Carrie Singleton is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about Dewey Decimated, the latest novel in the Haunted Library mystery series.
Welcome, Carrie. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.
My name is Carrie Singleton and I live inside DEWEY DECIMATED, which is the sixth book in the Haunted Library series. I am the head of programs and events at the Clover Ridge Library and my life is filled with adventures and murders. I am the only adult who can see the ghost of Evelyn Havers, a former library aide who helps me solve murders. In DEWEY DECIMATED, the building next to the library in undergoing renovations to become an addition to the library. When the workers break through the connecting wall, the confused ghost of the dead man found in the building’s basement wanders into the library. Evelyn and I have to keep him hidden away so he doesn’t frighten the patrons while we discover who murdered him.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
I have a say regarding the events of the story. After all, it’s my story and I know what should be happening, right?
How did you evolve as the main character?
I suppose it’s because I was able to see Evelyn, who is kind of the library’s guardian angel. Also, it turns out I’m very good at investigating homicides and finding murderers.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
Many characters are very dear to me starting with my fiancé, Dylan, who loves me and doesn’t try to stop me from investigating. My best friend Angela who understands me; my great-aunt Harriet and great-uncle Bosco who gave me a home when I felt lost and helped me find my place in Clover Ridge. And Evelyn, who has taught me a lot. And my dad, Jim Singleton, who gave up his crooked life and became an upstanding citizen and the best dad I could ever want.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
I’m very excited about the new library addition, especially the new stadium-seated auditorium where I plan to present many wonderful programs and performances. I also want to learn more about the ghost, who turns out to be Dylan’s uncle, someone Dylan hasn’t seen in ages.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
I have to deal with this brash, in-your-face TV investigative reporter who is also investigating the dead man found in the building. Of course she has no idea his ghost is hidden away in the library. But she’s a thorn in my side because she keeps on making digs about our police chief, who happens to be my friend. Even worse, she wants me to join forces with her to solve the murder. Since she has amazing resources and I’m investigating the murder anyway, I just might give in and form the duo she’s after.
Thank you for answering my questions, Carrie, and good luck to you and your author, Allison Brook, with Dewey Decimated, the latest book in the Haunted Library mystery series.
Readers can learn more about Carrie and her author, Allison Brook by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads, and Bookbub pages. Readers can also follow her on Twitter.
The novel is available at the following online retailers:
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About Allison Brook: 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 series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.
Her juvenile novel, Rufus and Magic Run Amok, was an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council Children’s Choice. And Don’t Bring Jeremy was a nominee for six state awards.
Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her books take place. She loves traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and chatting on FaceTime with her grandkids.
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