The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

by Eva Gates

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ISBN-13: 9781683315803
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Series: Lighthouse Library Series , #4
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 74,395
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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 fourth Lighthouse Library mystery.

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The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
First I have to say how happy I am that the “Lighthouse Library Mystery” series found a new home. I love this one. OK a library and home in a lighthouse may not be feasible at first glance, but that is why we read books isn’t it. To have the hard or impossible to attain be at our fingertips. The characters in this series are enjoyable and fun. The writing is stellar and lights up the page. “The Spook in the Stacks” is set at Halloween and boy is the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library getting into the spirit. Not only that, but a wealthy businessman that used to live in the area is thinking of donating his collection of North Carolina historical documents to the library. There is competition for that collection though, so who knows what is going to happen. Librarian and lighthouse librarian Lucy Richardson does not believe in all the hocus pocus, but that does not stop her from enjoying the festivities and reading “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with her book club. Unfortunately while everyone else is out being entertained by ghost stories, that businessman was in the library being killed. Lucy finds him and is knee deep in the murder mystery before she knows it. She has to get with her other librarians and find clues to who would do away with Jay Ruddle. Especially when he had not stated who would get his collection. At the same time, Lucy is noticing some weird things at the library, her home. Figurines are moving on the scary boat replica in the library and she sees a ghostly horse roaming the grounds. Could her nemesis, Louise Jane be correct, could the library be haunted? Even though there has been quite a bit of time between books, “The Spook in the Stacks” really stacks up against the first three in this wonderful series. It almost seems to be even better, better writing, better character development and more fun. That is saying a lot since this has always been a super series. The relationships between characters is more in depth in this one. I love Lucy and her friends and her boyfriend Connor is realistic as well. Even if you did not read the other three, you can read this as a standalone, but go back and read the others. They are definitely worth the time. The mystery and side stories are entertaining and very intriguing. I am so happy to read the 4th installment in this fun series. Could not be happier that it is finally continuing. I recommend this super read to any reader that enjoys a well written cozy mystery, with well developed and for the most part realistic characters. You can read it out of order or as a standalone. I do suggest you read the other books in this series as they are all wonderful. Author Eva Gates knows how to tell a page turning story even better than her character Louise Jane. This book pulls you in from the start and never lets you go. I was given a copy by the author/publisher. The opinion is completely my own.
Abby-F More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gates has once again written a book that is difficult to put down. The Lighthouse Library series is one of my favorites. This one was set during Halloween which was especially fun! Who doesn't love the idea of a library inside of a lighthouse? It is not only a wonderful idea, but it is fantastically executed. I loved how much Lucy was featured in this one. She was certainly able to shine; we got many glimpses into her inner feelings and beliefs. There were quite a few Connor and Lucy moments scattered throughout the book. I think their relationship is progressing nicely. We will see where the next book takes them. I also like how we got to see so much of Theodore. He is always featured; however, we got to learn several new things about him. I enjoyed reading about his freindship with Lucy. The secondary characters really shined. I am impressed with how much attention the author gives them all. They are all very well developed which is great. The Halloween theme was woven through the story with a strong and steady hand. It wasn't overkill, but it was certainly there. Plus, I love how it was still all tied to books. The way the mystery was set up was great. There were so many options that they really had to widdle it down one by one. I must say that I liked the victim and was rooting for the police and Lucy to find his killer. I did not guess the killer until the big reveal. This is one mystery that is sure to keep you guessing. I received a free copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving this review. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.
DanieleK More than 1 year ago
I am ecstatic that the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series is continuing with Cooked Lane Books. THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS is a terrific addition to the series, a wonderful homage to THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN, and can easily be read as a standalone book (but…for those of you new to the series, trust me, you will want to read assistant librarian Lucy’s entire adventures). Halloween festivities are in full force at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in North Carolina as the story opens. Even the library book club has the holiday spirit reading Washington Irving’s works. To add to the excitement, former resident Jay Ruddle has returned to his hometown looking for the perfect organization to receive his collection of North Carolina centric historical maps and books. It is down to two choices, with the lighthouse library in the lead, when Lucy discovers Ruddle dead in the rare books room of the lighthouse. Ruddle is known as a ruthless businessman, even as an octogenarian, and does have some enemies. There are plenty of suspects for Lucy to consider, all with good motive, and she definitely has her work cut out for her. I really enjoyed THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS. I am a sucker for fall/harvest/Halloween cozy mysteries so this book is right up my alley. I am overjoyed to be back on Bodie Island and spend some time with Lucy, the other librarians, and, of course, Charlie the library cat. Though Gates’ lighthouse setting is a bit of a stretch of the imagination, it is just perfect for Lucy’s exploits. I love everything about the lighthouse, and how cool would it be to actually live in the top of a lighthouse (other than all those stairs)? Lucy is an intelligent, likable protagonist who is inquisitive by nature. It is not too far of a leap to see her involved in the murder investigation. I also really like her boyfriend/town mayor Connor. It is refreshing to have a love interest not in law enforcement. All of the characters are well developed and interesting, including Louise Jane who is so annoying and fun to dislike. We get to see a different side of book collector Theodore, which is nice. There is more going on in the book than Ruddle’s murder, but his storyline is prominent. The mystery surrounding his death drew me in, and there are several red herrings to keep readers guessing along the way. The killer is someone who I dismissed as a suspect so their identity came as a complete surprise. The mystery of Lucy’s horse sightings, lights on the beach, and moving model figures is intriguing and fitting for the Halloween theme. Are they are real or imagined? Connor’s mayoral race provides some comic relief (how many teas and luncheons with senior citizens can one person attend?) and allows the romantic subplot to progress a bit. THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS is delightfully entertaining, and I highly recommend it to cozy readers looking for a tale that is a step above the average cozy. I cannot wait for the next book. I received a copy of this title from the publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
MarshaG More than 1 year ago
I'll start by saying I loved the previous books in this series and was very excited for this new release. This particular book was good but not as good as the others. I didn't like that so much time was spent on Lucy worrying about her relationship with Conner, she seemed so much more confident and together in the other books. I also felt that the murderer came out of the blue, not even a hint that that was the way the story was going. Maybe I missed something critical. I plan to go back and reread the book to make sure. Overall the story was O.K. Did not seem as if Lucy was as invested in this mystery as she was the rest. I will read the next in the series if another one comes out. Never know maybe this one was a fluke. Now that being said I would recommend this book to someone, but would encourage the the previous ones were read first. I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Cozyfan75 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this much-anticipated book in the Lighthouse Library series. Even though I may be one of those who hasn't read the others (yet, I do have them on hand) I didn't feel lost at any time since the author does a great job of explaining and catching readers up without giving away any of the juicy details from the previous mysteries. I was super surprised at who the killer was and loved the showdown. Can we just say that book nerds rule? ;) You'll see what I mean when you read it! Halloween was close and Lucy wasn't anxious for it since it wasn't a favorite holiday. One of the overly-enthusiastic volunteers of the Lighthouse Library, Louise Jane, was going to give some talks on local spooky legends. It was all fun and games until the body of Jay Ruddle, a wealthy octogenarian who was going to pass his nautical maps and papers collection on to the library, was found in the rare book rooms, a lot less than alive. His granddaughter, Julia, was the prime suspect. Lucy vowed she was not going to get involved, but we all know how that goes, right? She and her library director, Bertie, did some sleuthing and found some other suspects that could have had a reason to kill the old man. Hopefully they can find the real killer before the suspect herself becomes a victim! I've only read this book in the series so far and already I love these characters! I can't wait to start from the beginning and really see how it all began when Lucy arrived. The library cat, Charles, a Himalayan was so cool! He seems to have a sense about people he likes and loves to be petted and cuddled by anyone that comes into the library. In this book it said that she'd only been in the Nags Head, NC area for several months so I guess the first three books cover a short time period and might be easy to binge read yet this summer, we'll see! All I know is, I can highly recommend this book! Well-plotted and written, plenty of suspects and just a little hint of Halloween (possibly explainable lol) spookiness!
moohnshine More than 1 year ago
Lucy Richardson is a librarian at the Bodie House Lighthouse Library. She is a sweet girl who also lives in the lighthouse. When a wealthy man Jay Riddle dies I. The rare books room, Lucy finds herself in the middle of the investigation. When things go bump in the night and there are more suspects than trick or treaters, Lucy finds herself more determined to find out who done it. Can Lucy find the killer before the murder tarnishes the library's good name? I enjoyed this cozy read. When I read the blurb, I thought ohhh murder and things that go bump in the night. My kind of read. I did enjoy this read. It had the perfect little spooky vibe to it. But it felt a bit flat in some areas. It did not have as much action as I would have expected out of ghostly reads. I also felt that some things that went in bump in the night were not explored enough. I thought that some of those things, if explored more would have added some more excitement to the story. I did find the characters cute and sweet. I especially loved the cat Charles. He was like a little person. He had such character. Conner and Lucy are a cute couple and I really would love to see their relationship blossom more in the future books. Theodore was a quirky man, who I thought was really sweet. I got a kick out of Louise Jane. She was a perfect storyteller and her little creepy boat. What is it about that boat? Overall this book is a great cozy read that will keep you guessing till the end. A charming and entertaining read with a fun and wonderful set of characters. Wonder what else is in store for Lucy and the gang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks continues a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable series. A great Halloween story, a wealthy former resident is donating his prized history collection to either the Lighthouse Library or a nearby college. Soon a murder occurs at the library and Lucy is pulled into the investigation. Interspersed with ghost stories and mysterious sightings, this is a fun story and a good mystery!
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks has my dream setting – a library in a lighthouse that the main character lives in. Sign me up for that job, please! Lucy is a relatable heroine who loves her job and also can’t help but investigate crimes in their small Outer Banks town. She has a bevy of engaging secondary characters to team up with, including the library’s resident cat Charlie who seems to have a knack for crime solving too. Gates does a great job of creating realistic characters without losing the quirkiness common to cozy mysteries – or without making the quirkiness go over the top. At first I thought the whodunnit was completely obvious. And, with 2 hours left in my reading time, I briefly wondered how much the author could possibly draw this out enough to keep my interest. Well…. silly me. The who that dunnit was not at all the one I just knew it was lol. I’m in a bit of a losing streak lately when it comes to these things which in this case is a good thing because it means the plots lately have been really well constructed. Bottom Line: The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates is enjoyable and entertaining with a fun cast of characters and a to-die-for setting (quite literally for our poor murder victim). A well-done mystery and several interesting subplots – including a bit of paranormal possibilities – will keep your attention from start to finish! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Eva Gates' 4th installment in her Lighthouse Library Mystery series is a very enjoyable cozy set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina during Halloween. The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is preparing for its Halloween celebration when former Banker, and wealthy businessman, Jay Ruddle arrives to discuss the donation of his historical document collection. Mr. Ruddle is found murdered in the library, and his granddaughter is arrested for the crime. Librarian Lucy must discover the real culprit while battling the very otherworldly things happening at the library - corpse lights in the marsh, a disappearing and very spooky horse, and a model ghost ship whose inhabitants seem to move of their own accord. The Spook in the Stacks is equally cozy and mysterious, and has piqued this reader's interest enough to go back and read some classic Washington Irving. A+
bkworm_ran More than 1 year ago
It’s late October and Halloween is just around the corner. What better place for tales of ghost ships and scary haunts than a lighthouse converted into a library located on the Outer Banks? Librarian Lucy Richardson is not a believer but is looking forward to the book group discussion of Sleepy Hollow and the upcoming programs that promise creepy tales of local ghostly legends. When former resident and owner of the most complete collection of North Carolina historical documents turns up dead in the library it puts a darker spin on tales of ghosts and wrong doings. I really enjoy books that give hints of ghosts and historical tales. This one is a little light in that department but doesn’t disappoint in the general story telling. Gates’ fourth installment in the Lighthouse Library series is a fun read filled with a little romance, spooky ghosts and the feel of autumn in the air. This series makes me want to visit the Outer Banks. It will be a perfect read in front of the first fire of the season and a cup of hot cider. I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
The Lighthouse Library Mystery series is a favorite of mine, and my sister. I want to send a thank you to Crooked Lane Books for picking up this series and giving us readers more time with the wonderful characters. It was so easy to fall back into the grove with protagonist Lucy Richardson and the crew of the Brodie Island Lighthouse library. Through the words of author Eva Gates, it was incredibly easy to picture the library and surrounding area, as well as hear the characters voices as I read their written words. To say it was hard to put this book down would be an understatement. As with the first three books in this delightful series, THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS is a fast-moving mystery with an attention-grabbing plot. With Halloween thrown into the mix, this tale had something fun or exciting happening in every chapter. I simply couldn’t put it down until I had read the last word. Don’t let your TBR spook you into keeping this book from your stacks. Grab up your copy of THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS today!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I admit I was late to the party on this series. I started reading it in April and was so taken by the premise of a library in a lighthouse I read all three looking forward to this new release. I could have started with this one because with the publisher change the author wrote this so it could stand on its own but the first three were great stories and I was able to enjoy all the prior character development. In this story, Lucy’s book group is reading Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Louise Jane’s Halloween Ghost Story Lecture Series is in full swing. The library is also being considered to house a collection of North Carolina historical documents and the owner, Jay Ruddle, has come to town to see the library for himself with his granddaughter and his private curator. While the granddaughter is excited to listen to the ghost stories, he would rather spend his time in the rare books section of the library. Lucy finds him there after the lecture is over. . . dead in the chair. The murderer has used the outside event as a cover for their crime. Anyone in attendance could have killed Mr. Ruddle and slipped back out without anyone even noticing. That coupled with some unusual sighting around the library makes Lucy think the stories of the lighthouse being haunted may be true. But she knows there is no way a ghost killed Mr. Ruddle. This is an excellent story, just as I have come to expect from this author. The characters really come alive within these pages. I enjoyed that Theodore “Teddy” Kowalski was featured more this time and that both Lucy and us readers got to see a different side to this man. He was much more likable and not quite as creepy. I hope we continue to see this side. We get to know the library staff, Lucy, Bertie, Ronald, and Charlene better in each installment of this series. I absolutely love Charlie, named for Charles Dickens, the library cat. He really is a special animal. I was pulled into this mystery by many elements. The murder itself was very intriguing. It couldn’t have been planned so it happened in the heat of the moment? or was it just because the opportunity arose? Was it someone close to him? or someone from his past? As Lucy tried to pull the clues together I was right there with her. There were plenty of red herrings in this Outer Banks tale. I was astonished when the real killer was revealed. I was also drawn by the observations Lucy made in the fog outside of the library. Was she dreaming? Was her imagination out of control? Was someone pulling a prank? Or were her visions real? I also found Lucy and her friends helping out Connor’s mayoral campaign added an interesting element. Connor busy with senior citizen lunches throughout the whole story was funny too. To find out if he won, you are going to have to read the book. I am always drawn in by the setting. The library in the lighthouse that stretches to meet the author’s imagination and my default ours. The author’s descriptive talents make it so easy to follow her into the wonderful world of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library including Lucy’s Aerie, on the 4th floor. Such a wonderful place. Eva Gates has given us a story that is fun and unique, with charming characters, realistic dialogue, and a marvelous mystery. I am so happy that I found this series and hope there will be many more virtual vacations to the Outer Banks and the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library!
MyWhims More than 1 year ago
The Spock in the Stacks by Eva Gates is an entertaining story with plenty of intrigue, and it takes place during the busy Halloween holiday at the Brodie Island Lighthouse Library. The library has been adorn in fun holiday decorations. One of the displays is a lovely model ship with a crew that mysteriously keeps moving around the ship without anyone noticing. For the community, the Lighthouse Library is hosting ghostly lectures (which is a treasure for the community and the children). Retired wealthy executive Jay Ruddle has a collection of historical documents that he wants to donate, and the Brodie Island Lighthouse Library is being considered. Unfortunately, librarian Lucy Richardson finds Mr. Ruddle’s body in the rare book section (before he had announced his decision). Now Lucy and her friends find themselves trying to discover who had done the horrible deed. This story kept my attention and had me turning the pages as I tried to discover the killer’s identity (and solve the mystery of the model ship’s tiny crew that can not stay still; as well as, the ghost horse which appears intermittently). There was even some romance in Lucy and Connor’s relationship. Overall, I was enthralled by this story and satisfied by the conclusion. It is well worth reading! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Cheyenne_T More than 1 year ago
Huge thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for sending this my way! I was super pumped when this got announced because I had read this series hadn’t been renewed after the third book, and when this came on NetGalley I requested it right away. I will admit that this book is coming out at a weird time because we’re right in the beginning stages of Summer and this book takes place right at Halloween. While this did strike me as odd, it didn’t bother me while I was reading. Halloween happens to be my second favorite holiday, so it was fun for me to immerse myself in spooky things. There were some good things about this book and some not so good things. Let’s start with my least favorite parts here, rip the band-aid off so to speak, and then move on to the good bits! For one, Lucy seemed different somehow. She was a little more snarky, a little less fun, and a good portion of this book focused on her feelings for Connor and her fears about their budding relationship. It was a tad boring. Two, I didn’t laugh nearly as much in this book as the previous three, and I missed the humor. Some of the ‘funnier’ moments seemed forced and weren’t funny at all. Three, this book had a really creepy element, and I’m not talking about Halloween creepy. I’m talking about borderline stalking creepy. See, in this book, Teddy becomes infatuated with one of the new characters, Julia, and he basically follows her around, shows up at her hotel, constantly offers to drive her places and tries to take her to a museum right after her grandpa dies. It was creepy and made me feel weird and I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if Teddy hadn’t been a central character here. This is my lowest rated book of the series, and I do have some problems with this latest installment, but that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. It was fun to go back and visit with characters I didn’t think I’d see again, I love the beautiful ocean side setting and coastal vibes, and the mystery was good! I genuinely didn’t know who committed the crime, and I was guessing the whole book. I had a lot of theories by the end of the book, but I was surprised that none of my theories were proven correct. Plus, I really liked the ghostly elements scattered throughout! This was the good type of creepy and I thought it was a lot of fun. As a whole, this book was a fun and light read, a mystery that isn’t deep but does get your brain moving and involved in the book. I gave this book a three roses because I did have some problems with it, mainly the writing felt different than the previous three, but all the while I was enjoying myself. I do believe I’ll read any other books later released in this series because they’re fun, but I think I’ll go in without such high expectations.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Librarian Lucy Richardson is in the middle of preparing her workplace for Halloween. Jay Ruddle, a former businessman, wants to leave his collection of historical documents to a library in North Carolina. Many institutions are vying for the collection, including the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. When Jay Ruddle turns up dead in the rare books section, Lucy has to find the culprit amongst the false leads and mysterious happenings surrounding the holiday. This is a great cozy mystery to read on a dark and stormy night. I liked how the author used The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a backdrop to this story. The red herrings and clues kept me guessing the whole time, and the ending surprised me. Since this was my first Eva Gates story, I loved how a lighthouse was used as the setting of the library. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this wonderful series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates is the fourth book in A Lighthouse Library Mystery series. Lucy Richardson is the assistant librarian at Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in Outer Banks, North Carolina. Halloween is approaching, and Louise Jane has convinced the board to do a special display which includes a detailed replica of the downed ship, Rebecca McPherson. Bertie and Charlene are excited when Jay Ruddle puts their library on the shortlist to receive his historical North Carolina collection of maps and documents. On Saturday during Louise Jane’s historical ghost story lecture, Jay is allowed access to the libraries rare book room. Lucy later finds him dead in a chair with a blue velvet rope wrapped around his neck. When Julia finds herself the prime suspect in her grandfather’s death, Theodore Kowalski (who is quite smitten with Julia) asks for Lucy’s help in clearing her name. While working to uncover some clues, Lucy notices some unusual occurrences at the library. A ghostly horse, strange lights in the marsh, and the miniature crew of the replica of Rebecca MacPherson keep moving around. With Halloween just around the corner, Lucy needs to keep her wits about her. The Spook in the Stacks is an enticing cozy mystery. I just love the concept of a library in a lighthouse. Lucy is lucky to be able to work and live in such a beautiful and unique building. The author brought the library, Lucy’s apartment, and the area alive with her descriptions. There is a nice variety of characters that the author has taken the time to craft and develop. Lucy is a smart, friendly main character (relatable) and it is nice to watch her grow as the series progresses. I did feel that Louise Jane is a little over-the-top for my tastes. She enters a scene and takes it over (reminds me of a steamroller). I delighted in the various books, authors and literary references sprinkled throughout the story. The Halloween atmosphere was fun, and I reveled in the added paranormal element. The mystery was pleasing with good components. The Spook in the Stacks can be read alone (easily). There are a couple a of subplots that enhance the book. Lucy’s boyfriend, Connor McNeil is running for re-election and Lucy is helping with his campaign. His competitor is not above mudslinging if it will help him win. The book club is meeting to discuss Sleepy Hollow and the outdoor venue enhances the spookiness. I like the history of the area and local lore included in the story. My rating for The Spook in the Stacks is 4 out of 5 stars. I thought The Spook in the Stacks was well-written with steady pacing. The dialogue is realistic (for library and book people especially) and I thought Charles, the library cat, was charming. There is some repetition in the first few chapters such as where Lucy lived, and the jobs the various library personnel perform. The Spook in the Stacks is a lively, airy cozy mystery that you will keep you engaged and ordering takeout for dinner.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Lucy Richardson, Bodie Island Lighthouse librarian seems to have a way with books, murder, and now a ghost. When a Jay Ruddle, a local who has done well in the business world returns to his hometown to donate his collection of historical documents, he has narrowed the choice down to a local college and the lighthouse. Unfortunately Jay is murdered in the library before he was able to announce his final selection and Lucy finds herself smack in the middle off yet another murder investigation. While this is the fourth book in the Lighthouse Library mysteries, this is the first book I have read and I was enthralled! There was no disconnect from not having read any of the first three books in the series. The story moves at a good pace and the plot is solid. I look forward to reading the first three books in the series as well as future books.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite cozy series and I was so happy to visit the Lighthouse Library again. This one takes place during the Halloween and the Library is celebrating the Holiday with lots of ghost stories. The library is also competing with another library for a collection of important North Carolina papers. When the wealthy collector is found dead in the Library during a lecture Lucy sets out solve the murder. The author does a great job with the North Carolina background and the small town library setting. The mystery was good and the solution was surprising. This series does not need to read in order. Enjoy this return visit.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Crooked Lane Books publishing and NetGalley ** This is the first book I’ve read in this series but won’t be the last. I loved it so much! I love the setting of it taking place in Bodie lighthouse. I live at the furthest west side of North Carolina and love going to the east side and visiting Bodie lighthouse. It was such a great idea to have the setting be a library in the lighthouse! I felt like I was part of it since I’d been there before. There are so many wonderful quirky characters. Not only is this a cozy mystery but it can also be enjoyed by paranormal mystery readers also. I especially liked the Halloween setting. I plan on reading it again in October. The murder that takes place is one that kept me guessing who the killer was. This is a very clever author. I’m finding that Crooked Lane Books is my favorite publishing company.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks is a delightfully fun book to read. The Halloween setting especially adds to the charm of this book, and even though Halloween is not for a few months yet, I felt that I was right there at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina making preparations for all sorts of festivities. Lucy Richardson, the librarian, is a Halloween skeptic, but even she finds herself swept into the preparations. This book has it all -- cursed pirate ships, mysterious lights and fog figures outside the library at night, programs featuring Louise Jane and her Outer Banks ghost stories, along with a murder of a potential benefactor in the library's rare book room. With the Bodie Island Library's reputation at stake, Lucy is determined to investigate with the help of the library gang and friends. I loved the much-anticipated Spook in the Stacks and was so happy to see this fourth installment in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series and hope there will be more to follow. Even though this book is the fourth in the series, it can definitely stand on its own and will whet your appetite for more. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Lucy Richardson is in her element working as the assistant librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. She’s surrounded by an eclectic group of staff members and the VIP library cat, Charles. Trouble begins when an elderly multi-millionaire approaches Bertie, the library director, about donating his personal collection of Outer Banks historical documents to the library. The competitors for the collection are determined they’ll receive it at whatever lengths they have to go to—even including discrediting Bertie or the Lighthouse Library. However, there’s a murder in the rare book room of the library which puts a crimp in everyone’s plans. Author Eva Gates makes a smooth transition to her new publisher, Crooked Lane Books, with book four of the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. The story kept my interest with plenty of plot twists to lead me away from the true killer’s identity. I was surprised at the reveal. The setting is at Halloween, and there is a paranormal twist included and lots of fun scenes that are entertaining. I enjoyed the progress of Connor and Lucy’s relationship...slow, but sure. I believe cozy fans will be pleased with this story. My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. I reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
I am SO happy to see this series resume! How I love being back at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library with Lucy, the assistant librarian, Charles, the library cat, and Lucy’s unique Lighthouse Aerie! Our favorite, 3-D characters are back with gorgeous descriptions of this unique setting and a plot that stymies even Lucy. She doesn’t believe in ghosts or hauntings…but something is weird…both inside and out. Halloween is only days away, and several events have been planned, from parties for the children’s groups to presentations by Louise Jane, an expert in the legends of the Outer Banks. Unannounced, Jay Ruddle, a multimillionaire and former businessman and resident of Nags Head, arrives at the library. He is considering the library and one other location the honor of donating his huge collection of maps and documents of the area from the 16th through the 18th centuries. His granddaughter, Julia, and his assistant and current curator, Greg, are there with him. With the collection would come a stipend to build a separate, climate-controlled facility and have a curator so that the collection can be viewed by those interested. Jay, Julia, and Greg are present when one of the events begins. Julia wants to join Theodore, a local man who is besotted with the fair Julia, in hearing Louise Jane’s presentation, and Greg stays with them as the men vie for her attention. Jay, who prefers the facts of history, looks at the library’s current rare books and documents. When the event is over, Lucy goes to get Jay for Julia and Greg, and finds that Jay is dead – and not from natural causes. One would think that a retired, 82-year-old man would not have many enemies. Not so. There are several possible suspects, from former competitors to folks from the other location being considered for the collection to Louise Jane’s hinting that maybe a spirit still not at rest killed him. Lucy gets into it against her own good counsel when Julia is the primary suspect. Lucy and her co-workers are a delightful group who work well together and are well defined, as are her best friend, Stephanie, and Connor, the Mayor and man she is dating. Excellent, realistic dialog and actions primarily build each person. I like Lucy and Julia; I envy Lucy’s job and aerie! Louise Jane is the one we almost enjoy disliking, but as Lucy notes, Louise Jane is a born storyteller who draws in everyone listening to her. Theodore is even a much more likable young man in this tale. Fourth in this series, The Spook in the Stacks can be read as a standalone or as part of the series. The author shares sufficient backstory to bring the reader up to date. There are significant plot twists that change the course of the investigation more than once, and a few incidences when Charles, usually a laid-back cat, seemed to be irritated at something – or some specter – around the model of a ship that sank with all hands on board. And other sightings by Lucy herself, for which she had no explanation. These events, and more, bring this set of mysteries to a startling denouement, with a bad guy who was one of the few I had not even considered. This novel is sure to keep the most discerning cozy mystery lover up late, turning the pages to find whodunit. I highly recommend The Spook in the Stacks to those who enjoy mysteries served up in libraries, lighthouses, or at oceanside settings. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this e-Arc from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
The Spook In The Stacks is the fourth book in the A Lighthouse Library Mystery series. I was very disappointed when I heard the series had been canceled by its previous publisher, but I am now elated that a new publisher has been found. Halloween is quickly coming and most of the Brodie Island employees are not looking forward to overly decorating for the holiday. The children’s area will be tastefully decorated for the young ghosts and goblins. Louise Jane has convinced the other members of the library board that a very detailed replica of the Rebecca MacPherson, a ship that had sunk off the coast of Nags Head and there are some who claim that the ship is haunted. As the final touches are being put on the decorations, a Jay Ruddle, along with his granddaughter, Julia and Greg Summers, Jay's assistant, and curator. Jay has a very extensive collection of Outer Banks and nautical documents, map and captain’s logs. He has returned to the Nags Head to find a site that will display his collection for future generations to and enjoy. While library patrons are listening to Louis Jane’s presentations, Jay Ruddle goes to the Rare Items area to look over their collection. When the program is over and Julia is ready to leave, Lucy, the assistant librarian, goes up to get Jay and finds him with a blue velvet rope wrapped. Also in his hand is a necklace that Lucy had seen on Julia. Julia immediately becomes the prime suspect based on Jay holding her necklace in his hand. But a patron of the library, Theodore, who is infatuated with Julia to do a little sleuthing and find out who killed Jay. In addition to the library, Jay has also been in contact with Blacklock College. After Jay’s death, Norman Hoskins and Elizabeth McArthur visit the library and ask that the library withdraws from consideration, late they off money to withdraw. Something about the pair causes Lucy to wonder how far they would go to get the collection. Lucy also needs to look at library board member, Curtis Gardner whose furniture was severely hurt by Jay’s price-cutting policy. Lucy also wants to check out Greg, as he seems to be not being honest about the job he claims to have lined up and he seems to be overly attentive to Julia but isn’t being returned by her. Another exciting story in this interesting series. The author provides an interesting and believable cast of character. Lucy and Connor’s romance is still on an even keel. I’m looking forward to the next book to see what adventures Lucy will get up to.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates(Vicki Delany)is the fourth book in the Lighthouse Library series and was the most intriguing one to date. I was thrilled when this series found a new home at Crooked Lane Books. Ms. Gates has penned a fast paced plot with plenty of twists that kept me turning the pages. The characters have become well developed over the last three books; and I felt like I was on vacation visiting with old friends when I started reading this book. Ms. Gates' descriptive writing of the Outer Banks and the North Carolina coastline makes we want to visit each time I read one of these books. The murder turned out to be quite complex and the resolution was very satisfying. I look forward to reading many more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
dezzy33 More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks is the 4th Lighthouse Library Mystery, and the first I've read in the series. Lucy Richardson is the assistant librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. (A library in a lighthouse...what a GREAT idea!) At first, I'm not sure I'm going to like Lucy. Halloween is around the corner and very early in the book, she says: "If there's a Halloween version of the Grinch, I'm it." Over the course of the book, however, Lucy starts to question her beliefs in ghosts. She repeatedly sees a horse on the marsh, there are mysterious lights outside, and ship model pieces moving of their own accord. Hmmm... In the meantime, during a big event held outside the library, wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is murdered while perusing the rare books room. With hundreds of people traipsing around the property, anyone could have done it! Overall, the mystery was interesting. There were some loose ends that weren't tied up as well as I would've like at the end, but all in all, it was a good story.