Read and Gone by Allison Brook

Read and Gone


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?” – Description from Goodreads


I truly enjoy this series.  It has a lot of the elements I look for in a cozy mystery and it feels so comforting every time I picked it up to read.  Carrie is a likeable character despite her hero complex, but it seems that most cozy mystery main characters want to save someone and in addition to playing detective.

I liked that the main focus in this book wasn’t necessarily solving a murder or two but finding lost jewels which put a slight twist on the plot.  There was of course murders, but the jewels added another element to the story that also allowed for Carrie’s estranged father to come into the picture without us disliking him too much.  It was easy to see why Carrie decided to commit to her sleuthing again for him.  I also like that we’re seeing a bit of a budding romance for Carrie, but I would like to get to know her love interest more.  The characters are becoming more developed, especially her co-workers and boss at the library.  Getting to know them more and how they think is fun to see.

Our resident ghost haunting the library Carrie works at didn’t play as big of a role like she did in the first book which I found kind of sad.  The series is about a haunted library and I was hoping for the library to also play a bigger role in the setting.  I don’t know how the author plans on doing it in future works but I hope there is some more mysteries surrounding the library and our friendly ghost because that’s a big reason why I picked up the first book.  I want a little spook and mystery in a favorite setting of mine.

This was another fun and fast read.  It’s also not too overly Christmas themed despite what the cover has on there which was nice since I’m reading it off season.  But I would think it would have enough holiday themed scenes in there to make the seasonal reader happy.

On a weird side note I did find 3 typos in the book.  I think they were all characters names after they had been introduced to us.  It was a little odd to see that in the middle of a book, but I thought it was kind of funny.


Anyways I’m ready for the next in the series.


Death Overdue

Read and Gone

Buried in the Stacks

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