Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook

Posted September 11, 2019 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin’. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost?

In winter, 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.

As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her—and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost, six years earlier.

And then Dorothy is murdered—run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece’s killer, but that’s no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbors and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?

Titles in the A Haunted Library Mystery include — Death Overdue – Read and Gone – Buried in the Stacks

Title:  Buried in the Stacks
Series:  A Haunted Library Mystery #3
Author:  Allison Brook
Genre:  Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published:  September 10, 2019
Publisher:  Crooked Lane Books
My Rating:  4 stars

BURIED IN THE STACKS is the third story in the Paranormal Cozy Mystery series, A Haunted Library Mystery.  I don’t feel you “must” read the earlier books to enjoy this current one, but then I’ll always suggest going back to the beginning, if you can, to get the entire feel and nuance of any series.  Pretty much everything you “need” to know about this story can be found in the Cover Description.  And since it’s a Cozy Mystery I’m even more careful about giving away possible spoilers, so this review may be a bit vague on details – but know that I loved and enjoyed this addition to the ongoing series.

I was completely caught up in this story and especially liked that the social aspects of the plight and needs of the homeless being a major part of the story.  Carrie is, as usual, brought into another mystery by Evelyn, only this time it just might be a bit more personal.  I love Smoky Joe, that cat adds so much to this series.  Carrie’s and Dylan’s beginning romance is moving along at a steady pace.  I was glad to see that the police are actually taking Carrie more seriously with her offered help – and at the same time warning her to stay out of it.  The murder of Dorothy had me making guesses and flipping pages to discover those answers.  I enjoyed myself in BURIED IN THE STACKS.  If you like a Cozy Mystery with a touch of the Paranormal or a really good mystery to solve then you’ll want to check out the latest addition to the A Haunted Library Mystery series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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