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First inThe Haunted Library

Mystery Series 

with Crooked Lane Books

Death Overdue

Carrie Singleton forgoes her purple hair and Goth attire to become Head of Programs and Events of the Clover Ridge Library. She finds herself embroiled in solving a cold case and a new murder with the occasional help of the library’s sixty-something ghost amid family squabbles, romance and discovering her place in life.

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Praise for Death Overdue:

"A 'spirited' start to a fun new mystery series that kept me guessing to the end. Ghosts, libraries, and cats--all my favorite cozy things fill the pages of Death Overdue."​

Diane A.S. Stuckart,

 NYT bestselling author of

the Black Cat Bookshop mysteries

(written as Ali Brandon)

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Second inThe Haunted Library

Mystery Series 

with Crooked Lane Books

Read and Gone

Twenty million dollars' worth of missing gems bring Carrie Singleton's long-lost and larcenous dad back into her life and it's up to Carrie to clear his name.

A devoted dad is as precious as diamonds, but Carrie Singleton wouldn't know since her dad Jim's been on the lam most of her life. In an unusual family reunion, she finds Jim breaking into her cottage in the middle of the night. The fun really starts when he begs her to help him recover his half of a twenty-million-dollar gem heist he pulled off with the local jeweler, Benton Parr. When she refuses, Jim takes off again.

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Praise for Read and Gone:

“The library frame, plot twists, a library cat, a ghost (former library aide Evelyn), a romance, and, of course, the principled Carrie in the lead make this cozy, set during the December holiday season, a delight. Readers may also enjoy Nancy Atherton and Carolyn Haines, whose books also include helpful, opinionated ghosts.”"A 'spirited' start to a fun new mystery series that kept me guessing to the end. Ghosts, libraries, and cats--all my favorite cozy things fill the pages of Death Overdue."​

Booklist

After her husband dies, Lydia Krause sells her company and moves to an upscale retirement community on Long Island to start a new life. At her first Twin Lakes event, she meets the community’s financial advisor, whom she recognizes as the convicted embezzler who drove her sister to suicide. After exchanging heated words with the man's wife, Lydia flees the scene. When the woman is found dead the following morning, Detective Sol Molina considers Lydia Suspect Number One.

A Twin Lakes Mystery, Book 1 

A Murderer Among Us
Awarded
 Suspense Magazine’s
Best Indie
Book Town's
2014
Mystery List
Audio & E-book

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Praise for A Murder Among Us:

In this first Twin Lakes mystery, we meet Lydia Krause, a highly competent businesswoman, now retired, who on her first social outing in her new gated community has a very public fight with a man she recognizes as the ex-con who caused her sister's suicide and an even more explosive exchange with the man's wife. Lydia thinks her proven business expertise will translate into ability as an amateur detective. She needs a detective, because early the next morning someone uses her car to kill the woman she fought with, and naturally enough she's the prime suspect. So she decides to play sleuth.

I loved this book. Lydia is so very real, as are the troubles she manages to get herself entangled in. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series. Will Lydia learn from these troubles to let the professional detectives solve their own cases? Somehow I doubt it!

M. Thornburg

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Book Town's
2014 Fall
Reading List

A Twin Lakes Mystery, Book 2

Murder in the Air

Shortly after the remains of a teenaged boy are unearthed on newly acquired Twin Lakes property, Lydia Krause has a worrisome conversation with her elderly neighbor. Daniel Korman hints at having known the dead boy and wonders if, after all this time, he should let sleeping dogs lie. Then Daniel dies under suspicious circumstances, and Lydia suspects that his two surviving childhood friends are responsible for both deaths. Or did one of Daniel's money-hungry relatives decide to end his life? As the murders and assaults mount, Lydia is drawn further and further into Daniel Korman's world. And, as if things weren't bad enough, her budding relationship with Detective Sol Molina is seriously compromised as she seeks answers in what Sol considers his professional arena. Can Lydia keep her relationship intact while uncovering the true killer?

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Praise for Murder in the Air:

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of murder and mistrust. Ms. Levinson writes a great book! Lydia and Sol are a couple that have a future and I love love coming to a middle aged lady!

Hollister C. Price

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Giving Up The Ghost​

After her divorce, Gabbie Meyerson moves to the sleepy town of Chrissom Harbor, Long Island, to teach English at the local high school. She settles into her rental cottage above the Long Island Sound and discovers she has a housemate--the ghost of Cameron Leeds, who used to live in the cottage. Cam insists his death was no accident, and implores Gabbie to find out who murdered him eight months ago. After she recovers from her initial shock, Gabbie agrees to investigate.

 

She learns from CH residents that Cam was the town daredevil, romeo, and wheeler dealer. His four friends Reese, Jack, Terry, and Don are angry because Cam deceived them in a land deal. They each have a personal reason to hate him, as well. And his lover's husband is a possible suspect. Despite what she hears, Gabbie finds herself growing fond of Cam and continues to search for his killer.

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Praise for Giving Up The Ghost​:

Giving Up Th Ghost by Marilyn Levinson was one of the best cozy ghost mysteries I've read. This genre has always been one of my favorites to read and I've read quite a few of them. And this one is right at the top of my favorites list.

 

There were a few mysteries contained within this book, who killed Cam, who killed the bully, who stole the money. These were all woven together very nicely and carried on throughout the entire story. I didn't figure the mystery out until it was revealed at the end, but then neither did the protagonist nor the sheriff, so I don't feel too bad. There were twists and turns along the way to make it very difficult to determine who the murderer was from a long list of suspects.

 

The characters were well developed and true to life and it was easy to care about them, especially Cam, the ghost. He definitely had positive and negative traits, just like we all do. The writing style flowed smoothly and this book was an easy quick read. I always laugh when I read reviews that say "I read this book in one sitting" or " I couldn't put this book down" but for once these sayings described my feelings and they were really true.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery, and if you love ghost cozies that is an extra reason to read this book. I sure hope Giving Up The Ghost is the start of a new series, one that will last for a long time.

Amazon Review by M. Brown

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The Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mysteries 1

Murder a la Christie

Professor Lexie Driscoll is conducting the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club in her best friend’s swanky mansion when another friend is murdered. More members are knocked off as Lexie unravels secret after secret, leading her to believe she's living in Christie's novel, And Then There Were None. Using Miss Marple’s knowledge of human nature and Hercule Poirot’s cunning, Lexie reveals the murderer.

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Kings River Life’s
Best of 2014
Book Town’s
2014
Mystery List
100 Indie Books
You Should Read 
Before You Die

Caleb and Linda Pertie

 
Praise for Murder a la Chirstie:

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of murder and mistrust. Ms. Levinson writes a great book! Lydia and Sol are a couple that have a future and I love love coming to a middle aged lady!

Hollister C. Price

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The Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mysteries 2

Murder the Tey Way

Professor Lexie Driscoll is discussing Josephine Tey's books at a Golden Age of Mystery book club meeting when her sister Gayle arrives, terrified for her life. She had witnessed her boyfriend's murder and fears the murderer is coming after her. The next morning a man's body is found lying in Lexie's backyard. Gayle takes off, and Lexie is worried that her sister may have murdered the man, believing he's been sent to kill her. Determined to learn the truth, Lexie investigates. She discovers the book club members have secrets and hidden vices that lead to more murders and unexpected revelations.

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Praise for Murder the Tey Way:

"Lexie and the book club ladies are back and better than ever in this installment of the
Golden Age of Mystery series. This was such a great book I couldn't put it down. When
Lexie's sister finds a dead man in her backyard things take a turn that Lexie didn't want.


Her sister Gayle doesn't want the police to know she is there and Lexie has to find out
what is going on before they both find themselves in jail. The characters are strong and the storyline is so intense and captivating you will not want to stop reading! This is one
whodunit that will have you up late and wanting more.”

Shelley Giusti for Shelley’s Book Case