• Read and Gone

  • A Haunted Library Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Allison Brook
  • Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,649 ratings)

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Read and Gone

By: Allison Brook
Narrated by: Mia Gaskin
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Publisher's 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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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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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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  • K
  • 09-11-20

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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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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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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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.

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Interesting but....

I can’t stand the heroine! OMG she is the biggest baby ever! She acts like an 18 year old instead of a thirty year old woman. The story was good but I actually hate Carrie. If I knew her in real life I would avoid her whiney tantrums like the plague!

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Annoying lead character

The lead character is annoying and silly. Her relationship with her father as well as with Dillon is unrealistic. The mystery aspect is ok, but, the romantic part ruins it.

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Ugh

I’m not sure why I keep listening to this series. The lead is such a whiny person and she has no feelings for anyone but herself. It’s all about her and no ones else’s feelings or plans.

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Awful main character ruins a decent plot

Carrie is naive, selfish, jumps to conclusions, and has none of the instincts that an independent woman who's supposedly been on her own for a long time. She admits she's "far from perfect" but she is truly hard to like, or even find interesting. She verbally attacks two people during a dinner party, and then plays victim. So charming. Some other characters are plenty likable, like the ghost in the library and Carrie's best friend. Even her cat is great.

Part of the problem is because the story is told from her voice, so we hear all the unnecessary, rambling detail as coming from her. Even unrelated news stories and commercials are told to us. I can't imagine how much work and heart go into writing a book, but Carrie needs a little more work. She's the main character here, and we want to cheer for her.

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 10-17-22

Not As Good As Book One

How has Carrie Singleton become so annoying, wet and yes, thick? I liked her in Book 1, but wanted to shake her by the shoulders in this one.
Why would Dylan be attracted to such a drip? Why would Jim be welcomed with such open arms? Why would the library ignore all H&Safety Regulations and allow a cat to wander about every day?
Too many improbables contained within.
I hung on until the second the gems were found then ended. Only hung on that long as I had hundreds of miles to drive....
Just in case this was the 'difficult follow up book', and Book 3 is Included, I'll give it a go but will additionally download something else just in case.
(PS Was continually wondering how on earth can they all afford to eat out or call in sandwiches all the time?)

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  • Michael
  • 09-20-22

repeats itself a lot and is fu of pointless waffle

It felt like every point had to be made many times over. I'm so happy with my job, the cat is so cute, etc. It just got tedious. I also struggled with the start, tons of names thrown at me with what felt like pointless back story but not enough that I could lock in who people were.

The overall story was ok, although some character actions were somewhat weird and felt out of place or just to setup a desired situation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

Nice.. but not awesome

i liked it and was happy to listen. not awesome, but I will listen to the next too.

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  • Jay
  • 07-27-22

Another fantastic story from Allison Brooks

I am really enjoying this book series, I saw someone else had said the name was a bit misleading The Haunted Library Mysteries. I agree that there is only one ghost, and she isn't a large element to the stories. But to be honest I don't know what to expect, it's not like Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), although it could be and that would be good fun. I would like to see Evelyn have more input into the solving of the murders. I would also like to see her be able to interact with the library, have a Ghostbusters moment with books and items being moved on the shelves and chairs being put under tables. Carrie having to grab a coffee in mid air that's being moved. Alison walking in and seeing Carrie talking while the ghost is dictating a letter on the computer. Then Carrie and Alison start having text conversations with the ghost(s) on the computer and/or phone. A ghost uses someones mobile to take a cheeky photo!

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  • PR
  • 07-25-22

Laid back mystery

These are easy listens, perfect of you like a kind blood free police mystery that is uncomplicated and pleasant to listen to. Not too many characters to remember or too deep tangles. Just the right amount of everything to listen to while multitasking

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  • SimpleSybil
  • 03-30-22

Overstretched, misleading, enjoyable.

The haunted library subtext is misleading. There is a ghost but her presence does not further the plot: she needs a stronger role; she doesn't help solve the crime. The premise is good but it doesn't work. The plot is ok. The ending is ok. Overall it is ok, but could be better. I like these stories but the drama needs to be heightened. Carrie is a bit wimpy; does it really matter that her boyfriend has to travel for his work; she has a job she enjoys, friends and family, and a cat. Overall a good idea but it needs more guts. Give the ghost a reason to haunt the library. The narrator is excellent. Annoying but enjoyable; I will try the next in the series. Continuity issues: Santa became a snowman.

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  • Julie
  • 11-30-21

A good read or listen

I am so glad I discovered this series because I am just loving it and this book is no exception. I love the library setting and all the workings that go on behind the scenes, definitely a place I would love to visit and so easy to imagine. I normally wish the author would just stick to the mystery side of a story and not get bogged down with home and love life drama but this author strikes the right amount of both and everything is so nicely woven together that it is fun and a pleasure to listen to. I also love the continuity of the different characters between the books, from library staff to family and having read the books out of order it means I have come to know them well and they feel like catching up with family. Carrie is a great main character and she has really grown into the role of head of events and planning as well as amateur sleuth. The mystery was interesting and had plenty of suspects, I thought I knew who the killer wasn't but I wasn't quite right. Can't wait to start the next book.
Carrie is excited to celebrate her Birthday and for new guest speaker to with a talk at the library, until her absent father returns into her life and asks for help getting his half of some stolen gems. The speaker is his partner and is refusing to give him his share. Carrie wants nothing to do with the gems or her father but when the speaker is found dead and her father is found standing over his body Carrie knows she can't just stand by and watch him get arrested. Even if it causes problems between her and her boyfriend, who is searching for both her father and the gems. Christmas is a busy time at the library for Carrie, as the events planner, but if she wants to have a Christmas to remember she will have to join forces with some of the dead man's family who just happen to be at the top of her suspect list, in order to find the hidden gems and clear her father's name. But with the body count rising and threats being made can she find the killer?
I liked the narrator. She sounds perfect for voicing Carrie and her friends and is a fun and entertaining narrator.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Mrs. Casilda A. Slattery
  • 10-14-21

Great author and fantastic narration

I love the way the narration has been done and adore the images it brings to the mind.

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  • Libertina
  • 10-10-22

An okay cozy

A bit better than the first book in the series but still not one of the better cozies I’ve read.
There’s a ridiculously high body count in this one, considering the genre. At least the cat character has a slightly greater role in this instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-22

Odd characters in a mix of theft and murder

I did not enjoy the simple text with basic descriotions of characters and environment and no clever inspiring prose. A who done it!!!! which not not intrigueing. A love story that was unbelievable. I struggled and finished but not worth the ending.