Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery

Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery

by Allison Brook

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ISBN-13: 9781683317265
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 166,259
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A former Spanish teacher, Allison Brook writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for young readers. She loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her grandchildren, Olivia and Jack, on FaceTime. She lives on Long Island with Sammy, her feisty red cat. This is her first Haunted Library mystery.

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Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Haunted Library Mystery Series written by Allison Brook/ Marilyn Levinson. 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. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
CatsGatherHere More than 1 year ago
Death Overdue is the first in a new series by Marilyn Levison (writing as Allison Brook). This is an engaging cozy with great characters that had me wanting to read more of the series before I was even halfway through. Carrie Singleton is a young and rootless librarian at the beginning of the tale, but with the offer of a permanent job as Programs and Events head at the Clover Ridge Library in Connecticut. Carrie's first public program is a big draw for the town folk, whose curiosity in an old unsolved murder is piqued by the possibility that the murderer has finally been identified. But the former detective giving the program suddenly dies of poisoning just as he begins his talk. Suddenly Clover Ridge has not one but two murders that need to be solved. As Carrie settles in at Clover Ridge, the home of her beloved aunt and uncle, and begins to make friends of her own she has the help of a special new friend--the ghost of a library aid who passed away several years ago. Evelyn helps Carrie navigate problems at her new job and give insights on the murders as well. As Carrie gains friends and asks questions, it seems as though there is no clear suspect for the murders. But the plot has some twists and turns to give a reader some ideas as to who was responsible for both murders. Although this has a paranormal angle, it is easy to forget that Evelyn is a ghost. The story is satisfying, while also give much more to anticipate--will Carrie's landlord (who seems rather mysterious himself) become her romantic interest? And I'd certainly like to know how well Smoky Joe settles in as a library cat!
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
What first drew me to Death Overdue was the colorful cover with some of my favorite things – books, coffee, books, a cat, and even a window seat to enjoy a book, coffee, and a cat. The opening pages grabbed my attention with a loveable protagonist and a very helpful ghost. Death Overdue is a fabulous first in a new series, A Haunted Library Mystery, and I can’t wait to see the next one. Fans of Granny Apples and Bailey Ruth will love Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost. Carrie came “home” to Clover Ridge, CT in the spring when life had thrown a curve ball. Home was with Uncle Bosco and Aunt Harriet, where Carrie had spent many of her younger years. Carrie took classes in library science, and was currently using it only to shelve books and other assistant work. She had had five different jobs in five different states in the past seven years. Ugh. She was thinking about leaving here, this time for warmer weather, as the air was already nippy. The first of many surprises is that Carrie is offered the position of head of programs and events. She had taken courses in it, and was helpful to anyone who needed help at the library. Sally, the library director, didn’t like Carrie and didn’t want to give her the job, but there wasn’t anyone else. Carrie did, however, get rid of her purple hair style and dress professionally. The next surprise is how the first program Carrie led ended abruptly. It was set up by the prior department head, and is a session with Al Buckley. A former detective, he had been injured in the line of duty, then turned to booze to handle the physical pain before finally retiring. One of his regrets is how he bungled the investigation of a wife and mother, Laura, when she was murdered fifteen years earlier. He has since done additional investigating and felt he knew who the murderer was. Except there was no evidence to prove or disprove it. A few minutes into his discussion, one of Laura’s sons protested. Al died minutes later. While there seem to be obvious suspects, many of the well-defined characters in Death Overdue are not who they seem to be. Carrie and her aunt and uncle are straight up who they appear. Evelyn, who had worked at the library and accidentally died there, is in Carrie’s corner. The author is adept at showing, through realistic dialog and actions, as much as she wants the readers to see of her characters. Plot twists kept this reader on her feet, and I was charmed by Carrie’s family, Smokey Joe, the two men who sought to claim her heart, Evelyn, and the friends she makes. I particularly enjoyed the delightful Halloween party. While I was almost sure who that bad guy/ gal was for much of the book, the end was still a bit of a surprise in light of the red herrings. I highly recommend this intriguing and enjoyable new cozy mystery! I received a copy of this book from the Cozy Mystery Book Review Crew and the author. The review is my own opinion.
MarshaG More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this book. I love cozies in a library setting since I am an avid reader and supporter of my local library. The story and characters were engaging. I literally could not put it down until I got to the end. I am looking forward to seeing where Carrie and Dylan's relationship goes and how the author gets her into more murder situations. The ghost was not over done and she was very likable. I would recommend this book for a good and engrossing read. I am looking forward to the next installment. I received this book for free for a fair and honest review.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Carrie Singleton decides to call Clover Ridge, CT home after a vagabond lifestyle leads her to the small town she spent summers in with her aunt and uncle. A position at the local library becomes available and soon Carrie is the head of Programs and Events. This paranormal cozy was cute. I liked how the present day murder intertwined with a local cold case, enabling a way to get to know the town very quickly. And as far as the ghost, Evelyn is definitely integral to the story, she knows much more about the library than anyone else. There were a few things I hope will lead into the next story, like Carrie's relationship with her cousin and how she and Tacey are the only ones who can see Evelyn to date.
Angela_PT More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait for the next book in the series! The book was well written. I felt like a lot of characters were introduced, hopefully it is for the long term goal of a long series that fleshes out each of the personalities. I felt the 'mystery' was good, but not great (thus my 4 star and not 5 star review). Even with that being said, I read the book in just a few days, and did not guess the identity of the killer. It definitely kept my interest! A good bet for cozy mystery readers. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Janine Muniz More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book! The story takes place in a little cozy town and its library. Carrie, the main character (who I love), is living with her Aunt and Uncle (who I also love) and has a job at the library. The haunting comes in to play when Carrie befriends the ghost of a library employee. And thus begins a mystery full of twists and turns. I couldn’t put this book down, especially as I was reaching the end of the book. I just had to get to the end and find out what happened! I highly recommend this book. It’s a great and fun read. And if you love library cats, Smokey Joe is your cat! I am looking forward to more books in this series!!!! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Death Overdue by Allison Brook is the first in a new cozy mystery series about a haunted library. I found the book to be totally engaging from the first chapter. Carrie Singleton is an unusual character in that she is almost 30 years old, single and been a vagabond for most of her life. She's returned to Clover Ridge to stay with her aunt and uncle until she feels the urge to move on again. She has taken a temporary job at the local library and has enjoyed getting to know the others at the library, except for one. Her nemesis is generally disliked by everyone on the staff and that made her an outstanding character in the book. Then she is offered the job of Programs and Events coordinator and she decides to accept. The mystery plot is fast paced and flows nicely. The secondary characters are all well developed and Evelyn, the library ghost, was always there to help Carrie when she needed her. I enjoyed the twists as solving the current murder would also solve a 15 year old cold case which would bring closure to the family. I was glad to see that the possibility of a romance triangle ended in this book. I am definitely curious about Avery Ames, Carrie's landlord and possible love interest, as his job description is rather vague. I an looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.
momelaine More than 1 year ago
I liked this book quite a lot. The fact that is takes place in a library ( a place I always wanted to get locked in over night when I was a kid because I never had enough time there ) is a lot of fun. The addition of a friendly ghost is very fun! And the fact that only Carrie and Tacey can see her makes it more special. The story line was good. It was hard to figure out who did it and why. It kept me guessing. And I can see we will be kept guessing what the ghost will be wearing when she appears. A fun new series!
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
This was a very well done beginning to this promising series. Carrie definitely wasn't lacking anything in the gumption department. She is driven, smart, and cares about her family. Plus, she can see the ghost that haunts the library she works at! I thought the paranormal aspect was wonderfully done; however, I don't think Carrie was shocked enough when she first saw Evelyn, the ghost. Evelyn is another fun character with a great personality. I am curious as to whether or not there will be a book about Evelyn's death. That would make a great read. Carrie was very close to her aunt and uncle. Her uncle has a lot of influence in town, but she tries not to flash that around. I thought that was another great trait. The mystery had many great layers. It was fun watching Carrie peel them all back. There are two potential love interests for Carrie in this one. There is no reason for love triangle haters to skip this one, for Carrie knows who she wants by the end of the book. I have to say that I totally agreed with her decision. Carrie's search for the truh had her sitting through some awkward situations, but it all pays off in the end when juctice prevails. If you still aren't sold on this one, note that there is an adorable gray cat involved! If you love books that feature driven librarians, haunted libraries, and intrigue, this is the series for you! I received a free copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
djerickson14 More than 1 year ago
Death Overdue is the first installment in the new A Haunted Library Mystery series. This book has everything I most enjoy in a cozy mystery; a quaint town with quirky characters, a mysterious death, a cute cat or dog, and in this case a resident ghost. Carrie Singleton is offered her dream librarian job in Clover Ridge, Connecticut just as she has decided to move on. Her dream job as events coordinator at the town library starts off with a bang when her first quest lecturer, a detective who announces he knows who murdered Laura Foster 15 years earlier, is poisoned during the event and dies. Carrie is drawn into the investigation when she agrees to assist Laura's son Jared in finding out who killed Laura and the detective. Carrie is aided in her investigation by the ghost of the former head librarian, an aspect of the story that I really enjoyed. I also liked that I was not able to easily solve the mystery and figure out who the murderer was. There are several likely suspects, which keeps the reader interested right to the end. Character development, plot movement and dialogue are very well done in this first book of a new series. I look forward to the next book! I was provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ending felt rushed and the ghost seemed to be thrown in. That part of the storyline didn't flow well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book!!
bwilhoite 5 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it not only had Halloween celebrated but Thanksgiving as well. The main character is really likeable. I can't wait to read the second book. I really enjoyed the library setting although I wouldn't consider it haunted. There is a ghost but not a big part of the story. If you're not a fan of ghost or paranormal, I still recommend cause it's lite.
Debb23 5 months ago
I enjoyed this first in the series. Carrie ends up getting a full time job at the library where she is working and not everyone is happy, which is Carrie's first problem her second is when a guest speaker who has been investigating a 15 year old murder and is going to announce who the murderer is suddenly drops dead. Add a ghost that shows up to help her with her job and Carrie's life is kept interesting. I enjoyed the mystery and the characters and will move on to the next in this series.
Sensitivemuse 7 months ago
What I enjoyed the most about this novel is the relationships Carrie develops throughout the book. She finally finds her place in the small town, has a mystery to solve, develops friendships, and even has a ghost to help her out with the mystery. The book was all right, but it wasn’t that great either. The mystery aspect was fine and you were guessing throughout the novel, a few red herrings planted here and there. I took a liking to Carrie’s Aunt and Uncle who are loving and great characters and treat Carrie like gold. The mood and setting of the book was also pretty good. It’s quaint and cozy like it should be. There’s even a library cat that comes into the story. Libraries and cats just go together so well :) The romance aspect of the book was one of the weak points. At first you thought Carrie was going to go for one person but then it turns out to be someone completely different and you’re left wondering where did this come from all of a sudden. It’s awkwardly placed and just doesn’t feel quite right until later. It’s almost as if Carrie’s crush was placed there conveniently just when it was time to solve the mystery. A bit eye rolling, but nevertheless still awkward. Although the ghost assists Carrie when possible you’d rather wish there was more to her story instead of just being a secondary assistant. Perhaps that will be further developed and mentioned as the series progresses. The revealing of the culprit and the climax ending was pretty good and satisfactory but by the time this was happening I was pretty much done. So although the setting, the characters, and the mystery were fine, it just wasn’t enough to get me to continue onto reading the series. To me, it just seemed to dragged towards the last half of the book and I did put it down several times because it didn’t seem to be progressing anywhere. Other cozy mystery readers may enjoy this more than I will though, as this is one of the better ones out there. Worth picking up if you’re into small towns, libraries and a ghostly assistant.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Started out interesting but then dragged on about too much family quirks. Then bam..it ends..
ladygGH More than 1 year ago
Carrie Singleton has been living with her Aunt and Uncle while she works at the local library, but she doesn't stay in one place for long. Her Wanderlust has her wanting to move on to a warmer climate. So when she is offered the position of Director of programs and events she decides to take it. She is approached by Al Buckley a retired police man whose last case remains unsolved. He now believes he knows who the killer is and wants to present his case in a program at the library. During his talk he takes a bite of a cookie and collapses and dies . Who killed him? Was he close to revealing the killer? And of course this is a haunted library with a resident Ghost who talks to Carrie. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more books in this series.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Lots of excitement with two murders. Plenty of possible murderers. Plus a helpful library ghost and a friendly stray kitten. This sounds like it could easily be sappy. It isn't. I kept wondering who could be trusted up to almost the very end.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Carrie has itchy feet, never staying in one town very long, and she's just about ready to take a hike again when the library director in Clover Ridge offers her a full-time position to head up programs and events. Her immediate reaction is that she doesn't want to be tied down but a ghostly voice in her ear prompts her to at least ask for details. When Evelyn Havers reveals herself to Carrie, it's all Carrie can do to not freak out but she's really distracted by the frightening idea of actually settling down. So, when Carrie decides to stay in town and accept the job, she jumps in with enthusiasm, taking on the position's pleasures as well as its normal glitches plus some pointed small acts of sabotage by the woman who wanted the job. Carrie finds a way, with Evelyn's help, to get Dorothy to stop and peace descends on the library, at least momentarily, until guest speaker Al Buckley, a former police detective, drops dead during a presentation regarding new evidence in the cold case murder of Laura Foster fifteen years earlier. Carrie immediately suspects foul play, contrary to her boss's belief, but it's days later before the police say that Al was poisoned. As with many cozies, Carrie really hasn't got any valid reason to investigate but that's OK with me. I enjoyed going along as she followed one clue after another to finally get to the truth and she's smarter than many amateur sleuths, avoiding the TSTL syndrome although she does suffer from running her mouth too much ;-) A plethora of potential murderers keep her busy as does a bit of romance but even that has its own surprises. Speaking of surprises, I was more than a little bemused by Carrie's reaction to having a ghost in her life. With Halloween right around the corner, the timing couldn't be better for this supernatural cozy and, while Carrie can be abysmally self-absorbed and downright immature, I do like her and I adore Evelyn. The icing on the cake is the library setting, my second favorite book-related backdrop, and Carrie is actually a pretty good sleuth with this first case...or, two cases, in reality. I'm going to be eagerly awaiting the next adventure hoping especially to spend much more time with Evelyn.
Angela_PT More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait for the next book in the series! The book was well written. I felt like a lot of characters were introduced, hopefully it is for the long term goal of a long series that fleshes out each of the personalities. I felt the 'mystery' was good, but not great (thus my 4 star and not 5 star review). Even with that being said, I read the book in just a few days, and did not guess the identity of the killer. It definitely kept my interest! A good bet for cozy mystery readers. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Carrie Singleton is like a rolling stone. She’s never in one place very long, and as a result doesn’t have any close friends. She returns to Clover Ridge, Connecticut, a place she use to spend her summers as a child at the request of her aunt and uncle. But after being in town and working at the local library for five months, she’s ready to move on. To her surprise, she’s offered the job of Head of Programs and Events. When she accepts the job, she gets more than she bargained for. Carrie’s first big event is a presentation put on by former police detective Al Buckley. Fifteen years ago, Al was the detective in charge of the investigation into the murder of Laura Foster. Laura was a well-known and beloved library aide who was killed in her home. After spending so much time at the bottom of the bottle and possibly missing clues, Al is sure he now knows who killed Laura. With Laura’s family and friends in attendance for the presentation, Al kills over and dies less than ten minutes in. Carrie feels responsible for Al’s death. If only she would have cancelled the program when Laura’s oldest son showed up upset. Now, she’s teaming up with Laura’s youngest son, Jared, to find out who killed Al and possibly Laura. Allison has created likeable characters from Carrie herself to her aunt and uncle, to Carrie’s new landlord Dylan. She’s even added a ghost to help Carrie navigate her new job. Death Overdue was a story that I found very easy to lose myself in. Once I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down. The mystery was great. I loved the little curve thrown in that kept me guessing. I had no idea until the end who the killer was. I also loved the possibly of a romance for Carrie. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. **Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Carrie Singleton never stays in one place too long but when she is offered a job coordinating the library’s programs and events she just can’t turn it down. Her first program features Al Buckley, a retired cop who is trying to solve the 15 year old murder of Laura Foster, a library aide. Before he can get to far into his presentation he falls to the floor, dead. The medical examiner rules his death a homicide by poison and the police have very few leads. Carrie feels his death is partly her fault. Her boss had reservations about the program but Carrie pushed for it to go on as planned. Carrie is sure his death is connected to the library aide’s death all those years ago. Determined to find the killer and with a little help from her new library friend, who happens to be a ghost, she strives ahead with her own investigation. The closer she gets to the truth the closer she gets is to finding herself “checked out” permanently. I really enjoyed this story. I liked Carrie and her aunt and uncle immediately. They are good people that try to see the best in everyone. Evelyn, the library ghost stole my heart. She appeared whenever Carrie needed her. I could picture her so clearly she felt as real to me as the living characters. We meet several of the library employees, they are quite a group. We also meet the family of Laura Foster and Carrie’s new landlord. The author twists things up a bit in the romance department for our protagonist and I loved it. The library where most of this story takes place sounds amazing. It is a happening place with all kinds of programs and events, more than any library I have been to. I wish we had a library like it nearby. A secondary scene is the guest house Carrie is renting. It also sounds amazing with its rooms, amenities and views. One view being the hunky landlord. The entire story is very well written. It flows nicely and at times is very hard to put down. I liked the interesting and unexpected twists and the edge of your seat moments. Ms. Brook is off to a great start with this series and I am very excited for the next installment.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Death Overdue by Allison Brook is the first book in A Haunted Library Mystery series. Carrie Singleton has been staying (and working) in Clover Ridge, Connecticut with her Aunt Harriet and Uncle Bosco, but she feels it is about time to move on. Then Carrie is offered the position as head of programs and events at Clover Ridge Library (thanks to Uncle Bosco). Carrie accepts the position and settles into her new life. The first program is retired homicide detective, Al Buckley talking about the fifteen-year-old murder of Laura Foster. Al claims to have new evidence that will solve the case and bring the family closure. Before Al can reveal his new evidence, he dies and his iPad is stolen. Someone poisoned Al and Carrie feels responsible for his death (she pushed her boss to go ahead with the program). She teams up with Jared Foster, Laura’s younger son, to not only find Al’s killer, but Laura’s as well. Carrie is busy with learning her new job, looking for new evidence in the murders, dealing with a troublesome co-worker, and locating a place to live. She does, though, get help from the library’s resident ghost, Evelyn Havers. The killer is unhappy with Carrie’s investigation and sets out to make sure that Carrie is permanently checked out! I was drawn into Death Overdue from the very beginning. The author has a nice writing style that is engaging and makes for nice flowing story. I liked the characters, the town, the library, Smokey Joe (the cat), and (my favorite) the ghost. I am amazed at the events the library hosts (I wish my library had something besides boring lectures and movies). The mystery (technically, there are two mysteries) was easily solved (all readers will figure this one out before the reveal). I identified the guilty party before retired detective Al Buckley was pronounced dead. The other elements, though, elevate the story. I give Death Overdue 4 out of 5 pumpkins (I thought I would change things up for October). The investigation consists of light questioning and some searching. The book was also a tad too long (it needed to be shortened) and I could have done with less romance/flirting. I hope we get to know more about Evelyn, the ghost, in the next book. Evelyn is a great character and I want to know more about her past. I also suspect her death was not just a simple slip and fall in an icy parking lot (at least I hope there is more to it). I will definitely be reading the next book in A Haunted Library Mystery series (I want more)!
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
What could be better than a library-related cozy mystery? One with a ghost in it… specifically the ghost of a former librarian. What could be better than that? A dash or two of romance, some warm familial affection, a bit of humor, and books galore. Oh – and TWO cases to solve. And a main character who shares my name. Sign me up please! Carrie is a bit of a mystery all on her own. Dresses goth one day and then -after getting the library job she wanted – we see her more professional side. She’s interested in two different guys, and I was definitely pulling for one over the other. I loved her relationship with her aunt and uncle, but I wasn’t a fan of her approach in other relationships. Overall, though, she’s a great protagonist who sets a fabulous foundation for more in this series. Bottom Line: Death Overdue by Allison Brook is well-plotted, engaging, and leaves us with hints about the direction the rest of the series might take. (For instance, was the old librarian/current ghost’s death really an accident… and why are Carrie & her young cousin the only ones who can see her? I’m so curious to see how these threads play out.) Great characters, intriguing subplots & back stories, and just enough romance & humor to satisfy every type of reader. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)