Wednesday 25 October 2017

Death Overdue (A Haunted Library Mystery #1) by Allison Brook

Death Overdue (A Haunted Library Mystery, #1)
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.  (Summary via Goodreads)

There is so much to LOVE in this new series by Allison Brook.  Death Overdue is the first book in the Haunted Library Mystery series and not only will you love the story and the people but Brook's will have you actually laughing !!  She will also keep you on your toes trying to solve the murders.  I can almost bet that you will end up just as shocked as me when you find out who did it !!

Any book that can pull at your emotions.....wether it is laughing, crying, sitting on the edge of your seat frightened, or turn the pages faster a winner in my eyes.  And Death Overdue is loaded with all of that.

Not only is this a cozy mystery but it can also be described as a fairy tale.  The main character Carrie is definitely living a dream life.....she lives with her aunt and uncle in the beginning who love and spoil her, she receives a new position at the library that she falls in love doing, she moves into a well furnished cottage right on a river, has a dreamy yet mysterious landlord, and has made some good friends.  So what if the first program she is in charge of in her new position ends up with the guest speaker dropping dead and there is one co-worker trying to make her fail at her new job and there is a ghost in the library that only her and one other person can see and communicate with.  

Wait ..... what.... back up.... slow down right ?  

Yes a retired detective is speaking about a 15 year old murder case that he now knows who commited the crime but before he can reveal who it is he drops dead.  This is the first program that Carrie is in charge of since she recieved the job of Head of Programs and Events at the library.  Carrie decides to look into the detective's death as well as the murder that he was there talking about.  Who better to team with than the son of the woman murdered 15 years ago.  

As you read Death Overdue you are introduced to Carrie and her family.  You also get to know all about members of the small town that she lives in....past and present members.  Some people you get to know a little too well and some you will want to know more about.  You also get to hang out with Carrie at work in the library and see the relationships with her co workers develop.  This is where you will "see" Evelyn the library ghost.  

Brook's has mastered the act of story telling.  As you begin to read Death Overdue you are swept right into the story and will not want to put the book down.  You cannot help but wish you were Carrie in most ways and like her you will want to solve both murders even if one of her new friends is the guilty party.  

So I encourage you to pick up a copy and sit in your favorite reading nook and spend some time with Carrie in Clover Ridge.....

Review by Missi S.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your wonderful review of DEATH OVERDUE!