A Likely Story
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It's the 6th book in the "Library Lovers" series, and while I hadn't read the preceding books beforehand, I did enjoy this one. (I've since picked up other books in the series, and have found them entertaining.) Sure, this one 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 bonus material, including a story dealing with Lindsey's dog, a missing job-seeker, and a stranded cat.
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