By Book or By Crook

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By Book or By Crook

A Lighthouse Library Mystery, #1

Lucy Richardson is a very sweet and bright young woman who needs to live her life for herself and on her own terms, not her parents’. So, Lucy shakes the dust off her boring and predictable life in Boston, and heads to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, her childhood haven, to see her Aunt Ellen and Uncle Amos for some much needed head clearing, and fun in the sun. Not knowing, that she is beginning a new chapter in her life, and all the adventures awaiting for her there.

Lucy has always loved the Lighthouse Library on Bodie Island. She can’t believe it when she becomes Assistant Librarian and also gets to live in the library, on the 4th floor. But, it might not be for long, when Mr. Uppiton, the chairman of the library board, is killed and Lucy’s friend and boss Bertie James is the main suspect. Life for Lucy and the Lighthouse Library staff, go from bad to worse, when priceless Jane Austen first editions novels, on loan to the library, go missing. Can Lucy use all her librarian skills, to sort out a killer, and a thief, before she is out of a job, Bertie is arrested for murder, and the library is closed for good?

When reading this marvelous mystery, you will find yourself enclosed in the library after dark with Lucy, and imagining all kinds of wondrous journeys you can take, and do take, as Lucy tries to solve the mysteries! Within charming Bodie Island, there are plenty of engaging people that you will want to get to know. I truly adore Lucy, Bertie, Ronald, Theodore, and especially cute and cuddly Charles.

Eva Gates has written a truly magnificent Southern mystery that will immerse its’ readers right into the very heart of the Outer Banks, and have them hearing the ocean waves, smelling the salt air, and tasting the delectable shrimp and grits! “By Book or by Crook” is the first in the Lighthouse Library series; it is a very complex mystery, which will take you on a roller coaster ride that has enough suspects, twists and turns, it will you breathless! The 2nd book in this sensational series “Booked for Trouble” comes out September 2015. I can’t wait to revisit Bodie Island and see what Eva Gates has in store for Lucy and us, with another one of her mysterious masterpieces!


Book Blurb for By Book or By Crook

Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery!

For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family’s social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father’s law partner. But when her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.

Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun and some confections from her cousin Josie’s bakery will help clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.

Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery and she’s not so sure there’s going to be a happy ending....


Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2015 5.00