Sampler: Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook

Carrie’s sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town?

Carrie Singleton and Evelyn the ghost sleuth the slayings of a starlet and a star-crossed psychic in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fourth Haunted Library mystery.

Daphne Marriott strolls into Clover Ridge and informs librarian Carrie Singleton that she’s a psychic. But had she foreseen what fate awaited her, Daphne would have steered clear of the quaint Connecticut town. Evelyn, the library ghost, tells Carrie that there’s more to Daphne than she lets on.

The mysterious woman grew up in Clover Ridge with her no-good dad, who apparently met his end at the hands of Daphne’s brother, Billy. Still, Daphne proves a welcome distraction when Carrie’s overbearing mother hits town. Mom’s much younger husband, Tom, is in a movie that’s lensing locally, and she’s there to keep an eye on him: Tom’s costar, sultry Ilana Reingold, is also his ex-fiancée, and there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. Soon after mingling with the moviemakers at a meet-and-greet, Daphne is found dead.

Carrie and Evelyn investigate, assisted by bushy-tailed library cat Smoky Joe. But the suspect list could overflow the library shelves. Has Billy killed another relative? Is their long-missing mother involved? Or Daphne’s mean ex-husband?

Carrie’s sure she knows who committed the crime, but can she bind together the clues before the culprit Dewey-decimates the town?

Marilyn Levinson writing as Allison Brook

Sampler: Checked Out for Murder

I glared at Evelyn. “Why did you come here when you knew I had someone in the office? You nearly scared the poor woman to death.”

“Daphne Harper! As I live and breathe! Well, I neither live nor breathe, but I like the expression. And I must say, I’m pleased that she sensed my presence!”

My mouth fell open. “You know her?”

“Indeed I do. I happened to be floating around the library when Daphne showed up. I recognized her though she left Clover Ridge many years ago. I decided to follow her to find out why she came back after that terrible business. And to my surprise, she ended up here in your office.”

I couldn’t make much sense of what Evelyn was saying. “Daphne came to see me because she wants to give a program about different psychic abilities. She claims to have acquired some psychic abilities of her own after a recent near-death experience. I wondered if she was making it up until I saw how she reacted to your presence. But what terrible business are you talking about?”

Evelyn perched on the corner of my assistants’ desk, her favorite pose whenever she paid me a visit. “It’s a sad story. Daphne comes from an unhappy, dysfunctional family.”

I nodded. “I kind of thought so.”

“There’s a brother, Billy, who’s two years older than Daphne. Their father drank and was abusive to their mother and the kids. When he lost his job, his wife took on a second job to pay the bills. Daphne was sixteen or seventeen when her father was murdered. Killed with a knife to the gut. Daphne told the police that Billy must have done it because she’d heard them arguing an hour or so before the murder. Everyone was shocked to hear this because Daphne adored her brother. He’d protected her since she was a baby.”

“So what happened? Was Billy convicted of his father’s murder?”

“He was, and then released after spending a few years in prison. His case was reopened because the knife turned up when the apartment house where the Harpers had been living underwent extensive renovations. They found Chet’s blood on the knife as well as fingerprints, but they weren’t Billy’s.”

“How sad,” I said. “I wonder why Daphne accused her brother of the crime, given the family dynamics.”

“Your guess is as good as mine, though I never thought the poor boy capable of killing anyone.” Evelyn sent me a look that meant she was about to give me an assignment. “Carrie, Daphne’s going to need your help.”

“With what?” I asked, but Evelyn was already disappearing from sight.             What an eventful morning, I thought as I prepared to focus once again on library matters. I’d already met someone with psychic abilities and learned about a murder that had been committed here in Clover Ridge twenty years ago. So that was why Daphne had thought the Singleton name sounded familiar. I found it interesting that she hadn’t mentioned growing up in Clover Ridge. And I wondered if her return had anything to do with her father’s murder. If her brother was innocent, then the murderer had never been apprehended.

I felt a rush of excitement. Did Daphne want me to find the person who had murdered her father? Perhaps her psychic abilities had informed her that I’d helped solve a few murders, one of which had been another cold case. I quickly stifled my enthusiasm as best I could. The downside of investigating homicides was putting my life in danger, which upset Dylan and John Mathers, our police chief and dear friend. I’d all but made a lifelong promise to them that I wouldn’t get involved in any more murder cases.

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