Wednesday, June 13, 2018


The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018) 
Hardcover: 250 Pages ISBN-13: 978-1683315803 
Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX

Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.
Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.
Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?
With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, on North Carolina's Outer Banks is a magical place during October. The staff is dedicated and at least one volunteer is more than exuberant.
There is a little discourse over whether a library program should stick to fact or mix in fiction during presentations of the ghostly variety, as well as disputed discussions about the actual existence of ghosts.

Add in some competition over a valuable collection of historical nautical documents and things begin to get tense. Are any of the disagreements worth murder? When an aged, potential benefactor is discovered dead during a special library presentation, the number of suspects and motives rise dramatically.

Will the lawman in charge appreciate librarian Lucy Richardson's research skills and information about the case, or is she an interfering busybody who should be focusing on her boyfriend's political campaign?

It took a long time to figure out the motive and the person responsible for the murder.
I enjoyed the literary references within the storyline. The story moved along at a quick pace with unexpected moments throughout.
Anyone who loves a good character driven cozy and the Halloween season will enjoy this book.

About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.

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