Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery By Allison Brook: Review/Giveaway

Oct 12, 2019 | 2019 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Crypt Suzette, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

In three short months, Carrie’s gone from Goth Girl to the person in charge of special events at the library. She’s enjoying the job except for Dorothy’s attitude. Dorothy’s the research librarian but thinks she should have gotten Carrie’s job. Dorothy has a sour attitude about everything.

When Dorothy falls on black ice and is injured, she has to be hospitalized for a couple of days and then spend a few more at home. In spite of bad weather, she gets bored and makes her way to the library, crutches and all. mystery

While Dorothy was out, homeless people have been hanging around the library during the day. Shelters kick them out come morning, and they’ve nowhere else to go. Regular patrons tend to avoid them.

A committee of movers and shakers has a plan to renovate an old home for the homeless during the day. In the evenings, the place can be rented for meetings. They’ve gotten state funding and are holding fundraisers. Plans seem to be moving along.

The first day Dorothy’s back to work, she stays until closing before heading home. On the way, she’s run off the road and dies in the crash. Carrie is sure it wasn’t an accident.

Carrie has a secret. There’s a resident ghost, Evelyn, a former library employee, and Carrie is one of the few people who can see her. Evelyn is (was) Dorothy’s aunt, so she enlists Carrie’s help in finding out what really happened to her niece. Meanwhile, Carrie learns Dorothy found out secrets about others and used the knowledge to her own advantage. She even found out about Evelyn.

This is the third book in the Haunted Library series. Carrie is coming into her own, making friends, doing well in her job, and has acquired a cat who comes to work with her daily. Evelyn, the ghost, is not a Casper kind of ghost. She still keeps things from Carrie, in an effort to protect her family, which shows, even as a ghost, your personality shows through. Evelyn is a helpful character in that she can listen in on conversations, phone calls, and meetings and report back to Carrie. Her ghostliness doesn’t distract from the story—after a few pages, readers will adjust to her comings and goings.

Decipher Dorothy’s tricks in this treat of a book. Try not to leave peanut butter cup fingerprints on the pages. The librarians in the story will haunt you.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

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  1. Sounds interesting. Count me in!

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  4. Delightful and lovely feature and giveaway.

  5. What a delightful mystery in a library, Thanks for your terrific giveaway.

  6. Looks great! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. A great series! A library, cat and a ghost makes for a great book.

  8. I am looking forward to reading this one!

  9. I can’t really even put into words how much I love this series and how excited I am to read this new installment! Seriously people, you need to read this one if you love cozy mysteries. It’s so great!!! cherryredh2(at)aol.com

  10. Don’t usually read paranormal
    books but this one sounds
    interesting. Going to have to
    try it. thanks.

  11. We have a winner!


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