Monday, September 12, 2022

Dewey Decimated - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Dewey Decimated (Haunted Library Mystery #6) by Allison Brook

Rating: Really Liked It! (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  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; Smokey Joe, the resident cat; and Evelyn, the library’s ghost, are drawn into another tantalizing whodunit.

First, a dead body is found in the basement of the building attached to the library, and it turns out to be Carrie’s fiancĂ©’s Uncle Alec, who Dylan hasn’t seen in years. But Alec has no intention of truly checking out, and his ghost makes itself at home in the library, greatly upsetting the patrons. Carrie and Evelyn work hard to keep Alec out of sight, but what was he doing in Clover Ridge to begin with? And why was he killed?

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?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:   I love this series so of course I had to pick up this latest book!

My Impression: This has been one of my favorite cozy mystery series since book one and this was no different.  Carrie has grown up a lot and now we see her dealing with her new position on the town council as well as trying to figure out what her life with Dylan will look like.  As well, she is kept busy by her job as program director at the local library.  Oh - and in investigating a murder or two!

One of my least favorite things in books with ghosts is the awkward situations that occur when a character is talking to a ghost that no one else can see.  This has been mostly avoided in this series and I've really enjoyed that Carrie is also honest with those close to her.  It cuts down on unnecessary misunderstandings and allows the focus to be on the plot.  

The mystery kept me engaged and guessing though it did take a bit to develop as the bulk of the first half of the book is filled with just figuring out who the corpse belongs to.  I liked that Evelyn and Dylan took a more active role in the investigation and the addition of another ghost was entertaining.

I very much enjoy this cozy mystery series and feel like with each book I get to know Carrie and the community of Clover Ridge a bit better.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Definitely!  I'm already looking forward to the next book!

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy a fun cozy mystery series with a great cast of characters this is a fun series though I do recommend starting from the beginning of the series.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Sounds good. I keep saying I love cozies and should read some, but then I never do. I decided I need to stop procrastinating and just do it, so I've added some to my 2023 reading list.

  2. Ghosts in the! I'm going to have to give this series a try. :D

  3. The title is so cute! I am starting to enjoy more and more cozies.

  4. Lovely review and definitely love this series. It's a winner for me.

  5. I love this series. I'm a couple of books behind though.