"Read and Gone" is the second book in The Haunted Library Mystery series. We meet up again with Carrie Singleton, the P&E head of her local library. After a fun night of partying it up with her friends and family at her housewarming party, she awakes to her father standing in her cottage. She dismisses him, but then he winds up in jail for murder, and it’s up to her to clear his name.
I love love love this series! Mostly because I really connected with Carrie. We are very similar — from our thoughts and upbringings and the way we react to things. When you’re able to connect with a character on such a deep level, that’s when you know a character is realistic and well-rounded.
I’m glad that the author included Carrie’s father in this book. We hear so much about him in book #1, and we can tell that his absence and his past really effected Carrie. It all shaped her into the adult that she is now, so it was intriguing to see how all of it would play out.
In regard to the mystery itself, it was very well-plotted and kept me interested throughout the whole book. Never a dull moment. The ending surprised me, which is always a major plus for me. I love unpredictable books.
Overall, this book was amazing! The characters were all well-rounded and delightful. The mystery was very absorbing and left me very satisfied. It’ll definitely take you on a ride. I highly recommend.
Right in time for the holidays, comes Allison Brook’s second Haunted Library mystery, a perfect present for readers of Jenn McKinlay and Leslie Meier.
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? The second charming Haunted Library mystery by Allison Brook, Read and Gone will be a delight for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Leslie Meier.