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Read and Gone

A Haunted Library Mystery, Book 2
Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
Series: A Haunted Library Mystery, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

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 20-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 Smoky Joe, the resident cat, paws at a hole in the wall. Is he after the library's ghost, Evelyn, or something shinier?

©2018 Allison Brook (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • K
  • 11-09-20

The Lead character is the worst

The main character is annoying. She’s childish and hard to like. She is immature. It makes it hard to get through this story. I felt the same about the first book. I was hoping this one would be better. It wasn’t.

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  • Lynda Turpin
  • 19-12-18

Really like this series....

I enjoyed the first in this series and was looking forward to the second. I wasn't disappointed. The mystery itself was well written, with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. But I also enjoyed the character developments in the story. That is something that I enjoy about Cozy Mysteries in general - the fact that the characters and their personal lives are as important as the mystery. I like Carrie. She has grown more confident and comfortable in her life since the first book. The entrance of her estranged father threw her at first, but their relationship, and her relationship with Dillon, weathered the ups and downs. I like Carrie's aunt and uncle, and her library friends, who are always there to support her. And, of course, I like Smokey Joe and how he helps solve the mystery. Evelyn (and her friendship with Carrie's niece) is a sweet element in these books. This is a fun and entertaining series, and I hope there will be many more. I have listened to both books several times and I look forward to the next one.

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  • Anissa Carlisle
  • 14-09-20

Carrie is lacking in judgement...over and over..

Carrie’s con man father breaks in to her cottage as he has come to find the jewels that he was screwed out of from another con man. Carrie, who calls her father Jim, is suddenly feeling sorry and/or protective of him. Why? I can’t fathom it. She gets mad at her boyfriend because he’s looking for her criminal father. She decides to “help” her father find the gems...Then she forms other stupid alliances... it’s more than I can take. I’m fed up with Carrie. She makes stupid decisions and supports a man who abandons her over and over...

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  • jennine.
  • 28-09-20

Fun and Entertaining

love the narrator s voice and manner of reading these fun cosy mysteries. Recommended series.

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  • Kathleen Kendler
  • 25-09-20

the sleuth is naive & reckless

This installment started out slowly and dry but about page 30, it begins to pick up. There are plenty of simple plot twists, motives, red herrings and suspense but not much haunting. So, we have a mystery with a dysfunctional set of family members. Carrie’s father is believed to have killed Bento Parr, her father’s partner in crime, over gems. Once Carrie leaves her pity party, she needs to resolve the murder. I’m sorry to say, I did not like this as much as the first book. I hope the characters become more developed, and Carrie quits making bad decisions. I was not surprised at finding out who the killer was nor the motive. The narrator enhanced this story. While listening, I at times had to stop for a while before I could continue. Carrie makes decisions that an uninformed teenage might make not one of an intelligent you 30-year old. I did like that Carrie repaired her relationship with her father.

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  • Cindy
  • 25-09-20

Cozy mystery

Good series. I’ve enjoyed the story and the characters. The narrator does a really good job.

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  • grammatoni
  • 23-09-20

Read and Gone

Carrie is hip deep in preparations at the library for the Christmas season. This is going to be a season of surprises when her father arrives at her birthday party asking her to go talk to a partner of his about some gems they managed to purloin. It seems the partner is a businessman in the town. He's due to give a talk at the library on gems. A day later he is dead and Carrie is drawn into not only a murder but a jewel heist in which her father is involved. Unfortunately her father is arrested as a person of interest and she discovers her current boy friend is involved in tracking him down. This holiday season is turning into a mass of horrendous proportions. Mia Gaskin brings Carrie and her friends into life! Fantastic audio and exciting story!!

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  • Cathy
  • 15-09-20

I cannot care for the characters

I can’t stand Carrie. She is shallow, clueless and her naïveté is beyond annotations. It’s almost pathological. This is not a strong, independent woman. This is a woman who jumps to cliche conclusions, and fawns over unavailable men. Yuck. There’s a reason why her books are free.

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  • joey
  • 13-09-20

Thirty going on Seventy

In general, NO THANKS. This series has some fun, escapist plots; it's quite suited to the Cozy Mystery genre. The problem for me is the main character's voice and general depiction. The enjoyment of the mystery was repeatedly interrupted with vernacular and sense of self supposedly experienced by a 30-year old female in the 21st century that screams this was written by someone MUCH older and out of touch with the generation depicted. I feel like my former-English-professor grandma was the voice of the antagonist. It was irritating and ruined suspension of disbelief.

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  • Rae
  • 12-09-20

Skip it

The best thing I can say is the crime is more prominently focused on than the first novel, but that's about all. It sounds (both from the text and the narrator's portrayal) like something a young teenager or preteen would write; it's so overly descriptive with unnecessary detail (we really don't need to know exactly what every meal consists of), a ghost who's there for no reason, a middle school like approach to her "relationship" with Dillon, and the ever whiny and petulant main character. Even minor details (from what's on top of her Christmas tree to what her dad chose for breakfast) is inconsistent. I listened as part of Audible's Member Benefit free listen and that's the only reason I listened-- don't waste your money or credit on this.