Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery

Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery

by Allison Brook

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ISBN-13: 9781683317340
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 232,604
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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A former Spanish teacher, Allison Brook writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for young readers. She loves traveling, reading, knitting, doing Sudoku, and visiting with her grandchildren, Olivia and Jack, on FaceTime. She lives on Long Island with Sammy, her feisty red cat. This is her second Haunted Library mystery.

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Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
MarshaG More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series and is as good as the first. I really like that the second book can be read on its own , but at the same time is not repetitive in repeating character histories from the first book. There is some background , but I didn't feel as excessive as other books series I have read. The story goes at a good pace and is not to simple. The killer is not obvious nor does the killer come from left field. I was engaged throughout the story and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I was sorry when the book ended. The characters are nicely fleshed out and the description of the town makes it one I would love to live in or visit. i also like that the spiritual element is not overdone and unbelievable. the heroine does not totally rely on supernatural information , she instead seeks out what she needs. The library ghost is a nice added side element and a likable character. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I also don't sign up to review books that don't fit with my personal taste, so it is unlikely I'll get a book I don't care for. Although that has happened, just not in this instance.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
Read and Gone is the second installment in The Haunted Library Mysteries. In this book, we find a contented Carrie hosting a successful birthday/housewarming party with relatives, new friends and a boyfriend at her new cottage. She is in her element as the Programs and Events Director at the library in her new hometown of Clover Ridge and is literally basking in her happiness and contentment. Unfortunately, her contentment is shattered when her father, Jim, a well-known thief, breaks into her house later that night and tries to enlist her help in finding his share of some stolen gems that he believes are hidden in Clover Ridge. Three murders ensue as Carrie realizes that more than just her father are hunting for the jewels, and is shaken to find her father is the main suspect in one of the murders. Consequently, Carrie sets out to find the jewels and return them to their rightful owner -- and not to Jim. This book has lots of twists and turns with no shortage of suspects. I found myself rooting for Carrie as she tries to maintain her newfound happiness, despite so many misgivings about her father, while at the same time, trying to solve the crimes and clear his name. With the help of friends and a charming library ghost, Carrie might just be able to solve the case and make things right again. I enjoyed this book even though I had not read the first book in the series. Read and Gone can definitely stand on its own, however, it makes you curious to see what you missed in the first book, Death Overdue. This book's characters are well-written, realistic, and for the most part, likable. I found the town of Clover Ridge to be charming, and the book's mystery kept me guessing until the very end. The Haunted Library Mysteries make a great new series that I recommend without reservation. I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
MandaLuvsToRead More than 1 year ago
This book hit all the right buttons for me: 1) cozy mystery, 2) holiday theme, 3) set in a library, and 4) resident ghost. I like that the mystery involves Carrie's dad, a shady character, and that Carrie has a significant other this time around. Good read.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
This was a very appealing mystery, perfect for reading now as it takes place in the days leading up the Christmas. Not much time has passed since Carrie Singleton landed in Clover Ridge with a new job at the library and surrounded by some extended family. As she celebrates her birthday, she muses on her good fortune and friends. Awoken that night by an intruder in her cottage that turns out to be her estranged (and of dubious means) father, Jim Singleton, the story soon turns into a murder mystery and tale of stolen gems. With this being the second book in a series, I liked that I now know several of the characters and can follow the relationships better within the story. Smokey Joe, Carrie’s cat, continues to be a wonderful presence at the library, breaking through almost everyone’s reserve. There were plenty of suspects in both the death and the gem storylines, so that it really took until near the end to suss out who was responsible for what, with so many twists and turns. And I would hope the Haunted Library designation won’t turn anyone off from giving this series a try. Evelyn is a very gentle spirit and I don’t see this as being overly paranormal.
missema More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a solid three stars for me. At first I felt like I was plunked down midstream in a series, the very beginning of the book starts with a party and a plethora of characters, but this is only the second story so most of these people don’t wind up mattering much. There are some references to the last story which I found could have been taken out, but for the most part the book stood alone. The mystery itself is good -- Carrie’s thief father John shows up in town with trouble on his heels. A heist of several million dollars worth of jewels made him forge an alliance with Benton Parr, a jeweler and thief from Cloven Ridge, where Carrie now lives and John grew up. Just as John explains that Benton double-crossed him and he’s looking for a sack worth millions, Benton comes up dead. Carrie is at her best when solving things, she’s competent and capable, and knows when something is too big of a risk, but like any person enmeshed in a traumatic event (or series of them, as the case may be) she doesn’t see all the clues as the reader does. I even really loved Evelyn, the resident ghost in the library, for all of her insight and insider knowledge of the town. The book loses stars from me in a few areas. The dialog is stilted in many sections, and it reads not like a thirty year old of a contemporary time, but like one better suited to the 1980s. Take out the cell phones and this book would fit right in 1988. The structure of the conversations and slang is stiff and out of date. I had trouble seeing her as a person, she always read wrong to me, her dialog sounded like she was a good 20+ years old than 30, but she acted very childishly in her relationships, especially with other women. Carrie doesn’t have much of a life outside of work, she reads so few books for a librarian and she has no hobbies on display. I don’t know if she did in the previous book, I never read it, but here Carrie is dull when she isn’t actively solving her mystery. I found it implausible that she couldn’t really cook, especially since she eats so much in the story and seems to enjoy food. Someone buy Carrie a subscription meal service so she too can share in the joy of making her own food without having to grocery shop. I also thought the library felt a little off, because it didn’t provide a lot of the job searching and workforce services most libraries do, but had plenty of programming for more affluent patrons. Her on/off boyfriend Dylan is annoying, manipulative and honestly, the kind of man I’d warn a friend away from especially since he’s a millionaire in a position of power not just economically but because he’s her landlord. I actually said “He’s lying to you, girl” more than once because his selective truth was so frustrating. It’s not the way a relationship should start or work. Dylan was painted to be a knight in shining armor, but their relationship felt forced and everyone kept telling Carrie how much he cared for her when she was hurting instead of listening to her real concerns about their relationship, that weren’t really resolved. I disliked this aspect of the story intensely. The end didn’t land right for me either. I’d figured out whodunnit, but I hated the happy wrap up at the end. Jim’s fate wasn’t fair, and it honestly put me off reading any more in the series, though I did like the mystery in this one.
AWilcox777 More than 1 year ago
Fa-boo-lous!!! Pun intended. I just love the ghost in this series. She's so level headed and well dressed. Allison has done it again in this installment of the Haunted Library Mysteries. The mystery is so well plotted and executed. I also love that there is a feisty kitty, a great budding romance and murders to solve galore! I see so much potential for this series to keep going. The setting is great, the characters are developing at a perfect pace to keep me wanting to know and learn more and Allison's development of each mystery is fantastic!
Phyllis4707 More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining, easy read about a 30-year-old librarian who solves mysteries in a small town. The second in the Haunted Library Mystery series, this book begins in the days leading up to Christmas and can be read as a stand-alone. Carrie Singleton has settled in as the library's Events & Programs manager. She has made friends with some of the women she works with as well as the library's resident ghost. She rents a cute cottage from Dylan, an attractive single landlord with whom she is soon to be romantically involved. Her doting aunt and uncle live nearby, and her cat Smokey Joe comes with her to work each day. Everything is finally going well in Carrie's life when her long-lost and larcenous father turns up looking for gems he stole with the local jeweler years ago. When the murders begin, Carrie believes she must find the murderer AND the twenty million dollars worth of missing gems before her father is put in prison once again. Several suspicious characters and various clues are sprinkled throughout the book so the reader can solve the crime along with Carrie. In bringing Carrie's father into the story, the author provides some depth to Carrie's character as she deals with feelings of abandonment from her childhood. The family drama competes with the mystery to keep the reader guessing: Where are the stolen gems? Has someone else found them? Who is the murderer? Will Carrie and boyfriend Dylan get together? Has Carrie's father really changed his ways? Will all be solved by Christmas? I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
Christmas is right around the corner in Clover Ridge and Carrie and the library staff are busy decorating and having programs for the holiday season. Carrie's Dad, a thief that didn't spend much time with her during her childhood, shows up unexpectedly and her seemingly perfect life goes a little off course. He is in town looking for gems that he helped steal and is hoping to collect his share from his partner, a local businessman. When Carrie's Dad is accused of murder and ends up in the hospital, Carrie decides that she must find the gems and turn them over to the police to keep her Dad out of jail. The book had many suspects that kept it interesting and I loved reading about all of the events going on at the library and how Smoky Joe continues to have a role as the library cat. I really like the characters and enjoy seeing how Evelyn, the ghost, helps Carrie without giving her the answers. This was an entertaining mystery with a Christmas theme to get me in the mood for the holidays! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
ashleym919 More than 1 year ago
Read and Gone is the second book in Allison Brook's "A Haunted Library Mystery" series. Carrie Singleton is finally settling into life in Clover Ridge with her job at the local library, a new boyfriend and even a friendly ghost companion. Then her estranged father shows up thrusting her into the middle of a search for millions of dollars in stolen gems and, of course, murder. If I could give 1/2 star reviews, my real rating would be 3.5 stars. I read the first book in this series, and I have to confess that I enjoyed it a little bit more. In truth, I had problems relating to Carrie's relationship with her father in this novel. Carrie's father is a known thief, who often abandoned her and her family while she was growing up, which has led to her fear of commitment and vagabond lifestyle in the past. When he shows up out of the blue, puts her in the middle of a jewel heist and at odds with her new boyfriend, Carrie's strong instincts to protect her father and lie to those around her were a bit baffling to me. Therefore, I wish the book focused a little more on the jewel theft and murder investigation and a little less on Carrie and her father's relationship. That said, I am still a fan of this series. I enjoy the quirky characters - especially Aunt Harriet and Uncle Bosco. I am enjoying Carrie's emotional development as she settles into her life in Clover Ridge, develops friendships and explores a romantic relationship with her landlord. Since much of the action in this book took place outside of the library, readers didn't get much time with Evelyn, the library's ghost. I hope in future volumes we see more of the "haunted" part of the library. These books are quick, easy yet satisfying reads that always leave me with cravings from Brook's vivid descriptions of food. Clover Ridge is a town that I am looking forward to revisiting soon! I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
LibbyMcKinmer 4 months ago
Small town librarian Carrie Singleton’s father Jim shows up in her life again after years of being on the lam, which she discovers when she finds him breaking into her home in the dead of night…with a jewel theft hanging over his head. When he asks her to help him recover his share of the 20-million-dollar heist from his partner, local jeweler Benton Parr, she refuses. And he disappears…until she discovers he’s been arrested for Benton’s murder. And the murders don’t stop with Benton. As Carrie attempts to unravel a mystery from the past that is taking its toll in the present, she finds herself in danger…plus she’s at loggerheads with her insurance investigator boyfriend Dylan, who is hot on the trail of the original jewel thieves. Add in the library’s resident ghost Evelyn and the library cat Smokey Joe and you have a full cast of characters in this light mystery read.
GratefulGrandma 7 months ago
In this second book in The Haunted Library Mysteries, Carrie Singleton is the head of programs and events at the Clover Ridge Library. She loves her job, even though there is one employee who is a thorn in her side. She also has a special friend, the ghost of a former librarian, Evelyn who she is able to share her problems with as well as being a great sounding board. Carrie is gearing up for the holiday season at the library, as well as celebrating her birthday and house-warming with her new friends and family. When she is awoken at night by a sound, she finds her long-lost father in her home, begging her to help him. Jim Singleton is a thief who has spent time in jail and is a suspect in a multi-million dollar jewel heist. He tells her about the heist and the local jeweler who refuses to give him his share. Soon after, the jeweler is found murdered. Is her father a thief and a murderer? When her father is attacked, they are now on the hunt for the jewels and the murderer who is also after the jewels. Read and Gone is an entertaining story. I like the setting of a small town library, especially with all the activities going on and the idea that is is the gathering place. I don't mind the ghost story, as Evelyn is a hoot and a very helpful ghost when it comes to sleuthing. Smokey Joe is the library cat, who belongs to Carrie and is loved by all, except of course, Miriam. Carrie is a great MC, she is smart, creative and feisty when necessary, but sometimes reacts negatively without thinking things through. Family is very important to her, so she agrees to help her father, even though he was not around much in her life. The mystery moved along at a nice pace, with plenty of investigation, suspects and twists. There was a lot of physical altercations in this story, much more than I expect in a cozy mystery. Carrie's relationship with Dylan was quite rocky in this story, with Carrie finally realizing that she really cares for Dylan and is ready to take the relationship to the next level. The final reveal had some surprises, but also a lot of what I had figured out was correct. I enjoyed this story, but not quite as much as the first in the series. I will continue to read this series to see what is next in store for Carrie, Evelyn and the library gang. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
katherine schmitt 11 months ago
This is the second book in the Haunted Library Series, and it's a hit! This book could stand alone, however I really loved the first book in the series and could not wait for the second book to be released. I laugh out loud at times reading Allison Brook's novels and I just adore Carrie Singleton, our heroine librarian. This cozy mystery has a lot of possibilities and really I didn't figure out the culprit till the end. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a great cozy mystery.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in the Haunted Library Mysteries, DEATH OVERDUE, I was ready to move on to the next book in the series. Well, it took a year of waiting, but finally I got to read, READ AND GONE. And once I started reading, it was no time at all before is was read and gone . It so was completely worth the wait. It was great to be back in Clover Ridge with protagonist, Carrie Singleton, her aunt and uncle (I adore them), and of course Smokey Joe, and resident library ghost, Evelyn. Author Allison Brook brings such life to her characters, that I feel like a truly know them. As for the story, mystery, mayhem, and murders (yes, plural!), as well as family drama is what you’ll find between the covers of READ AND GONE. A wonderful whodunit with so many surprises I found myself catching my breath on more than one occasion. Ms. Brook had me on the edge of my recliner by the last couple of chapters. READ AND GONE has something for everyone who loves a good mystery. Why not check it out for yourself?
Vhar318 More than 1 year ago
$20 million in stolen gems, 3 murders, an absentee father who by the way just happens to be a thief, a handsome boyfriend who is also an insurance investigator, a friendly library ghost that only Carrie Singleton and her niece can see and communicate with and of course Smoky Joe, Carrie’s Cat and also the library feline. Christmas is just around the corner and all of the aforementioned is going on right in the midst of the Holidays. Can Carrie find the jewels and the murderer before she herself falls victim? Allison Broom has written a wonderful Christmas Cozy Mystery. The story keeps you guessin* 7 til the very end as to who the real culprit is.. Great story, easy to read. I highly recommend this story as a to be read!
Vhar318 More than 1 year ago
$20 million in stolen gems, 3 murders, an absentee father who by the way just happens to be a thief, a handsome boyfriend who is also an insurance investigator, a friendly library ghost that only Carrie Singleton and her niece can see and communicate with and of course Smoky Joe, Carrie’s Cat and also the library feline. Christmas is just around the corner and all of the aforementioned is going on right in the midst of the Holidays. Can Carrie find the jewels and the murderer before she herself falls victim? Allison Broom has written a wonderful Christmas Cozy Mystery. The story keeps you guessin* 7 til the very end as to who the real culprit is.. Great story, easy to read. I highly recommend this story as a to be read!
ladygGH More than 1 year ago
Carrie Singleton's life is finally going well. She has anew job at the library and a boyfriend named Dylan. She even has a pet Smokey Joe he has become the library cat. Than someone breaks into her house. She is stunned to learn the person who broke in was her estranged Father . He wants a favor? He had been involved in a multi million dollar gem heist. His partner is hiding the gems and he needs Carrie's help to find them. Than the partner turns up dead and her Father is the prime suspect. Carrie doesn't believe he killed the man and she sets out to find the real killer. She than learns Dylan is an investigator who was hired to find the gems. Read and Gone is the second book in the Haunted Library series. I received an advance reader copy from Net galley in exchange for an honest review.
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
As a book lover, how could I not enjoy a series that is set in a library and is haunted too?! Ok, so the haunting isn't a scary haunting, but that is ok because Evelyn, the ghost, is caring and comical at the same time. Family means a lot to Carrie and she was quite surprised when her father, Jim, showed up. Who could blame her since he wasn't around much and he is a thief? I could see where it might be hard to have him around but at the same time want him around because he is family. I did like watching the progression of their relationship in this book. So the big mystery is what happened to $7+ million in gems that were stolen by Jim and the local jeweler, Benton. Of course being a mystery somebody has to end of dead and Benton is the victim. But where are the gemstones? Carrie, of course, gets involved in this case. I'm not sure she would have if her dad wasn't involved and wanting to find the gems, but not to turn them in and collect the reward but to fence them. The author throws quite a few characters into the mix as suspects and when the real killer is revealed I was surprised. This person wasn't really on my radar! I thought this character could be the culprit but they were near the bottom of the list. I thought the mystery was well written. Then there is the romance part of the story. Here is where Carrie got on my nerves a little bit. She started thinking different things about Dylan and why he was involved with her and perhaps he only wanted to use her to get to her dad. I thought it was kind of crazy for her to think this and why didn't she talk to him about her thoughts? I didn't remember that Dylan was in the insurance business but it has been a bit since I had read the first book. Overall very enjoyable and can't wait to see what happens in the next book.
Bookaholic-mka More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, easy to read cozy. Although, if you add a library and a library cat into your story, I’m going to think it’s fun automatically. However, this really WAS an enjoyable read and it was a little more in depth than your everyday cozy. Don’t get me wrong, I like everyday cozies but this had some relationships that don’t normally come up in a story like this. Relationships that make us think about how we would handle things if they happened to us. Relationships that show how much one wrong step can hurt many people in a family all of their lives. So…sounds serious doesn’t it? Well, it is a little but right in the middle of these intricate events up pops a ghost, one with a sense of humor which is the only kind I can imagine wanting to see. This cozy also had all of the parts it should have…good friends, dinner nights, a boyfriend, a delightful little town, your one extremely judgmental librarian and of course, a delightful small town. The characters and the scene of the town were so well-defined I felt as if I could picture them. Hope I have given you the impression that I really enjoyed this book. It is Book 2 in a series titled “A Haunted Library Mystery”. Looks like Book 1 got good reviews and I see no reason that Book 2 can’t stand alone as a story so…since I enjoyed this one, I think I’ll go back and try the first one. ***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Bellasgram1217 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book and could not put it down. The plot and characters were interesting and it was a fun read. My favorite character was Smokin Joe the Library cat. He added humor to the story. The story is about Carrie who works at the library as the Program and Event Director. There is a ghost Evelyn in the Library which I wish they had more in the storyline. Only Carrie and her niece Tracy can see or hear Evelyn. Though she does get some good advice from, and does errands for the ghost. Carrie's Dad shows up after being gone for years and wants a favor. This all leads to a murder which Carrie gets involved in helping solve. I thought the book was very descriptive and helped bring the book to life. I am going to purchase the first book as I liked this series very much and look forward to more adventures with Carrie and Evelyn. I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Christmas. A library. And a main character named Carrie. Sign me up!! When you add in the cute ghost of the former head librarian, plus a library cat with personality and a supporting cast of friends, family, and not-so-friends, you’ve got a great recipe for a cozy mystery. In Read and Gone, the author takes us back to the Clover Ridge Public Library and this time we get even more insight into Carrie Singleton’s personal life. Particularly her relationship with her father Jim, a thief who shows up unexpectedly after years on the lam. There were a lot of dynamics going on with this part of the storyline – not the least of which was Carrie’s conflicting emotions around seeing her dad again (and being asked to help him recover his share of the gems he stole). I thought the author portrayed all of these dynamics really well – and authentically – while still in keeping with the tone of a cozy mystery. I didn’t care so much, however, for the up and down dramatics around Carrie’s relationship with Dylan. I understood her concerns the first time but after a bit I was just done with her fluctuating pity party about it lol. The mystery itself kept me guessing, and while I had my suspicions I wasn’t completely right – and it didn’t play out like I thought it would (which is a good thing!). There were a lot of different facets to this mystery as well – from the original gem heist (and where are they now?) to the murders that keep piling up to what exactly is Carrie’s dad up to now? I wish Evelyn Havers (the friendly resident library ghost) had played more of a role in this book, as far as the mystery goes, but I enjoyed the glimpses of her nonetheless. Bottom Line: A charming small town with a copious cast of characters, a small-town library with a surprisingly robust staff list, a feisty library cat with his own plans and plots, and the former head librarian who is haunting her old digs (whom only Carrie and her young cousin can see). Throw in a jewel heist, the missing gems, and a handful of murders and you’ve got yourself an entertaining cozy mystery! Brook’s library setting is every bibliophile’s dream, and Carrie is a very likable heroine. The mystery is well-plotted, and the characters are layered and intriguing. I’m already looking forward to book #3! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
AmyWeidenaar More than 1 year ago
Book 2 brings Carrie a little more than she was ready to handle. Her dad comes to visit unexpectedly and he brings all his questionable friends and lifestyle with him. While Carrie comes to grips with her mixed feelings regarding her dad, she also comes to appreciate the changes in her life since she settled in Clover Ridge. Her new boyfriend Dylan shows that he knows her better than she thought and he's not about to let her mixed feelings about things push him away. He does admit he maybe should have handled some things differently though (can't say more or SPOILERS). Carrie is definitely making headway in putting down roots for her first time and in this book, she realizes how important they are to her already. Once again, we get to see all the characters grow in their setting and the new characters are as well-rounded as the old ones. The intrigue kept the pages turning and the bodies falling. Overall, it was an excellent book and I cannot wait for the next in the series. Thank you to Allison Brook, NetGalley, and Crooked Lane Books for the chance to read this wonderful book and share my thoughts and opinions with others.
Horsebranchjess More than 1 year ago
Read and Gone is a cozy library mystery with a splash of paranormal. Carrie is the local librarian who is beginning to enjoy her life-- her new job, her new friends( including a friendly ghost in her library), and a new love. Just when things seem to be great, Carrie's estranged father shows up and brings loads of trouble. A jewel thief, her father has returned for his half of the loot but he's not the only one looking for the jewels. His partner in crime is murdered and her father is beaten as the secret jewels do not appear to be a secret any longer. A string of murders and a bunch of suspects that kept me guessing whodunit until the very end. All the elements of the story add up to a fast-paced, suspenseful cozy mystery cozy readers are sure to enjoy. A new author I will be sure to add to my to must read list. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
FHlady More than 1 year ago
Twenty million dollars’ worth of missing gems bring Carrie Singleton’s long-lost and larcenous dad, Jim, back into her life and it’s up to Carrie to clear his name. Jim has been out of her life more than he has been in due to his life as a cat burglar specializing in gems. Although this is book 2 in this series, I had no difficulty reading it as a stand alone. Carrie is a single 30 year old and is head of the Programs and Events Department of her local library. I would sure love to live near this library with all the wonderful programs Carrie planned for the holiday season. Carrie has a very quiet ghostly helper, Evelyn, who used to work in the library before she died. Also her cat, Smokey Joe, plays a cute role as he is adopted by all the library patrons when she brings him each day. A few mice also help solve the mystery. With plenty of twists and turns, lots of red herrings, a few murders and plenty of suspects, this book kept me guessing until the very end. I liked how Carrie and her father worked on rebuilding their broken relationship. It will be interesting to see if it continues to develop as he finds a new line of work as the series continues. A cute, cozy that I would definitely recommend.
CheliD More than 1 year ago
Carrie Singleton is not pleasantly surprised when her estranged father shows up out of the blue. He's return to try to recover some gems that he stole and left with Benton Parr, the local jeweler. Before her father and Parr can exchange anything, Parr is found dead and her father flees the scene. The plot was a bit thin and the characters still need some fleshing out, but it was fun.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Carrie Singleton works in the local library after returning to her home town that she left behind after a rough childhood. She’s a law abiding citizen, has a strained relationship with her Mother and almost none with her career criminal father. However when Carrie’s father shows up in her home, she has to wonder, if having her father in her life is really what she wants given their disparate standings on crime. While Jim Singleton is looking for some gems he helped steal, his partner in the heist is found murdered. Carrie believes her father is not guilty of murder and stands by him. Two more bodies are added to the bodycount and Carrie finds herself in danger. Are the gems really worth risking her life over?

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and there are a lot of suspects that keep you guessing right up to the end. I enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and look forward to the next installment in the Haunted Library Mysterie