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.

Death Overdue (A Haunted Library Mystery, #1) Details

TitleDeath Overdue (A Haunted Library Mystery, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
ISBN-139781683313861
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Holiday, Halloween

Death Overdue (A Haunted Library Mystery, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie Singleton had returned to Clover Ridge, Connecticut to live with her aunt and uncle for a while but she is just about to move on when she's given the opportunity to become the head of programs and events at the local library. When offered the job Carrie is almost ready to turn it down when she hears a strange voice telling her to think on it. Thinking this is her own mind telling her not to pass up the offer quite so quickly she does just that when she finds that the salary will be quite Carrie Singleton had returned to Clover Ridge, Connecticut to live with her aunt and uncle for a while but she is just about to move on when she's given the opportunity to become the head of programs and events at the local library. When offered the job Carrie is almost ready to turn it down when she hears a strange voice telling her to think on it. Thinking this is her own mind telling her not to pass up the offer quite so quickly she does just that when she finds that the salary will be quite nice which would allow her to get her own place and begin her new life while still close to her family. Carrie finds though the voice convincing her to stay is not her conscience but a friendly ghost of a former employee that helps Carrie in her new position. Jumping into her new job Carrie plans to start adding to the events offered at the library beginning with having a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, come and speak when she hears that he knows who murdered Laura Foster, another former library employee who had been murdered fifteen years earlier. Carrie's event however is cut short when the detective is poisoned and dies in the middle of the meeting. Now to try to save her job Carrie decides she needs to begin investigating herself seeing how the police never solved Laura's murder fifteen years before and it seems someone didn't want Al to speak up about who may have committed the crime. Death Overdue by Allison Brook and Marilyn Levinson is the first book in the new Haunted Library Mystery series. Now how in the world could I pass by a book that not only has a main character that shares my name but a setting with a haunted library??? Books and ghosts?? Sign me up please. I will say though jumping into this one I had to keep reminding myself it's called fiction for a reason since sure, a ghost may be fictional but this small town library certainly didn't live up to reality when described either. Unfortunately libraries in the real world are struggling everywhere which is a shame but this one seemed to have endless funds and staff. It threw me off a bit but I sure wish all libraries could be as nice, even if they came with their own ghost. For the most part the book was a decent start to this new series but there were a few other things I think could have used a bit of a change. The relationship side of the book left a bit to be desired leading into two different directions which had me scratching my head on both sides but won't go into too many details there. I wouldn't have minded to see more of the ghost in the story to make use of the more unique setting for this book. Otherwise, I ended up deciding to give this first installment of the series 3.5 stars and would read the next to see where the story heads with the next case. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Rebbie
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book in a Haunted Library Mystery series. It's a unique format because it deals not only in murder mysteries (there's more than one murder to solve here) but it has a paranormal aspect as well. There's a ghost in the library (not a spoiler) that communicates with the protagonist, Carrie Singleton, and it's none other than the former murdered librarian whose crime has yet to be solved.The second murder victim is a retired detective who is about to uncover the identity of the mur This is the first book in a Haunted Library Mystery series. It's a unique format because it deals not only in murder mysteries (there's more than one murder to solve here) but it has a paranormal aspect as well. There's a ghost in the library (not a spoiler) that communicates with the protagonist, Carrie Singleton, and it's none other than the former murdered librarian whose crime has yet to be solved.The second murder victim is a retired detective who is about to uncover the identity of the murderer that killed the librarian. Carrie believes these two murders are connected, and thus intends to solve both crimes.This was a decent first book, even though I would've liked to have seen more written about the ghost of the former librarian. I adore cozy mysteries set in libraries, so I'll definitely be looking for more from this author.
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  • Sabine
    January 1, 1970
    Death Overdue makes it on my Top 10 mysteries of 2017 list! I am almost wondering if there is a well known author hiding behind the name Allison Brook. It is an extremely well written, wonderful flowing story with charming characters. Even the not so likable characters are fantastic. A well rounded cozy mystery that kept me glued to my couch. There's not just 2 murders to be solved but so much more going on in the library and Carrie's life that there is never a dull moment in this book. Evelyn, Death Overdue makes it on my Top 10 mysteries of 2017 list! I am almost wondering if there is a well known author hiding behind the name Allison Brook. It is an extremely well written, wonderful flowing story with charming characters. Even the not so likable characters are fantastic. A well rounded cozy mystery that kept me glued to my couch. There's not just 2 murders to be solved but so much more going on in the library and Carrie's life that there is never a dull moment in this book. Evelyn, the library ghost, is a wonderful addition to the story that added some humorous elements as well. And don't get me started talking about Smokey Joe the adorable kitten. It was a wonderful Halloween themed read which is reflected in the beautiful book cover that tempted me in the first place.I will looking for more from this author.I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Crooked Lane Books and the author provided me with a copy.
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  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: October 10, 2017 Genre: Cozy Mystery This is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series! I really loved this one and am excited to see where the author takes the series next. Carrie (the heroine/sleuth) really spoke to me in this one and I enjoyed her as a character and how she presented herself to the world (especially considering that she was completely changed from the person she used to be). The added paranormal piece was also really exciting and while I wish this gho Release Date: October 10, 2017 Genre: Cozy Mystery This is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series! I really loved this one and am excited to see where the author takes the series next. Carrie (the heroine/sleuth) really spoke to me in this one and I enjoyed her as a character and how she presented herself to the world (especially considering that she was completely changed from the person she used to be). The added paranormal piece was also really exciting and while I wish this ghost was a bit more prominent throughout the book she did make a fantastic secondary character. I can't wait to see more of Carrie and this ghost working together in the future. But, the best part of the book? The setting! We, as book worms, can really appreciate a setting that revolves around BOOKS. And this one takes place (mostly) in a library! This setting really worked for the story and I loved seeing the characters interactions within it and how the author described it -I could almost smell the pages! In addition to all of this, the mystery or "who-dun-it" was pretty good. I couldn't figure out the murderer until it was smack dab in my face. Everything that lead up to it was a mystery as well. What I could have used more of was being able to sleuth with Carrie and Jarred- there weren't too many clues presented to the reader, but I think it all worked out smoothly. Overall, this is a really great debut and first book in the series. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy cozy mysteries, those who like reading about women sleuths, and those who love a little bit of paranormal added into their stories.
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  • Susan Furlong
    January 1, 1970
    Death Overdue is an excellent start to a new cozy mystery series featuring a small town library—complete with a resident ghost!—a formable amateur sleuth, and several well-developed supporting characters. The plot was believable, paced well, and offered plenty of clues and red herrings. The author’s adept descriptions and sense of setting made me feel immersed in the mystery. Overall, a very enjoyable read! I recommend it to all cozy mystery readers.
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  • Dianne Hanson
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say this book captured my attention from the very beginning. Who does not enjoy the setting of a small town, a library, and on top of that, a library with a resident ghost! The main character, Carrie, was terrific and I enjoyed her supporting cast. :) I can see where this is going to be a cute little series. Having said that, I did realize who "did it" before I was even through with the book. But, none the less, enjoyed it anyway. I received this ARC from Goodreads in exchange for my h I have to say this book captured my attention from the very beginning. Who does not enjoy the setting of a small town, a library, and on top of that, a library with a resident ghost! The main character, Carrie, was terrific and I enjoyed her supporting cast. :) I can see where this is going to be a cute little series. Having said that, I did realize who "did it" before I was even through with the book. But, none the less, enjoyed it anyway. I received this ARC from Goodreads in exchange for my honest opinion and I thank them for the book.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in the Haunted Library series. I have read this author before and enjoyed her book. I found this book hard to date as I felt the mystery was not much but I like the ghostly librarian and Smokey Joe. There was a backstory hinted at and felt Carrie Singleton was headed for trouble. Even the supporting characters are well developed and made an impression on me.In this book, Carrie accepted the department head of events and promotions. At her first event the speaker, retired homicide The first book in the Haunted Library series. I have read this author before and enjoyed her book. I found this book hard to date as I felt the mystery was not much but I like the ghostly librarian and Smokey Joe. There was a backstory hinted at and felt Carrie Singleton was headed for trouble. Even the supporting characters are well developed and made an impression on me.In this book, Carrie accepted the department head of events and promotions. At her first event the speaker, retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, dropped over dead. He mentions that he knew who killed Laura Foster 15 years ago. Carrie with the help of the ghostly librarian and Smokey Joe, the library cat investigate the murdered wanting answers for the family. Will she succeed before the killer has a new victim?Disclosure: I received a free copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. the opinions express are my own.
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Death Overdue by Allison Brook is the type of book I absolutely love, from the title to the cover and all the pages in between once I picked this one I up I could not put it down. I read way past midnight to finish it Friday August 25th and was I ever thrilled I did so. Death Overdue is out in October and published by Crooked Lane Books. I don't know Allison Brook but I can tell you that I might just drop everything in the future to pick up and read anything she writes! I was so drawn in by this Death Overdue by Allison Brook is the type of book I absolutely love, from the title to the cover and all the pages in between once I picked this one I up I could not put it down. I read way past midnight to finish it Friday August 25th and was I ever thrilled I did so. Death Overdue is out in October and published by Crooked Lane Books. I don't know Allison Brook but I can tell you that I might just drop everything in the future to pick up and read anything she writes! I was so drawn in by this story and loved the way it was written. It's not exactly paranormal the way I consider a paranormal mystery to be, but having the main character Carrie posses the ability to talk to the resident ghost feels more natural than not! I thought this was a wonderful read. I loved the theme, the characters even Carrie's arch nemesis in the book. Allison does a great job of letting you get to know Carrie but leaving you with questions about her family, about herself and makes you want so much want to be apart of the library staff! A truly great read for fall and I anxiously await the next in what I hope will be a long running series.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    Death Overdue by Allison Brook captured my attention with the vibrant cover and the intriguing description.A story involving a library, ghosts and jealousy is sure to be a hit. I love cozy mysteries that are centered around Halloween, so this book was at the top of my review list.Carrie is a strong character and her colorful friends add some quirkiness to the story.I didn't get the mystery solved as quickly as I hoped, but that's ok, it gives me an excuse to read it a few more times.I can see th Death Overdue by Allison Brook captured my attention with the vibrant cover and the intriguing description.A story involving a library, ghosts and jealousy is sure to be a hit. I love cozy mysteries that are centered around Halloween, so this book was at the top of my review list.Carrie is a strong character and her colorful friends add some quirkiness to the story.I didn't get the mystery solved as quickly as I hoped, but that's ok, it gives me an excuse to read it a few more times.I can see the possibilities in this series and I'm looking forward to reading more by this talented author.I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read this book.
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  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie has been wandering and never really settled down any one place for long. She is just thinking of moving on when she is offered the job of head of programs and events at the library. She decides to take it. During her very first event the speaker is poisoned and it seems the murder he was going to speak about is connected. But who in town is responsible? She also meets the library's resident ghost and starts her own investigation into the murders.This was a nice start to a new series. I wa Carrie has been wandering and never really settled down any one place for long. She is just thinking of moving on when she is offered the job of head of programs and events at the library. She decides to take it. During her very first event the speaker is poisoned and it seems the murder he was going to speak about is connected. But who in town is responsible? She also meets the library's resident ghost and starts her own investigation into the murders.This was a nice start to a new series. I was thrown off as to who the culprit was until it was revealed. Lots of red herrings in this one. I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Leith Devine
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 starsDeath Overdue is a great first cozy mystery in A Haunted Library Mystery series. The characters were entertaining, the small town library setting was perfect, and the ghost wasn't spooky and was a natural fit in the story. The plot was interesting and I didn't figure out the identity of the murderer, which I enjoy in a mystery book.Carrie Singleton has just moved back to Clover Ridge, CT. She's living with her aunt and uncle, and is thinking about moving on until she's offered a plum 4 1/2 starsDeath Overdue is a great first cozy mystery in A Haunted Library Mystery series. The characters were entertaining, the small town library setting was perfect, and the ghost wasn't spooky and was a natural fit in the story. The plot was interesting and I didn't figure out the identity of the murderer, which I enjoy in a mystery book.Carrie Singleton has just moved back to Clover Ridge, CT. She's living with her aunt and uncle, and is thinking about moving on until she's offered a plum job at the local library. As the head of Programs and Events, Carrie is busy planning upcoming discussions etc., but first she has to host a talk by a local retired detective, Al Buckley, who failed to solve the murder of a popular librarian aide named Laura Foster but says he knows who did it now. Her entire family and her old friends come to hear Al speak. During hsi talk, Al suddenly falls over dead, and it turns out that he was poisoned.Carrie is upset that this tragedy happened during her first event, and she meets Jared, Laura's son. They decide to investigate Al's death, presuming that whoever killed him also killed Laura. In the meantime, Carrie is dealing with issues at the library, especially one named Dorothy, a reference librarian who thinks she deserved Carrie's job. Carrie is at her wits end until she meets Evelyn, who turns out to be Dorothy's aunt. Unfortunately, Evelyn has been dead for some years so she can only do so much to help in her ghostly form.This was a fun and enjoyable cozy mystery. The characters were so well written, it felt like they were people you'd love to meet in real life. The town of Clover Ridge sounds like a lovely place to live as well.I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a brand new series by Allison Brook. I was drawn to the story because I love cozy mysteries that are set in libraries, bookstores or have anything to doe with books. Add a paranormal element and I decided to give it a try. It wasn't bad for a first in a new series. There are plenty of good characters that readers will enjoy. I thought the mystery was done well and this time the killer was on my suspect list. The reason for my 3 star review is that I had trouble connecting wi This is the first in a brand new series by Allison Brook. I was drawn to the story because I love cozy mysteries that are set in libraries, bookstores or have anything to doe with books. Add a paranormal element and I decided to give it a try. It wasn't bad for a first in a new series. There are plenty of good characters that readers will enjoy. I thought the mystery was done well and this time the killer was on my suspect list. The reason for my 3 star review is that I had trouble connecting with Carrie Singleton, the main character. I felt like, for me, she was a little flat as a character. I was also a bit disappointed that the ghost of the former library employee didn't play a bigger role. However, I do see the potential in this series and will be back for the next book.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Katie Fitzgerald
    January 1, 1970
    When Carrie Singleton first moved back to her hometown of Clover Ridge to stay with her aunt and uncle, she never imagined herself putting down permanent roots. When she is offered the job of coordinating programs and events for the public library, however, she finds it hard to say no to the opportunity. After accepting the job, Carrie sheds her previously "goth" sense of style, moves into a brand-new rental cottage, makes several new friends (including the ghost of a former library employee) an When Carrie Singleton first moved back to her hometown of Clover Ridge to stay with her aunt and uncle, she never imagined herself putting down permanent roots. When she is offered the job of coordinating programs and events for the public library, however, she finds it hard to say no to the opportunity. After accepting the job, Carrie sheds her previously "goth" sense of style, moves into a brand-new rental cottage, makes several new friends (including the ghost of a former library employee) and attracts the attention of two eligible men, all while trying to solve two connected murders, one of which occurred during her very first library event.I wanted to read this book mostly for the library setting, and I did enjoy that aspect of it. I do have to admit that this is not the most realistic 21st century library, as I think many librarians do dress in Carrie's "goth" style without a word from their supervisors, and Halloween and Thanksgiving programs such as the ones Carrie puts on are often frowned upon these days, at least according to certain members of the profession. For me, though, the Clover Ridge library is a believable place because it reminds me of the small-town library where I started my own library career. I found it charming, and though I am usually not a big fantasy reader, I even enjoyed that the library has its own friendly ghost. I also though the rivalry between Carrie and Dorothy, the director's best friend who had her sights on the programming job, was very realistic and relatable for anyone who has ever been in a similar situation. I also really liked that this book is not just a murder mystery, but a story about how Carrie begins to settle into her new life. I liked meeting all the different people who make up the cast of her day-to-day life, and getting to know Clover Ridge as a community. Even with mysteries, I'm not someone who reads just for plot, so having lots of characters and a great sense of place helped me become invested in this book. Some of the evidence that eventually leads Carrie to the murderer felt a little thin to me, and I wasn't crazy about the way the story ended, but the other elements were so strong that it almost didn't matter. I am now invested in Carrie herself, as well as in her friendship with Evelyn, the ghost, and her budding relationship with a certain male character, and I will be looking forward to future volumes in this new series to see how things progress.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Death Overdue is the debut of the A Haunted Library Mystery series featuring Carrie Singleton. Carrie isn't sure what she wants to do with her life so she's staying with her aunt Harriet and uncle Bosco in Clover Ridge, CT, thinking about where she wants to move next and working part time at the local library.Carrie is offered the head position of programs and events at the library and decides to give the job a try. Unfortunately, a few other people at the library aren't happy and set out to mak Death Overdue is the debut of the A Haunted Library Mystery series featuring Carrie Singleton. Carrie isn't sure what she wants to do with her life so she's staying with her aunt Harriet and uncle Bosco in Clover Ridge, CT, thinking about where she wants to move next and working part time at the local library.Carrie is offered the head position of programs and events at the library and decides to give the job a try. Unfortunately, a few other people at the library aren't happy and set out to make her life as miserable as possible. Carrie is looking forward to her first library program. Retired Detective Al Buckley is going to speak about his investigation into the cold case homicide of local resident and former library employee, Laura Foster. The talk generates a lot of interest and the room is filled to capacity with Laura's sons and husband in attendance. Apparently, Al is a little closer to solving the mystery than someone wants him to be and poisons the man with one of refreshment cookies.Having enjoyed meeting Al, Carrie sets out to find his killer and Laura's. With the help of her new library co-workers and the spunky resident ghost Evelyn, Carrie soon finds herself caught up in small town animosity, intrigue and mystery.A great first! A spunky heroine, a fun supporting cast of characters, a delightful kitten, a feisty ghost and a hunky neighbor equal a perfect cozy.I received an advanced copy of Death Overdue from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.Carrie does not intend to work at the Clover Ridge Library much longer. But when she is offered the job of Head of Programming she decides to give it a try. But when her first program, a discussion of a long ago murder in the town, ends in murder, Carrie is determined to find out what happened. And to do that she has to solve the long ago murder too. With the help of the library's resid I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.Carrie does not intend to work at the Clover Ridge Library much longer. But when she is offered the job of Head of Programming she decides to give it a try. But when her first program, a discussion of a long ago murder in the town, ends in murder, Carrie is determined to find out what happened. And to do that she has to solve the long ago murder too. With the help of the library's resident ghost, she just might pull it off.This book was entertaining but I thought it was a bit busy. There seemed to be so much going on. Carrie is an interesting character as were many of the other characters. There were just so many of them. First books in a cozy series often have this issue. They need to introduce the setting and the characters, not to mention the crime. The mystery was OK if a little muddled. But to me, the characters and setting are the most important things. So I think the next book in the series will be tighter since the setting and characters are pretty well set up.
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  • Michelle Martens-Dragalin
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the story right up to the last half of the last chapter. That is why I only gave it 4 books.  It really was well written, really enjoyable, so much so that I stayed up half the night in order to finishing the book.  I am looking forward to the next book in the series in order to see what ahppens next, which is what I think you should do. . read the next book
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  • Rima Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    A promising start to a new series! The cover alone will catch your eye and once you delve into the story, you cannot put it down! This book has all the elements of a perfect mystery, a librarian who has a wondering soul, a beautifully set town, and an engaging library ghost. This story had a strong story line that definitely keeps the reader engaged, well developed characters, humor, mystery, and an interesting love twist that doesn't take up the entire story. I cannot wait to see what else the A promising start to a new series! The cover alone will catch your eye and once you delve into the story, you cannot put it down! This book has all the elements of a perfect mystery, a librarian who has a wondering soul, a beautifully set town, and an engaging library ghost. This story had a strong story line that definitely keeps the reader engaged, well developed characters, humor, mystery, and an interesting love twist that doesn't take up the entire story. I cannot wait to see what else the author has in store for this diverse and engaging group of characters. I received an advance copy of this book via Netgalley. The review and opinions are my own.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Books, cats and mystery? Sign me up! I loved every minute of this book, because it combines so many elements that I just love to see in a book. I was hooked from the first page, when I first started to see Carrie's character and the town around her. I really liked the difference in this mystery; not only is Carrie trying to solve a recent murder, she's trying to piece together events from before she even came to town.The writing is fun and fresh, and there's plenty of food talk to make you hungr Books, cats and mystery? Sign me up! I loved every minute of this book, because it combines so many elements that I just love to see in a book. I was hooked from the first page, when I first started to see Carrie's character and the town around her. I really liked the difference in this mystery; not only is Carrie trying to solve a recent murder, she's trying to piece together events from before she even came to town.The writing is fun and fresh, and there's plenty of food talk to make you hungry. Seriously, small town food, home cooking -drool- The mystery is tightly wound and full of intricacies that will delight regular cozy mystery readers.This is only the first book, so I predict it will only improve from here. Four stars!
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    I had a hard time warming up to the main character, Carrie. She had a lot of baggage to have the temerity to accuse another character of being juvenile and needing therapy. At least she isn't a moocher and moves out of her aunt and uncle's place, only to fall into a mini palace with a hunky landlord to boot. Come on.I live in a community with two award winning libraries and they don't offer all the stuff this little podunk town's library does. So, there's a disconnect with reality. As well as th I had a hard time warming up to the main character, Carrie. She had a lot of baggage to have the temerity to accuse another character of being juvenile and needing therapy. At least she isn't a moocher and moves out of her aunt and uncle's place, only to fall into a mini palace with a hunky landlord to boot. Come on.I live in a community with two award winning libraries and they don't offer all the stuff this little podunk town's library does. So, there's a disconnect with reality. As well as the library cat. Yes, I've read about them, but Sally's reaction is too mild.I really thought the killer could have been anyone up to the last chapter. The clues to that point were non-existent. Could even have been planted so the killer outs themself. That's a strike in my book.I still give Overdue an ok rating. The story moved along, the ghost was incorporated in the story, though not as much as I would have liked in the mystery element. I'd give a second book a try.I received a call from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great start to a new cozy mystery. I thought the protagonist was really interesting and I enjoyed learning more about her and her issues with her family. The mystery was also multi-faceted which is uncommon in the cozy genre, and I appreciated that it wasn't quite as straightforward. The setting was also fun - I love libraries, and the haunted element was a unique element. Finally, the love interest introduced intrigued me and I can't wait to see where this series goes. My only compla This was a great start to a new cozy mystery. I thought the protagonist was really interesting and I enjoyed learning more about her and her issues with her family. The mystery was also multi-faceted which is uncommon in the cozy genre, and I appreciated that it wasn't quite as straightforward. The setting was also fun - I love libraries, and the haunted element was a unique element. Finally, the love interest introduced intrigued me and I can't wait to see where this series goes. My only complaint is that there seemed to be so many characters introduced quickly that I had to pause a few times to remember who was who.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Clover Ridge, Connecticut doesn’t hold a lot of attraction for Carrie Singleton, and she is thinking of moving on to some place different. Then she is offered a position as the director of programs and events at the town public library. The library is old and haunted, or so it is suggested. After accepting the position, she starts working with her first major event, a discussion presented by retired homicide investigator, Al Buckley. Al wants to expose the murderer of Laura Foster, a part-time l Clover Ridge, Connecticut doesn’t hold a lot of attraction for Carrie Singleton, and she is thinking of moving on to some place different. Then she is offered a position as the director of programs and events at the town public library. The library is old and haunted, or so it is suggested. After accepting the position, she starts working with her first major event, a discussion presented by retired homicide investigator, Al Buckley. Al wants to expose the murderer of Laura Foster, a part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years previously.During the talk, Al asks the audience to share stories about Laura. Unfortunately, someone decides to silence the aging detective before he can reveal whom he thinks the killer is.The autopsy proves that Al was poisoned. Carrie feels responsible for Al’s death, primarily because she had convinced the library director that everything would be fine. Carrie liked Al and is determined to track down who murdered the detective. She is convinced it’s the selfsame individual who killed Laura Foster. Much of her assertions come from the real-life ghost of Evelyn Havers. It isn’t long before she uncovers secrets in and out of the library.Series: A Haunted Library MysteryAuthor: Allison BrookGenre: Cozy MysteryPublisher: Crooked Lane BooksDeath Overdue is the first book in a new cozy series by Allison Brook. The story is an amusing journey through the life of a library and those who quietly keep the world of books revolving. The author writes with intelligence, the characters, and setting brought to life with the use of a fantastic imagination and an ability for making the ordinary extraordinary.The role of Carrie Singleton is a mixture of someone who doesn’t want to grow up and someone who has never known a family’s love. When the story first opens, Carrie dresses like a “goth girl” but she is 30 years old. When she makes the switch to a working head of a department, she dresses as a professional adult. Carrie quickly realizes that she doesn’t miss her goth attire or her former life. This is also a story of transformation. Carrie becomes someone the reader begins to love. They will cheer as they watch her grow into a settled, happy adult, instead of the never fit in, never loved, letting life pass her by girl. As she starts to bloom under a new environment and a loving family, Carrie changes. The reader begins to understand her past and encourages her with each accomplishment.The additional characters in Death Overdue are charming and add to the appreciation of this book. Evelyn, the ghost is a pleasant and intelligent character that sometimes the reader forgets is not alive. Even Dorothy, the unlikeable nemesis becomes a little nicer by the end of the book but not altogether likable. Sally, Carrie’s boss and the head of the library starts out as a character the reader will not like. She will ultimately evolve into a cherished friend to Carrie and the reader. Carrie’s Aunt and Uncle are lovable and exceptional people who love Carrie like a daughter. They are thrilled she has come home at long last to settle down where they can see her and spend time with her.The story is packed with twists and turns, and most readers will not be sure of who the murderer is until the very last minute. Ms. Brook has composed a fast-paced, suspenseful story with characters the reader will wish to read about over and over. The writing is smooth; the author never loses track of the primary plot. This book is recommended for anyone who enjoys their cozy with a slight twist of paranormal and a setting that they might find in their own neighborhood.An ARC was provided by Netgalley
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  • Annie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC of the book.Cosies are my favourite kind of mystery, and paranormal-themed ones are at the top of that list. I'm always on the lookout for a new series to try and this looked ideal: a library, a ghostly librarian, a library cat. It had all the makings of a series I could really sink my teeth into.I have very mixed feelings about this book. I appreciate that it's the first in a new series and there are always teething issues with Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me with an ARC of the book.Cosies are my favourite kind of mystery, and paranormal-themed ones are at the top of that list. I'm always on the lookout for a new series to try and this looked ideal: a library, a ghostly librarian, a library cat. It had all the makings of a series I could really sink my teeth into.I have very mixed feelings about this book. I appreciate that it's the first in a new series and there are always teething issues with a first novel while both the author and reader get to know the premise, the characters, the town, the theme, etc. I didn't overtly dislike it, but it was difficult to connect with any of the characters because they all appeared a bit flat and slightly stereotypical: the jolly, childless relatives who were kind and loving and opened their home to the wayward MC; the librarian MC who wants to keep running away from her life, but is suddenly offered the job of her dreams in this tiny town; the romantic interest who is mysterious and handsome (of course); a secondary love interest that actually isn't; and a cast of characters that are all more or less just there, rather than participating fully and actively in the MCs life.It just wasn't very interesting. The 'romance' began entirely in her head and mostly stayed there until an out of the blue encounter near the end. The reaction of both the library head and the patrons to a cat in the library, while one that I would genuinely love and appreciate, simply isn't realistic (allergies, anyone?), much like the MCs reaction to her first experience of the library ghost.There was some clumsy and unrealistic dialogue, and she spent a great amount of time in her head, asking herself questions about anything and everyone. The police didn't seem to be doing anything at all, with or without her help, to find anyone's killer, and there were unresolved questions about the murder (what about the jewellery the MC found?). The number of qualified staff and amount of funds available for the programmes (and everything else) at the library was every librarian's dream. I don't know how it's funded, but it's completely unrealistic for (what I imagine is) a small town in the middle of more-or-less nowhere. Still, fun to dream about!Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the book, I would like to read the second in the series to see if the characters and premise get better and stronger.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie Singleton is ready to leave Clover Ridge, Connecticut, when she is offered the job of events coordinator at the public library where she works. Though she spent summers in Clover Ridge, she never intended to stay when she came to visit her great-aunt and great-uncle. This job is just the challenge she is looking for and it becomes more than a challenge when her first guest speaker dies after eating a cookie. Al Buckley had come to talk about the murder of a housewife that happened fifteen Carrie Singleton is ready to leave Clover Ridge, Connecticut, when she is offered the job of events coordinator at the public library where she works. Though she spent summers in Clover Ridge, she never intended to stay when she came to visit her great-aunt and great-uncle. This job is just the challenge she is looking for and it becomes more than a challenge when her first guest speaker dies after eating a cookie. Al Buckley had come to talk about the murder of a housewife that happened fifteen years earlier. He was the police detective in charge but messed up the case because of his drinking. Once he got himself straightened out, he began investigating again and now believes that he knows who murdered Laura Foster. Someone doesn't want the identity of the killer to come out.Despite knowing Al for about fifteen minutes and having no experience as a detective, Carrie decides to solve the crime that has baffled the police for fifteen years. She teams up with Jared who is Laura's youngest son (and a potential suspect). Together they interview people who know Laura and who knew Al to try to solve the crime.Carrie is also dealing with a co-worker who is jealous that Carrie got the job she wanted and the ghost of a former library employee who is the vengeful co-worker's aunt. After living with her aunt and uncle since her arrival in town, now that she has a full-time job, she is looking to get a place of her own. She gets a great deal on a cottage owned by the mysterious Dylan Avery who was a childhood friend of Carrie's brother Jordan. There is a romantic triangle here as Jared wants to do more than investigate with Carrie and Carrie is fascinated by the mysterious Dylan. There are also quite a few suspects in Laura's death including her husband, son with anger management issues and even Jared who is keeping secrets of his own. Then there is Laura's secret lover as a possibility.This was a nice mystery which reads as a first book. The plotting is fine if you can get behind the assumption that Carrie would attempt the solve the mystery at all. I felt that there was some inconsistent character development with some of the side characters. I do look forward to reading more by this author about Carrie and her ghostly assistant.
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  • Sunshine
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARE of this book on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions/thoughts expressed are my own. More like three and a half stars rounded up.This was a decent debut for a series.I feel like the "ghost" aspect could have been a bit more thorough as she didn't seem to feature heavily overall.I also feel like the addition of the random library cat at about the &0% mark was an odd choice (Perhaps this will be more expounded upon in future book I received an ARE of this book on NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions/thoughts expressed are my own. More like three and a half stars rounded up.This was a decent debut for a series.I feel like the "ghost" aspect could have been a bit more thorough as she didn't seem to feature heavily overall.I also feel like the addition of the random library cat at about the &0% mark was an odd choice (Perhaps this will be more expounded upon in future books).The "whodunit" was subtle, alluded to with a bit of phrasing early on, but overall wasn't revealed until around the 96% mark.As far as the relationships developed? Some were built on well and others felt abrupt.I liked that our main character had a Goth style that then matured as fits her age and that she was shown to be settling in now. I didn't care for the overeating aspects. I could understand if it was one character alone, but every single character seemed to have a problem with overeating. I could "digest" that more if this novel took place in the South or something as Southerners tend to want to keep eating so as not to offend the hostess or people who brought the food, but it felt like a strange choice here.Carrie wasn't overall very relatable, but I did enjoy reading about her new job position. It felt a bit unlikely for a library to have that many incredible programs and her cottage find felt extremely far-fetched. I also found it off-putting that she had a maid and a repair man that way. (Going so far as the repair man just showing up in her home and her not saying anything. Why? Why wouldn't she tell him to not do that?Who randomly goes into a persons home like that?!)For all of the moments of disbelief, I had to keep reminding myself this was fiction afterall.I may not continue on with this series as I don't know if I am invested enough with the characters. I'm undecided on that at this point. It wasn't a bad book, it simply wasn't what I was used to from a cozy.Read about other books I have reviewed here:Blog
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  • Anisaa
    January 1, 1970
    Death Overdue is the first book in the Haunted Library Mystery series! It stars Carrie Singleton, the new head of programs and events at the spooky local library in Clover Ridge. Her first event involves a presentation by retired homicide detective, Al Buckley who says that he solved a fifteen-year-old cold case, but before he can reveal anything—he keels over dead. Poisoned. Driven by guilt, Carrie starts looking into Al’s murder, while trying to solve the fifteen-year-old cold case. My one pet Death Overdue is the first book in the Haunted Library Mystery series! It stars Carrie Singleton, the new head of programs and events at the spooky local library in Clover Ridge. Her first event involves a presentation by retired homicide detective, Al Buckley who says that he solved a fifteen-year-old cold case, but before he can reveal anything—he keels over dead. Poisoned. Driven by guilt, Carrie starts looking into Al’s murder, while trying to solve the fifteen-year-old cold case. My one pet peeve when it comes to cozies is that I hate formulaic plotting—basically predictability, but this haunting debut was far from that. It was awesome! I absolutely loved the main character Carrie. We had so much in common! I loved her eccentric flair, and that she wasn’t some cookie cutter girl next door, but she was clever with a spunky attitude, and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. I also loved that every decision she made in regards to the mystery was smart. I can’t stand it when these amateur sleuths just run around, making stupid decisions that really make no sense in the long run. But not Carrie :)Besides Carrie, all the other characters were very entertaining and charming. Everyone had their own unique style, issues and quirks. The town of Clover Ridge definitely had a wide range of people, and I enjoyed everyone. The mystery itself was very thought-provoking and engrossing. It really drew me in and kept my interest. It was very well-plotted and the author was very clever when it came to suspects, basically casting doubt on everyone so that the ending couldn’t be easily guessed. That’s the one thing that hooks me as a reader, that unpredictability. I hate when I can guess the bad guy right off the bat, but I couldn’t with this story and I loved that! Overall, an excellent start to a new series! I devoured this book, and I was so sad when I got to the end. I’m going to miss Carrie and her friends, but I can’t wait until the next installment. * I received this book from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest review*
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  • Barbara Hackel
    January 1, 1970
    Death Overdue started out gently with a library assistant who dresses goth to shock the older librarians. She has been on her own and flitting from place to place since quite young. Now she has landed in the only town she could consider her home town, where her Aunt Harriet and Uncle Bosco live, and generously took her into their home. While she loves them both, she just never stays long in one place, and things are getting too comfy. Time to move on...Then Carrie is offered a better position at Death Overdue started out gently with a library assistant who dresses goth to shock the older librarians. She has been on her own and flitting from place to place since quite young. Now she has landed in the only town she could consider her home town, where her Aunt Harriet and Uncle Bosco live, and generously took her into their home. While she loves them both, she just never stays long in one place, and things are getting too comfy. Time to move on...Then Carrie is offered a better position at the library. Due to a senior librarian moving to California with her husband, there is a position available that she is fully trained for and actually sounds exciting to Carrie. The position is head of Programs and Events, and to tell the truth, Carrie is excited. However she takes the night to think it over, and decides to accept the position after careful consideration...and some kind words from a ghost. (Turns out the library is haunted by a librarian who died a few years before in the parking lot.)From that point forward things get more and more interesting and the story begins to move forward much faster. At a program that features a retired police detective, the gentleman is going to discuss the cold case of another librarian's murder just about 4 years ago. He starts the program out by asking people questions and listening to what they say about the victim. Only a few minutes into the evening, he suddenly dies from eating a poisoned cookie that no one knows from where it originated. Now there is no one who knows who the murderer was. Before long, Carrie joins with the son of the murdered librarian and they try their best to find out who killed his mom.So much happens in this book-it is jam packed with action and supposition. I could hardly put it down at night when I absolutely HAD to stop reading at 1 or 2 am. I hope there are other books to come in this series, because many things are left up in the air, and the characters are too good to ignore! Don't miss this terrific mystery of a small town and the library, ghosts, and romance!
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  • Martha Cheves
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-Order now for it's October 10, 2017 Release!Death Overdue - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish Carrie Singleton is back in Clover Ridge, Connecticut, spiked purple hair and all. She’s staying with Great Uncle Bosco and Aunt Harriet, who offered her a home when her own mother wouldn't. As for her father—for all Carrie knows, he might be back in jail. But it’s time to move on. The job Uncle Bosco has wrangled for her in the Pre-Order now for it's October 10, 2017 Release!Death Overdue - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish Carrie Singleton is back in Clover Ridge, Connecticut, spiked purple hair and all. She’s staying with Great Uncle Bosco and Aunt Harriet, who offered her a home when her own mother wouldn't. As for her father—for all Carrie knows, he might be back in jail. But it’s time to move on. The job Uncle Bosco has wrangled for her in the Clover Ridge Library is boring and makes no use of her library science degree. Besides, much as she’s grown to love her aunt and uncle, she simply can’t stay in one place very long. She’ll soon turn thirty, and she’s held five jobs in as many states. it’s time to go. The library director’s offer to be Head of Programs and Events comes as a shock. It would mean drastic changes in Carrie’s lifestyle. No more purple hair. No more black Goth outfits. No more running carefree. She would have responsibilities. Others would be depending on her. She would have to grow up and fast. The ghost of Evelyn Havers appears and urges Carrie to take the job. Evelyn worked in the library until her death a few years ago. At Carrie's first scheduled event, a retired homicide detective is murdered while talking about a cold case he claims to have solved. Carrie believes the two murders are linked. With Evelyn’s help she sets out to find the murderer. Allison Brook is one author that I can't get enough of. I've read everything she has written, I think, and have enjoyed them all. When I started Death Overdue, I decided I knew who the murderer was after about 60 pages. Yep, I was wrong. I wasn't surprised when the truth finally came out, but by then I had about 6 suspects. Finishing this book has left room for many more books to come. I can't wait to read them.
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Carrie Singleton is thinking about moving from her hometown of Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she becomes the head of programs and events at the local haunted library. Her first event is the presentation by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who believes he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a part-time library aide who was beaten to death fifteen years earlier. After he bites into a cookie during the presentation, he drops dead. After the medical examiner reveals that poison killed Al, Ca Carrie Singleton is thinking about moving from her hometown of Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she becomes the head of programs and events at the local haunted library. Her first event is the presentation by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who believes he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a part-time library aide who was beaten to death fifteen years earlier. After he bites into a cookie during the presentation, he drops dead. After the medical examiner reveals that poison killed Al, Carrie feels guilty and decides to investigate the murders. With the help of a friendly ghost, Carrie finds more secrets are hidden in the shadows and needs to find the truth before someone believes her death is overdue.This is a great read for anyone who loves a cozy, fun mystery. I instantly liked the main character, Carrie, and how she had different sides to her character, one reserved librarian and the other a little Goth. I loved how the library’s ghost was not scary, but friendly and informative. Carrie’s aunt and uncle were a good sounding board and showed love whenever possible. With enough suspense and red herrings to keep the reading light burning throughout the night, I would recommend this book to any mystery lover. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Homerun2
    January 1, 1970
    A pleasant debut cozy featuring a librarian, a ghost and a cat. Librarian Carrie Singleton was itching to get away from her home town until a promotion to Programs and Events coordinator convinces her to stay put. Unfortunately, one of the first programs she is involved with culminates with the shocking death of the speaker -- a retired police detective who had investigated an unsolved murder of a library employee years before.Carrie feels obligated to find out more about the whole series of eve A pleasant debut cozy featuring a librarian, a ghost and a cat. Librarian Carrie Singleton was itching to get away from her home town until a promotion to Programs and Events coordinator convinces her to stay put. Unfortunately, one of the first programs she is involved with culminates with the shocking death of the speaker -- a retired police detective who had investigated an unsolved murder of a library employee years before.Carrie feels obligated to find out more about the whole series of events and two murders that have taken place. In the meantime, we see her develop from a post college Goth type with a gray outlook on life to a more mature professional woman with a little confidence. She moves out of her aunt and uncle's home to her first house of her own, which comes with a mysterious and attractive landlord. She begins to make friends, one of whom is the cheerful ghost of a former long ago librarian.The story sometimes seems a little bogged down in endless minor detail -- what Carrie had for lunch, what she bought at the mall, etc. And there is a fair amount of repetition. The author has done a good job of showing us that Carrie is actually happier than she's ever been, so it wasn't necessary for her to remind us several times in the second half of the book.Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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