Blog Tour & Review: Death Checked Out by Leah Dobrinska

Posted December 15, 2022 by elzaread in Blog Tour, Book Review / 6 Comments

Blog Tour & Review: Death Checked Out by Leah Dobrinska

Blog Tour & Review: Death Checked Out by Leah DobrinskaDeath Checked Out by Leah Dobrinska
Series: A Larkspur Library Mystery #1
Published by Level Best on December 6th, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 315
Format: ARC
Source: Great Escapes Tours
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When in doubt, go to the library...and solve the murder mystery!

Greta Plank, library director in the small, lakeside town of Larkspur, Wisconsin, prefers her rose-tinted glasses extra rosy, thank you very much. It’s how she copes with the hard stuff in life…like her sister’s death and her ex-boyfriend’s deception. But Greta’s cheery resolve takes a hit when she stumbles upon a dead body on her way home from work. What she assumes is a terrible accident Greta soon learns is something more sinister, and to make matters worse, a new-to-town detective cites her as not only his primary source for the case, but his top suspect.

To clear her name and save her reputation, Greta decides to do some off-the-books clue cataloging of her own. After all, asking questions is what she does best. With the help of her fellow librarians and her lawyer mom, Greta flips through the pages of the murder, uncovering details about Larkspur’s real estate market and the deceased’s rare book collection as she tries to understand why anyone would have authored his death.

With friends and neighbors stacking up as both victims and suspects, Greta must cross reference the facts and put a hold on her idyllic worldview if she wants to get the full story without paying the fine of her life.

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Level Best Books (December 6, 2022)
Number of Pages ~300
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BHJJ1QRT

Greetings you guys! 2022 has definitely been our year for cozy mysteries. This year, me and my Mommy have read close to 50 of them and how wonderful to end our year with such a brilliant cozy!

It ticked so many of the boxes we love in a book:

  • A Library
  • A Librarian
  • An Idyllic little town
  • Friendships that stood the test of time and boyfriends
  • A moody broody detective
  • A Cat
  • An intriguing recluse
  • A murder
  • A clever sleuth
  • Romantic suspense


We just knew we were going to love this book from the opening line: Larkspur Lane cut through the center of town like the spine of a storybook.

With one sentence and a few clever words put together, the reader is immediately drawn into the story and the tone is set. Now that’s what we consider note worthy writing. The rest of the book did not disappoint and we loved this first in a series set in the whimsical town of Larkspur, Wisconsin. Gosh, imagine you can be a librarian in such a setting…

Luckily our main character, Greta Plank, is an enduring character with just the right amount of curiosity and cleverness to easily become one of our latest favorite female sleuths. Greta is a librarian and librarians are often depicted as loners, but in this book, the friendship between the three librarians form an intriguing part of the plotline and paves the way for more books to follow in the series.

Thank you Lori @ Great Escapes Tours for inviting us on this blog tour. We loved it and look forward to the next instalment. The full tour schedule is available by clicking on the Blog Tour Banner. Be sure to visit my fellow bloggers for a more thorough interpretation of Death Checked Out.

About the Author

Leah Dobrinska is the author of the Larkspur Library Mysteries, a cozy mystery series set in the Wisconsin Northwoods, and the Mapleton novels, a series of standalone small town romances. She earned her degree in English Literature from UW-Madison and 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. Death Checked Out is her debut cozy mystery.

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 local parks, Leah enjoys reading and running. Find out more about Leah, join her newsletter community, and connect with her through her website,

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