shaft.
Sometimes you have to trust the universe to take care of things, but then again, in cozy mysteries, it is usually the amateur sleuth that has outwitted the local police and everyone else to come up with the exact strategy to foil the criminal and right all the wrongs in the world.
There are odd little dangling parts of the storyline. Characters introduced but seem to go nowhere – Herb being injured at city hall trying to foil a break in but yet he is never seen again and when Lindsay had the opportunity to ask him who had pushed him, she does not.
Maybe I had missed it, but did the ultimate culprit actually kill Trudi? When asked he laughed if off, much like the reader does since there is no plausible explanation.
What was the point of the explosion on the island and the ultimate fire that almost destroyed everything?
Most of this book does not make sense. I am not sure what Jenn McKinley was after, but insulting her readers should not be part of it.