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Checked Out for Murder: 10/06/21
Checked Out for Murder by Allison Brook is the fourth book in the Haunted Library mystery series. A self described psychic introduces herself to Carrie Singleton. Since Carrie is friends with a ghost she believes Daphne and sets her up for a presentation at the library. Meanwhile Carrie's mother and her new husband are in town along with a film crew. He's staring in a rom-com.
Daphne and an actress on the film are murdered within days of each other. Carrie believes Daphne's murder is related to her father's murder — a cold case. But is the actress's death also related?
Although this series has a ghost who has in past books helped Carrie sort things out, she's barely in this novel. Frankly I found her absence refreshing. The mystery was tight enough to not need supernatural help.
My one gripe with this mystery is the unnecessary bi-erasure. So many mysteries hinge on characters not considering that a person might be interested in more than one gender.
The fifth book is Death on the Shelf (2021).