Beth Stanley from Jenn McKinlay's
Library Lover's Mystery series
which will debut on July 5, 2011
with BOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING!
Hi, Beth Stanley here! I'm a children's
librarian at the Briar Creek Public
Library. I've been here for about
ten years ever since I graduated from
My old roommate from graduate school,
Lindsey Norris, recently took the position
of library director and it sure has been
nice having her around every day. She
is especially effective at dealing with
"the lemon". That's what I call Ms. Cole
an old school librarian that we work with
who just drives me bonkers with her love
of fines and shushing.
Anyway, Lindsey and I started a crafternoon club,
where we read books and work on a craft while we
discuss the book of the week. It's been a great
success. The locals have really taken a shine to
Lindsey. She can provide reader's advisory like
nobody's business. Seriously, she is the master
at pairing a person with the perfect book.
It's truly her gift.
Anyway, things were going great right up until
Sydney Carlisle, a children's book editor from
New York City, came to Briar Creek for
the weekend. At the prodding, okay, more like
thumbscrew coercion of the crafternoon group, I
decided to show her the children's book
I'd been working on. It did not go well. She accused
me of plagiarizing the idea from my very own boyfriend,
Rick Eckman, who just happens to be an award winning
children's book author and illustrator. I was
floored and Lindsey, well, angry would be a
dramatic understatement for what she was feeling.
Needless to say, we decided to go confront Rick about the fact that
he had clearly stolen my work. When we got to his private island in the
bay, we found him in his studio...dead. And not just dead, but murdered.
Now the police think I'm suspect number one and Lindsey is doing her
level best to prove me innocent.
But what if she can't? What if I'm put in jail for a crime I didn't commit?
What would you do? Stay and declare your innocence or run?