Book Review: Read and Gone by Allison Brook

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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 will go back to read the first book and continue reading the whole series.


In this cozy caper, Carrie Singleton is celebrating Christmas with her family and new boyfriend, Dylan. After everyone leaves, Carrie’s thief father shows up asking for help. Before she knows it, a frustrated and angry Carrie agrees to help him in between her duties running one of the departments in the local library. As the story unfolds, her father Jim’s former partner is found murdered, and Carrie is stuck trying to prove her father isn’t a killer. Add in a few more bodies, and a second mystery at the local senior care facility, and Carrie is quite busy. It’s all connected, but she’s not sure how. In the end, she solves the crime and figures out how to move forward.

At first, the story felt a little too stiff and formulaic, but by 10% it settled in with a really positive and engaging flow. The ghost of a friend’s dead aunt watches over the place, but really doesn’t provide many clues thus far — it’s just an other-worldly presence for some humor. Carrie also struggles in her relationship with Dylan, whose job forces him to play on opposite sides for part of the story. There are lots of suspects, several side-stories, and a welcome amount of refreshing honesty about private citizens acting as detectives. Carrie pushes the limit, but she’s also clearly showing us why she has to. It’s believable.

All in all, I’m glad I downloaded this one, and it only took 3 hours to get thru… a strong start for me in the series pushing me to go back and read more.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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30 thoughts on “Book Review: Read and Gone by Allison Brook

    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 26, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    NetGalley…. the bane of the TBR. Glad you found a good new series though.

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    bettylouise31 said:
    March 26, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    I read the first and enjoyed it

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 26, 2018 at 3:02 PM

      The second is on NetGalley if you are interested in reading it.

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        bettylouise31 said:
        March 26, 2018 at 3:06 PM

        Since I got my new Kindle for some reason I cannot get books from NetGalley. Both Amazon and NetGalley say I should get them but they don’t come. There are 23 books that I have been approved for that I can’t get. This is one of them. I have been reading books from my TBR list.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 26, 2018 at 3:13 PM

        I’m sorry to hear that. It may be your default email address in your Amazon profile. It needs to be set to something You probably already checked that tho. Good luck.

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        bettylouise31 said:
        March 26, 2018 at 3:46 PM

        Thanks, I have been checking with both for over a month now. There will be a few more later and I probably put reviews I have read on the blog. I have been so upset because that is my main source of books As soon as my health allows I will take them all electronics to Best Buy and see if they can find the answer.

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    mrsnnnlight said:
    March 26, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    LOL! You sound like me, Jay! I did that too last week and got three more books for the tbr. 🙂 This sounds so great and I’ll have to read it. I mean, who doesn’t love library hijinx? 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 26, 2018 at 3:12 PM

      We are cut from the same cloth. I am committed… no more til June 15th…. I have 25 in my queue to read, plus 4 authors I would like to read who read my book, so I’m goo for the next 10 weeks! LOL

      And yes, the library aspects are fun.

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    dtills said:
    March 26, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    I will be avoiding Netgalley the entire month of April!💕I am still behind 📚😊

    Liked by 1 person

    Ahh NetGalley. I both love and hate it. And now you’ve gone and tempted me with “library shenanigans!”😡

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    Carrie said:
    March 26, 2018 at 10:17 PM

    Nice review Jay! I have this one coming up and since I enjoyed the first I’m quite looking forward to it. 🙂

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    Phantom Paper said:
    March 27, 2018 at 3:56 AM

    Hahahaha, just couldn’t resist the temptation, huh? Understandable. No judgement from me, dude😁 Good review!


    susandyer1962 said:
    March 27, 2018 at 6:52 AM

    Hahaha I wish I only had 25 on my shelf!!😀

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    March 27, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    I also enjoyed the first one in this series and have this one coming up. I am glad you enjoyed it, now to get to it. So many books, not enough time.

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