Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook
About the Book
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
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?
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.
About the Author
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Read and Gone by Allison Brook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: READ AND GONE by Allison Brook
(The Haunted Library Mysteries #2)
READ AND GONE is the second entry in a new series, The Haunted Library Mysteries. Enterprisingly plotted, the mystery certainly had me guessing throughout. There's a couple of really wonderful older characters: one is a former library aide who lovingly haunts the expansive Clover Ridge Library, who is/was about 60 (she's a delightful ghost) and the other is a ninety-year-old man, her former neighbor, just as sweet as can be.
However, a few of the other characters really got on my bad side, and unfortunately, their roles are pretty prominent. Granted my reaction is probably a matter of personal viewpoint, but I thought that protagonist Carrie could have developed more spine and eased off on the doormat tendencies.
READ AND GONE was definitely a mystery I couldn't puzzle out ahead of time. With several possible suspects, and a number of characters with unpleasant personalities and behavior, I couldn't latch on to just one to identify the culprit.