Author Name: Marilyn Levinson aka Allison Brook
Book Title: Death Overdue
Book Genre: cozy mystery
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Synopsis: Carrie Singleton, forgoes her purple hair and Goth attire to become head of programs and events of the Clover Ridge Library. She finds herself embroiled in solving a cold case and a new murder with the occasional help of the library’s sixty-something ghost amid family squabbles, romance and discovering her place in life.
Excerpt: “We’ve a real exciting program coming up in two weeks,” Trish said, her eyes lighting up with excitement.
“You mean Al Buckley’s talk,” Barbara said. “I’m sorry I’ll be missing it. You’ll have to email me all about it.”
“Who’s Al Buckley?” I asked.
“Al was a detective on the local police force. Fifteen years ago he was in charge of a murder case that was never solved,” Trish said.
A chill snaked up my back. “Around here? Who was murdered?”
“A lovely woman named Laura Foster,” Barbara said. “She was married and had two boys in high school. Someone came into the house and struck her when no one else was home.”
“How awful,” I said. “And how awful that they never found out who killed her.”
Barbara and Trish exchanged glances.
“What is it?” I asked.
“The word is that Al was drinking a lot in those days and wasn’t on top of things like he should have been,” Barbara said. “In fact, there was a hearing and he ended up leaving the force.”
“But he’s cleaned up his act,” Trish said. “And feels terrible for not finding Laura’s killer.”
Barbara nodded. “When he called a few months ago, he said he couldn’t get the case out of his head. He’d started investigating on his own a year or so ago, and found what he believes is new evidence that will put the killer away.”
I shook my head. “I don’t get it. Why didn’t he go to the police with what he’s found?”
“He did,” Barbara said, “but Al doesn’t know if they’ll follow up on it, given his history with the department.”
“They should listen to him!” Trish said. “Al’s a great guy and a terrific detective. He and my dad have been friends for years. I know what a bad time he was going through around the time Laura was murdered. His son nearly died in a car accident, then his wife left him. Now all he wants is to solve the case and write a book about it.”
“It will make for an interesting program,” Barbara said, “but now we have to get to work.”
About the author: A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson is the author of mysteries, romantic suspense and novels for kids. She writes the Twin Lakes Mystery series and the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mystery series. DEATH OVERDUE, written as Allison Brook, is the first in her Haunted Library Mystery series. Library Journal has given the book a starred review and had made it a Pick of the Month. Blackstone has recorded an audiobook version of DEATH OVERDUE. Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her novels take place. Find Marilyn on her website