FEATURED AUTHOR: ALLISON BROOK
ABOUT THE BOOK
Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin’. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost?
In winter, the Haunted Library is a refuge for homeless townspeople. When a group purchases a vacant house to establish a daytime haven for the homeless, Carrie offers the library as a meeting place for the Haven House committee, but quickly learns that it may be used for illegal activities.
As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her–and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost, six years earlier.
And then Dorothy is murdered–run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece’s killer, but that’s no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbors and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?
Title: Buried in the Stacks
Author: written as Allison Brook
Genre: cozy mystery
Series: Haunted Library mystery series, book 3
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019)
Print length: 311 pages
On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours
IFs ANDs OR WHATs INTERVIEW WITH MARILYN LEVINSON
Q: If you could step back into a moment or day in time, where would you go?
A: I'd love to step back into time when World War II was over and everyone thought that there would be no more wars after that.
Q: If you could time travel for an infinite period of time, where would you go?
A: I would love to travel to Paris and live there for several months during the 1920's when Hemingway, Fitzgerald and many great writers and artists lived there.
Q: If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
A: I'd like to be a psychologist.
Q: If you had to do community service, what would you choose?
A: I would work in an animal shelter and help take care of the dogs and cats.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?
A: I would love to have a villa on the Cote d'Azur, where I'd spend my summers. The rest of the year I'd live in a penthouse of a luxury Manhattan building and spend occasional weekends in the Hamptons and other places.
5 things you love about writing
• I get to create a world full of characters, events, and places
• I'm able to create something that is mine and mine alone
• I get a wonderful sense of accomplishment after a few hours of writing
• I love hearing from readers, that they enjoyed my last book and can't wait to read the next one
• I've made wonderful writing friends, both authors and readers.
5 things you love about where you live:
• I have wonderful friends nearby
• I live in a gated community and feel safe
• I can go for a walk in a beautiful environment
• I live but a train ride away from Manhattan
• Both the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound are close
5 things you never want to run out of:
• books to read
• crossword puzzles
• Sudoku puzzles
• books to write
• knitting projects
5 words to describe you:
5 things you always put in your books:
• three-dimensional characters and their relationships with one another
• secrets—almost every character has one
• a pet—usually a cat
• a best friend
• a romantic interest
5 favorite books:
• A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
• The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
• Agatha Christie's mysteries
• Novels by Elizabeth Jane Howard
• Novels by Mary Wesley
5 favorite things to do:
• write fiction
• read fiction
• talk to friends
• dine out
Q: What’s your all-time favorite memory?
A: Summers in my country home in Connecticut.
Q: What’s your all-time favorite movie?
A: Two For the Road.
Q: What’s your all-time favorite city?
A: Manhattan (a borough, I know, but considered a city).
Q: What’s the loveliest sight you’ve ever seen?
A: The sun setting at 11:23 during White Nights in St Petersburg.
Q: What’s the most beautiful sound you’ve heard?
A: My grandchildren greeting me on FaceTime
Q: What’s your favorite vacation spot?
A: Road trips through England.
Q: What’s your favorite snack?
A: Honeyed nuts, potato chips.
Q: What’s your favorite dessert?
A: Pecan pie.
Q: What’s your favorite beverage?
A: Good white wine.
Q: What’s your favorite ice cream?
A: Chocolate and pistachio.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby or past-time?
A: Watching English mysteries.
Q: What’s your favorite social media site?
Q: What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
A: My pocketbook, which holds my wallet, car key, house key, lipstick, comb, and cellphone.
Q: What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?
A: A photo of my grandkids .
Q: What movie genre do you prefer?
A: Drama—murder mysteries.
Q: What do you collect?
A: Photos of cats and dogs on Pinterest.
Q: What book are you currently working on?
A: I'm editing the fourth book in my Haunted Library mystery series
Q: What’s your latest recommendation for: (It would be awesome if you answered all of these!)
Food: Indian food shrimp or chicken tikka marsala.
Music: classical—my faves are Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach.
Movie: The Upside.
Book: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.
Audiobook: any mystery by a favorite author.
Netflix/Amazon Prime: Silent Witness.
Miscellaneous: dining outdoors near water.
Q: What books do you currently have published?
A: All are available on my Amazon page.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. Her books have received many accolades. As Allison Brook she writes the Haunted Library mystery series. Death Overdue, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel last year. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series. Among her YAs and books for kids are: Getting Back To Normal, And Don’t Bring Jeremy, which was a nominee for six state awards, and Rufus And Magic Run Amok, an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council “Children’s Choice." Many of Marilyn’s books take place on Long Island, where she lives.
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