Friday, October 6, 2017

Death Overdue - Review


DEATH OVERDUE by Allison Brook
The First Haunted Library Mystery

Carrie Singleton has been spending time with her aunt and uncle in the small town of Clover Ridge, Connecticut, but as much as she loves her family, wanderlust has struck again and Carrie is ready to move on, preferably somewhere warmer. The offer of her dream job convinces her to stay, however, and now she's shedding her goth look and preparing for her new responsibilities as head of programs and events for the library. Despite the love and support of her uncle and aunt and the assistance of the library's resident ghost, Carrie must contend with a spiteful librarian determined to sabotage her. But could that sabotage go so far as murder?

The first Haunted Library mystery is a story about growing up. We see Carrie gradually evolve from a vagabond with a slightly rebellious streak to a young woman joining a community and putting down roots. We also see the characters that haven't matured and the problems associated with people who are unable to grow and change.

The small Connecticut town with a haunted library and an adorable kitten is the perfect backdrop for a mystery series. I was a bit taken aback by the ease at which Carrie accepted the ghostly Mrs. Havers, but as the story progressed I found myself swept into Carrie's world. DEATH OVERDUE is a fun read and a promising start to a new series.

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