Today, I have a BOOK REVIEW of THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS by Eva Gates as part of her book tour for this new release! Additionally, author Eva Gates has graciously provided a GUEST POST discussing her love of lighthouses!
(Book 4 in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.
Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted? With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of , the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.
Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.
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For the Love of Lighthouses
If you’ve been reading my blog for even a minute, you are fully aware of what a huge sucker I am for cozy mysteries that involve books in any way, so when the opportunity presented itself to read this one, I had to get my hands on a copy!
Last year, I read and reviewed Body on Baker Street the author’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series under her name Vicki Delany, which you can check out HERE. I was incredibly excited to discover she was one and the same and couldn’t wait to begin reading the Lighthouse Library series, as I had the first installment By Book or By Crook on my shelf. Ultimately, life happens and while I did not have the chance to start the series from the beginning prior to picking this one up, it was so gratifying to feel as though I wasn’t missing anything as I began to read. This book can very well be read as a stand-alone though I am now looking forward to starting the series from book one sooner than later!
The story is fast-paced, page-turning, and incredibly atmospheric for not only its Halloween vibes, but also the richly detailed setting of the lighthouse. I loved escaping to this coastal community and could practically hear the ocean waves and feel the damp fog around me! The entertaining cast of characters were all well-developed and just quirky and suspicious enough to keep the identity of the culprit a surprise until the very satisfying end. Lucy’s investigative skills are quite sophisticated and work well as a guide for the reader given that very few clues are revealed as the story unfolds. Additionally, the library staff are so endearing and truly created a welcoming and special place for visitors that will be fun to return to once again.
Overall, this was a delightful and well plotted mystery in a series that I look forward to continuing on with. But until the next adventure, you can find me behind the pages of the previous books!