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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Blog Tour, Character Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway for Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook

Meet Evelyn Havers
by Marilyn Levinson

Mystery book reviewers will tell you that I'm the ghost that haunts the Clover Ridge Library in Allison Brook's Haunted Library mystery series. Well, it's true that I died and left this earthly plane after I fell one icy night in the library's parking lot, but haunting is a bit harsh to describe what I do. I mean, I don't go around in chains making weird sounds and frightening the patrons. Rather, I'm a well-bred woman in my mid-sixties (one good thing about my condition is that I never age) and I often visit the library where I worked as a library aide.

I noticed a young woman working in the library. Carrie Singleton was in her late twenties and very pretty—at least she would have been pretty if she'd stop dying her hair purple or green and wore clothes that flattered her instead of clunky boots and black pants, dark tunics and earrings that reached her shoulders. A statement, I suppose, to the world that she was Goth, whatever that means. Every day, Sally, our director, had her working in a different section of the library doing dreary jobs like re-shelving books and tapes. I got the feeling that Carrie was bored and ready to leave. I also got the feeling that Carrie would be able to communicate with me if I ever got close enough so she could sense my presence.

My niece, Dorothy Hawkins, the reference librarian, had heard that the head of programs and events was moving to California. Dorothy wanted this position. She urged Sally to give it to her, but Sally refused since Dorothy didn't have the right credentials. Dorothy didn't take this very well. Now, I love my niece. I have no children, and Dorothy is my favorite of my sister's three children. But she's not the easiest person to get along with. Okay, she's downright difficult and often unpleasant.

I was in Sally's office when she offered Carrie the position of head of programs and events, a position Carrie was qualified to accept. When that foolish girl was about to refuse it, I did something I'd never done before. "Don't be a fool," I said aloud. "Tell her you'll think it over and give her your answer tomorrow." Thank goodness Carrie heard me and followed my advice. She took the job and the rest, as they say, is history.

Carrie proved to be the perfect person for the job. She got a decent haircut and started wearing attractive clothes to work. But Dorothy was furious. For the first time, I was glad that she couldn't see me or hear me, and find out I'd been instrumental in Carrie's taking the position she wanted so badly. Dorothy began to do spiteful things—hiding a film, calling presenters to say their programs had been canceled. Carrie dealt with Dorothy and gave her as good as she got. Even when Dorothy caused some damage to Carrie's car. That Carrie's one smart cookie. You can read all about this and a few murders in DEATH OVERDUE.

Months later, bad things started happening to Dorothy. Her own fault, but I wanted to protect her reputation. As a result, I wasn't very helpful to Carrie when she started to investigate the murder because I was afraid that she'd uncover some nasty truths about my nieces and nephew. And then Carrie discovered that my death wasn't due to an accident after all. You can read all about it in BURIED IN THE STACKS.

And now I must return to the place where I stay when I'm not helping Carrie see to it that things run smoothly in the Clover Ridge Library, my favorite place in the world.

About the Buried in the Stacks

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series  
Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019) 
Hardcover: 320 pages  
ISBN-10: 1643851381  
ISBN-13: 978-1643851389  
Digital ASIN: B07NKPTL81
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?
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

A fantastic addition to this wonderful cozy series! We are back with Carrie at the library where she is in charge of programs, events, and so very much more. Things are going great when cranky Dorothy has an accident that puts her in the hospital. Forced to visit for both Evelyn and the library Dorothy pretty much attached to her which is bewildering to say the least. Before she can figure out what is going on Dorothy is killed in a car accident that lead them accidental. Evelyn pleads her to investigate which leads to an intriguing set of events with an explosive ending. Overall a n incredible cozy filled with easy to relate to characters set in a town that feels like home centered on its adorable library. A must read for fans of copies and libraries. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

About Allison Brook

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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  1. Thank you for your review on "Buried in the Stacks" by Allison Brook and for being part of the book tour.

    Enjoyed hearing from Evelyn Havers which makes me want to read this book all the more. Can't wait for the opportunity to do so.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. It sounds really interesting and I want to read it.. Thank you for the chance

  3. I love to read books from new authors. The blurb caught my attention.