Death on the Shelf


Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook

About Death on the Shelf

Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (November 9, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643857800
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643857800
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WCB3SBN

Librarian Carrie Singleton sleuths a murder at her best friend’s wedding in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fifth Haunted Library mystery.

Clover Ridge librarian Carrie Singleton is thrilled to attend her best friend Angela’s wedding, but Angela’s family can be a bit…much. Angela’s wealthy cousin Donna hosts an extravagant bridal shower at her resplendent home, but the celebrations turn to gossip as the guests notice Donna’s surgeon husband, Aiden, spending a bit too much time with Donna’s cousin Roxy. At the wedding reception, the sweet occasion turns darkly bitter when Aiden topples into the chocolate fountain–dead.

The suspect list is as long as the guest list, and as difficult to sort out as the seating chart. A few of the top contenders on Carrie’s suspect list are the flirtatious Roxy, emotionally unstable since her recent divorce; Angela’s grouchy brother, who feels Aiden betrayed him; and Roxy’s scorned ex-husband. Even Donna may have had reason to want her husband dead. And Aiden’s gossipy office manager has plenty to say about them all.

Then another member of Angela’s family is murdered, making Carrie more determined than ever to find the killer. Can library ghost Evelyn and library cat Smoky Joe help Carrie solve the murders before she becomes the next of Angela’s wedding guests to head to the grave?


About Allison Brook 

Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.

Her juvenile novel, Rufus and Magic Run Amok, was an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council Children’s Choice. And Don’t Bring Jeremy was a nominee for six state awards.

Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her books take place. She loves traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and chatting on FaceTime with her grandkids.

Q&A with the Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

I suppose when my novel for young readers, AND DON'T BRING JEREMY, was first published many years ago. I've been writing ever since.

What advice do you have for a new writer?

Take a few writing classes. Join a few writing organizations. Write most days. Become part of a supportive critique group. Keep on writing despite rejections.

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Editing because now the novel is finished and all I have to do is make sure it reads smoothly and logically.

What is your favorite part of this story?

The part where Carrie, my sleuth, eavesdrops on the murderer. She's so shocked by what she sees, she gives away her hiding place and . . . well, you'll have to read DEATH ON THE SHELF to find out what happens next.

Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?

Vera Ghent is a fifty-something woman who manages the medical office of two doctors. She's friendly and chatty, and wears mismatching, revealing clothes more suitable for a younger woman.

Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?

Roxy Forlano was the hardest to write about, I suppose, because I feel sorry for her. Roxy's best friend is her cousin Donna. They are both beautiful and elegant, but they are always in competition and Roxy always takes second place. Both married doctors, but now Roxy is divorced and seeks support from Aiden, Donna's husband. Roxy is high strung and close to a breakdown. 

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Twitter: @MarilynLevinson; @AllisonBrookML

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