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Dewey Decimated

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Carrie and Smokey Joe are back with another murder to solve in Clover Ridge! Unfortunately, this time the body is found in the basement of building attached the library, and it's someone close to Carrie! Even worse, the ghost of the deceased is upsetting patrons at the library.. Then there's another murder related to drama in the town council. Could these murders be related? Carrie is going to find out!

I love this series. The characters are so fun and full of small-town charm.
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A cute cozy mystery, with ghosts!

It would have helped to read the previous books in the series first but it was still enjoyable. It checks off the cozy mystery list: amateur sleuth. law enforcement boyfriend, small town with warm characters.
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Carrie Singleton works for the Clover Ridge library and is settling into her new life as fiancée of Dylan, her investigator boyfriend.  She loves her cat, Smoky Joe, who comes to work with her every day, and is beginning a new chapter as the newest member of the town council.

The library has bought the vacant building next door and people are anxious for the renovations to be finished, no more than Carrie, who is looking forward to the new auditorium, which will seat more people and she will be able to hold more programs as the Events and Programs Director for the library.  But things take a nasty turn when a body is found in the basement.  With no identification the police are having a hard time discovering who it is.  But the ambitious news reporter uncovers the name of the deceased, who turns out to be Alec Dunmore -- and the uncle of Dylan.  Now Carrie has to find a way to tell Dylan about Alec, and figure out why Alec hasn't crossed to the other side.  With the help of her resident library ghost Evelyn, who knows more than she's telling, Carrie is determined to figure things out.  

While she doesn't want to step on her friend John Mather's toes, the police detective isn't having as much luck as the reporter is.  So Carrie reluctantly teams up with her to discover exactly what is going on.  As Alec remembers more, Carrie becomes suspicious of a lot of people she's come in contact with recently.  And with a big vote on the Seabrook Preserve coming up on the council, it seems everyone has an agenda.  And they want her to vote their way.  Could one of them be a killer?  Or is it someone closer to home?...

This is the sixth book in the series, and I must say that I've enjoyed it the most.  We get to see a lot more of Evelyn, and she plays a larger part in this book.  We also get to see how Carrie's new relationships with the town council are playing out.  Carrie still has a reluctance to get married, seeing as how her parents' marriage turned out; but we learn more (through Alec and Carrie's relatives and friends) what Dylan's parents were like.  It's an insight that's been a long time coming, and it makes the characters become more real to us.

Getting insight on someone's background brings them into the world of reality; you can empathize with them and decide whether you like them or not, whether you agree with their decisions.  It's an important part of this book, and it makes things a little more whole in the big picture.

All Alec wants to do is move on, but realizes he can't do so until his murder is solved, which makes it a major part of the book.  We learn about the type of person he was in life, and it explains his relationship with Dylan.  There's also a couple of surprises in store for Dylan and Carrie.

But when we learn about the murderer and the way the murder occurred it makes us saddened, and finding out the reasons why are callous.  However, the book brings us satisfaction and makes us look forward to the next in the series (I'm waiting...).  Highly recommended.
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This is my first entry into A Haunted Library Mystery series.  The concept of a haunted library  and a amateur sleuth librarian is a wonderful one.  The book's cover is stylish and suits the theme of the story. The characters, story, and mystery made this book a pleasant read.

My thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGallery for a digital copy of this book for my review!
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Clearly this is one of an ongoing series, and perhaps I would have been well served by having read some of the books that came before.  Nevertheless, it’s an enjoyable if not overly brain-taxing story, somewhat along the lines of a Hallmark Murders and Mysteries offering.  I suspect Ms. Brook’s fans have been anxiously awaiting it, and I can see where Carrie would be a beloved figure among them.
Carrie, the main character, is a librarian.  In this volume, she is in charge of facilitating a major addition the library is planning by buying the abandoned house next store.  Needless to say, there is a body found in the basement the minute construction begins.  The first mystery is to figure out who the body is.
If you’ve been reading this series by Allison Brook, you will know that Carrie has become close friends with the library’s resident ghost, Evelyn.  Again, Evelyn’s backstory is one that I will have to return to Ms. Brook’s earlier books to fill in.  The body in the basement has also become a ghost—-with amnesia!  He (it is a he) turns out to be the ne’er do well uncle of Carrie’s boyfriend, Dylan.  
In a sidebar, the town is having to decide what to do with a parcel of land that has been a nature preserve but is now wanted by developers.  And Carrie has landed herself on the town council.
A nosy reporter, aware of Carrie’s history of crime-solving, is trying to draw her into solving this murder.  I. A bit surprised that Carrie is willing to be drawn, if reluctant.  
The characters are colorful, the plot unfolds to a satisfying end.  No cliffhangers here.  A like a le addition to the cozy mystery genre.
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I have really enjoyed this series, Carrie Singleton is the program director at the Clover Ridge Library, and she sees ghosts. 

The library is expanding and Carrie is going to get a nice big auditorium to hold her special events in, there is a problem though. During demo on the building next door (her future auditorium) a skeleton is found, and now he is causing havoc until Carrie can figure out who he is and why he was there! 

This is a fun series, I recommend starting with the first book and reading the series in order, the characters progress and you will get to know all the towns people involved. 

This is the 6th book in the series, start now and you will be ready for when this book is released in September!

I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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I like progress in the characters I have come to cherish, and for that reason alone I enjoyed the latest in Allison Brook's A Haunted Library Mystery series.  Carrie Singleton is newly on the town council of Clover Ridge, Connecticut and a dispute over the disposition of town owned property ends up in murder.  Add in another ghost in her library, this one the long deceased uncle of Carrie's fiancée Dylan and an annoying newscaster who wants to attach herself to Carrie and 'Dewey Decimated' provides an interesting addition to the series. I look forward to more.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.  The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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Another entertaining cozy with Smokey Joe!  Carrie works at the local library and can see and talk to the resident ghost, a former librarian named Evelyn.  It's pretty noisy and hectic around the library.  The building next to the library has been empty for many years.  It will now be an addition to the library where that can hold special events.  AS the works begins, a body is found.  Who was this man?  Carrie has the inside track and she finds out she can talk to the ghost.  He is her boyfriend's Uncle.  The problem is, he can't remember anything.  Carrie set's out to find the killer.  Is it someone on the city council with her?  People involved many years ago with the building?

This is an easy-to-read story and the characters are quicky and fun.  Smokey Joe is Carrie's cat and he works at the library as well.  I love a cozy with a hook to it, be that an animal, books, a craft, or whatever.  This was an engaging story and a nice way to pass the time.
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This is the sixth release in the charming cozy series " Haunted Libary Series". I have read the entire series and highly recommend this series. I enjoy the charcters, the setting and the paranormal aspect of this fun series. 

In this next in series the library is getting a addition that is much needed and long awaited.  During the beginning of the renovations a body is found and Carrie soon finds she has a new resident ghost to assist who request her help. With her unique talent for seeing and hearing ghost she begins to investigate this murder as the savvy investigator she is.  Carrie is a smart protagnist that is growing with each book and the perfect charcter for this series. I enjoy the suppoorting charcters, the well crafted sleuth and fun paranormal aspect. Well done to the author. i look forward to the next in series.
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This was a fun, cute cozy mystery! I love the theme throughout, and I will definitely be continuing with the series.
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I've always thought that you can't go wrong with a book set in or centred around a library, so when I saw #DeweyDecimated by Allison Brook available on #NetGalley, I immediately requested it. Even though the book is the sixth in a series that I am unfamiliar with, the pun of the title and book description drew me in.
Brook did not disappoint. The book's characters, including the library's resident and visiting ghosts, are complex, with strengths and flaws that are relatable to the reader.  The cold case mystery of the identity of the body found in the old building being renovated and how he got there merges with the issues of land use development being faced by the town council at the same time, making the entire story intriguing and fascinating to read.
As well, more serious issues such as family estrangements and the importance of friends who can become family, are gently addressed within the pages.
Brook is a proficient writer who clearly researches her material to present a page-turner of a mystery.
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Our favorite sleuthing librarian is back in action with the aid of her friendly ghost and an unwanted sidekick! This may be the best book in the series yet as much is going on with the expansion of the library, Carrie's engagement, starting on the town council, sharing her ghost seeing with her loved ones and of course a dead body or two to throw a wrench into her plans. This story was extremely well crafted as it kept you guessing as to who the murderer or murderers actually were, yet the reveal made absolute sense! I can't wait to read what comes next for these characters in the next book and hope the author doesn't keep us in suspense for too long!
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This is the sixth book in the Haunted Library Mysteries series, and I think the best so far. My complaints about the series have been “a bit too chick lit”, and very little reason for the whole premise: the library’s ghost. This one, however, is a whole lot more balanced on the romance side (or, heavens forfend! I’m getting used to it?!), with Carrie’s woes over setting a wedding date only slightly irritating 😉 More to the point, the library is about to get a second ghostly visitor…!

Carrie is well settled into her new life since we first met her in Death Overdue. In fact, she’s been persuaded to join the town council, only to discover first hand how politics can be bent by personal interests, friendships – and enemyships! – and she’s less than impressed. But while one group is arguing over turning a nature preserve into a high-class retirement complex, Carrie has more to worry about with the library’s expansion into the building next door – even more so when the renovations uncover a mysterious corpse!

The pace rarely lets up in this instalment, aside from the regular ‘Carrie panics over her relationship’. It’s far more fun seeing her trying to shake off the local reporter from trying to set her up as the ‘town Nancy Drew’, and joining her to be ‘Rizzoli and Isles’, much to Carrie’s dismay on every level. The new ghostly presence in the library proves little use in solving his own murder, let alone when other town business turns deadly…!

I’m glad I stuck with this series. It’s still not my favourite, but as I’ve said before: tough times call for nice, easy reads, and this ticked the box happily.
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Carrie Singleton works at the Clover Ridge Library and gets on well with everyone there, including the resident ghost, Evelyn, who is only visible to her and her niece, Tacey. Exciting times are coming for the library employees as work has just started on renovations to the adjoining building which will increase the services they are able to offer. In hardly any time however, everything stops when a body is found in the new basement. Shockingly it has been there for some time, although no one knows its identity, and the victim takes up residence in the library unable to leave until the killer is identified. 

Now Carrie has two spirits to placate while finding her feet as the newest town council member with a contentious planning application to discuss at length. She also, unwillingly, becomes involved in the the murder investigation alongside an enthusiastic local tv reporter, but when a second person dies can they find out what actually happened so Carrie can send the anxious spirit into the next world or will everything remain even more complicated than usual? 

This is the sixth in the Haunted Library Mystery Series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Carrie is fun, her everyday life far from straightforward and she looks after the library cat, what's not to like? The main protagonists work so well together and the investigation was in no way simple to solve. Add to that the ghosts, the secrecy surrounding Evelyn, and why she has not passed over, and you have an original quirky series to get stuck into.

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. If you want to suspend reality for a while but still have a murder to solve then this comes highly recommended.
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An intriguing and captivating story where the past meets the present with astounding results. Libraries are known for their many hidden secrets, deep within the pages of their books. But in this case, one has refused to stay hidden any longer, which tasked Carrie and the pushy reporter Julie in their investigation. As the truth comes to light slowly, a new restless ghostly entity has presented itself in the library. Carrie found herself in a pickle with the task of investigating and solving the mysterious murder case, but she must first accept the unsolicited help from Julie. With a ghost ready to go ballistic, time was of the essence.
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This was a fun cozy mystery! I haven't read any of the previous books in the series and I didn't feel lost, but I think I might go back and do that, to get a little bit more of the backstory between Dylan and Carrie, and her colleagues, and the ghost of the library.

I quite enjoyed the flow of the story and how the mystery of the body in the building adjoining the library progressed, how he was connected to the characters, and how everything was resolved. Quick and really enjoyable! Mystery, intrigue, a little romance, and it kept me guessing the entire way. She really got me with this one - I didn't guess who-dunnit until just before the big reveal (and I'm usually a lot quicker on the draw with clues given by other authors)! Very, very well done.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great cozy mystery, especially one that keeps you guessing the whole way through!

I received an advance review copy from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books and this is my honest feedback - thank you!
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I received an advanced copy via NetGalley.

<i>Dewey Decimated</i> is the 6th book in the Haunted Library Mysteries, set in modern Clover Ridge, Connecticut. Carrie is a librarian and town council member, and she can also see ghosts--and has a reputation for solving murders as well. I hadn't read any previous books in the series, but I had no problems getting into the groove. The premise of the book seems straightforward at first: the library has acquired the long-abandoned building next door to expand their space. A man's body is found on the premises, dead for many years--and his bewildered ghost begins haunting the library. Things become more convoluted as the dead man is identified as the uncle of Carrie's fiancée. A local reporter puts heavy pressure on Carrie to get back to her amateur-sleuthing ways, and she can only resist the urge for so long...

The setting here is incredibly fun, and I loved how the mundane library work was paced into the plot. Carrie is a great character, realistic and compassionate, and her romance with Dylan is quite sweet. The pacing of the mystery, though, didn't work for me in major ways. The ghost that the action centers around has amnesia, and only remembers things in perfect timing with the rest of the plot. It annoyed me in how it felt so contrived. I'd been excited to see how ghosts would be used in the plot and it was a big disappointment to find them integrated in such a clunky way. So many other aspects, like the local political drama and the ambitious local reporter, worked well, too.
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<em>Dewey Decimated</em> is the sixth in the series of the Haunted Library series and it’s another trip to the small town library with the big town budget. Clover Ridge Library has acquisitioned the building next door and hired a contractor to refurbish the building for the library’s needs. Carrie Singleton has her heart set on a room with stadium seating for 320 people for her events. 

The builders are off to a bad start when they find a corpse in the basement. This does not stall the work much as the police come to collect the corpse soon enough. Next thing, the builders (I really should use air quotes with that) break through an ajoining wall, unscheduled and in the wrong place.

The builders put up some tarp and clear up the rubble and continue their work. What? No! The construction work should be shut down until a proper investigation into the incident is done: how did this happen? Is it likely to happen again? And was the structural integrity of the building damaged? (i.e. is it still safe for patrons to use the library?) Breaking through a wall unscheduled is not a “oopsy”  event and should not be misnomered a “mishap”.

This is not my only eye-rolling moment at how local government in Clover Ridge works. I’m not sure how Carrie got on the local counsel (it seems she was asked rather than elected, but I guess that’s properly explained in a previous book), but it seems the counsel holds meetings all over the place and never ever is there someone present to take minutes. Then how are the citizens of Clover Ridge to check that their local counsel is working in the best interest of the town? 

Such technicalities do detract from the main mystery. 

Because there is a main mystery. It turns out the corpse is the body of Carrie’s fiancé Dylan’s uncle. An uncle he hasn’t seen in at least eight or ten years. An uncle who’s ghost is now also hanging out at the library. While Carrie is determined to let the police handle it, another ghost at the library, a reporter that’s harassing her and finally the murder of fellow counsel member and contractor for the library, pull Carrie in to find out the truth.

I never really got into this story. The technicalities bothered me. I didn’t really care about either dead man and who had killed them. I didn’t care much about Carrie either. 

And can Carrie please put up a visitor’s chair in her office so people can have a seat without her assistent vacating the room?
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The Haunted Library mysteries are charming cozies with likeable characters that you enjoy spending time with.

Librarian Carrie Singleton moved back to Clover Ridge Connecticut where her great aunt and uncle live.  After an iffy start as a Goth girl going through a rough patch, she's settled in the town and loves her job as head of programs, family and the man in her life.  In the past year, she has a new job, a fiancée and a spot on the town council.  And of course, a number of murders to solve (this is the sixth book in the series) with the help of Evelyn, the library's resident ghost who is only seen and heard by Carrie and her young cousin.

The library is renovating a building next door to the library for a much-needed addition.  And on the first day of construction a body is found in the old building.  It appears the body had been there for five to eight years, and Carrie is intent on not getting involved in this mystery.

Unfortunately, the ghost of the murdered man wanders into the library when a common wall is broken down.  He doesn't remember his name or how we came to be in the building.  So, Carrie decides to help him by doing some sleuthing.  And then she discovers he has a connection to someone dear to her.

The ghost's memory comes back in dribs and drabs and Carrie discovers why the ghost was in town and wha happened to him.  But there is a second murder that also needs to be solved before the ghost can move on.

A well plotted mystery that I would recommend.   Not sure why the issue of the Seabrook Preserve was featured as it didn't add much to the mystery.

I received an ARC from the publisher but the opinion expressed is my own.
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Another haunted library installment, and the bodies are piling up. Some new, one that has been there for years, and with a close personal connection to Carrie. 

Pro- a lot of what makes the series great, we find out more about Evelyn. 

Con- drags a bit, still makes fun of Carrie being a “former goth girl”- this really bothers me I don’t know why she can’t just be herself. One scene even has her putting on all beige which screams boring old woman. Not enough smoky joe.

I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t get to Halloween in the book because planning for it was mentioned a lot. 

I am still interested in the series but I do wish Carrie would be more herself and less fitting in to what everyone else wants her to be.
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