Author: Allison Brook
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: September 11th 2018
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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Seven-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 seven-million-dollar gem heist he pulled off with the local jeweler, Benton Parr. When she refuses, Jim takes off again.
Carrie finds her father again behind bars for the recent murder of Benton Parr. Who made the connection? Unbeknownst to her, Carrie's boyfriend Dylan, an insurance investigator, has been searching for the gems. Determined to find the jewels herself, she starts examining every facet of Parr's life. She turns up a treasure trove of suspects, one of whom bashes her on the head as she's searching the victim's country cabin.
Retreating to the quiet confines of the library where she works, Carrie watches as Smokey Joe, the resident cat, paws at a hole in the wall. Is he after the library's ghost Evelyn, or something shinier?
Read and Gone the second in the Haunted Library Mystery series by Allison Brook was a quick entertaining read perfect for the busy holidays.
There is plenty of holiday cheer, lots of new characters, a return of some favorites from book 1 Death Overdue…and of course plenty of my favorite, Carrie’s cat Smokey Joe 🙂
The mystery unfolds and there are plenty of red herrings, side stories and side characters to keep the reader guessing until the end. And like before, I obviously love the small town and library settings where all the action takes place.
Sadly there were a few aspects of Read and Gone that kept it from getting full marks from me. I still feel that the character of Carrie is a little too immature for her age and this shows in complex aspects of her relationship with Dylan and her father to “smaller” things like the way she carts Smokey Joe around town without a carrier or leash and even leaves him in her car while she runs errands! What?
I also wish that the actual ghost element played into the story more. I love that Evelyn haunts the library…but she really doesn’t seem to add anything to the story.
All in all Read and Gone was a pleasant read and I think that this series has a lot of potential. I hope that things are tightened up a bit in the next installment.