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Author Q&A ft Allison Brook | READ AND GONE Book Tour | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

READ AND GONE: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook  is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The cozy mystery stops at...

READ AND GONE: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The cozy mystery stops at Readeropolis with an author interview and excerpt.
Author Interview

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My intended audience is anyone who enjoys a mystery peopled with interesting, three-dimensional characters, an intriguing plot, and provocative issues that readers will think about long after they've finished READ AND GONE. An easy style with lots of twists and turns.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I love Carrie, my sleuth. She grew up in a dysfunctional family, but has recently come to live in Clover Ridge where she's found friends, relatives, a boyfriend and a wonderful job. Then her father, a thief by profession who virtually abandoned her, comes into her life and asks her to help him regain his half of a heist that the local jeweler is keeping from him. What's more, her own boyfriend, an insurance investigator, was on her father's trail. Carrie doesn't know if Dylan pretended to care about her so he could track down her father. Carrie is soon faced with the prospect of proving her father didn't kill the jeweler, finding the jewels from the heist before anyone else does, and figuring out her feelings toward her father and her boyfriend. Carrie's spunky and brave and a very caring person.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

My least favorite character is the jeweler's wife. She's pretentious and only cares about appearances. She's alienated her son and tries to control every facet of her daughter's life, giving little thought to what her daughter would like.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

I love the fact that the only people who can see Evelyn Havers, the ghost, are Carrie and her little cousin Tacey, who's four. Tacey keeps trying to give Evelyn cookies to eat.

Also, Carrie has brought a half-grown kitten she's found to the library. Smoky Joe becomes the library cat, a great favorite of the patrons. In READ AND GONE, Smoky Joe plays an important role in exposing the murderer.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I was a Spanish teacher and speak Spanish fluently. I'm addicted to Sudoku and crossword puzzles. I knit, often designing my own patterns.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

You can visit my website: ,

Amazon page:

or Facebook page:

What can we expect from you in the future?

I'm contracted to write books 3 and 4 in the Haunted Library mystery series with more mysteries and adventures for Carrie Singleton.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Tell others about it on the Facebook sites for cozy readers; post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and blogs. Ask their libraries to buy my book!

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Keep at it. Writing is a lifelong process. Get involved in writing groups and go to a few conferences.

About the Book
Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 11, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683317340
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?

About the Author
Allison 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.

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Wednesday morning I was enjoying my second cup of coffee when the landline phone rang. Did Sally need me to come in early for some reason? My pulse quickened. Or had Dylan found a free moment in his busy schedule to call me?
“Carrie, you have to come and get me out of here!”
“Jim? Where are you?”
“In jail, dammit. They think I killed Parr, but I swear I didn’t.”
“Benton’s dead? I just saw him last night. Why do they think you killed him? How did they find you?”
“Caro, slow down. I went to his store before opening time. The lights were on, so I went inside, figuring he was in the back room. Only he was lying on the floor. There was all this blood coming from his abdomen. The kid who works for him came in and called the cops. I took off, but they nabbed me a few blocks away. Knocked me down. I’m bruised and all scratched up.”
“You need a lawyer.”
“I don’t have money for a lawyer.”
“I’m calling Uncle Bosco.”
He let out a long exhalation. “I don’t know, Caro. I haven’t spoken to the man in twenty years.”
“I know a lawyer. He doesn’t handle criminal cases, but he’ll know who to call.”
“All right, honey, call who you want. But please get down here as soon as you can.”

Uncle Bosco was not happy to hear my father was back in town. “When did he get here, Carrie? Why did he come?”
“He arrived a few days ago. I think he wanted to see me.” Both accurate statements, but far from the whole picture. “There’s more, Uncle Bosco. Benton Parr is dead. Murdered. And the police arrested Jim. He insists he didn’t do it.”
My uncle let out a long sigh that sounded very much like the one my father had exhaled only minutes earlier. “My poor brother. He’d turn over in his grave if he knew what his son has become.”
I cleared my throat. “Would you be willing to put up bail? I don’t have much savings, but I’ll take out a loan if I need to.”
“Of course I’ll put up bail. Your father’s a Singleton, whether I like it or not. I can’t let him rot in jail until his trial. Meanwhile, I’ll speak to John. Find out exactly what they have on him.”
“Thank you, Uncle Bosco. I’m going to call Ken Talbot. Have him recommend a good criminal lawyer for Jim.”

“The man doesn’t deserve to have you as his daughter.”

1 comment

  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Sept. 19, 2018 edition edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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