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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Read and Gone

Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook

About the Book

Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683317340
Digital ASIN: B078M7MXGR

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.
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?

What I Thought:

Read and Gone starts off where Death Overdue left off.  Carrie has settled into her new cottage is forging a relationship with Dylan.  She is also settling into her job as Head of Programs and Events at the Clover Ridge Library.  After Carrie’s birthday party, her long lost father shows up needing her help.  Then when a library board member, Benton Parr, is murdered, Carrie’s father needs even more help as he is the main suspect.  Of course Carrie has to enlist the help of her ghost friend Evelyn to help her with this murder.  This book was as well written as the first with some of the same characters, but it introduces us to some new characters as well.  The plot was well thought out and flowed well, making this a fast read.  I found myself getting anxious often and was left guessing till the very explosive end.
I received a complimentary copy of this book

About the Author

Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.

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