Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook

An edge on your seat read that you will be filling the pages to find out what happens.
~Babs Book Bistro
This book is full of characters that the reader will both root for and hate as they jump off the page.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Oh how I love a good cozy mystery especially one that has a library and it haunted. This book has all the makings for the start of a good new series.
~A. Holland Reads
A quick paced read with its humorous moments just in time for my favorite holiday season.
~Laura’s Interests
I was excited when I saw the launch of a new library-based cozy series—and doubly so when I discovered there’s also a ghost! Ghosts and old libraries go together as comfortably as either one does with cozy mysteries. Combining the three is a surefire way to get my attention.
~The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
The mystery in this case was decently constructed, and the writing solid, so that it was a quick, enjoyable read…
~The Ninja Librarian
What a charming supernatural mystery with a cast of characters that you will instantly love!
~Moonlight Rendezvous
I love the premise of the series. Being a librarian myself, I’m always happy when my cozy series either has a librarian as the main character and/or takes place in a library.
~Valerie’s Musings
Great characters, intriguing subplots & back stories, and just enough romance & humor to satisfy every type of reader.
~Reading is My SuperPower
The ongoing activities at the library during the Halloween setting is the icing on the cake in an already delightful debut.
~Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows
DEATH OVERDUE was fast paced, fun read…The mystery elements were very well done, and kept me guessing throughout the book.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683313861
Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she’s offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.
The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie feels responsible for having surged forward with the program despite pushback from her director. Driven by guilt, Carrie’s determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. But as she questions the shadows surrounding Laura’s case, disturbing secrets come to light and with each step Carrie takes, she gets closer to ending up like Al.
Now it’s due or die for Carrie in Death Overdue the delightful first in a new cozy series by Allison Brook.
About The Author
Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.
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The setting of the story in a library really intrigued me. I worked at our public library for fifteen years. The author describes the workings of a library with excellent details. The different programs offered at the library were fun to read about and I was reminded of happy memories of working at my dream job.

Carrie has been staying with her aunt and uncle for awhile and working at the public library in the quaint town. When she gets promoted she is thrilled and also a bit nervous at the same time. She knows that she has a big responsibility to help make the library a fun place to visit. It seems that whatever job you take, there is always that one person who doesn’t like you. No matter what Carrie tried Dorothy took a dislike to her right away. I laugh as I write her name because I had a “ Dorothy” at the library I worked at. Dorothy was mean to Carrie and tried everything to sabotage her job. I had a soft spot for Dorothy though because she had a self esteem problem and wanted to be successful at something.

The story moves at a great pace and we find Carrie in the midst of two unsolved murders. One happened right in the library in front of people attending a program. I can’t imagine having to deal with something like that. An unsolved murder from years ago takes center stage again and I had my list of suspects written down. The author does an excellent job of creating doubt in readers mind as there were so many suspects to choose from. I don’t want to say much more but I will say that I enjoyed this book so much. It is definitely one of my top picks for cozy mysteries of 2017.

I have to mention Dylan. He plays a pivotal part in the story and I thought he was a perfect character. He was mysterious and became protective of Carrie that really made me love his character. There are so many wonderful character throughout the book and I would love to have an aunt and uncle like Carrie has. They are sweet, caring and so welcoming to everyone. Nit to be overlooked are the two brothers in the story. I won’t spoil it for readers so I’ll just say that they act like spoiled  brats . One last character is well , should I tell you about the ghost in the library? I will leave that for you to discover. I was a bit surprised at who ended up being the killer but I think I might have cheered a little also. I can’t wait to read the next in this series. I hope it comes out soon. I have questions that need answers.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour. The review is my own opinion.

Tour Participants
October 14 –  Babs Book Bistro  – REVIEW
October 14 –  Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers  – SPOTLIGHT
October 14 –  A Blue Million Books  – INTERVIEW
October 14 –  Island Confidential  – GUEST POST
October 15 –  Books a Plenty Book Reviews  – REVIEW
October 15 –  Laura’s Interests  – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 15 –  Celticlady’s Reviews  – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 –  A Holland Reads  – REVIEW
October 16 –  The Bookwyrm’s Hoard  – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
October 16 –  Valerie’s Musings  – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 16 –  The Ninja Librarian  – REVIEW
October 16 –  Moonlight Rendezvous  – REVIEW, GUEST POST
October 17 –  Reading Is My SuperPower  – REVIEW
October 17 –  The Pulp and Mystery Shelf  – INTERVIEW
October 17 –  Mochas, Mysteries and Meows  – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 17 –  Lisa Ks Book Reviews  – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
October 18 –  Texas Book-aholic  – REVIEW
October 18 –  Varietats  – REVIEW, GUEST POST
October 18 –  Socrates’ Book Reviews  – REVIEW
October 18 –  Read Your Writes Book Reviews  – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
October 18 –  StoreyBook Reviews  – REVIEW
October 19 –  Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews  – SPOTLIGHT
October 19 –  Bea’s Book Nook  – REVIEW
October 19 –  The Book’s the Thing  – REVIEW,
October 20 –  Back Porchervations  – REVIEW
October 20 –  Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf  – REVIEW
October 20 –  A Cozy Experience  – REVIEW
October 20 –  That’s What She’s Reading  – GUEST POST

1 comment:

  1. Deana,
    Thank you for having me on your blog and for your wonderful review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed reading DEATH OVERDUE and that, having worked in a library, you liked the way I handled the library details.