Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blog Tour: Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook

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.

My Review

Carrie Singleton is more than ready to leave her hometown of Clover Ridge, Connecticut. She’s been living with her aunt and uncle who have been wonderful, but it’s time for her to spread her wings. When Carrie is offered the position of head of programs and events at the library, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. The job gives her the chance to stay in Clover Ridge and start a new career. She has no idea it’s a haunted library, complete with a ghost that tags along with her throughout the day.

Her first event is given by a detective who claims to know the killer of a 15 year old cold case. The victim happens to be a former library worker who had been beloved by the whole town. Carrie, as well as everyone else in Clover Ridge, is fascinated by the case and curious to hear his findings. However, the detective doesn’t live long enough to tell what he knows. He is poisoned in the middle of his presentation.

Feeling guilty for letting the presentation go forward, Carrie is determined to find out who killed the detective. She comes up with more suspects and questions than she has answers.

Allison Brook gives readers a captivating tale in this first book of a new cozy mystery series. She combines a captivating story with a cast of complex characters. I wasn’t sure I would like the main character, but I quickly grew to love Carrie and the people surrounding her.

The plot is like a huge jigsaw puzzle. The author throws in a few red herrings and gives the reader many possible solutions. It’s a charming story and has the feel of a classic mystery.

Quite an intriguing plot. I only wish book #2 was already out so I could start reading it. Very nice start to a brand new series.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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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  1. Yvonne,
    Thanks for hosting me and for your Five Kitty review! I'm so glad you liked DEATH OVERDUE. Book #2—READ AND GONE—is written and in edits.

  2. Oh yeah, this looks like a great one and your review just confirms it.

    Congratulations Marilyn. I'm much input do you have in the final cover. I am a 'cover girl', so they are very important to me.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Thanks, Sherry.
      As for the input re my cover: I was shown the work of a few cover artists and chose the artist whose style I felt best suited my novel. I didn't have any say re the actual cover, but I must say I love the cover of DEATH OVERDUE.

  3. You just made me want to bump it up on my list of reviews to get

  4. Love the sound of this book! A haunted library, a cat and a ghost, what a great storyline.

  5. Love the sound of this book! A haunted library, a cat and a ghost, what a great storyline.

  6. I have this one coming up next on my reading list and I'm so excited about it - especially seeing how much you enjoyed it!


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