Sunday, December 31, 2023

Mayhem in Circulation by Leah Dobrinska: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Librarian Greta Plank is hard at work planning and preparing for Larkspur’s Fall Festival and regional tourism showcase which, if successful, will be a boon to the local economy. But disaster strikes and chances of a positive review look slimmer than a periodical’s spine when a series of pranks escalates and one of Larkspur’s own is found dead the same day the reporter is set to arrive.

Desperate to defend her town’s character and get to the bottom of the circulating mayhem, Greta begins indexing suspects. Could the crimes be an outside job, undertaken by someone intent on harming the town’s reputation? Or is someone closer to home trying to ruin Larkspur from the inside?

With destruction of property, sabotage, and strange animal mishaps piling up on top of murder, Greta wouldn’t recommend this ‘choose your own (disastrous) adventure’ to anyone. In the end, she must decide who she can trust so she can close the book on these crimes before the shadowy vandal authors another kill.

Leah Dobrinska is the author of the Fall In Love romcom series, the Larkspur Library Mysteries, a cozy mystery series set in the Wisconsin Northwoods, and the Mapleton novels, a series of award-winning standalone small town romances. She earned her degree in English Literature from UW-Madison where she was awarded the Dean’s Prize and served as a Writing Fellow. She has since worked as a freelance writer, editor, and content marketer. As a kid, she hoped to grow up to be either Nancy Drew or Elizabeth Bennet. Now, she fulfills that dream by writing mysteries and love stories.

A sucker for a good sentence, a happy ending, and the smell of books—both old and new—Leah lives out her very own happily ever after in a small Wisconsin town with her husband and their gaggle of kids. When she's not writing, handing out snacks, or visiting the local library, Leah enjoys reading and running.

Mayhem in Circulation is the second book in the Larkspur Library Mystery series. I had not yet read the previous book in the series and while previous events are mentioned, I was still able to enjoy this one just fine as a standalone too. 

In this book, the town of Larkspur is hard at work putting together their fall festival... until the mayor's dead body is discovered. The inquisitive librarian Greta finds herself in the middle of a mystery and trying to figure out who to trust. This had great small town, fall vibes... and I am always here for a bookish main character! The mystery was great and kept me guessing throughout... if you love a good cozy mystery, this is certainly one to check out. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to going back to read the previous book and hopefully seeing more of this town in the future. 

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