Review

Dewey Decimated. Allison Brook

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Published:  Crooked Lane Books
Date: 6th September 2022
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Carrie Singleton is just off a hot string of murder cases centered around the spooky local library in Clover Ridge, Connecticut. She could really use a break—but no such luck, as she; Smoky Joe, the resident cat; and Evelyn, the library’s ghost, are drawn into another tantalizing whodunit.

Meanwhile, the town council, of which Carrie is also a member, is embroiled in a hot-headed debate over the fate of the Seabrook Preserve, a lovely and valuable piece of property that runs along Long Island Sound. Turn it into an upscale park? Sell it to a condo developer? Or keep it as protected land?


As the dispute rages, there’s another murder, this time involving a council member. Could the two murders be connected? And could Carrie be next on the hit list? 

Dewey Decimated is #6 in the Haunted Library series, and a great addition it is too.

We have all the usual characters, plus an extra library Ghost who creates a bit of a mystery and a rather cold feel in the library.  And we learn a tad more about Evelyn the usual library ghost.

Carrie is busy with the library and her work on the local council. She finds herself up against a cold case and then one that just happens. Are the two linked in some way? As well at the library there are renovations going on that will see the library enlarged.

Like a thorn in Carrie’s  side – Julie a local reporter seems to think that she and Carrie can form a team of sleuths. I wondered what eventually would become of Julie. I thought it was likely she could find herself murdered!

I really enjoyed the read, so easy to pick up, sink into and enjoy. Already looking forward to #7 and seeing does Carrie grow any closer to marrying Dylan.  By the way I didn’t read the blurb and pleased I didn’t because it gives away too much about the book.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Welcome in as we almost say goodbye to August!

Thank you to all who commented on last week’s post. I didn’t get around to hardly any blogs on this post last week, I got busier than usual with other things. And more tired than usual, I think the winter weather is doing it! One sunny day last week and I celebrated it with a walk on the beach! However I am back again this week!

What I read last week:

A review book and a library book.

What I am reading now:

A review book.

Call My Name

I am still listening to Thank You For Listening. Really enjoying it. Julia Whelan is a great narrator and her writing is pretty good too!

Up next:

A library book

The Best is Yet to Come 

Last Week’s Posts

The Wishing Quilt.  Jodi Thomas. Lori Wilde. Patience Griffin

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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Welcome in everyone.

I had a great week but went down a rabbit hole of reading and viewing as I am exploring ways to help my great nephew develop reading skills. It is so good that researchers and places share their information on You Tube and blog sites. Special thanks to Pennsylvania and Florida this time for feeding my mind overtime, giving me ideas and material to work with!  I can see I will be spending quite a bit of time doing this so my own reading will lag. But if there is one thing I am passionate about its reading for all!

I am also expecting this book to arrive from Amazon soon and that will have me down that hole!

Structured Literacy Interventions

In the meantime I am reading on my Kindle

Equippted for reading Success

What I read last week:

Two very good books. Second one was an audiobook finish.

What I am reading now:

Reading and enjoying.

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Also my slow and steady Gentleman in Moscow. I know readers have said I’d start reading it fast because it gets so good…. and it does!  But for me a 20 to 30 minute a day savouring it is perfect. It deserves it!

I am listening to Thank You for Listening. Looks like it could be a self help book but it is by narrator Julia Whelan and is fiction.  And has a narrator as the main character!

Thank You for Listening

Up next:

From the library.  I may get to it!

The Hotel Nantucket

 

Last Week’s Posts

A Certain Darkness.Anna Lee Huber

Library Loot

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Welcome all. Hope you are all enjoying life. Mine was a good week filled with all the things I like to do. I took some days off from blogging and visiting and that was great too!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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I am still listening to In the Middle of Hickory Lane and my slow and steady read is A Gentleman from Moscow.

Up next:

I usually listen on audio to this series by Allison Brook but this one I am reading from NetGalley.  It’s a series I do enjoy. This is #6.

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Last Week’s Posts

None this week.

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Libraries Draw a Reader in

I was listening to a podcast that mentioned a book that has as part of its setting a library. I decided I’d like to read it, but that set me thinking about books I’d already read that either had a library somewhere in its setting or one of the main characters was a librarian.

book coverWell obviously this has a library in it. It’s not really about the library as such, but… it is an important place in that one of the characters finds refuge there. Another loves coming there for book club and the librarian is afraid her job is going because the council are threatening to close the library.

Plus who couldn’t love the cover. This was so worth reading on so many levels.

Death on a Shelf

There are a number of cozy mystery series that has the library as a strong setting.  The Haunted Library series by Allison Brook is a really good one. It has a library ghost who appears every so often to one of the librarians – Carrie. Of course there is a cat in it – Smoky Joe who is totally delightful. There is usually a great mystery to be solved – like murders and Carrie has a romantic relationship developing.  This is #5. #6 is published this year.

book cover The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles presents us with the American Library in Paris in the months leading up to WW11 and during the war. Like all stories set in this era at times it is stark and heart breaking. The people suffer so much.

Yet within the confines of the library there are warm friendships among those who work there and those who come to read, write and borrow books.  I really found it good reading.

book coverThis one The Giver of Stars along with The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek – I read both – gives us insight to the courageous librarians of the WPA Packhorse Library in rural Kentucky from the mid 1930’s to the mid 1940’s.  The Appalachian mountains were challenging to say the least. I really enjoyed both books set here. Both very worth reading. I listened to The Giver of Stars which was excellent.

book cover I’d forgotten this one has a librarian but it does. Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living. But she wasn’t always that way.

I liked the emphasis on however life is going, take the moments you can, to celebrate and to choose joy – even be a little wacky at times. I also loved Sam’s library set up.

A good summer read.

Next week five books set in a library or with a librarian I want to read. Already going to be difficult to confine to five! However if you have a favourite book with library vibes to it, let me know!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving – those who celebrate. I had my fairly usual week. I did watch the 2020 movie of Emma on Netflix. I really enjoyed it, seeing some  familiar actors. I thought Emma was portrayed well, not quite so sure about Mr. Knightley. However I haven’t read the book but now I think I will listen to it at some time in the future.

What I read last week:

I enjoyed Legacy on audiobook, January LaVoy is such a good narrator.  Roisin Meaney is a new to me author – Irish. I thought it was good and I’d certainly give another book by her a go.  Meg and Jo – a modern retelling of part of Little Women. Interesting take.

What I am reading now:

A review blog tour book.

Sleigh Bells Ring

Listening to…

One of the cozy mystery series I am enjoying and this is #5 and brings me up to date.

Death on a Shelf

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The Memory Quilt.  Lenora Worth

Christmas Reading Plans

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November Books on My List

Today I am listing the books being published in November that I have special interest in. They are ones I will read for sure.  It is always exciting to see what is publishing. I have been a reader of the Outlander books since the first one published. The others are all newer authors to me. Gleaned from my blogging rounds!!

Go tell the Bees That I am gone #9 in the Outlander series.  They come out so infrequently its a wonder I can remember what happened last, but I think I have a general idea and they are too big a book to go reread to remind myself.

This one comes out about November 23rd.  It’s the time of the American Revolution and they are all back at Fraser’s Ridge. (My favourite setting for these books).

I haven’t watched the TV series of these books, I just prefer the books. I can then skip the really gory parts!

This is one that is in the local shops so that’s where I can buy it.

The attic on Tradd StAnd #7 in the Tradd St Series. I am just listening to the previous one at present. I guess I’ll listen to this one as well. I feel it is about time it ends – so no regrets. It is due out very early November but most likely I won’t get to listen to it until 2022.

Doctors and Friends

Doctors and Friends comes out November 9th. I’ll most likely put in a pre-order for this one very soon.  This is the third book by Kimmery Martin. She is a emergency medicine specialist so all the details are there.

This one is about a pandemic but actually written before we were hit my our infamous world pandemic. Because its not Covid I can read it!

Call of the Penguins

Hazel Prior returns with another story about Veronica and the Penguins. I really enjoyed the first one about her adventure with the penguins. She is 87 years old and she is off to take part in a documentary about penguins. I was lucky enough to be given a copy for this one from NetGalley and I really look forward to reading it. It publishes on the 11th of November.

Death on a Shelf And to round things off a cosy mystery. Death on a Shelf  is #5 in the series and I have been listening to the audio version.  It publishes November 9th. It is set in a library and has a ghost and a library cat. Easy listening.

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Month in Review

September Reading Wrap

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Total books read this month:12

New to me authors:

Ali McNamara
Lucy Parker
Carol J. Perry

Top Book for September

Second one in the series. I am hooked.

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Book that Most Surprised me.

I have had this book sitting on my shelf for awhile now, and kept putting it off because well when a husband and wife are really happy and then she gets terminally ill. Not really calling to me. Yet once I was reading it I was sucked in, in spite of its more serious subject. Still so well written and the characters were great.

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Book that I least liked.

It was a second chance romance, but well, it just didn’t hit the mark with me.

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Looking forward to reading in October

Review of Reading Goal for September

My main goal was to read up my Netgalley review books and catch up on them. I didn’t have that many but I had fallen behind.  I caught up and so now I can relax a bit about them. Only 4 I think in the queue.

Libby App at the library. Our library has now switched to this app and it is a lot friendlier. I tried it out and listened to Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer. Not her best book but still good enough.

I cut back my Audible Credits to one a month and I will see how that goes. I still have 8 in hand and some books not listened to.

Main Reading Goal for October

Read some of the more recently acquired books sitting on my print TBR shelf. So a sort of 2:1 ratio. Two print books from my TBR or the library and then one Kindle, be that mine or Netgalley.

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope your week went well, as we remembered the events of 9/11.

My part of the country now has had its restrictions lifted for the pandemic, not Auckland though. However we now wear masks going into any place outside our homes. I visited someone in  hospital and it was quite an experience. But good they are taking such precautions.

I listened to #298 of the Modern Mrs Darcy podcast. It’s not often I’ve read some of the books discussed and decided I wanted to read one or two others mentioned.

What I read last week:

A good reading week completed with A Good Day for Chardonnay. Oh my, loved the book, I want the next one sooner than it can be published.

What I am reading now:

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And I’ve started listening to…

Up next:

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Write My Name Across the Sky.   Barbara O’Neal

Five Additions to my Bookshelf

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Cozy Mystery Series

So many books, I can’t keep up! I decided to look at cozy mystery series I will prioritise. Some I am almost up to date with so I haven’t included those. Another time I might look at other series I want to keep up to date with as well. The one thing about a cozy mystery is they do read quickly on the whole. so that’s a reading positive.

Checked Out for Murder This is #4 in the Haunted Library Mystery series and I have enjoyed the first three via audio. So this is a definite series to follow through.

Love the library ghost, the library cat and librarian Carrie. I see she gets on some reader’s nerves but my nerves are reasonably stable at the moment!! I also like the mysteries and the narrator does a good job.

book cover The Royal Spyness series and I am up to this one #7 Heirs and Graces. So well narrated and a load of fluffy royal British fun. Such easy listening and some interesting murders and situations.

The Whispered WordLook at those yummy scones on the cover, plus the books of course. I enjoyed #1 and The Whispered Word is #2 of The Secret, Book and Scone series. It has a group of women, one of them Nora, runs the bookshop and she knows how to pick the right book for you. Again the narrater Cris Dukehart presents the books really well.

book coverThis is #1 of the Liz Talbot Mystery series. I haven’t started this one but its in my library at Audible …. waiting! Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer.Twisted threads

I’m up to date with reading  my quilting cozy series and so even though I don’t do needlepoint this series comes recommended by a respected cozy mystery reader,  so I have this one out from the library. Love the cover again and I am looking forward to reaching it. Because its #1 in the series I am hoping I’ll be able to keep this one for awhile as most interested will have read it.

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