Reading Up A Storm – Eva Gates

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5/5 Lighthouse Libraries

On The Back:

The national bestselling author of Booked for Trouble returns with another charming mystery set in the most literary lighthouse in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
 
Misfortune blows into North Carolina’s Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves local librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a strange new mystery….

After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat, Charles, and a good book. But her R and R is cut short when she notices some mysterious lights leading a small boat to crash into the coast.

The two shipwrecked seafarers survive the ordeal—but one of them shows up dead ashore a few days later. Lucy finds herself again roped into a murder investigation and navigating a sea of suspects, all of whom had motives to deep-six the deceased. And this time, she has a sinking feeling that finding the real killer won’t be so easy…

My Thoughts:

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley and NAL. All opinions are explicitly mine.*

The Lighthouse Library Series has been a consistently solid, good-quality series through it’s three books and I can honestly say that this book raised the bar even higher for my expectations from Eva Gates/Vicki Delaney.

The characters and their stories take the main stage in this book. I’m happy to say that the love triangle thing that was going on ended! We meet so many new people in this book and I loved them all! The main cast comes back also, Connor, Butch, Bertie, Charlene, Louise Jane, and others and they were as delightful as normal.

The mystery was wonderfully put together. The killer, clues, and murder all fit together like a puzzle. The setting, as always, was also delightful. I wish this library was real and I could work there!

At a time when the future of cozy mysteries in the Berkley/NAL world is up in the air, it’s good to know that an author can write an absolutely stunning book, even when their series has been cancelled. This book was amazing, as was this entire series and I am so sorry to see it go. Please, go out buy your favorite cozies, pre order them! First week sales are extremely important to publishing companies and maybe we can save a few series!

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