WORD TO THE WISE, the tenth book in the Library Lover’s Mystery series by Jenn McKinlay, weaves in the creepy issue of stalking into a well-plotted mystery. It’s always a pleasure sitting down and catching up with the characters in this long-enduring series and this new release didn’t disappoint. Protagonist Lindsey Norris is the library director at the Briar Creek Public Library in Connecticut. I so enjoy the interaction she has with her staff, all well-developed characters on their own. Sweet Beth, the children’s librarian, brings lighthearted fun to the story and I admire the close friendship she has with Lindsey. It’s been rewarding watching the characters grow and develop, especially Mrs. Cole, aka The Lemon.
When the stalker increases his attentions toward Lindsey as she plans her wedding, her friends and co-workers provide support and try to protect her from harm. Ms. McKinlay ups the suspense by portraying the ways people can excuse or dismiss the behavior of stalkers and how it can turn deadly for the victim. Except in this story, the stalker ends up being murdered and Lindsey’s fiancé, Mike Sullivan, becomes a suspect. While the perpetrator wasn’t difficult to guess, there were some twists that kept the book entertaining and kept me turning pages.
One of the fun events included in each of the books in this series is the library’s Crafternoon events: a combination of crafts, book club, and shared food all in one. It’s a time for friends, new and old, to come together and forge stronger bonds. I love how Ms. McKinlay includes a book club list of questions for a book the group reads, directions for a craft, and a couple recipes at the back of the book. I decided to make her appetizer recipe for Greek Salad Skewers. Light and refreshing, these mini appetizers are quick to make and provide a fun, healthy way to satisfy guests’ appetites before serving a meal. Simple ingredients threaded onto cute bamboo skewers make presentation a snap, and since they can be done ahead of time, frees up your time to spend with friends.
Lindsey Norris is finally getting married to the man of her dreams–but it’s not all roses for Briar Creek’s beloved library director, as gardening enthusiast and town newcomer Aaron Grady gives the term “book lover” a whole new meaning. Inappropriate looks and unwelcome late-night visits to Lindsey’s house have everyone from the crafternooners to Lindsey’s fiancé, Sully, on edge.
When Grady’s dead body is found staged outside the library and all the clues point to Sully, Lindsey knows it’s up to her to dig through the hidden chapters of Grady’s previous life to find the real culprit and clear Sully’s name. But becoming a thorn in the killer’s side is not without its consequences, and the closer Lindsey gets to the truth, the more determined the murderer is to make her just a footnote.
A special thanks to Jenn McKinlay for providing one winner with a hardcover copy of WORD TO THE WISE. Contest ends Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm PST and is limited to U.S. residents. Please use the Rafflecopter box located below to enter. The winner will be announced on this page and on Cinnamon & Sugar’s Facebook page, as well as notified by email (so check your spam folder!)
- 1 big block of feta (about 12 ounces), cut into 12 cubes
- 1 bottle Greek salad dressing
- 12 pitted Kalamata olives
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 1 cucumber, cut into 12 large cubes
- 12 6-inch wooden skewers
- Flaky sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh dill
Marinate the feta cubes in the Greek dressing.
Take a skewer and slide on a cube of cheese, a Kalamata olive, a cherry tomato, and a cucumber cube.
Make 12 skewers. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and dill to taste. Offer extra salad dressing on the side.
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These skewers look yummy! Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!
Can’t wait for the opportunity to read “WORD TO THE WISE”!
The recipe for Greek Salad Skewers looks very festive and I can see using it for a holiday party.
Love this series, thanks for the giveaway!
Those skewers look yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!
Skewers look yummy
Love this series
Me and my mom will probably give these guys a try this weekend.
Those skewers look and sound amazing. Thank you for the recipe and the chance to win.
Thank you for sharing this recipe. They make me think of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, where the women are in the kitchen talking and putting together all kinds of Greek foods. This book sounds wonderful.
I just finished my first Jenn McKinlay mystery, Hitting the Books, and would like to start this series.
Thank you for including Jenn McKinlay and her latest book on your blog. What a clever idea for a snack or an appetizer to serve. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter the giveaway.
The book looks great and so does the skewer recipe. Thanks so much for the chance!
Making these tomorrow night!! I can’t wait to read this book!!
Thanks for the recipe and the contest.
I make a lot of Charcuterie boards and love to add special touches like these skewers. I don’t normall add dill but it certainly adds a great festive look. Thank you.
Recipe sounds great!
Thanks for the giveaway and recipe.
I love Greek food and those skewers are making me hungry ! Thanks for the chance to win.
I would love to read this book, thanks for the recipe and the giveaway!
Those Greek Salad Skewers look yummy. This series is on my TBR list, can’t wait until I can start it.
At first I couldn’t make out the cucumber in the photos. It looked like two cubes of feta. Then I looked more carefully and saw the difference.
Yummy recipe! Also sounds like a great story! Thanks!
The recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for the chance to read this book!
Thank you for a chance to win a Hardcover copy of Word To The Wise.
LOVE the recipe! I love greek food and these look amazing! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome book!
Yum, love Greek food.
The recipe looks great and easy enough for me. I love this series…thanks for the chance to win!
Love Jenn Mckinley’s books. Can’t wait to read. Skewers look amazing!
This sounds like a great book and the recipe sounds yummy!
Love the Library Lovers Mystery series.
Added the Greek salad skewers to my recipe box.
i love this series and I too have enjoyed watching the characters grow over time.
Thanks for the recipe and for the chance to win your book!
The skewers look yummy! I wold love to add Word to the Wise to my collection! Thanks for the chance!
What a wonderful giveaway. Love the recipes.
I’m embarrassed to admit I don’t like tomatoes or olives, but this would be great with cucumber and feta! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love this series and can’t wait to read this newest book.
Fabulous series! I can’t wait to make these skewers veganized… they will be da bomb diggity!
I like food on skewers so I will try this. Thank you for the chance..
Will be trying these skewers for the holidays. Thx for the chance!!
The skewers look delicious and I love the cover of this book. Thanks for this awesome chance.
Those skewer’s look amazing can’t wait to try this recipe on hubby and the kids ???
Thanks for the chance!☘️
I love Greek salads and these skewers made my mouth water. I would love to munch on these while I am reading Word to the Wise!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Jenn’s books, especially this series. All of her characters are so well-developed. It’s almost like I know someone similar to all of them! Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win!
These skewers look great. I love Greek food.
These look wonderful!
Sounds Great ? Thanks for sharing this book with us
Have been following this series from the start….love it!!
The skewers look good and easy, always a plus! Looking forward to the new book, this is a favorite series!
Love Jenn’s books!!
Skewers are a great appetizer idea. Thanks for sharing. I would love to read this book.
I would just love to read this book!
Love to win the book. I’ll pass on the cheese part of the skewer.
I love the cover. Awesome giveaway. Thank you for the chance.
I love to eat! Thanks for a chance to win this awesome cozy!
I love to cook, it’s like therapy for me! These look great. Thank you for the chance to win a book!
I know that Feta Cheese is a big part of Greek and Mediterranean food. I didn’t used to like it at all. Now I can do just a little at a time. Is there another cheese to substitute?
Donna, Feta Cheese definitely has a distinct flavor. Fresh mozzarella with basil instead of dill would be a nice mild substitution or really any cheese that cubes easily and one that you enjoy.
They look yummy (but without the olives, I’m not a fan of them at all)..Thank you for the chance??
Love your books. Have been binge reading. Love the crossover you did at the library fundraiser. So much fun to see the other characters again.