Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Plot and the Pendulum


Local librarian Lindsey seems to have a knack for getting in the middle of a mystery. It all began when a former resident, William turned up at the library offering to donate his mother's extensive book collection. Lindsey can hardly believe her good fortune. Some of the books include rare first editions and other valuable titles. She eagerly set up a time to begin boxing and removing the books from William's home, not realizing that his mother wasn't thrilled with her son's generosity. 

While starting to pack up the books, a mysterious cat appears that bears a striking resemblance to a cat that went missing over 30 years ago. Another decades-old disappearance had to do with what the town called the "Runaway Bride." With strange happenings and rumors rekindled about whether the bride ever actually left town, Lindsey discovers clues that may lead to solving the cold case.  But in doing so, she may have unknowingly put herself in danger.

This is a great cozy mystery for fall--nothing too creepy but enough twists and turns to make for an enjoyable mystery. Love the title that is a play on words of one of Edgar Allan Poe's tales. Allyson Ryan did a great job narrating the story with voice variations for different characters. If you enjoy a light-hearted mystery (with not too much gory detail), then McKinlay's novel is just the thing for a blustery fall evening or weekend!

Disclaimer: I was granted access to The Plot and the Pendulum audiobook through NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

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