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    Buried in the Stacks!

    This cozy mystery was a great read. I loved the main character, and the suspenseful plot kept me on the edge of my seat. The suspects were diabolically created and I couldn’t figure out the identity of the culprit. The best part was that the issue of mental health and homelessness was touched upon with great respect. Everyone deserves respect and help, if they need it. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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    A Delightful Mystery!

    This is the first book I have read in this series and I was happy to dive straight in. Allison Brook did a fantastic job providing any backstory, making this a great standalone read. I was sold from the very beginning, with its solid characters, great writing and a marvellous mystery that provided a good sprinkling of clues to satisfy even the most painstaking and diligent armchair detective. The author, Allison Brook, has drawn a lot of great characters in this fabulous cozy mystery. I particularly liked librarian Carrie Singleton who works in the local haunted library building. In the wintertime, 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. Set in a small Connecticut town - Clover Ridge - Carrie has a lot going on in this book, having returned to her hometown following relationship woes. She has thrown herself into her new position as Sunshine Delegate - the library employee who visits sick and hospitalised co-workers. The busy protagonist had the necessary attributes of any great sleuth: intelligence, curiosity and keenness. There was a large number of characters in Buried in the Stacks but I think I just about managed to keep track of all of them without being overwhelmed! Apart from Carrie herself, I was also rather fond of library ghost, Evelyn Havers and Dylan, Carrie's boyfriend. Of course, I have to mention the library's adorable cat, named Smoky Joe. Evelyn the ghost was woven into the plot so masterfully that the paranormal elements were not overdone or cheesy...just great fun. Another of my favourite aspects of this novel was the fluidity of the writing. The details of the plot were very well executed and every chapter left me with a compelling need to read on. The author did a brilliant job of balancing the story-line and various events jumbled matters up somewhat, making figuring out the identity of the perpetrator more challenging. There was a sense of increasing menace as the story progressed, which definitely helped to keep my interest. I am looking forward to returning to Clover Ridge with Carrie on a future occasion and reading the earlier books in the series, too! So entertaining and engaging, Buried in the Stacks is definitely well worth the time invested. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Enjoyable haunted cozy

    I love a good haunted mystery, in which there is a ghost that helps gather information for the sleuth. In the Haunted Library series, we have the ghost of Evelyn (former library employee), who assists Carrie, head of Programs & Events. Carrie and her little cousin Tacey are the only two who can see Evelyn. I really liked that this book dealt with homelessness and didn't just brush it off. I like Carrie and I love Smokey Joe, her cat. Carrie is a good person who really cares about others. Her boyfriend, Dylan, seems like a good guy, but I can't help but wonder if he is really on the up and up. I shouldn't feel like this, but I'm glad that the murder victim was Dorothy. She was not a nice person and I don't think she would have really added to the continued growth of this series. The murderer was not who I thought it was either! I have read the other two books in this series. If you haven't read the other two, this can be read as a standalone and the author does a really good job of explaining things that may confuse you, such as whom Evelyn is, but I encourage you to read the other books! Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I recommend it. Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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    Loved it!

    cozy-mystery, ghosts, friendship, family, librarian, library, library-cat, law-enforcement, murder A nice, comfortable cozy murder mystery with some library praise as well as highlighting the uncomfortable subjects of swindlers, homelessness, Alzheimers care, and dealing with unpleasant judgmental people. Carrie is one of the librarians and Evelyn was also before her untimely death. The current corpse is Evelyn's unpleasant niece. Lots of suspects, plot twists, and red herrings along with some sly humor. Loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books. Thank you!
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    Haunted Library Murder

    The homeless people of Clover Ridge are spending the cold Winter days in the local library. A library which is haunted by one of the former librarians, Evelyn. When things get a bit contentious between the locals and the homeless at the library, some residents decide to build daycare center, Haven House, for the homeless to have somewhere to go during the day and Carrie Singleton raises her hand to volunteer. As planning goes on, rumors begin to spread that the center may be a front for illicit activities and those that have invested are merely in it to make money. Shorly after, one of the librarians at the library, who refused to allow her husband and brother to invest in Haven House is killed. Carrie and the police don’t believe it was an accident and Carrie begins asking questions that end up putting her in a precarious situation. The desire to do something good in our own community is a caring gesture and it can be ruined by a few bad apples. Luckily good usually prevails over evil. This book is a case in point. This is the second book I have reading this series and I find it to be a solid series that gets better with each new entry. Great as a stand alone, no need to read the other books first if this is your first introduction to the series.
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