I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Allison Brook and her new book Buried in the Stacks. This is the third book in her A Haunted Library Mystery Series. I have read all three and really enjoyed them. You should give these books a try.
Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Digital ASIN: B07NKPTL81
Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin’. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost?
In winter, the Haunted Library is a refuge for homeless townspeople. When a group purchases a vacant house to establish a daytime haven for the homeless, Carrie offers the library as a meeting place for the Haven House committee, but quickly learns that it may be used for illegal activities.
As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her–and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost, six years earlier.
And then Dorothy is murdered–run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece’s killer, but that’s no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbors and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?
I love this series, each book just gets better. The characters are well developed and well rounded, and Carrie has some great friends. I was shocked to see who the victim was, I was definitely not expecting that. I was happy that Evelyn, the library ghost, was more prevalent in this book. And Carrie shared some important news with her boyfriend, Dylan, and he did not go running for the hills.
The writing style flows smoothly and it helped define the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and this brought the library alive in my mind. These descriptions pulled me into the story right from the beginning.
I like the fact that the author took a social issue and wrote about it compassionately. Homelessness is a big problem and the author touched on it and some solutions. I was happy that this issue was addressed.
The mystery was well plotted and was not easily solved. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I was not completely convinced who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end.
I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you like ghostly cozy mystery, like I do, then you should read this series.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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.
My Amazon page: http://amzn.to/K6Md1O
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