cover image Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery

Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery

Allison Brook. Crooked Lane, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-68331-386-1

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. [em]Agent: Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agent. (Oct.) [/em]