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Dewey Decimated

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Carrie Singleton is back and at it again in the sixth installment of The Haunted Library Mysteries by Allison Brook, <i>Dewey Decimated</i>. I have been lucky enough to read all five of the previous books in this series. When I was given the opportunity to review an Advanced Reader Copy, I jumped at the opportunity. I am grateful that the author/publisher gave me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. However, this review is not impacted by their generosity. 

Again, I've read the entire series and continue to enjoy everything that Carrie and Smokey Joe manage to get themselves involved in. This story starts when the library expansion construction is finally beginning. However, things get a little delayed when a body is found in the old house next door that is part of the expansion project. Not only is there a dead body, but no one knows who it belongs to or how long it's been there. In fact, it's possible the body has been there for years. 

Unlike previous novels, this time the police detective, John, has a new foe to contend with, an investigative television report, Julie Theron, who is determined to make John and the Clover Ridge Police Department look like lazy fools. And the number one tool Theron plans on using to help make the Clover Ridge PD and John look bad is the town Nancy Drew, Carrie Singleton. Of course, Carrie wants to stay out of this police investigation, but the investigation quickly hits much closer to home and Carrie is forced to do a little investigating by a shove from the spiritual side and her new "best friend" the investigative reporter. 

As a whole, I love cozy mysteries and I truly enjoyed this one as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has read the previous books in the series. If you haven't read the other books, you don't necessarily need to them to enjoy this book, but I would recommend going back to Book 1 and working your way up.
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This is my first book by this author and it didn't disappoint me, it keep me up all night to read this. The characters were great, so was the flow of the story. Hope to read more in the series and it was definitely a great read.
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This is my first book by this author and it didn't disappoint. The characters were great, so was the story. Hope to read more in the series.
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Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook is a cozy mystery with a cat and a haunted library. 

Murders occur and the ghost of one of the victims haunts the library. A bit of comedy mixed in with the  mystery set in a library with a nice community.
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Ms. Brook has written another fascinating addition to her Haunted Library cozy mystery series in this sixth book, Dewey Decimated. I believe it could be read as a stand alone book but it would easier to understand the relationships of the characters if you've read the previous books.

Carrie is really busy now in Clover Ridge, CT being an integral part of the library, the library addition/renovation and now a town council member. I could feel her tension when she began to feel overwhelmed at points in the story. Due to her dysfunctional childhood, she's also hesitant to begin to plan her and Dylan's wedding which some times added to her tension. A new character, Julie Theron, is one of those characters that I love to hate and brought quite a few sparks throughout the story. Ms. Brook's descriptive writing made it possible for me to feel that I was right in Clover Ridge with Carrie and her friends as she meets a new ghost, embraces her new responsibilities as a town council member, and resists the urge to solve the cold case murder and then jumps in when a new murder occurs that seems to be related. Only a limited number of suspects, deft twists and turns and a few red herrings kept this tight plot moving until it reached the reveal that was both funny and dramatic.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of this title in exchange for a review.

Town librarian Carrie Singleton is hoping to have a moment to take a breather from solving murder mysteries and to enjoy being engaged. Unfortunately, when a dead body is found in the library and this man’s ghost begins to haunt the library, she finds herself drawn into solving the mystery of his identity and his murder. When another townsperson is murdered, Carrie, the library’s resident ghost Evelyn, and cat Smokey Joe are in a race against time to discover who is at the bottom of these killings and how to stop them before more Clover Ridge residents are killed.

Our library patrons love cozy mysteries, and, having seen how popular the other books in this series are, I thought it would be fun to give it a shot. With two separate library ghosts and mystery-solving cat, this book was a little zany for my personal tastes, but it was still a lot of fun, and I know it will be just as big a hit as its predecessors with our patrons. 4 stars, and looking forward to seeing where the rest of the series goes.
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This series had a rough start for me, but now I am invested in the characters!  I thoroughly enjoyed this 
installment.  Thanks for the opportunity to preview the title!
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3⭐⭐⭐  Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane for the ARC for Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook. Mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the earlier ones on this series,  but struggled with this one and the one before it. In this one, I didn't think there was enough Evelyn (library ghost). I love the relationship Evelyn and Carrie have, but didn't feel the connection between them this time. The murder mystery was interesting when I first started to read it, but then it started to drag. I can't figure out why, but towards the end, the mystery just couldn't hold my attention. This is all just my opinion, I  am sure others read it and truly enjoyed every bit of it. Please, don't hate me for not loving it! I did give it at least a 3 because I do like the characters and will probably read the next one in this series.
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(DNF 20%)
I didn't realize this is the 6th in a series but I was able to catch up with the characters.
A haunted library with a cat, a ghost and a Psychic? this is a very niche genre already
Sometimes I might be in the mood for a fun cozy ghost cute story, but this one wasn't it.
I know its not supposed to be a realistic story but it was asking to much of me.
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Allison Brook is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors and she definitely did not disappoint this time around. Looking forward to more upcoming titles by her!
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When a body is discovered next door, Carrie now has two ghosts roaming the library.  When the mystery ghost with amnesia turns out to be Dylan's uncle things get interesting.  Small town politics create tension when the council must decide on land left to the town, and someone winds up dead.   Will Carrie figure out what happed all those years ago, and are the murders connected?

A fun and quick read, it is great for a day off.  I found it easy to follow along even not having read the previous books.  Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for the ARC and to NetGalley.
#DeweyDecimated #AllisonBrook
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Thanks to NetGalley & Crooked Lane for providing a digital AR in exchange for an honest review.

This series does well in my library, and I figured I'd give it a go. I am devoted to the smart, funny Donna Andrews cozies but I can always use a new series to cleanse my palate; unfortunately, this one won't be it.

Carrie Singleton is a small-town librarian who's also newly on the town council (this feels like a conflict of interest to me, but local politics are often corrupt, sooooo OK). Not only is she known in the town for solving crimes, she can also see and communicate with a ghost who lives in the library. Um, OK. Better than a talking cat who helps solve mysteries, I guess, but not by much.

In this mystery, a body is discovered in an annex that is being repurposed for library use. Naturally, Carrie is interested, since she is the Miss Marple of her community. Carrie is a lot less slick than Miss Marple, though.

The workaday writing and overly measured plotting didn't work for me, even if I were of a mind to deal with a talking ghost (which I am not). This mystery reminded me of the cute-but-unexciting cozies by Jenn McKinlay, which I also really wanted to like. Alas! It was not meant to be for this reader.
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This is book 6 in the series. I haven’t read the other ones yet but I was able to follow the story. I’m definitely getting the other books because i like the author’s writing style. It’s a cozy mystery that you won’t be able to put it down.
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I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley

I'm loving the series more and more by each book that I read.
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Why,  why can't Carrie and the library enjoy some peace after solving a few murders lately?  She should be enjoying time with her fiancé, instead a body turns up in the renovation project of the library expansion... and the body is related to her fiancé!  Evelyn, the resident ghost helps a she can,  but this time Carrie has voted to leave the solving to the police.   She is busy with the library programs and the city board.  But she just can't stay away...
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Dewey Decimated is book 6 of The Haunted Library Mysteries. I received an ARC copy, courtesy of NetGalley, and thus jumped fully in the middle of this series without having read anything by the author before. This did not affect my reading experience; I thoroughly enjoyed the story and all the mysteries involved. The series follows Carrie Singleton, a librarian, who can see the friendly ghost (Evelyn) that haunts the library. Fresh from solving a hot string of murder cases, Carrie faces another mystery: The body of Alec, Dylan's uncle and Carrie's fiancé. What what him doing in town?
Carrie is also a member of the town council, in charge of deciding the fate of Seabrook Preserve, a high price piece of property in Long Island Sound. While members of the town council dispute it's fate, a fellow town council member is found dead. Can the two muders be connected and will Carrie help solve this mystery yet again?
It took a while for "Dewey Decimated" to captivate me but after getting after the hump I really ennjoyed it. It is a cozy mystery in a small town background, with a sweet sub-plot thanks to Carrie and Dylan. I'm definitely going to go back on the series and read it from the top!
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Comfortable, if a little boring. The story was good, the mystery was just complex enough to keep me curious. I haven't read the other books in this series, so I found the characters took me a while to warm up to.

Unfortunately, even once I was warmed up to them, the characters never became very vibrant. Sadly the ghost haunting the library didn't really have much of a part in the story either. We spent more time with the new ghost than we ever did with the one who is a regular character in the story.

For me, a cozy mystery should put the characters and relationships first and the mystery second. The "cozy" part comes when I feel comfortable with the characters and want to hang out with them. I didn't dislike anybody, but I didn't really like any of them either. The book as a whole was fine, but I won't be searching out the rest of them 🤷🏻‍♀️

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC
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When I think of cozy mysteries, I think of books just like this one, that gives all the feels, thrills and can satisfies just about every reader's heart. This is a perfect books to snuggle up with on any day.
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Release Date: September 6, 2022


The library expansion has begun and Carrie is already wondering how they will survive when the construction crew stumbles upon a body that had been left in the basement of the property. Carrie is determined to stay out of this cold case but then the body turns out to practically family, the body’s former resident “Charlie” shows up with Evelyn and The local news woman Julie is determined to drag Carrie into helping her solve the case and break the story. On top of all that, the council that Carrie is now apart of has a very contentious decision to make. When your life is in chaos, what’s a girl to do? 

I love this series! I have been a huge fan from the beginning and each book only serves to get better and enrich the world of Clover Ridge (or as the mayor referred to it as “cabot cove of Connecticut” which made me laugh). This book brings more insight into Dylan, shows Steve and Angela settling into married life and even gives us more about Evelyn. I am having withdrawals so I think a re read of the series is in order! 

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Thanks very much #NetGalley for the opportunity to enjoy an ARC of the latest book in Allison Brook's Haunted Library Mystery Series-- Dewey Decimated.  This book is the sixth installment of this very enjoyable cozy series featuring a library and a ghost and Smokey Joe the library kitty. This book will be out on September 6th, so if you have not read the series you can start ready it and be ready for this when it is released!

I am finding lately that many of the cozies I am reading feature a cold case,  I don't mind this at all as it is nice to see our sleuths find answers and it reduces the rapid-fire murders happening in their towns. 

As usual, I enjoyed spending time with Carrie and the crew in Clover Ridge.  I could have used more time with Carrie and her best friend Angela hanging out. We have in this book a new character who annoys Carrie--and the reader--the investigative reporter that won't quit.  Then we also have a new ghost AND a major construction project at the library, so Carrie is really pulling her hair out. In the area of overarching mysteries, we learn a little more about Evelyn's situation and Dylan is more forthcoming with Carrie about how he grew up. 

I found the town council aspects of the story to ring true to how politics works in a small town. The mystery and the who and the why of the killer worked for me.  I am looking forward to the next book and have my fingers crossed maybe we will get to see Dylan and Carrie get married!
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