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Death Overdue

(The Haunted Library Mysteries #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,663 ratings  ·  567 reviews
Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who wa ...more
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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 con ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carrie Singleton had returned to Clover Ridge, Connecticut to live with her aunt and uncle for a while but she is just about to move on when she's given the opportunity to become the head of programs and events at the local library. When offered the job Carrie is almost ready to turn it down when she hears a strange voice telling her to think on it. Thinking this is her own mind telling her not to pass up the offer quite so quickly she does just that when she finds that the salary will be quite ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first book in a Haunted Library Mystery series. It's a unique format because it deals not only in murder mysteries (there's more than one murder to solve here) but it has a paranormal aspect as well. There's a ghost in the library (not a spoiler) that communicates with the protagonist, Carrie Singleton, and it's none other than the former murdered librarian whose crime has yet to be solved.

The second murder victim is a retired detective who is about to uncover the identity of the mur
Diana | Book of Secrets
A haunted library and Halloween? DEATH OVERDUE pulled me in with some of my favorite elements. Main character Carrie Singleton is the new head of programs and events at Clover Ridge's local library. Unfortunately it's not exactly smooth sailing at first. Carrie discovers the ghost of a former librarian haunting the stacks, learns that not everyone at the library is thrilled with her getting the job, and hosts her first event where the keynote speaker is murdered. Carrie is convinced his death is ...more
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Alas, I just couldn't get into this one. I didn't like Carrie AT ALL. She calls her coworkers "dimwitted" and "juvenile," yet she is a 30-year-old woman who dressed like a goth and mooched off her aunt and uncle. The writing also felt clunky and a bit juvenile to me. The plot was all over the place. The characters felt very one dimensional as well. Ya, this just wasn't that great IMO. Onwards...


Carrie Singleton is a free spirit. She doesn't stay in one place too long. She likes her freedom. But, then she gets offered the job as head of programs and events at the library in Clover Ridge, CT. It's a better paying and more permanent job than she has ever had before. She not only discovers that the job is a bit hectic, but that the library has its own resident ghost. Things get out of hand for Carrie immediately. Her first event is a presentation by a retired local police detective. Al Buc ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carrie Singleton is in her late twenties, single, and has recently moved back to Connecticut. When she is offered a job at the library, she decides to stay in town. Her first major program at the library is led by a retired detective who worked a local murder case that was never solved. During his presentation, he collapses and dies as a result of poisoning. Carrie feels a responsibility to find out who killed the detective, and, in the process, who the murderer was in the cold case.

The first b
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carrie Singleton never stays in one place too long but when she is offered a job coordinating the library’s programs and events she just can’t turn it down. Her first program features Al Buckley, a retired cop who is trying to solve the 15 year old murder of Laura Foster, a library aide. Before he can get to far into his presentation he falls to the floor, dead. The medical examiner rules his death a homicide by poison and the police have very few leads.

Carrie feels his death
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Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery is a great cozy mystery by author Allison Brook. This is the first book in a new series. The story is told in first-person point of view by Carrie Singleton. Carrie starts out working as a temporary assistant librarian. She is offered the job of head of programs and events which she reluctantly takes. Carrie had returned to the town of Clover Ridge to live wit

Death Overdue makes it on my Top 10 mysteries of 2017 list! I am almost wondering if there is a well known author hiding behind the name Allison Brook. It is an extremely well written, wonderful flowing story with charming characters. Even the not so likable characters are fantastic. A well rounded cozy mystery that kept me glued to my couch.

There's not just 2 murders to be solved but so much more going on in the library and Carrie's life that there is never a dull moment in this book. Evelyn,
Carrie has come home to Clover Ridge for a temporary respite, but changes her mind when offered a job as head of Programs and Events at the local public library. At her first event, a retired homicide detective, who claims to know the identity of a decades-old cold case, collapses and dies. Feeling responsible for his presence at the library, and convinced that the two cases are related, Carrie is determined to find out who is guilty of not one but two murders.

I usually go into new-to-me series
Susan Furlong
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death Overdue is an excellent start to a new cozy mystery series featuring a small town library—complete with a resident ghost!—a formable amateur sleuth, and several well-developed supporting characters. The plot was believable, paced well, and offered plenty of clues and red herrings. The author’s adept descriptions and sense of setting made me feel immersed in the mystery. Overall, a very enjoyable read! I recommend it to all cozy mystery readers.
Chatting About
Excellent debut for the Haunted Library Mysteries! Strong protagonist, plot moves swiftly, Ghost is a great character. Definitely reading the next books in this series!
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carrie Singleton is more than ready to leave her hometown of Clover Ridge, Connecticut. She’s been living with her aunt and uncle who have been wonderful, but it’s time for her to spread her wings. When Carrie is offered the position of head of programs and events at the library, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. The job gives her the chance to stay in Clover Ridge and start a new career. She has no idea it’s a haunted library, complete with a ghost that tags along with her throughout th ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
A delightful new para-cozy ghost mystery.

I love it when a book hooks me right from the first page. I can never explain how after only a few sentences, I know I’m reading a book I will thoroughly enjoy, but it does happen. Author Allison Brook has whatever that something is that grabs me.

Para-cozies haven’t always been my favorite picks in the cozy mystery genre. But, I have found myself enjoying the ones with ghosts. DEATH OVERDUE is just such a book. If you don’t like para-cozies, or have wante
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Haunted Library series. I have read this author before and enjoyed her book. I found this book hard to date as I felt the mystery was not much but I like the ghostly librarian and Smokey Joe. There was a backstory hinted at and felt Carrie Singleton was headed for trouble. Even the supporting characters are well developed and made an impression on me.
In this book, Carrie accepted the department head of events and promotions. At her first event the speaker, retired homicide
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Death Overdue
(The Haunted Library Mysteries #1)
by Allison Brook

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Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she's offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years ear
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Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery

This is the first book in a brand new cozy mystery series! I really loved this one and am excited to see where the author takes the series next. Carrie (the heroine/sleuth) really spoke to me in this one and I enjoyed her as a character and how she presented herself to the world (especially considering that she was completely changed from the person she used to be). The added paranormal piece was also really exciting and while I wish this gho
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This new series has a few things that I enjoy in a cozy. It has a small town, quaint shops and restaurants, close to larger cities for shopping and entertainment, some romance, a murder or two, sheriff who grudgingly shares some information and a bit of the paranormal. Carrie has come home to Clover Ridge for a temporary stay. She is living with her Great-aunt and uncle and working at the local library. She is beginning to feel that it is time to move on, but changes her mind when she is offered ...more
Cameron Chaney
I love cozy mysteries, especially those having to do with libraries, books, ghosts, and Halloween. This book promised all those things, and it had them... just not very frequently. The main character works as a librarian but it seems like it is just a job to her. There is no real passion for books shown, which to me is important in a cozy mystery about a library. Also, Halloween is over and done with pretty quickly and the ghost is there to say a word or two, but is never made a bigger part of t ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3 star
The characters are all likable except for the ones we’re not supposed to like such as the (view spoiler)

This read more as an event planner book then a librarian book. Which makes sense as the main character Carrie is the head of programs and events at her town’s library. Carrie has a very busy life, she has just gotten a new promotion at work, she’s moving and also trying to solve a crime. The main thing I seem to notice is that Carrie neve
Dianne Hanson
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this book captured my attention from the very beginning. Who does not enjoy the setting of a small town, a library, and on top of that, a library with a resident ghost! The main character, Carrie, was terrific and I enjoyed her supporting cast. :) I can see where this is going to be a cute little series.

Having said that, I did realize who "did it" before I was even through with the book. But, none the less, enjoyed it anyway.

I received this ARC from Goodreads in exchange for my h
Janet Robel
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this is Carrie Singleton, who works at the local library in a small town called Clover Ridge, Connecticut. She doesn't really want to stay and put down roots. Her boss offers her a promotion to head up programs and events, and suddenly she finds herself gladly accepting the new position. The first time in a long while, she is excited about something and can't wait to start. During her first big event, catastrophe strikes!

I stumbled upon this author, and so glad I did. I lo
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
What could be better than a library-related cozy mystery? One with a ghost in it… specifically the ghost of a former librarian. What could be better than that? A dash or two of romance, some warm familial affection, a bit of humor, and books galore. Oh – and TWO cases to solve. And a main character who shares my name. Sign me up please!

Carrie is a bit of a mystery all on her own. Dresses goth one day and then -after getting the library job she wanted – we see her more professional side. She’s in
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death Overdue by Allison Brook is the type of book I absolutely love, from the title to the cover and all the pages in between once I picked this one I up I could not put it down. I read way past midnight to finish it Friday August 25th and was I ever thrilled I did so.
Death Overdue is out in October and published by Crooked Lane Books. I don't know Allison Brook but I can tell you that I might just drop everything in the future to pick up and read anything she writes! I was so drawn in by this
Amanda Wilcox
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ready for a haunting mystery? This is perfect! Such an easy book to pick up and dive right into. I didn't feel like it took any time before I was connected with the characters, knew who was who in the community and wanted to go hang out at the library. I've never read a paranormal mystery before and ended up loving the ghosty presence and her part in the cast.

I also really appreciate the amount of time that passed during the book. It was longer than most cozies and felt more realistic. Such a gr
Bridget Vollmer
I really loved this one - the narrator was fantastic! Excellent mystery with well developed characters. Plan on reading the next one in the series around Christmas.
I was looking for seasonal reads and came across this first in series cozy mystery that includes a ghost and a librarian detective set in the Autumn in small town New England. It seemed a good fit and I willingly picked it up.

Overall, I found Death Overdue a moderately engaging book. I enjoyed the mystery, the settings and activities, and found the surrounding cast of characters pleasant.

After the introduction to the story and then the murder, I was conscious of the pace until nearly the end as
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death Overdue is the first book in the A Haunted Library Mystery series.

I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more books in the series.

Carrie Singleton has been enjoying living with her aunt and uncle and working at the local library, but her wanderlust is getting her to look at moving on to a warmer climate. Then one morning Sally, the library’s director asks her to come to her office. Sally offers Carrie the position of Director of Programs and Events

Carrie is approached by Al Buckl
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't read paranormal/ghost-themed cozies but decided to take a chance on this one. I am so glad I did! It was a fun, delightful and well-written cozy. Carrie Singleton, the protagonist, is a librarian who finally decides to settle in her hometown after being offered a full-time position with the Clover Ridge, Connecticut library. She decides to investigate the cold case death of a library aide and the current murder of Detective Al Buckley, the officer who was still trying to find the ...more
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