Something Read Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

Something Read Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

by Eva Gates

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ISBN-13: 9781683319511
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 03/13/2019
Series: Lighthouse Library Series , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 465
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Eva Gates is a national bestselling author who 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 twenty novels under her belt in the mystery genre, published under the name Vicki Delany. She lives in Ontario. This is her fifth Lighthouse Library mystery.

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Something Read, Something Dead (Lighthouse Library Series #5) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Alisha24C 5 days ago
Something Read, Something Dead the 5th Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates is as usual an awesome read! The story grabs you at the beginning and keeps you reading until the very end. Lucy and friends are joyfully helping Cousin Josie O'Malley plan her wedding to Jake Greenblatt when the bride's Grandmother and Cousins descend intent on helping plan the wedding weather Josie wants it or not. When one of the Cousins ends up dead at the bridal shower it's up to Lucy to find the real killer before Josie is wrongfully accused. I received an ARC for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 6 days ago
Something Read, Something Dead can be read as a standalone if you have not indulged in the previous books in A Lighthouse Library Mystery series. I always enjoy Eva Gates descriptive writing which brings the story to life. I can imagine the beautiful library, the town, the characters, and Lucy’s adorable apartment inside the lighthouse. There are a variety of new characters as Grandma Gloria descends on the town with a group of relatives. Gloria is a Southern lady who believes in proper etiquette and extravagance (which she expects Josie’s parents to pay for, of course). Gloria brings along her own wedding planners to carry out her instructions (oh dear). Mirabelle has her own agenda and is happy to cause mischief wherever she goes. The adorable library cat, Charles is back, and he provides some laugh out loud moments. After Mirabelle’s death, Lucy is not about to let Detective Yarmouth pin the crime on Josie. Lucy immediately starts asking questions so she can quickly close the books on this terrible incident before Josie begins a new chapter of her life married to Jake. The mystery has multiple suspects (all with good motive to harm Mirabelle) plus misdirection to send readers down the wrong path. I was able to identify the killer long before the reveal, but it did not hinder my reading pleasure. There are references to Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers and her main character, Lord Peter Wimsey sprinkled throughout the story. The Outer Banks sounds like a beautiful place to live and work. I believe many of us would want to work and live in a library that is inside a lighthouse (it must be a large lighthouse). It is such a shame that Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is suffering from foundation issues which will be costly to repair. Let us hope that the townspeople will rally around and help with the expensive renovations. I liked the reference to Daryl Wood Gerber and her French Bistro Mystery series (entertaining cozy mystery series). Something Read, Something Dead will delight cozy mystery readers with its engaging characters, charming library, delectable sweet treats, and a bewildering whodunit.
diane92345 6 days ago
Lighthouse? Check. Library? Check. Library cat? Check. Wedding? Check. Amateur sleuth? Check. Murder? Of course, check. There is a little bit of everything cozy in Something Read, Something Dead. Lucy is the assistant librarian at the Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She is helping her cousin Josie plan her nuptials with the two other bridesmaids, Stephanie and Grace. While they may not agree on the wedding colors, they do agree on this mantra: “small, simple, and perfect in every way.” The mantra only lasts until Josie’s cousin, Mirabelle, and her grandmother, Gloria, appear. As Josie is her only granddaughter, Gloria insists on a more formal, and expensive, celebration. During the bridal shower at the library, Mirabelle sickens. After an ambulance ride to the hospital, she dies. Believing Mirabelle was poisoned, the police investigate. As Josie is the number one suspect, Lucy vows to clear her cousin’s name. Some cozy series just feel like you’re catching up with old friends. The Lighthouse Mystery series gives that feeling to me. Do I care I guessed the murderer early in the book? No, because that’s not the main reason I read this series. Lucy, Steph, Josie and Aunt Ellen are genuine characters that I like to visit. I was disappointed that there were no gluten-free recipes included but after reading the book, it is easy to understand why. Overall, Something Read, Something Dead is an excellent way to pass an afternoon. 4 stars! Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tangen 6 days ago
cozy-mystery, library-cat, murder-investigation, law-enforcement, lawyers, family-dynamics, friendship, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths ***** A lighthouse on the Outer Banks where the town library is housed along with a library cat and a very interesting woman who is a good friend, has some real characters for relatives, and a gift for sleuthing/snooping. The publisher's blurb is pretty extensive so there's no need to recap or do the spoiler thing, but it's all about the characters, plot twists, and red herrings isn't it? Especially when dealing with local law as well as the state police detective! It kept me reading late into the night and enjoying every bit of it! Did you know that it's part of a series? I didn't know until after I read it and I went to see what else she's written! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
ArizonaJo 7 days ago
Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Library series and grabbed my attention from the first page. I have read every one of the books in this series and am always excited when a new one is about to be released. Ms. Gates writes a story filled with likable and relateable characters. At this point in the series, the characters feel like old friends to me. I want to move down to the Outer Banks so I can hang out at Josie's Cozy Bakery and go to the Lighthouse library. However, I don't want the opportunity to meet Josie's extended family from Louisiana. Once you read it, you'll understand that sentiment. The plot was quickly paced with more than one mystery to solve, several suspects - even Josie's family from Louisiana aren't exempt, red herrings and enough twists that kept me totally in the dark until Lucy's reveal. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
BookloverUT 7 days ago
Lucy Richardson is assisting her soon-to-be-wed cousin with her wedding plans. When the relatives descend on them with plans of their own, Lucy has to make a strategy to keep them out of the way. But, someone has gone too far and one of the relatives is poisoned. Can Lucy find the clues to bring this culprit to justice? This was a great cozy mystery. The plot was so absorbing and compelling that I stayed up late to find out whodunit. The characters were dastardly created and kept me guessing. Lucy is one of those main characters I enjoy reading about, and I can’t wait for the next one. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
ganderson523 7 days ago
This fun cozy mystery has a great setting in the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina that got me interested right away. Another plus was that Lucy Richardson is a librarian of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library set in the lighthouse. Imagine working and living in a lighthouse. Fun! But things are not so fun with her cousin Josie O'Malley when her simple wedding plans are turned upside down by her overbearing grandmother and entourage of an aunt and cousins (dubbed the Louisiana Mafia) who show up from New Orleans to help with her plans. When her pushy cousin Mirabelle turns up dead of poison from goodies served at the bridal shower, the police look at Josie as their number one suspect since she made the desserts at her bakery, Josie's Cozy Bakery. The cake that she made glutten free just for Mirabelle had an illicit substance on top of a cake. No way could Josie by responsible so Lucy puts on her sleuthing hat to find out who might have either wanted Mirabelle dead or for the blame to fall on Josie. An old girlfriend of groom Jake's shows up to try to win him back. Maybe she could be responsible. But cousin Florence is not happy with Mirabelle trying to take over her event planning business. Lucy has her work cut out looking for who is the culprit. In the midst of the murder mystery, a huge crack shows up in the lighthouse foundation that could be disastrous. The library board hopes that the city will help with the costs but they are not interested in donating much money. This puts a strain on the relationship between Lucy and her boyfriend Connor, who happens to be the mayor. This is an enjoyable read with great characters (including a library cat, Charles for Charles Dickens, a fun setting and a plot with some mystery and danger thrown in. I received a complimentary ARC from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
4GranJan 7 days ago
Awesome Lighthouse Library Cozy Mystery This is a wonderful cozy mystery that takes place in a lighthouse that has been converted into a library. The setting is the Outer-banks near Nag's Head in January. What a wonderful setting! The plot is great with plenty of suspects, motives and literary references. This is a memorable story that I will enjoy reading again. I also plan on reading more of this series and more of this author's books.
chefdt 8 days ago
Something Read, Something Dead is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Library series. Lucy Richard is excited for her cousin, Josie whose wedding will be coming up soon. Josie and her fiance Jake want a small and simple wedding with a reception to be held at Jake’s restaurant. That was how the planning was going until Josie’s, Grandmother Gloria gets wind of the pending wedding and arrives, unannounced, with Josie’s Aunt Mary Anna and cousins Mirabelle and Florence. Gloria announces that no way is her granddaughter and proceeds to suggest that Mirabelle, along with Florence have a wedding planning business, plan a “proper” wedding. Unfortunately, at one of planning meeting where Josie has heard enough of Mirabelle plans and says that she hopes someone would “bump” off Mirabelle. Lucy has planned that the bridal shower will be held at the Brodie Island Library, where she works. Gloria reluctantly agrees to this and is cordial to everyone. Soon the food is brought and everyone is taking advantage of the delicious spread. Then as things are winding down, Mirabelle starts to complain about not feeling well and is rushed to the hospital and succumbs shortly after arriving there. Tests made show that she died from poisoning. The source of poison were gluten-free pastries that Josie had specially prepared for Mirabelle. State Police detective Yarmouth is brought in to investigate Mirabelle death, as local detective Sam Watson is too close to Josie and her family. Yarmouth seems to only want to gather information that will convict Josie, so Lucy, her friends, and family set out to clear Josie’s name. I always enjoy visiting the Brodie Island Lighthouse Library and this was no exception. The story is well-written and plotted with a very enjoyable and believable cast of characters. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing to the end.