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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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  • Cathy
  • 15-09-2020

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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  • K
  • 11-09-2020

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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  • Lynda Turpin
  • 19-12-2018

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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  • Anissa Carlisle
  • 14-09-2020

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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  • joey
  • 13-09-2020

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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  • Rae
  • 12-09-2020

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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  • SherryLynn
  • 17-11-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2019

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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  • M. Airey
  • 03-08-2021

Still a fun series.

Honestly I don’t know how anyone could eat that much food. It is mildly distracting. It is fine to dine out. But every meal. Including desert? But aside from that minor complaint I like the stories.

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  • booklvr
  • 16-07-2021

Great cozy mystery but...

Love this series. My only negative is lead character gets a bit whiny and childish which is annoying at times. But the overall story is always good. I LOVE SMOKEY JOE!

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