Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Book Review: Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Mystery #3) by Eva Gates @evagatesauthor

Book Details:

Series: A Lighthouse Library Mystery (Book 3)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley 
Publish Date: April 5, 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451470958
ISBN-13: 978-0451470959

About the Book:

Misfortune blows into North Carolina’s Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves local librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a strange new mystery....

After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat, Charles, and a good book. But her R and R is cut short when she notices some mysterious lights leading a small boat to crash into the coast. 

The two shipwrecked seafarers survive the ordeal—but one of them shows up dead ashore a few days later. Lucy finds herself again roped into a murder investigation and navigating a sea of suspects, all of whom had motives to deep-six the deceased. And this time, she has a sinking feeling that finding the real killer won’t be so easy..

Reading Up a Storm is a fantastically written cozy mystery in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates. I love the setting, the characters, and the mysteries in each book in the series. Having a library set up in a lighthouse is quite a unique theme. As a Michigan resident, our state is surrounded by water, thus lighthouses, as well. My family and I love to visit some of the lighthouses when we can. Since reading this series I've found myself trying to fit a library into the lighthouses we visit, just because. Of course, that's not realistic, but it sure is fun trying.

Lucy is a wonderful character. She may come from money but she doesn't act like it or flaunt her family's riches. She's pretty down-to-earth and likable. I enjoy her interactions with the mayor, the police, her fellow librarians, and the citizens that have been created in the author's Outer Banks world. They are all one-of-a-kind. The developments in Reading Up a Storm bring outsiders into the area and another murder mystery unfolds. The author masks the suspect, bringing in several characters, newcomers and long-time residents, who have the right motive to have committed the crime. As she's done in the other books, Lucy takes it upon herself to help solve the murder.

The story is well paced, enjoyable, and full of suspense. The author did a wonderful job describing the characters and scenery within the book. I was able to visualize the story as it played out. An enjoyable third book in the Lighthouse Library series, Reading Up a Storm is engaging, doesn't divulge the suspect right away, and keeps the reader guessing. This is a really great cozy mystery series. Each book has been better than the last, and that's saying something since I've loved all of the books so far. Reading Up a Storm adds another wonderful book to my shelf. 

I purchased this book myself.

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