Monday, October 2, 2023

Overdue or Die - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Overdue or Die (A Haunted Library Mystery #7) by Allison Brook

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

Description:  Carrie Singleton has more than her fair share on her plate: her job at the Clover Ridge Library, preparing for her wedding to Dylan Avery, and hoping that the local art gallery doesn’t steal away one of her part-time employees. Her fiancĂ© Dylan accompanies her to the beautiful home of Victor Zalinka—art collector and successful businessman—to select paintings for an art show at the library. While Carrie muses that Victor's home would be the perfect wedding venue, Dylan spots a forgery among the paintings in Victor's collection.

Then Martha Mallory is found murdered in her art gallery. With the assistance of Evelyn, the library ghost; the resident cat, Smoky Joe; and the office manager of Dylan’s private investigation company, Carrie comes up with a suspect list long enough to rival the size of an encyclopedia. During her investigation, Carrie stumbles across a terrible truth: Martha’s murder was part of something far bigger and more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. And it all leads back to the art gallery.

How far will Carrie go to find the killer and uncover the truth? If the killer finds her first—will Carrie finally be taken out of circulation?

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my favorite series so of course I had to pick this one up.  

My Impression: This is pretty much everything I want a cozy mystery to be.  A main character who has had some growth, a world of likable characters, an animal sidekick with some serious opinions, and books.  Throw in a ghost and I'm pretty happy.  I especially enjoyed the art forgery aspect of this and liked that Carrie and Dylan's worlds kind of collide there as they are both pulled into the same mystery.

I enjoyed seeing a bit more of Carrie's growth.  Not only is she becoming more comfortable and confident in her job she is also getting better at being vulnerable with the people she loves most.  I've also really enjoyed the development of her relationship with her father.  

The mystery kept me intrigued.  I was fascinated by the art forgery links and I'm always fascinated by the discovery of fraud.  The balance between Carrie's regular life and mystery solving was well done and the pacing made this a fast read.  I've enjoyed this series from the beginning and this latest book was an entertaining read.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? I would!  I've enjoyed all the books in this series and am looking forward to reading more.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is a great series.

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


  1. Sounds like a nice series.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. I love that not only is there a ghost, but an animal sidekick with serious opinions. :D

  3. Great review of this book Katherine. A series I too enjoy and this one did not disappoint, getting. nearer to a wedding! And I love the ghost in this story.

  4. I really like this series too but I am behind. I am looking forward to this one! I am glad you enjoyed it, Katherine.