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Death Overdue
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Death Overdue
Haunted Library Mystery Series, Book 1
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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.

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.

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  • Library Journal

    September 1, 2017

    Twentysomething Carrie Singleton is ready to quit Clover Ridge, CT, when she's offered a job leading programs at the spooky local library-which happens to have its own ghostly librarian. Carrie's first event features retired homicide detective AI Buckley, who claims to know who fatally bludgeoned beloved library aide Laura Foster 15 years ago. As he invites audience members to share stories about Laura, AI suddenly collapses and dies. Convinced that the same person is responsible for both murders, Carrie and the spectral Evelyn do some sleuthing in order to uncover the dangerous and disturbing secrets that haunt Clover Ridge. Brook, who also writes mysteries as Marilyn Levinson, launches a spirited cozy series with two plucky and engaging protagonists and a well-drawn, small town library setting. VERDICT Readers of Miranda James, Jenn McKinlay, Carolyn Hart, Nancy Atherton, and Carolyn Haines will be delighted with this paranormal debut.--ACT

    Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 21, 2017
    Free-spirited Carrie Singleton, the narrator of this whimsical first novel and series launch from the pseudonymous Brook, has no plans to remain long in charming Clover Ridge, Conn. But Carrie does love her temporary position as event planner for the local library, so when the library director offers her the permanent job as head of programs and events, she happily says yes. At one memorable library presentation, retired detective Al Buckley reveals that he has finally cracked an infamous cold case: the murder of local woman Laura Foster. But before he can name the killer, he’s poisoned by a lethal treat that someone slipped onto his plate. Carrie believes that whoever murdered Laura also killed Al, so she and Laura’s son set out to find new evidence about the case. With the help of the library’s resident ghost, the late librarian Evelyn Havers, who can only be seen by Carrie and a four-year-old named Tacey, Carrie discovers that Laura harbored dangerous secrets of her own. Fans of Jenn McKinlay will enjoy this series. And never fear: there is a cat. Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agent.

  • Library Journal starred review, Pick of the Month

    Praise for Death Overdue:
    "A spirited cozy series with two plucky and engaging protagonists and a well-drawn, small town library setting. Readers of Miranda James, Jenn McKinlay, Carolyn Hart, Nancy Atherton, and Carolyn Haines will be delighted with this paranormal debut."

  • Diane A. S. Stuckart, New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries (written as Ali Brandon) "A 'spirited' start to a fun new mystery series that kept me guessing to the end. Ghosts, libraries, and cats--all my favorite cozy things fill the pages of Death Overdue."
  • Lucy Arlington, New York Times bestselling author of the Novel Idea mysteries "Brook weaves together a spunky protagonist, a quaint setting, and a ghost with a mind of her own to create a book that cozy readers will be dying to check out."
  • Kylie Logan, national bestselling author of Gone with the Twins "Books and ghosts...what could be more fun! Add two plucky librarians (one who just happens to be dead), throw in a baffling murder, and you've got the perfect combination that keeps readers turning pages."
  • Publishers Weekly Whimsical...Fans of Jenn McKinlay will enjoy this series. And never fear: there is a cat."
  • MyShelf.com "From the first page to last, I was entranced by the characters and setting, and highly recommend it to all mystery lovers--especially if you have a penchant for libraries and ghosts!"
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