Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books
(September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Digital ASIN: B078M7MXGR
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 twenty-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?
Carrie is settling into her new job at the library. Being the holiday season, naturally there are many special events. She also has parties to attend in her personal life.After a party she is sleeping quite soundly when she has an unexpected visitor - her estranged father, Jim. Where Jim goes, trouble follows. It seems trouble also arrived BEFORE Carrie's father.
It was a rude awakening earlier in her life when she learned her father was away because he was in prison. Although he claims he wants to remain on the proper side of the law, he has unfinished business to settle. That business involves several million dollars worth of stolen gems that it seems EVERYONE knows about and is seeking.
The search for these gems is tangled up in many other aspects of life around Clover Ridge.
The greed is motive enough for physical damage and murder.
With help from her cat and a kindly spirit, Carrie goes about solving some of the clues and figuring out what to do about her father and her on-again, off-again (sometimes in the same day) boyfriend.
About the AuthorAllison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.
Author Links Website: http://www.marilynlevinson.com
My Amazon page: http://amzn.to/K6Md1O
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