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Summary

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?

©2019 Allison Brook (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Easy listen, not too taxing

I have listened to the first 3 books as they were included with my membership. I wasnt sure at first but they are an easy listen while I'm doing craft or cooking. Narrator is good and I think I will purchase the next one.

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Great books

Yet yanother great 👍 book in this series of stories cannot wait for the next one

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Buried in a good book.

I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book by this author I have read or listened to but it won't be my last, in fact as this is actually book three in the series I have already downloaded the previous two audio books to enjoy and find out how it all came about. I loved everything about this book from the great and like able characters to the mystery. There was a lot of characters to get to know but the story was well written so at no point did I lose track as to who everybody was. I especially liked the ghost that wanted to help but was reluctant, it added a fun syfy element to the story. There was also a lot of different elements going on, so it kept the story interesting with the running of the library, the main characters love life, her best friends Wedding plans and of course the mystery. They are all connected and do play a part in helping to solve the murder, so again at no point did I wish the author would just get back to investigating because it never really stopped. The mystery it's self was good and kept you guessing although it took a while for the murder to happen but that was only because the scene was being set. Over all a fun cozy mystery and what looks like a good series. I am off to find out by starting at book number one.
Carrie as head of events for the local library is given more responsibility and is made head of the sunshine delegate. This just means when a member of staff is hurt or sick she needs to send cards or flowers. Her first recipient is the most hated member
of staff Dorothy, who falls while out shopping and ends up in hospital. Carrie decided to score some brownie points with her boss and the libraries ghost, who is the aunt of the injured woman, by visiting her in hospital.There she meets a very different woman, gone is her abrasive and rude attitude, she is even afraid of her husband and claims her husband tried to kill her. Is she right? when Carrie visits her at home she denies ever having said anything and is back to her usual mean self. At the same time the Librarians are short staffed and the last things they end is a group of homeless people causing trouble. Then Dorothy is killed in a hit and run. Should she have been afraid of her husband? While trying to find out Carrie discovers the reason why Dorothy was hated by everyone was that the motive? Or was it because she wouldn't lend her brother money to start a up a shelter to help the homeless in town? Can solving the murder also help to find answers to the library ghosts death? Carrie is determined to find out.
I liked the narrator. She helped to bring the story to life and was a real assets to the story.

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Began well but fizzled out.

Continuity errors, again: Carrie bought a book for the boy and a doll for the girl but when she arrived for her visit she gave the boy an electronic game and the girl a book. Repetitive: recaps can be useful, but there are too many. In my review of the previous book I said the ghost, Evelyn, should have a more prominent role so I was pleased this happened; there is now a reason for her to haunt the library through spying and reporting to Carrie. This book was improved by having a much 'darker', more sinister feel at the beginning, but unfortunately it lapsed into silliness. The focus on the social issues was realistic and enhanced the plot. There appeared to be some asides that were not relevant, at least not yet. Carrie appears to have her own personal police officer; he comes to her aid immediately; really! The ending was disappointing: rather than tie up loose ends, it began a new thread, which I assume will be the start of the next book in the series. The narrator was good but her pausing could be better.

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  • 23-09-20

Unlikable Main

The main character, Carrie, got on my last nerve. I can't find anything about her that I liked(I have read Death Overdue, Read and Gone, and this 3rd installment). Run Dylan...I wanted to like this series and I like the other characters especially Smokey Joe, but Carrie...I Just Can't. The bookcovers are great, but I won't be continuing with this series.

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  • Kathleen Kendler
  • 28-09-20

Better in audio

Buried in the Stacks is the third book in The Haunted Library Mysteries series.
This is a standalone book. I have read them all but think you won’t be left in the dark by starting with this one.
The narrator greatly enhanced this story. When I read it a few years ago, I rated it a 3.5 but the audio has me increasing my rating.
It was a quick read and the spirit of Evelyn helps the story along. I did find inconsistencies within the story and did have to suspend disbelief beyond the spirit. Carrie's character is now thinking before placing herself in harms way. She is actively avoiding rushing into situations with concern for her welfare. She realizes there are a lot of people that care about her.

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  • 14-10-20

Needs a better editor

So much repetition... Told us someone was a favorite niece at least three times. Too much fluff details but without the writing or vocabulary to back it up.. 'each room was decorated in various colors'

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  • phyliss scherer
  • 07-09-20

A fun piece of fluff

This is a fun book. Easy to listen to.if the narration used some diff voices, and there wasn’t such long gaps between chapters it would be a perfect piece of fun entertainment.

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  • Karen Lo
  • 26-10-21

Irritating main character and cheesy writing

Carrie, the main character, is poorly developed and a hypocrite. She’s annoyingly nosy yet “doesn’t want to get involved.” She “doesn’t jump to conclusions,” but jumps to every conclusion.

The plot isn’t bad, but the writing can be cheesy and cliche. The cat is the best character. I listened to two of these out of order. I won’t be listening to any others.

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  • Rebekah L. Greening
  • 24-10-21

Loved it! Didn’t want it to end

I absolutely enjoy reading this author and again I was pleased with her work. From the beginning to the end… I thoroughly enjoyed her story! I can’t wait to listen to her next book!! Truly a cozy mystery!!

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  • Cindy
  • 27-09-20

Cozy mystery

Good story line and I enjoyed the characters. One thing that gets old is the repeat information given in each book. One time is ok but repeating the same story line 2-3 times in a book is too much.

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  • Denota Heiskell
  • 11-05-22

Checks all the boxes!

This story was well thought out and developed. there were delightful characters, civic minded, romance, a bit of humor and I honestly had no idea who done it! the main character is a strong young woman who has overcome a lot of set backs. she doesn't give up but keeps fighting her way to a happier life. admiration! thanks. I'd love it hear more of this series.

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  • WhittyOne
  • 29-04-22

Secrets: kitten, mistakes, hidden priceless books

For book lovers, this is a great story. I recommended our library buy a copy yesterday. i don't often do that. I am not a cat lover, but i loved this kitten. The secrets in the basement library must be kept. But to do so causes so many complications...

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  • Dove
  • 26-04-22

Allison Brook Library series!

The series is a good listen from the start to
Buried in the stacks
I enjoyed the listen, the characters came alive ! The narrator's gave each character personal inflicted impact into the writers passionate writings loved it cannot wait to listen to the others in this series.