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Checked Out


Worth reading 😎

Recommended for the mystery lover who enjoys small town charm with a side of murder.

Ann Becket is relatable, a single book-loving librarian who knows just the right book for each of her patrons, while also being a reliable source of information. The story opens with Ann saving the lives of two adorable cats, just one small part of a day in the life of a small-town librarian. This rainy, dreary day ends with yet another blind date that Ann really wishes she didn’t have to go on. She didn’t think a date, set up by a dear patron, would start with murder. Welcoming a cat as well as a new Children’s Librarian into the library and trying to clear her former professor and dear friend’s name is just the beginning for Ann. Through conversation and a natural desire to solve mysteries, Ann discovers secrets and cover-ups she never expected to find.

Looking at the cover, I thought this mystery was going to center around a cat, but the cat is only a minor player. Once the mystery kicked up after the second murder, I couldn’t put this book down. There is a bit of timeline confusion towards the end of the story, that made the wrap-up hard to follow, but the whodunit is worth the twists and turns.

Cozy Mysteries are predictable and Checked Out is no different. We know that by the end everything will be wrapped up in a bow without a single mention of blood and guts. No matter where the twists and turns take us or where the gossip leads, we have a guarantee. This predictability is what makes stories like this a joy to read, because in real life we need more happy endings. Even with the timeline issues at the end, I would recommend this book for young and old mystery lovers who enjoy small town charm.

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About the author

Elizabeth is the best-selling cozy mystery author of the Southern Quilting mysteries, the Myrtle Clover Cozy Mysteries, the upcoming Village Library Mysteries, and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. view profile

Published on April 02, 2019

60000 words

Genre: Cozy Mysteries

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