The Spook in the Stacks
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Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce.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.
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.
*ARC provided by Cozy Mystery Review Crew
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Eva Gates is the pen name of bestselling Canadian author Vicki Delany. As Eva she write the Lighthouse Library series for Penguin Obsidian. Visit Eva at: www.lightouselibrarymysteries.com and vicki at www.vickidelany.comVicki Delany is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers. Most recently, she is the author of the Year Round Christmas cozy mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime and (writing under the pen name of Eva Gates) the Lighthouse Library mysteries also from Berkley.
She writes in several different subgenres: Cozies for Berkley Prime Crime (REST YE MURDERED GENTLEMEN and READING UP A STORM – under the pen name of Eva Gates); Standalone novels of suspense (Scare the Light Away, Burden of Memory, MORE THAN SORROW from Poisoned Pen Press), traditional village/police procedural (The Constable Molly Smith Series from PPP – the eight of which is UNREASONABLE DOUBT) and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series (Gold Digger, Gold Fever, GOLD MOUNTAIN from Dundurn Press). She also writes Rapid Reads novellas for Orca Books including the mulit-award-nominated JUBA GOOD.
She 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. Sunday afternoon was – and at that, only now and again – the only time she had to spend all by herself, with a single candle on her desk for a bit of atmosphere, a Bruce Springsteen tape in the tape deck, and a nice cup of tea at her elbow. When she felt like really letting loose, the tea might have turned into a glass of wine.
The years passed, as they tend to do, and the three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. She was able to write three novels of suspense, set in Ontario, two of which, Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory were published to critical acclaim by Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario. At that time In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior was published. After travelling around North America for a year with her dog, Shenzi, she bought a home in bucolic, rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she rarely wears a watch and can write whenever she feels like it.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicki was raised mostly in Ontario. As a young woman, fresh from quitting Carleton University in a huff in the middle of her final year, she travelled to South Africa where she promptly met a man, married him, and produced the aforesaid three daughters. Eleven years later, Vicki returned to Canada. Of her experiences in Africa she will only say that it gave her insight into to the politics of power and oppression that few Canadians get to experience.
Vicki is the current president of the Crime Writers of Canada, a member of Capital Crime Writers, and Sisters in Crime.*Author info and picture are credited to Amazon