The Sleuth's Dilemma (The Librarian Sleuth, #2)
Anna loves her job as a high school English teacher until everything goes sideways. The one bright spot in her life is Titus Gains, the school counselor, who is there for her at every turn.Titus’ boss complicates his ordered world when she tasks him with running a meeting that changes everything. How had he not noticed Anna earlier? Someone is out to destroy her, and he can’t let that happen.As the head of the English department, part of Luke Harms’ job is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Things went haywire when Anna was put in charge of the big writing contest. Entries are missing, Anna appears to be in danger, and her job is on the line. Luke is investigating and wants to make things right for this woman he’s starting to care about.Can a trio of school officials along with Nancy Daley, the town sleuth, stop the saboteur before it’s too late? And will Anna choose the right man, or lose them both?

The Sleuth's Dilemma (The Librarian Sleuth, #2) Details

TitleThe Sleuth's Dilemma (The Librarian Sleuth, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2019
PublisherMountain Brook Ink
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

The Sleuth's Dilemma (The Librarian Sleuth, #2) Review

  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    ..The Sleuth’s Dilemma is the second book in The Librarian Sleuth Mysteries series by Kimberly Rose Johnson. This book stands very well on its own as any key information about returning characters is well explained.This book was filled with solid, relatable characters and great examples of true friendship! The plot was well balanced, having a few romances blossoming and an interesting mystery. The mystery half of the plot was delivered perfectly. Both the culprit and the motive puzzled me until ..The Sleuth’s Dilemma is the second book in The Librarian Sleuth Mysteries series by Kimberly Rose Johnson. This book stands very well on its own as any key information about returning characters is well explained.This book was filled with solid, relatable characters and great examples of true friendship! The plot was well balanced, having a few romances blossoming and an interesting mystery. The mystery half of the plot was delivered perfectly. Both the culprit and the motive puzzled me until the very end! The romantic half of the story was sweetly executed, as well.I happily recommend this book! The Sleuth’s Dilemma was filled with faith, mystery and romance. It had a quick pace and was enjoyable to read. I’m looking forward to more by this author!The Sleuth’s Dilemma will release on February 1, 2019.I received a complimentary advanced electronic copy of this book from Mountain Brook Ink in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Becky Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t think it was possible, but I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in this series! The characters are endearing, the suspense never stops building all the way through the story, and the mystery takes surprising twists and turns. I love the spiritual truths woven throughout the story of taking everything to the Lord & asking for His help, realizing that we have to trust God with our lives and trust Him for our protection, acknowledging that God gave us instincts for a reason I didn’t think it was possible, but I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in this series! The characters are endearing, the suspense never stops building all the way through the story, and the mystery takes surprising twists and turns. I love the spiritual truths woven throughout the story of taking everything to the Lord & asking for His help, realizing that we have to trust God with our lives and trust Him for our protection, acknowledging that God gave us instincts for a reason, and that He loves us far more than we can even imagine. Love this quote: “It’s the trials of life that make us who we are.” And this one: “The Lord had never failed her, even when she didn’t like the answer. Through the years she realized that His way was always the best way.” Although I haven’t heard it put this way, I like the phrase “Evangelist dating”. And I chuckled over “the black screen of death”, which is so fitting. If you enjoy reading mystery & suspense, this is a MUST read!
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  • Becky Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Teachers are notoriously overworked and I could certainly feel, as a former teacher and one who has many teacher friends, the huge weight of an additional, unwanted assignment. English teacher Anna Plum is saddled with running the high school writing contest as the former chair has refused to continue in that role. While Anna agrees to chair the contest, bad things begin to happen and she begins to wonder if it was a huge mistake.The characters are well-drawn. I especially liked Anna as a former Teachers are notoriously overworked and I could certainly feel, as a former teacher and one who has many teacher friends, the huge weight of an additional, unwanted assignment. English teacher Anna Plum is saddled with running the high school writing contest as the former chair has refused to continue in that role. While Anna agrees to chair the contest, bad things begin to happen and she begins to wonder if it was a huge mistake.The characters are well-drawn. I especially liked Anna as a former teacher. Her fears were very believable. The whole scenario of a single teacher with a few close friends who would go to bat for her was a home run for me. Nancy Daley, the librarian, is very loyal and would be a great friend to have. I enjoyed the tension between Nancy and her deputy sheriff boyfriend as they learn how to trust each other without necessarily giving up delicate information. I liked the romantic aspect as well as the mystery that kept me guessing. In short, I really loved it, even though I haven’t yet read book one. ( Which is now higher on my TBR pile.) If you are looking for a sweet, mysterious romance that includes asking for God’s guidance, buckle in and come along for the ride Kimberly Rose Johnson provides.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are expressly my own and no positive review was required.
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  • Edward Arrington
    January 1, 1970
    I have always enjoyed a good mystery. I especially like trying to follow the clues to see if I can figure things out before the big reveal at the end of the story. The author has included enough twists and turns in this one to keep the reader off balance throughout the story. And I have no intention of giving away any clues here. One thing about the book that made a great impression on me was the value placed on modesty and propriety by the main characters. None of them wanted to be in situation I have always enjoyed a good mystery. I especially like trying to follow the clues to see if I can figure things out before the big reveal at the end of the story. The author has included enough twists and turns in this one to keep the reader off balance throughout the story. And I have no intention of giving away any clues here. One thing about the book that made a great impression on me was the value placed on modesty and propriety by the main characters. None of them wanted to be in situations that could cause tongues to wag. They had wisely established boundaries and consciously chose to avoid pushing the limits. I admired how Anna dealt with the young female student who approached her for advice about dealing with a pushy boyfriend. What a tremendous life lesson that needs to be stressed over and over again! I will refrain from preaching but I appreciate the care that Kimberly Rose Johnson takes in communicating this through story without getting on a soapbox or pounding on a pulpit. However, we find that at least one of the characters frequently tries to push through other boundaries, especially if they stand in the way of her solving a mystery. You have to love Nancy’s tenacity for trying to help her friends. Even though her boyfriend is a deputy and her mother is the sheriff, she does not hesitate to charge ahead if she believes they are not working hard enough to solve a case. She seems like the kind of friend that one would want to keep around. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    The Sleuth's Dilemma ( The Librarian Sleuth - #2 )By: Kimberly Rose JohnsonThe Sleuth's Dilemma is book two in The Librarian Sleuth Series. This is part of a series , but I think you can read it as a stand a lone. I absolutely love this series. I am a big fan of a good mystery , and if you love a good mystery then you will love The Sleuth's Dilemma. I was drawn in at the start and did not want to put it down. I was not disappointed. There are twist and turns that the author will have you guessin The Sleuth's Dilemma ( The Librarian Sleuth - #2 )By: Kimberly Rose JohnsonThe Sleuth's Dilemma is book two in The Librarian Sleuth Series. This is part of a series , but I think you can read it as a stand a lone. I absolutely love this series. I am a big fan of a good mystery , and if you love a good mystery then you will love The Sleuth's Dilemma. I was drawn in at the start and did not want to put it down. I was not disappointed. There are twist and turns that the author will have you guessing till the end. I like the true friendship and good lesson on values. It seem that I could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. There was times that I caught myself holding my breath. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book!!! Anna is having trouble at work and she had two men helping her out. I wasn't sure at first who I wanted her with but love who she picked. She handled IMO the triangle quite well. It was great seeing Nancy again and how she worked through her feelings about sleuthing and how it affected certain loved ones. A really good mystery that kept me guessing as well as a romance or two. Forgiveness, giving advice, and working through problems as a believer was written so well. Loved h I loved this book!!! Anna is having trouble at work and she had two men helping her out. I wasn't sure at first who I wanted her with but love who she picked. She handled IMO the triangle quite well. It was great seeing Nancy again and how she worked through her feelings about sleuthing and how it affected certain loved ones. A really good mystery that kept me guessing as well as a romance or two. Forgiveness, giving advice, and working through problems as a believer was written so well. Loved how the adults weren't made to look stupid (very common in books today) but wise and teens looked to them for guidance.
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  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Unexpected danger comes to school teacher Anna. Should she be afraid or just let things go and not worry? This story kept me wondering from page to page as to what would happen next. I really enjoyed the interaction with the characters. From high school age to adults, each character has a unique personality and life story. Great read. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Well written. Sweet characters. Subtle twists. &an amazing backdrop. You won't regret reading this series!
  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I literally did not have a clue who did it until the very end. Fun story, kept me on my toes!
  • Jenn Crandall
    January 1, 1970
    It was a very special story. I would encourage young adults to read it because I think it would reach out to them more than anyone. This being the first novel by Kimberly Rose Johnson that I have ever read, I was not disappointed.
  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    Lies, threats, and turmoil. Someone is angry with Anna, and he is making her life miserable.I really loved the characters, as I seem to do with this author's books. They are richly developed with an emphasis on their character. It was fun that the author had two men at the school with an interest in Anna and that they were both so full of great Christian traits that I didn't know which of them I wanted her to end up with.This cozy mystery kept my interest throughout and the clues were dispensed Lies, threats, and turmoil. Someone is angry with Anna, and he is making her life miserable.I really loved the characters, as I seem to do with this author's books. They are richly developed with an emphasis on their character. It was fun that the author had two men at the school with an interest in Anna and that they were both so full of great Christian traits that I didn't know which of them I wanted her to end up with.This cozy mystery kept my interest throughout and the clues were dispensed at just the right pace that I was able to figure out what was going on before the characters did (yay me!) but they were not presented so obviously that there was no challenge.While the main theme of the story was not about anger, there was an important lesson learned by the one who was causing all the problems because of anger directed at Anna. Giving in to anger and letting it fester is never the right solution and will always lead to problems.The author's heart for the Lord shines clearly in this story as she teaches her characters to draw closer to Him.Read my full review with a Preview at Among the ReadsI was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Becky Dempsey
    January 1, 1970
    "The Sleuth's Dilemma" is the 2nd book in the Librarian Sleuth series. It would be best to read the first book before reading this one as some of the story line starts in the first book and is expanded upon in this book. I enjoyed getting to see characters that we met in the first book and getting to know some of them even better. Although I did have my suspicions of who was behind the incidents against Anna that turned out to be true, I still enjoyed trying to unravel what was going on and who "The Sleuth's Dilemma" is the 2nd book in the Librarian Sleuth series. It would be best to read the first book before reading this one as some of the story line starts in the first book and is expanded upon in this book. I enjoyed getting to see characters that we met in the first book and getting to know some of them even better. Although I did have my suspicions of who was behind the incidents against Anna that turned out to be true, I still enjoyed trying to unravel what was going on and who was doing it. Usually when there are two options of guys for the heroine to love, I have a definite favorite. This time, I wasn't sure who I wanted her to end up with. I think in the end she makes the right decision. I found the book to be well written and flowed well. I look forward to reading more about the librarian sleuth.I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    The Sleuth’s Dilemma is the second book in The Librarian Sleuth series by author Kimberly Rose Johnson. Any scripture references in the story are from the King James Version (KJV) Bible.Anna Plum was to oversee this year’s writing contest. The story takes a twist when someone makes a threat toward Anna. With a bit of mystery and romance this makes a great read.This is the first book in this series I have read and it kept me guessing to the end. This book can act as a standalone however I hope to The Sleuth’s Dilemma is the second book in The Librarian Sleuth series by author Kimberly Rose Johnson. Any scripture references in the story are from the King James Version (KJV) Bible.Anna Plum was to oversee this year’s writing contest. The story takes a twist when someone makes a threat toward Anna. With a bit of mystery and romance this makes a great read.This is the first book in this series I have read and it kept me guessing to the end. This book can act as a standalone however I hope to read the whole series. I recommend this book to YA -Adult readers who enjoy a good mystery. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    The Slueth's Dilemma is the second in the series. We met Anna in the first novel. She is happy at her job in the English department at the high school. However, when she is asked to take over the essay contest, things start to go downhill. With the help of her neighbor Nancy and her fellow co-workers, Anna must find out who is putting her job and security in jeopardy. I love how the characters are developed in the book. Even though we have already met some, the author takes the time to introduce The Slueth's Dilemma is the second in the series. We met Anna in the first novel. She is happy at her job in the English department at the high school. However, when she is asked to take over the essay contest, things start to go downhill. With the help of her neighbor Nancy and her fellow co-workers, Anna must find out who is putting her job and security in jeopardy. I love how the characters are developed in the book. Even though we have already met some, the author takes the time to introduce more facts and traits about them. The love triangle and love interests grow and develop. I cannot wait to see where these characters go next. Looking forward to a book 3. I recieved a copy from the author. I review was not a requirement.
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  • Margaret Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    After finishing the first book in the series, I wasn't sure I really liked it. The writing seemed kind of choppy, and the plot didn't seem to flow very smoothly. Since I'd already purchased this second book, I went ahead and read it, and felt much more positive about both books after reading #2. I think getting to know the characters well over two books helped a lot. I decided my main problem wasn't the writing so much as I don't enjoy reading about people committing crimes and how it affects ot After finishing the first book in the series, I wasn't sure I really liked it. The writing seemed kind of choppy, and the plot didn't seem to flow very smoothly. Since I'd already purchased this second book, I went ahead and read it, and felt much more positive about both books after reading #2. I think getting to know the characters well over two books helped a lot. I decided my main problem wasn't the writing so much as I don't enjoy reading about people committing crimes and how it affects others. If you're a real mystery buff, you'll probably love this series!
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  • Anne Wingate
    January 1, 1970
    The Reviewer's DilemmaJohnson requests that no one discuss the mystery itself. It is a little tough to review a mystery without mentioning the mystery!I can say a few words. Nobody gets killed and my suspect didn't do it.The dilemma is not that of the sleuth. It is that of the victim, who has a decision to make about which of her suitors she should favor.The story concludes satisfactorily.Recommended for readers of gentle, clean Christian romantic suspense.
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  • D'anah
    January 1, 1970
    GreatI am really enjoying this series! Can't wait for the next one. The mystery and suspense is really well done. The characters exceptional. Enjoyed every minute of it. Great ending too.
  • Tony C. Landry
    January 1, 1970
    Library sleuthI loved both books. I could not put it down. It kept me reading and interested i loved the mystery and romance. Thanks.
  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    Kimberly’s books are always a treat to read. This series is no exception and this second book was fun with a little mystery included.
  • MRS SHARON HAWES
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable mysteryThis book is a good blend of mystery and romance with interesting characters and a good plot. An enjoyable read.
  • Deon
    January 1, 1970
    I read this on #KindleUnlimited
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