Thursday, October 22, 2015

Read it and Weep

Title: Read it and Weep
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Published: November 5th 2013 by Berkley
Format: ebook, Paperback pgs 304
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Library Lover's Mystery #4

Oh, tell me that I am not the only one that did not see that coming. Jenn McKinlay drew a very definitive picture so it did not occur to me that she was going to change it up. Rarely am I surprised in a cozy mystery, but she had me there. I am not saying the culprit that was obvious early one, but more of a surprise near the end.

Briar Creek Community Theatre is putting on a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The town’s people have auditioned for their parts and front and center in the character of Puck will be Robbie Vine, a Broadway actor and best friend of retired actress and local Violet La Rue.

Not everyone is happy with the production with one parent in particular that is completely against her son having anything to do with the play or the people involved. He has much better things going on in his life to waste it on this play. To the absent father of another local woman - who just happens to be the daughter of Violet - who has threatened Violet’s reputation to the point of hiring a critic to write bad reviews?

With no acting skills, Lindsey Norris the town’s librarian has volunteers for costuming and it is in this position that she is able to see everything that is going on. From a prop that has fallen and injured Robbie’s knee, to an stabbing that has in turn revealed a major clue, to the poisoning that has removed an actor from the production.

Add to this Sully, Lindsay’s boyfriend, has taken a step back from her life to give their relationship room that she had not asked for and in turn allows for Robbie’s very forceful wooing of her. Lindsay is in for a confusing couple of weeks.

All the usual characters from this series are here including a very interesting relationship for the sour Ms. Cole. By the end, Lindsay seems to have put all the pieces in the right order but will it be in time before another life is destroyed. On the other hand, was it just in time for a new and wonderful life to begin?

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