Monday, June 25, 2018


Publisher:     Berkley   
Published:     April 5, 2016
ISBN:        978-0451470959
Genre:      Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


To celebrate Lighthouse library manager Charlene’s ten year anniversary resident librarian Lucy Richardson and the rest of the group plan a surprise party.  The party is a huge success.  As things wind down Lucy retires to her quarters upstairs from the library and settles in for a quiet evening.  Before she can get entirely comfortable, however, she spies some strange lights out on the shore.  The Coast Guard is on the job and rescues what turns out to be a stranded boat.  But then the next day one of the people who was on the recently rescued boat turns up dead.   While resident paranormal investigator and fan Louise Jane is sure it’s the work of long dead ship wrecked sailors, Lucy is sure the culprit is a modern day, very much alive murderer.  When it looks like her friend, Stephanie, could be the killer, Lucy steps up to prove her innocence.  It isn’t long until she is entangled in a mystery that is much more than a simple murder.

I have to admit I’m pretty taken with the idea of living in a lighthouse.  What makes this series even better is that the lighthouse is also a library.  What more could a read-a-holic want than a great, cozy location to settle in to read a good book…and to have all the latest reads at her disposal?  That is the world Eva Gates creates for her readers in her Lighthouse Library mysteries.  She takes readers beyond the lighthouse to the Outer Banks giving you a real sense of what it’s like to live or just visit there. 

Gates treats readers to some fun characters too.  Lucy is the kind of character you’d like to have come to life as your friend.  She’s smart, loyal and creative.  Louise Jane is your basic nut.  Some of her antics are entertaining.  Others make me want to tell Lucy and the other characters to sit the woman down an set her straight on her special kind of crazy.

Like virtually all cozy authors these days Gates has a love triangle between Eva, Butch and Connor.  While these love triangles do a good job of adding to a word count, they really do nothing to move the mystery along.  As I’ve said before, if I want to read a romance, I’ll pick one up.  For my cozies I like quirky characters with a smart amateur sleuth and a good mystery.

While the relationships between the characters develops in each new book, if you are reading for the mystery, they do not need to be read in order.   If you’re looking for a fun read this one is a definite choice.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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