Reading Up a Storm: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

Reading Up a Storm: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

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by Eva Gates

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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


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...

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Praise for the Lighthouse Library Mysteries
“A smart whodunit.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats Mysteries
“Charming...A delightful and engaging sleuth surrounded by a cast of intriguing characters in an original and unique setting.”—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva Mysteries
“Gates writes with the clarity and dazzle of a lighthouse beacon.”—Laura DiSilverio, author of the Book Club Mysteries
“A library in a lighthouse? And a cat? Sign me up! A fun read for all cozy fans.”—Laurie Cass, national bestselling author of the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries
“[A] charming, entertaining, and smart series...[featuring] an unusual (and real) setting and colorful cast of characters that set it apart from other bookish cozies.”—Library Journal (starred review)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Lighthouse Library Mystery Series , #3
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Eva Gates is the author of the national bestselling Lighthouse Library mysteries including Booked for Trouble and By Book or by Crook. She began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters, with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Now she has more than ten novels under her belt in the mystery genre, published under the name Vicki Delany. She lives in Ontario.

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Reading Up a Storm: A Lighthouse Library Mystery 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days ago
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ekehlet 8 months ago
Reading Up a Storm focuses more on characters outside of the library staff than the first two novels in the series, and Lucy has a new friend in this one who is accused of murder. Of course she doesn't trust that the police will see past her friend Stephanie's apparent motive for the crime, and is soon getting herself into trouble asking questions and trying to solve the case by herself. She probably figured it out long before I did, but it was gratifying to find that the killer was the person I suspected, for once. And for those of you who enjoy a little romance with your cozy mystery - I love where the author has taken the romantic triangle that was developing in the first two books. I can't say anything more without spoilers, but I was very pleased with the outcome.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates was another engaging and delightful cozy mystery that I strongly recommend. The characters are well developed and likable. I want to move to the area and visit the library every day so I can be friends with Lucy, Bertie, Charlene and Ronald. The secondary characters are also well developed and mostly likable (Louise Jane being my exception). The plot moved quickly and the twists kept me guessing until the end. I am hoping that the rumors are not true that this series has been cancelled by Berkley Publishing.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
Excellent 3rd installment! Reading Up A Storm by Eva Gates is the third book in the Lighthouse Library Mysteries. I found this book to be absolutely delightful. I've enjoyed the series since its creation and this book was no exception. It was very well-written and I love the settings and characters. What's not to love about a library set inside a historic lighthouse? That coupled with the fact that Lucy, our heroine, lives in a small apartment on the top floor of the lighthouse, makes it the perfect setting. I like that while Lucy is often trying to figure out who the murderer is, she doesn't take unneeded risks like some cozy mystery heroines do. She asks questions and annoys people with that, which sometimes makes the villain come after her, but when it comes to setting up "sting" operations or anything like that, she's careful to involve friends and/or law enforcement. Many cozy mystery heroines take unnecessary risks and sometimes it drives me crazy. I really like that Lucy doesn't do that. This mystery kept me guessing. I wondered about the one character (who ended up being the villain) but I wasn't sure it was him/her until the end. The plot line moved along nicely. It wasn't too fast or too slow. I also appreciate the fact that Lucy's dilemma between two men worked itself out in this book, instead of dragging on and on. Unfortunately, the sad thing is, that unless this book has some fantastic sales, it's the end of the Lighthouse Library mysteries. This series really is terrific and I urge you all to check it out. You don't have to start from the beginning to understand the series. You can read them as stand-alone books. Buy "Reading Up a Storm" by Eva Gates - I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did! [I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. My review was not influenced by this, nor was I compensated for my review. All opinions and conclusions are my own.]
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Reading Up A Storm is the third book in the A Lighthouse Library Mystery series. Lucy Richardson, with the help of her staff, has had a successful birthday party for Bertie James, the head librarian, but it's been cut a little short due to increasing winds from a storm heading ashore. As Lucy is about to retire for the evening, she decides to take a look outside to check the progress of the storm and notices some lights on the beach and a boat that appears to be heading straight for them. She immediately calls the Coast Guard, who is able to rescue two people before the boat crashes into the beach. Will Williamson had been piloting the boat and his girlfriend, Marlene, had been at the party for Bertie. Williamson is a former resident who claims to have retired and has come to look for a retirement home. A short time Then a day or two later, Lucy accompanied by her friend Butch, find Williamson's body, stabbed in the heart with a knife, in another boat. Stephanie Stanton soon becomes the prime suspect, as she had attended the party at the library and it is soon learned she had only found out after his death that he was her father. Stephanie has returned to Bodie Island to take care of her mother who had been injured in a car accident. Lucy is pretty sure that Stephanie has nothing to do with the murder, so she sets off to perform a little investigation of her own. This series has an interesting and believable cast of characters. And just maybe Lucy will also be able to decide between Butch Greenblatt and Connor McNeil for her romantic interest. Hopefully, there will be more books to come in this fun series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Eva Gates delights with this newest installment in her Lighthouse Library Mystery series! What could be better than a library? A library in a lighthouse! And what could be better than that? The writing of Eva Gate telling the story of said lighthouse library! In this splendid addition to her wonderful series, Ms. Gates manages to outshine the first two books in the series. A clever plot, and brilliant writing are in store for you when you read, READING UP A STORM. With a shipwreck, and murder being just the beginning of this multi-layered mystery, I have no doubt you’ll be as ensconced in the story as I was. There were actually points where I found myself holding my breath! READING UP A STORM, indeed the entire Lighthouse Library series is one every mystery fan should read. And just a bit of fun for me, in the Author’s Notes at the beginning of the book, author Gates mentions the real Bodie Island Lighthouse is much smaller inside than her fictional description. Of the Bodie Island Lighthouse in her series the author says…”I like to think of it as my version of the Tardis from the TV show Doctor Who.” If you hadn’t already won me over with your wonderful writing Ms. Gates, you certainly won me over with the Doctor Who reference.