Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Series #3)

Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Series #3)

by Eva Gates

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ISBN-13: 9780451470959
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Lighthouse Library Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 81,335
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Lucy Richardson loves her view from her apartment on the 4th floor of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library especially at night with the rhythm of the light flashing in intervals out to the sea even during a storm. Tonight though, with the rain pouring down and the waves crashing she notices lights that appear to be coming from the beach. She also notices a boat in trouble not far from shore. She calls 911 so the Coast Guard can be called to help the passengers of the boat. The passengers do survive and even show up at Lucy’s book group. Then one of them is found dead in a boat washed up on the shore. Lucy is on the scene and then finds herself caught up in another murder mystery. She would rather read mysteries than solve real ones, but she thinks those lights she saw on the beach are a key piece of evidence everyone else is ignoring. Each story in this series tops the last. The author asks us at the beginning of each story to suspend reality because there is no way all the wonders of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library could fit into a normal lighthouse. I have to say she makes suspending that reality very easy. Her descriptive writing pulls us in and there is never any thought that it all can’t be real. This time Lucy gets so involved that it takes her away from her job at the library a lot. Her co-workers and boss completely understand and fill in for her when necessary. Even with the time off she is still able to take part in a fun surprise. She is also trying to make a decision about her love life. She can’t keep stringing two men along. The supporting cast adds so much to the story. Louise Jane continues to try to insert herself into the library staff. She has been after Lucy’s job even before Lucy arrived. She has all her ghost stories about the library in the Nags Head area. She tries so hard to frighten Lucy away but it is not working. Research Librarian Charleen has a fantastic idea for promoting the upcoming election and the community really gets involved. And of course, Charles, the library cat always warms my heart. This story has a really nice flow. It mixes mystery, romance and life at a library in perfect amounts. The characters are appealing and genuine. The setting is delightfully picturesque. When this book was released back in 2016, the publisher had decided to discontinue the series. Thankfully the author didn’t take their decision to heart, because it has now found a new home at Crooked Lane Books. The Spook in the Stacks was released June 12. I will be reading and reviewing that one soon.
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is the 3rd in a series and I don’t know if she will be writing more. It had that kind of “wrap up” feel. It was an interesting story line with some engaging characters. I loved that the library in real life would never fit in a real light house. It would have to be like the TARDIS in Dr. Who! I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
ekehlet More than 1 year 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.
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.