I got this paperback at Barnes and Noble, in preparation for next month's book group at the Book Cellar. It's the 6th book in the "Library Lovers" series, and while I haven't read the preceding books I did enjoy this one. Sure, it featured a few typical "cozy" aspects that bugged me a bit - for one thing, if my friends and co-workers tended to pounce on me for every detail of potential new romantic partners, they'd be ex-friends and co-workers pretty darned quick! But overall the story was lively and fast-moving, with lots of library in-jokes, budding romances (two of them for our heroine Lindsey), and an intriguing mystery involving one of two elderly brothers, hoarders in the "Collyer Brothers" style.
I did get impatient with Lindsey re her blindness to actor-swain Robbie's intentions, especially as it seems pretty clear that she and her ex, Sully, are well on their way to renewing their relationship. (When very young or naive characters make such silly mistakes in their love-lives I don't mind as much, but Lindsey's supposedly pretty clever. Oh, well - at least she isn't in love with the sheriff, though as the sheriff here is a woman that made have made for a more interesting twist!)
I liked the Connecticut seacoast setting, with the nods to the ups and downs of living on islands with restricted access, and in a small community where everybody knows everyone else's business. And of all the romantic subplots, the one featuring the Zen septuagenarian Milton and his curmudgeonly love Ms. Cole was the one I found most entertaining - though the rivals-or-are-they one featuring the children's librarians was quite amusing.
There were a few scenes of actual book-discussion within the story, starting with Tey's Daughter of Time, a favorite of mine. Later, Anna Karenina comes up, and Lindsey quips that its theme is "Love is a train wreck." Too true!
The book includes some recipes; a bonus story dealing with Lindsey's dog, a missing job-seeker, and a stranded cat; and a preview of the next book, Better Late Than Never, which sounds interesting enough that I plan to get a copy.
Released 1 yr ago (12/9/2016 UTC) at Crowne Plaza in Nashua, New Hampshire USA
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I left this book, bagged against the elements, on the gazebo outside the hotel at around 1; hope the finder enjoys it!
*** Released as part of the 2016 What's In A Name release challenge, for the embedded "Ike" in the title. ***