Friday 20 January 2023

Love To Read Books with Cats? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #226 featuring **Read and Gone** A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today.

I don't know about mew, but I have my own special blankys on the sofa. Now these are grey blankys and only go on the sofa when I want to be on the sofa.

They are not for anypawdy else, under any circumstances. So mew can imagine my horror when this happened!

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Just look at that ginger floofball, getting all his orange, fuzzy fur all over my blanky. And yes, I know I'm part orange too, but Fudge's fur is a completely different vibe to mine and he needs to keep it to himself.

I know I'm being rather crotchety and somewhat crabby about this, but it's my fluffing blanket and he's got oodles of snuggle mats all over the house.

Not only that, he's only on because it's freshly laundered.

He has no respect or boundaries for my purrsonal property.

If this systamatic a-buse of my sofa snoozing paraphenalia continues, there will be repurrcushions.

What do mew think, am I being unreasonable?

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. _____________________makes me feel old.
2. ____________________makes me feel young.
3. Recently, _________ came in very handy.
4. I think that _________ is the most useless __

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. Knowing I'm 54 in a couple of weeks makes me feel old. 

2. ________ makes me feel young. You know, in this moment I can't think of anything that would adequately suffice for this statement. I still feel exactly the same in my mind as I did when I was 25, 35, and 45. I believe that if we still feel young in the mind as a constant, that helps to keep you young.

3. Recently, a spare sieve came in very handy for fishing the poor, frozen froggies out of the pond.

4. I think that social media is the most useless, time-sucking, pointless, brain numbing thing ever created. And yes, I still do it because Wing Commander Basil and the B Team, say they enjoy it, and who am I to question that kind of directive?! LOL #ruledbycats

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Read and Gone

A Haunted Library Mystery 


Allison Brook

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

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. 

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I reviewed the previous book in the series here:

In all honesty, I didn't love this as much as book one, due to the main character, Carrie sounding extremely whiney and somewhat pathetic throughout. I think it had a lot to do with the way it was narrated, and I feel that if I'd actually read it, it would have been considerably more enjoyable, hence the three paw rating.

The story continues on from book one and is centred around her estranged father, who is now no longer absent but is now causing more mayhem upon his return to the small town of Clover Ridge.

There's a jewel robbery, a murder and Carrie's extranged father is the number one suspect. And given his track record, I'm not surprised! MOL

Anyhoo, Carrie investigates to try and clear her fathers name, and so the plot begins to twist and turn as with all cozy mysteries.

At this juncture, I'm not sure if I will continue with this series, I really wanted to love it. But I will let mew know my final thoughts when I review book three in a few weeks.

As with the previous narration in book one:

At times I felt the narrator made the main character sound whiney.

I would recommend reading this novel for the best enjoyment.

There are six books in the series. I have now listened to three of those as they were included with my Audible account, so if mew have an account go and listen for free as they are still available in the UK. But don't say I didn't warn mew about the narration.

Paperback: 316 pages
Audio: 9 hours 47 mins

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Ratings of:

Read and Gone

Overall Enjoyment

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. That was a good review for an average book sweet Amber and I like the photo of you two that close. Those were interesting answers too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. Dear Amber, why not give that Fudge a good whappy-paw?
    The nerve of the rascal.

  3. I enjoyed your fill ins just turned 74 last week...I have decided it is just a number in my mind's eye I'm maybe 54
    Hugs and thanks for visiting today

  4. My metabolic age is 52, even though I am 16 years older than that by the calendar numbers...and I still work circles around some of my co-workers who are even younger than my sons, LOL! Age is just a number, you are right. feel the same mostly as when I was still single, OMC!!!

    Amber, go ahead and oust that Fudge dude from *your* blankies!

  5. Oh my BAD Fudge! You should know better! And oh by the way 54 is NOT old- I turned 80 last October and I still do not feel old! Cheers! Enjoy each year!

  6. I completely agree about the wrong person narrating a book. It can completely make or break it. I prefer to read so I can give my own voices in my head as I go along.
    Amber, you are not being unreasonable. It is your blanket after all!
    Did the frozen froggies survive?

  7. Amber, if you gave Fudge a little whap, I think you might be justified. Interesting review, I can see that the narrator could make a huge difference. Just like an actor could in a movie. It's good to hear that the froggies are being saved!

  8. Poor Amber, Fudge is being rude. We have 3 ginger boys and not a one has manners. I appreciate your honest reviews, Amber. A whiny voice would turn me off too. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I will be 54 in July. Not happy about it either. Make sure you celebrate all month long. XO

  9. That whole series sounds good! And I don't think you're being unreasonable at all.

  10. All of us need our purrsonal space and i hope you get yours back.

    Thanks for the honest review and thank you so much for joining Feline Friday!


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