What happens when you devote your life to destroying other people? What happens when blackmail is your form of practice and getting information about others using it to extort money? Dorothy Hawkins was the reference librarian at Clover Ridge Library.
Things get tense when Dorothy falls on ice and accuses Fred her husband of trying to kill her. Telling it Carrie Singleton head of programs and events when she was delegated as the new Sunshine Delegate you visit her in the hospital. Fear in her eyes and Carrie trying to be sympathetic and yet deal with staffing her area while Sally her boss was more concerned with other matters I’m dealing with the influx of homeless coming into the library during the day and the troublesome were causing: Haven House was being constructed to handle some of the issues but not everything about this venture would aid in getting these people off the street . Dorothy made it her mission to alienate many people and Carrie was elected to bring her the latest books she wanted to take out . But boredom cause her to return to work early but who decided to run her off the road and Dorothy is dead.
As Carrie decides to get involved since her ghostly aunt insists that she find out who killed her favorite niece. Dorothy was one of three children and hated her sister Frances and her brother Roger who hated her too. Jealousy was at the heart of her childhood revenge and the three grew to be superficial, hateful, revengeful and Roger someone who wanted it all but not have to work hard for it.
Fred and Dorothy were at a crossroads and friend was seeing Leila, but Dorothy had no idea that he was involved with someone else and was going to divorce her in order to spend his golden years happy. Dorothy’s death changed certain things but the contributors to Haven House such as Ernie Pfeiffer who swindled Evelyn and her husband Robert out of a lot of money, wanted Roger and Dorothy to go into business with them. Why did Ernie give so much money to Haven House and what happens when the homeless center closes for the day and something else happens there at night?
Detective John Mathews is away of the homeless problem and Doris and Henry Maris were at the center of disruptions, accusing Doris of stealing a purse and both needing help as Carrie finds a way to get Henry mental help and with the aid of Uncle Bosco a powerful man in this community and close to the police detective, she manages to get them the help they need. But, what about the rest of the homeless.
Dylan, Carrie’s boyfriend, decided to become a partner in his firm and not open his own investigative firm in Clover Ridge upsetting Carrie greatly and wondering just where things will go when he moves back home but works in New Haven. Will their romance continue to blossom? What about the murders and the suspects that are members of the library and the community? What did Dorothy have on all of them that they could care less that she was killed, and Harvey Kirk even said to Carrie that some murders as better off not being solved? Threat, warning or just a comment? Sally her boss was thrilled that they finally found someone to replace Dorothy, but will Norman fit the bill and be able to deal with everything else going on there?
Things will take on a sinister turn as Carrie learns that a teen tried to kidnap Smokey Joe and she was warned to be more careful with him and not leave him unattended even though he had the lay of the land at his fingertips and treats from some of the other staff.
When Carrie attends a fundraiser along with her friend Gillian at the country club listening to Frances and her husband Gerry you being to realize that something about Haven House is corrupt and that maybe Frances is not so naïve as Gerry convinces her that she has nothing to worry about. Is that true as author Allison Brook heats up the tension, keeps us in suspense and the list of suspects rises as we learn the names on a list that Dorothy had hidden beneath a desk draw and Carrie found. Just who wanted her gone and why?
The ending brings new problems for Carrie as her errant mother and new husband are about to descend on Clover Ridge adding new conflicts to come. Of course she can always count on a Smoky Joe for comfort but will she ever give up sleuthing and remain a great program and events head but seriously I have to agree with Shirley that a crocheting and knitting group sounds like it might be fun for people of all ages. Can’t wait to see what trouble comes her way next as the author brilliantly pens the next Haunted Library Mystery.
Once again the author creates a mystery with a touch of humor, real life issues as she tackles the serious crisis many areas are facing that of the homeless population. This issue needs more attention.
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