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Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Spook in the Stacks

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

by Eva Gates

About the Book

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery

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Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce.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.

What I Thought:

This is the fourth book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series and the second of the series I have read.    I have read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it so I knew I would enjoy this one, and I did.  It had similarities to the first book, but was is it's own unique story.  Halloween has come to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library and Lucy and the staff are getting ready with spooky book club selections and also with spooky talks.  Wealthy businessman, Jay Ruddle, is preparing to find a new home for some of his historical North Carolina History papers and the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is a possible choice.  During a talk by Louise Jane, Mr. Ruddle is found dead in the rare books room.  Lucy and the staff have to, once again, put on their sleuth hats to solve the mystery.  I thought this book was well written and flowed really well.  I loved how the author incorporated Halloween themes into the book.  There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing.  I look forward to more in this series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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.

Visit Vicki at On Facebook at Twitter @vickidelany @evagatesauthor

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Guest Post:

Charles the Library Cat
By Eva Gates,
May 2018

Allow me to introduce myself. I am Charles, the resident cat at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library and star of the Lighthouse Library mysteries by Eva Gates.

I was named for Mr. Charles Dickens, a great man of letters, as I am a great cat of books. I don’t actually read books mind, but I find they are very comfortable to settle down on when left open on a table top.

I currently live with Lucy in our apartment on the fourth floor of the Lighthouse, which Lucy calls her Lighthouse Aerie. Before Lucy arrived, I lived on the ground floor. I love the library at night, but it can be a bit lonely after everyone has gone home at the end of the day. So, when Lucy got the job of assistant librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, which came with an apartment on the fourth floor, I naturally decided that Lucy needed me to move into the apartment with her. So now I am a library cat by day and a house cat by night.

I am kept hopping all day. My duties are to greet patrons when they arrive, join the children for children’s activities, allow lonely old women to fuss over me, keep mice out of the cupboards, and advise Lucy NOT to wear that hideous dress for her date with Connor. Or is it Butch this time? I get confused.

Right now, we’re particularly busy at the library getting ready for Halloween. I don’t know why humans think it’s fun to be frightened. I certainly do not. But the decorations are up, the parties are planned.

Nothing I love more than a party at the library. All those laps to curl up in and all that food, waiting to be snatched up.

I just hope no one gets killed this time. I try to help Lucy when she has a mystery to solve. I can tell her who can be trusted and who cannot. But does she pay any mind to me? No. Humans, they think they know it all.

But I… oh, wait, is that a mouse I see? Excuse me.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your review on "The Spook in the Stacks" by Eva Gates and for being part of the book tour.

    Really enjoyed the guest post with Charles the Library Cat. Love this authors books and am so looking forward to the opportunity to read this one. I love the cover of this book!
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