Death Overdue by Allison Brook

Death Overdue

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 wa...

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  • Juli

    Carrie Singleton is a free spirit. She doesn't stay in one place too long. She likes her freedom. But, then she gets offered the job as head of programs and events at the library in Clover Ridge, CT. It's a better paying and more permanent job than she has ever had before. She not only discovers that the job is a bit hectic, but that the library has its own resident ghost. Things get out of hand for Carrie immediately. Her first event is a presentation by a retired local police detective. Al Buc

    Carrie Singleton is a free spirit. She doesn't stay in one place too long. She likes her freedom. But, then she gets offered the job as head of programs and events at the library in Clover Ridge, CT. It's a better paying and more permanent job than she has ever had before. She not only discovers that the job is a bit hectic, but that the library has its own resident ghost. Things get out of hand for Carrie immediately. Her first event is a presentation by a retired local police detective. Al Buckley claims he has new information about a decades old local murder case. But, before he can reveal the new evidence....he drops dead. Right in the middle of the library. Carrie feels a bit guilty because Al was poisoned at her library event, so she decides to investigate not only the death of Al Buckley, but the old murder case of Laura Foster as well.

    I loved this book! Not only because of the haunted library theme -- perfect for an October release! But also because I just enjoyed the characters, the plot and the premise for this new series. Carrie is a strong and intelligent woman who loves her freedom but also realizes that being an adult requires....adulting. The ghost of a former librarian is a hoot -- and a helpful side character that is woven into the plot. Nicely done! And I got sucked right into the story from the beginning. Poor Carrie -- her first event at her new job and the speaker drops dead. Not only that but there is a bit of job tension, jealousy and funny goings-on at the Clover Ridge Library. I had to keep reading to find out if Carrie survived both her promotion, all the adulting, and her amateur sleuthing. :) A great mix of mild spookiness, humor and mystery. Great start to a new series!

    The mystery moved along at a nice pace with a nicely complex plot. There were several situations going on with multiple suspects. It was a well-written,enjoyable read!

    As with most cozy mysteries, the cover art for this book is supremely awesome. :) Definitely eye-catching!

    I will definitely be awaiting new books in this series! Allison Brook is a pen-name for author Marilyn Levinson. For more information on the author and her other books, check out her website:

    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Crooked Lane via NetGalley. I also won a print ARC from Goodreads. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.**

  • Barb

    Carrie has come home to Clover Ridge for a temporary respite, but changes her mind when offered a job as head of Programs and Events at the local public library. At her first event, a retired homicide detective, who claims to know the identity of a decades-old cold case, collapses and dies. Feeling responsible for his presence at the library, and convinced that the two cases are related, Carrie is determined to find out who is guilty of not one but two murders.

    I usually go into new-to-me series

    Carrie has come home to Clover Ridge for a temporary respite, but changes her mind when offered a job as head of Programs and Events at the local public library. At her first event, a retired homicide detective, who claims to know the identity of a decades-old cold case, collapses and dies. Feeling responsible for his presence at the library, and convinced that the two cases are related, Carrie is determined to find out who is guilty of not one but two murders.

    I usually go into new-to-me series with a healthy dose of trepidation, as many first-in-series books just aren't quite my cup of tea. This book, however, was an exception to the "rule." Having worked in our local public library for nearly a decade, the setting rings true (although this particular library apparently has a lot more money in its budget than our library does!). The characters are well-developed, and relationships between those characters are established without a lot of unnecessary background. While I thought I knew who the killer was well before it was revealed in the book, I wasn't sure until the reveal. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  • Susan Furlong

    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.

  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    Alas, I just couldn't get into this one. I didn't like Carrie AT ALL. She calls her coworkers "dimwitted" and "juvenile," yet she is a 30-year-old woman who dressed like a goth and mooched off her aunt and uncle. The writing also felt clunky and a bit juvenile to me. The plot was all over the place. The characters felt very one dimensional as well. Ya, this just wasn't that great IMO. Onwards...

  • Carrie

    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.

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  • ☘ Book of Secrets ☘

    A haunted library and Halloween? DEATH OVERDUE pulled me in with some of my favorite elements. Main character Carrie Singleton is the new head of programs and events at Clover Ridge's local library. Unfortunately it's not exactly smooth sailing at first. Carrie discovers the ghost of a former librarian haunting the stacks, learns that not everyone at the library is thrilled with her getting the job, and hosts her first event where the keynote speaker is murdered. Carrie is convinced his death is

    A haunted library and Halloween? DEATH OVERDUE pulled me in with some of my favorite elements. Main character Carrie Singleton is the new head of programs and events at Clover Ridge's local library. Unfortunately it's not exactly smooth sailing at first. Carrie discovers the ghost of a former librarian haunting the stacks, learns that not everyone at the library is thrilled with her getting the job, and hosts her first event where the keynote speaker is murdered. Carrie is convinced his death is tied to the unsolved murder of another library employee 15 years earlier, so she does some investigating on her own.

    This new series has potential, especially for fans of paranormal cozies and library settings. The two interwoven murder mysteries were intriguing, though it took a while for me to get into the story. I felt like there were too many details of daily happenings that slowed down the flow at times. I also wanted the library ghost to be more integral to the plot, and for Carrie's reaction to the ghost be more - realistic? She wasn't freaked out in the least bit. I think Carrie's character overall needs to be spiced up a bit as the series continues.

    The Halloween elements in DEATH OVERDUE were a lot of fun. Will see where the author goes with the next book.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sabine

    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.

  • Rebbie

    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.

  • LORI CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Carrie Singleton never stays in one place too long but when she is offered a job coordinating the library’s programs and events she just can’t turn it down. Her first program features Al Buckley, a retired cop who is trying to solve the 15 year old murder of Laura Foster, a library aide. Before he can get to far into his presentation he falls to the floor, dead. The medical examiner rules his death a homicide by poison and the police have very few leads.

    Carrie feels his death

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    Carrie Singleton never stays in one place too long but when she is offered a job coordinating the library’s programs and events she just can’t turn it down. Her first program features Al Buckley, a retired cop who is trying to solve the 15 year old murder of Laura Foster, a library aide. Before he can get to far into his presentation he falls to the floor, dead. The medical examiner rules his death a homicide by poison and the police have very few leads.

    Carrie feels his death is partly her fault. Her boss had reservations about the program but Carrie pushed for it to go on as planned. Carrie is sure his death is connected to the library aide’s death all those years ago. Determined to find the killer and with a little help from her new library friend, who happens to be a ghost, she strives ahead with her own investigation. The closer she gets to the truth the closer she gets is to finding herself “checked out” permanently.

    I really enjoyed this story. I liked Carrie and her aunt and uncle immediately. They are good people that try to see the best in everyone. Evelyn, the library ghost stole my heart. She appeared whenever Carrie needed her. I could picture her so clearly she felt as real to me as the living characters. We meet several of the library employees, they are quite a group. We also meet the family of Laura Foster and Carrie’s new landlord. The author twists things up a bit in the romance department for our protagonist and I loved it.

    The library where most of this story takes place sounds amazing. It is a happening place with all kinds of programs and events, more than any library I have been to. I wish we had a library like it nearby. A secondary scene is the guest house Carrie is renting. It also sounds amazing with its rooms, amenities and views. One view being the hunky landlord.

    The entire story is very well written. It flows nicely and at times is very hard to put down. I liked the interesting and unexpected twists and the edge of your seat moments.

    Ms. Brook is off to a great start with this series and I am very excited for the next installment.

  • LadyJ71

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