BURIED IN THE STACKS by Allison Brook
The Third Haunted Library Mystery
Things are going well for Carrie Singleton. She's happily dating Dylan, who will soon be living and working in Clover Ridge, she's supporting her best friend who's planning her nuptials, and she's satisfied with her job as the Program and Events Manager at the library. Carrie's even come to a truce with the despicable research librarian, Dorothy. But things aren't quiet at the library for long. With the cold weather and no place else to go several homeless people are hanging out at the library. As problems and complaints start pouring in, Carrie is intrigued by the idea of a day center and looks to support its creation, while all the librarians cover for Dorothy, who had fallen of the ice. But even on crutches Dorothy seems to be up to her old tricks, and when her car is rammed no one is too surprised. But would somebody actually murder Dorothy? And could a day center for the homeless really be a solution or just a front for illegal activity? Despite warnings to leave things to the police, Carrie is determined to ask questions, but in doing so will she provoke a murderer?
There are a lot of annoying characters in Clover Ridge. Women desperate to be part of a couple, nasty troublemakers, greedy relatives, self absorbed snobs, and even Carrie, who goes all out to appease an ungrateful ghost. Evelyn continues to be more of a hindrance than a help despite her otherworldly status. No wonder murders occur in this small Connecticut town!
Belief in family, worthy or not, loyalty to friends and corresponding pride and shame cause rifts and further the plot in the third Haunted Library Mystery. An important social issue is raised, specifically that of homelessness and particularly how libraries deal with the issue. While good points were brought out, the naiveté of the townsfolk was a bit pronounced with their "solution" to the problem.
BURIED IN THE STACKS is a diverting read combining social issues with murder.
Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook
About the Buried in the Stacks
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019)
Hardcover: 320 pages
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?
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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