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Read and Gone

(The Haunted Library Mysteries #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,780 ratings  ·  381 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books
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Even though I promised myself I wouldn't go on NetGalley, I did... then I requested a few books... then I was awarded said books... and now my 'ready to read on the shelf' TBR is back around 25! So... I started with NetGalley reads this weekend, choosing a new author and a book series I'd not read before: The Haunted Library Mysteries by Allison Brook. I even read the second book, Read and Gone, before the debut of the series since I don't have that one in my possession. I can safely say that I ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Read and Gone by Allison Brook is the second book of the paranormal cozy The Haunted Library Mysteries series. Each book in the series contains it’s own mystery to be solved and could be read as a standalone. The series does however carry over character details from book to book so is best enjoyed as a whole.

Read and Gone begins with the main character, Carrie Singleton, celebrating the holidays with her new friends she’s made in her job as the library event coordinator. When the party is over h
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I tend to easily pick up any book that has the words book, read or library in the title. This one said haunted as well so it was a definite must read for me. Read and Gone turned out to be the second in a series but I did not find that a problem.

This is a cosy mystery and as such it is an easy, entertaining read. It stays true to the genre - there are a number of corpses, lots and lots of characters and the main character goes where she should not but always survives to tell the tale. There is
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This is the second book of the series, and even though I haven’t read the first part, I was able to follow this book quite easily. There are a few references to the past and you can quickly realise what happened. Though, if you wish to read the series, don’t start with #2, because there are a few spoilers here that you wish you hadn’t read if you read book #1. I won’t be reading #1 because the spoilers in this book ruined it for me
beachbum bookworm
Mar 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
love that we see Carrie's dad in this one...and the storyline was a fun one!
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read and Gone is the second cozy mystery in the Haunted Library Mystery series. Carrie Singleton is the head of programs and events at the Clover Ridge, CT library. She loves her job, even though the library comes with a special guest...the ghost of a former librarian, Evelyn. In this second mystery, Carrie is gearing up for the holiday season at the library, when her long-lost father shows up, begging her to help him. Jim Singleton is a crook and Carrie hasn't seen him in years. He tells a tale ...more
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, cats, e-books, paranormal
Smokey Joe awakens Carrie Singleton from sleep letting her know that there is an intruder in the house. The prowler turns out to be her Dad, Jim who has been missing most of Carrie's life. He tells her looking for a fortune diamonds that his partner jeweler, Benton has his share. Jim is found looking in the store where Benton lies murder and is arrested for the killing. The twist and turns the tale takes will hold you enthralled as Carrie works to find out who the murderer is while Smokey Joe's ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

The story starts out with a nice housewarming party with friends and lots of food, then everything goes crazy 🙂 Carrie wakes up to find an intruder in her house that turns out to be Jim, her father. He is only there for one thing, Carrie’s help to get back his share of gems from a heist from several years ago. His partner in crime, Benton Parr, a local jeweler, agreed to hide the loot until Jim came for it. Well, Jim wants it and hopes Carrie smooth the way. Carrie agrees to c
Chatting About
I like the library atmosphere setting, and the ghost. I, personally, would have enjoyed the story more if the protagonist hadn’t allowed herself to be manipulated by her father and a couple other people suspected of murder, but other aspects of the story made it an appealing read.
Elle G. Reads
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Actual Rating: 4 stars

This is such a fun cozy series! I was looking forward to this one almost immediately after I read Death Overdue (which happens to be the first in the series) and I wasn't disappointed at all! Allison Brook has a knack for these stories and I gobbled this one up quickly. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with a hint of paranormal and romance, then I recommend this series to you. I can't wait to see what happens with Carrie
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Carrie Singleton is settling into her life in Clover Ridge with her library friends and her relationship with Dylan. But then her thieving con-artist father, Jim appears on her doorstep and she finds herself in the awkward position of defending her father while trying to hold onto another precious relationship. Meanwhile, most of the characters in the book are searching for the missing valuable gems they all think were in the possession of the late jeweler, Benton Parr when he was murdered.

I rea
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read and Gone was another enjoyable cozy from Allison Brooks and the perfect book to get you into the holiday spirit.

After a joint celebration for her birthday and housewarming, Carrie Singleton hopes to get a good night’s rest before she needs to gear up for all of the holiday programming at the library. To her dismay, her thief father appears in the middle of the night asking for Carrie’s help in locating his share of seven-million dollars’ worth of missing gems. When she refuses, he takes off
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Things are finally going well for Carrie Singleton. She has a new job at the library, a new boyfriend, Dylan, and even a devoted cat named Smokey Joe. Smokey Joe has become the resident library cat and is a hit with all the local patrons in the small town of Clover Ridge, Connecticut. In fact, for the first time in her life, she feels a part of a family.

It’s Christmas time in Clover Ridge when someone breaks into Carrie’s house. Suddenly she’s not feeling so safe anymore. She’s even more stunned
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
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
Read and Gone is the second book in the Haunted Library Mystery series and it was a just as wonderfully told story as the first book. Again, Evelyn, the library ghost, has only a small part in it. I do like that since I am not big on paranormal stuff but it is definitely a fun element here and I don't mind it.

I loved the Christmas feel of the story and it went very well with other elements in this book like the newly developing relationship between Carrie and her Dad.

It was great to meet Carrie'
Carrie's father is a thief. He shows up in the middle of the night, and wants her to help him recover his portion of the gems from a heist he did with a local jeweler. She refuses to help, but when the jeweler is murdered, and her dad is arrested, Carrie gets involved. She knows her father to be a thief, but not a killer, so she wants to clear his name. To complicate matters, it turns out Carrie's boyfriend is an insurance investigator, and he's looking for the stolen gems, too.

The 2nd book in
Jolie Estes
May 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love fun mysteries that I can snuggle in with. That is what drew me to reading Read and Gone by Allison Brook. Unfortunately, that is not what I got. Less than a quarter of the way through the book I was completely annoyed with the main character, Carrie. Her actions were childish and irrational, swinging from functional adult to petulant child. Carrie has some very real “daddy issues” that were quite off-putting. The reconciliation with her father was unbelievable. That her “boyfriend” would ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. Au
Carol Bisig
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a Cozy Mystery, with way too many employees in a Library in a small city of twenty thousand. Doesn't anyone own a Tablet? It is slow going, a lot of self pity on the part of Carrie. Her father shows up after years of being gone, to jail, was one of the places. He is looking for a fortune of lost gems, he stole with a friend, who still lives in town, and owns of all things, a jewelry store! Her Aunt, and Uncle are precious, and deserve better from her. There is not enough romance between ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Carrie Singleton's long lost father is arrested for the murder of a local jeweller, she suspects he was set up and decides to investigate.

Allison Brook gives us a strong, intelligent protagonist with a kind streak. The secondary characters are believable, and I could relate to them. The plot is nicely paced and laced with plenty of suspects and twists.

This marvellous holiday read was just my cup of tea.
Micky Cox
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery set in a library, a ghost who pops in and out, missing gems, a long lost father and a dead body or two...what else could you want? Well buckle up as there is so much more to this book so you'll be in for an enjoyable read or listen if you like audio. The characters are interesting, although I keep confusing this series with the Aurora Teagarden series as so many of the characters names are similar and both are set in a library. I will say if you like the Teagarden series then you ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Read and Gone by Allison Brook is the second book in Ms. Brook's Haunted Library series. This book can easily stand alone as most of the characters are re-introduced in this book.

The plot is smoothly paced with a few twists to keep the reader guessing as the murder victims begin to increase as the hunt for several million dollars in stolen jewels becomes more well known throughout the town. The relationships in this one was very complex as Carrie's estranged father returns and causes rifts betwe
Mary Brown
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read and Gone
The Haunted Library Mysteries, Book #2
Allison Brook
5 Stars


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 beg
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is book 2 of the Haunted Library series. The library's ghost, Evelyn, doesn't play a big part in this one.

Carrie's father, Jim, who hasn't been around for much of her life, shows up asking Carrie to help him locate some gemstones he and a partner stole. His partner, the local jeweler, has hidden the gems and is refusing to talk to Jim. Soon after Jim's return to town, the jeweler is murdered.

Eventually, the whole town seems to have learned about the missing stones and everyone i
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
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
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-book
Carrie is startled when an intruder breaks into her cottage and she discovers it is her Dad, he has spent all of her life in various scams (and occasionally being jailed for them) this time though it is happening closer to home.  Jim Singleton has arrived in the town to connect with a local jeweler, Benton Parr, Jim's accomplice in a gem heist a few years back, Jim wants his half of the proceeds but when he goes to collect Benton can't help, mainly because he is lying dead on the floor of the je ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fun Haunted Library Mystery! I read this book quickly and it was as enjoyable as the first in the series.
The main character, Carrie, has such a fun job! She gets to oversee events at the library, take her adorable cat with her to work, and now and then hangs out with a ghost! The ghost is Evelyn, a former library staff member, who gives her advice and is just someone really nice to talk to. I thought she played a bigger role in the last book but she was still a great addition to the stor
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This is the second book in the Haunted Library Mysteries and a wonderful read. We have Carrie the librarian, a cat and some town secrets. Carries father has been away most of her life and jail was one place.

With Carrie, her father and Dylan looking for the gems there is no telling what is going to happen.

The mystery is great and keeps the reader on their toes. The ghost was more like another character and no really paranormal per say.

The romance between Dylan and Carrie is really not much jus
Angela Maria Hart
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
If you liked the writing style and mystery in Death Overdue, Read and Gone is for you. Brooks is consistent in her tone, characterizations, and mystery reveal in book two of the series.

Read and Gone picks up right where Death Overdue left off. Allison Brooks didn’t move ahead/fast forward at all. The reader learned of Carrie wanting to have a house warming and birthday party hybrid in the first book. Book two opens with the party. All of the library staff (minus one character I’m pretty sure yo
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Read and Gone by Allison Brook is the second novel in A Haunted Library Mystery series. Carrie Singleton is the head of Programs and Events at Clover Ridge Public Library and has settled into her new life quite nicely. Tired after hosting a combination birthday and housewarming party, Carrie drifts off to sleep. She is awakened in the middle of the night when someone breaks into her cottage. It turns out to be her estranged father, Jim Singleton. Jim has been gone most of Carrie’s life making a ...more
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