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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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    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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    The third A Haunted Library Mystery

    Buried in the Stacks is the third book in A Haunted Library Mystery series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. Carrie Singleton finds herself becoming the library’s new Sunshine Delegate and involved in a group trying to establish a daytime sanctuary for the homeless population in Clover Ridge. When Dorothy Hawkins, the tetchy reference librarian, ends up dead, the library’s resident ghost & Dorothy’s aunt, Evelyn asks Carrie to find the guilty party. I found Buried in the Stacks to be easy to read. Carrie has certainly changed from when she first appeared on the scene with her colorful hair and a wardrobe more suited to rock concert than a library. She has settled into her cottage, has Smokey Joe (her cat), dating Dylan, and getting involved in community events. With the homeless population needing a daytime facility (where they can read books, play games, crochet, etc.), a group of local citizens bought a home they are going to turn into Haven House. Carrie joins the members, but she soon learns that some citizens have ulterior motives. I like how the author deals with the topic of homeless. She shows that they are not anonymous people that should be ignored. They have fallen on hard times and just need a little extra help. As with any group of people, there are various types of personalities. Dorothy Hawkins ends up dead and her aunt, Evelyn (the library’s resident ghost) is upset. I am shocked that some individuals were not doing a little jig and singing “Ding dong the witch is dead” when the news was announced. Dorothy was an unlikeable woman who collected secrets and used them to her advantage which leads to a long list of suspects. It is amazing that Dorothy lived as long as she did. While identifying the guilty party is a walk in the park, I did like that a cold case gets solved in the process. Carrie did not seem as involved in solving Dorothy’s death as she did in what was happening with Haven House. She took some unnecessary risks that did not yield good results. I would have liked the story to have more focus on Dorothy’s murder with less repetition of case details. I do not know why people keep warning Carrie to not investigate, as with any cozy mystery sleuth, she cannot help herself. I am curious how the title related to the book since no one was buried or trapped beneath a pile of books. Buried in the Stacks is a haunting cozy mystery a chubby cat, a sweet spirit, deceptive do-gooders, an irascible reference librarian and pugnacious patrons.
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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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    Murder, social justice, romance, and a ghost! Yes!

    I recently read the first book in the Haunted Library series and loved it so that when I saw this one listed on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. I was excited to receive an ARC of Buried in the Stacks, the third book in the series, and I loved it even more than I expected. As a retired librarian, I love all that Carrie does to promote the library and make it an important part of the community. Not only is that truly the role of the library, it is essential for funding, an issue this library, and all real ones, face. The book addresses several serious contemporary issues, but they are well incorporated into the storyline so it feels natural. Homelessness and reactions to it, dementia, and abuse of funds all play an important role in the novel. The bit of romance is even stronger than before, and I adore her special guy. Evelyn, the resident ghost is just icing on the cake. She is shocked when, in her new role as Sunshine Chairman, she visits her nemesis in the hospital and the woman claims that her husband is trying to kill her. Later Dorothy denies the claim, but Carrie is still concerned about the woman’s safety. Evelyn, who is an aunt to Dorothy, seeks Carries promise that she will look into the issues. Carrie steps up when concerns about the number of homeless people using the library as a way station during the hours the shelter is closed. As she works to address how the problem affects the library, she discovers that a group in the community has already received a grant to provide a day-care situation. The project is referred to as day-care because trained supervisors will be available for those with special need and to deal with trouble, the exact problems that the library is not set up to handle. The idea sounds great until she discovers that some person or people in charge of the project are missing the property and possibly the funds. Characters are well drawn and have both strengths and weaknesses, even Evelyn. The pacing is pretty much spot on; I hate when a story drags. Allison Brooks has become one of my must-read authors. #NetGAlley #BuriedintheStacks
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