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Book Review: Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook

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Buried in the Stacks (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #3)Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Buried in the Stacks is the third book in ‘The Haunted Library Mysteries’ series written by Allison Brook. It will be released in September 2019, but I was lucky enough to win an early copy through NetGalley. I finished reading it this week and give it 4.5 stars, another wonderful entry that has left me sad to wait another year for the next one yet happy to have been able to read this one so soon.

Carrie returned home to a small Connecticut town and took a position at the local library. She was immediately thrust into a few murder mysteries and got off on uneven ground with the local police. She’s moved beyond those relationship woes and is finally learning how to partner with them as opposed to frustrate them. In this caper, someone who works at the library is murdered. I was shocked, as I never expected it to be this person, but perhaps it opens up room for the future stories in the series. A ghost of a former library employee visit Carrie, and it’s not a haunting like in most other stories. What a great use of family ties and connections as well as past characters to tell the entire scope of this tale.

I enjoyed the entire book, and there were hardly any concerns. Carrie’s relationship is making progress with Dylan. We were left with a surprise for the upcoming book. And we dealt with a social and humanitarian issue (homeless) where people tried to solve it rather than avoid it. What a great approach to incorporate into a book. Brook has a wonderful writing style and I have come to appreciate the subtle humor and lessons we take away from each read. I highly recommend this series, but know that it gets better from the first to the third, too.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Book Review: Death Overdue by Allison Brook

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Death Overdue (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #1)Death Overdue by Allison Brook

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

After reading the second book in ‘The Haunted Library Mysteries’ by Allison Brook last year, I ordered a copy of the first in the series, Death Overdue, to read and get current. It’s a great setting and has a little bit of everything for cozy mystery lovers. Carrie Singleton (late 20’s, single) is about to leave Connecticut after visiting her aunt and uncle for a few months when she’s offered a promotion at the Clover Ridge library. Although she wants to escape, a ghost haunting the building convinces Carrie to stick it out. After her first event is held, the author she brought in to discuss new leads in a murder case from ~10 years earlier is poisoned and dies in the library. Carrie investigates to ensure no one thinks poorly of her, but she also finds the challenge an easy distraction to help her decide to stay in town.

Full of great supporting characters and side stories, this series has a lot of potential. You’ve got the ghost of a former employee who died under somewhat mysterious circumstances in a fall in the parking lot (we know that’ll be a mystery in future books!), a few colleagues who dislike Carrie because of her appearance or connection with her uncle as a member of the library board, her thief father who is missing, her sudden attraction with local sexy investigator Dylan, and a whole lot more. I look forward to all the capers and trouble that could happen in this charming New England town.

Brook has a simple yet strong writing style. It’s easy to get lost in the book for a few hours before realizing how far you’ve read. I like the descriptions and dialog as much as the narratives and past details being dropped throughout the story. I am very curious to learn more about Carrie’s aunt and uncle who likely have a very suspenseful and crazy past. This mystery was medium-complex and had a lot of family drama. Ultimately, I thought the killer was a little too easy to identify, but it did keep me guessing a few times in the middle section. I’m curious to see which characters stay in the future books and which ones disappear. There are only 2 in the series so far, but I’m sure a new one will be out in 2019. I’ll be looking for that ARC!

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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Book Review: Read and Gone by Allison Brook

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Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t go on NetGalley, I did… then I requested a few books… then I was awarded said books… and now my ‘ready to read on the shelf’ TBR is back around 25! So… I started with NetGalley reads this weekend, choosing a new author and a book series I’d not read before: The Haunted Library Mysteries by Allison Brook. I even read the second book, Read and Gone, before the debut of the series since I don’t have that one in my possession. I can safely say that I will go back to read the first book and continue reading the whole series.

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In this cozy caper, Carrie Singleton is celebrating Christmas with her family and new boyfriend, Dylan. After everyone leaves, Carrie’s thief father shows up asking for help. Before she knows it, a frustrated and angry Carrie agrees to help him in between her duties running one of the departments in the local library. As the story unfolds, her father Jim’s former partner is found murdered, and Carrie is stuck trying to prove her father isn’t a killer. Add in a few more bodies, and a second mystery at the local senior care facility, and Carrie is quite busy. It’s all connected, but she’s not sure how. In the end, she solves the crime and figures out how to move forward.

At first, the story felt a little too stiff and formulaic, but by 10% it settled in with a really positive and engaging flow. The ghost of a friend’s dead aunt watches over the place, but really doesn’t provide many clues thus far — it’s just an other-worldly presence for some humor. Carrie also struggles in her relationship with Dylan, whose job forces him to play on opposite sides for part of the story. There are lots of suspects, several side-stories, and a welcome amount of refreshing honesty about private citizens acting as detectives. Carrie pushes the limit, but she’s also clearly showing us why she has to. It’s believable.

All in all, I’m glad I downloaded this one, and it only took 3 hours to get thru… a strong start for me in the series pushing me to go back and read more.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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