Checked Out for Murder (Hardcover)

A Haunted Library Mystery

By Allison Brook

Crooked Lane Books, 9781643854472, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2020

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Description

Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook's fourth Haunted Library mystery.

Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she's a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there's more to Daphne than she lets on.

The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne's brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie's overbearing mother hits town. Mom's much younger husband, Tom, is in a movie that's lensing locally, and she's there to keep an eye on him: Tom's costar, sultry Ilana Reingold, is also his ex-fiancée, and there's no denying the chemistry is still there. Soon after mingling with the moviemakers at a meet-and-greet, Daphne is found dead.

Carrie and Evelyn investigate, assisted by bushy-tailed library cat Smoky Joe. But the suspect list could overflow the library shelves. Has Billy killed another relative? Is their long-missing mother involved? Or Daphne's mean ex-husband? Carrie's sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town?


About the Author

A former Spanish teacher, Allison Brook writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for young readers. She loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her grandchildren, Olivia and Jack, on FaceTime. She lives on Long Island with Sammy, her feisty red cat. This is her fourth Haunted Library mystery.


Praise For Checked Out for Murder: A Haunted Library Mystery

Praise for Checked Out For Murder:
“Plenty of red herrings and amusing characters make for a nice beach read.”
Kirkus

“Hurry to get your own copy as soon as possible.”
MyShelf

Praise for Buried in the Stacks:
"Brook hits all the marks...A cavalcade of coziness."
Kirkus

“An empathetic, principled main character...Suggest to those who enjoy the ghostly assistance in Carolyn Haines’ Sarah Booth Delaney and Nancy Atherton Dimity series.”
Booklist

"A thoroughly delightful and entertaining read from cover to cover...Clever scripting and the deftly creation of memorable characters showcase Brook's impressively storytelling skills."
—Midwest Book Review 

Praise for Read and Gone
“The library frame, plot twists, a library cat, a ghost (former library aide Evelyn), a romance, and, of course, the principled Carrie in the lead make this cozy, set during the December holiday season, a delight."
Booklist
 
“A satisfying and entertaining read.”
MyShelf

“A real page turner. I can’t wait for number three!”
Suspense Magazine

“Another superbly crafted novel by a master of the mystery and suspense genre.” 
Midwest Book Review

Read and Gone is a delightful holiday treat with themes of romance, giving, and family in a mystery that will keep you guessing.”
San Francisco Book Review
 
Praise for Death Overdue
 "A 'spirited' start to a fun new mystery series that kept me guessing to the end. Ghosts, libraries, and cats—all my favorite cozy things fill the pages of Death Overdue."
—Diane A.S. Stuckart, NYT bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries
 
"Brook weaves together a spunky protagonist, a quaint setting, and a ghost with a mind of her own to create a book that cozy readers will be dying to check out."
—Lucy Arlington, New York Times bestselling author of the Novel Idea mysteries
 
"A charming cozy town, a spunky heroine and a mystery that grabs you from page one. Death Overdue is a delight!"
—Peg Cochran, national bestselling author of Dead and Berried
 
"Books and ghosts...what could be more fun!  Add two plucky librarians (one who just happens to be dead), throw in a baffling murder, and you've got the perfect combination that keeps readers turning pages."
—Kylie Logan, national bestselling author of Gone with the Twins

"A spirited cozy series with two plucky and engaging protagonists and a well-drawn, small town library setting. Readers of Miranda James, Jenn McKinlay, Carolyn Hart, Nancy Atherton, and Carolyn Haines will be delighted with this paranormal debut."
Library Journal starred review, Pick of the Month