A wonderful cosy mystery that takes place in a lighthouse library.
At Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in North Caroline is on full Halloween mode. Librarian Lucy Richardson gets into the holiday spirit by hosting a lecture on ghost legends, starting with the works of Washington Irving. To add excitement, former resident and wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle returns, looking for the perfect place to donate this extensive collection of rare historical maps and books. Unfortunately, during a lecture, Lucy finds Ruddle dead in the rare book section of the library. Known for being a ruthless businessman, the list of suspects is extensive and each one has a motive to have wanted him dead. Can Lucy get to the truth?
I landed in the middle of this series it seems. This is my first book by Eva Gates and the Lighthouse Library Mystery and I loved every minute of it. Sea, books and murder: the perfect combination. Even though I didn’t read the previous books, I didn’t feel like I missed anything. The previous events are mentioned and they were enough for you not to feel the need to read the previous instalments.
The style of writing is simple and easy to understand. Gates’ descriptions make you want to jump to this small island in North Carolina and just walk beside Lucy in her murder investigation. The plot is engaging and pulls you in from the very beginning. The murder is twisted and intriguing as Lucy puts different possibilities on the table. The setting is over Halloween, which gives a darker, more mysterious light over the whole chain of events. The ending is unexpected. Gates gives out all the clues throughout the novel but only in the end, the see the pieces come together from a whole different perspective.
The characters are well developed and Gates explores them thoroughly. They become alive, almost out of the page and each one contributes to the story and the characterisation of the setting. Lucy, the protagonist is amazing to follow. As she steady collects the clues and tries to piece them together, you follow her line of thought. She’s very down-to-earth, logical and, of course, her love and respect for books will make you fall in love with her or at least identify yourself with that feeling. Secondary characters, like the library staff, add spice to the story and help build up the plot.
A fun cosy mystery with a great setting, charming characters and a twisted murder mystery. I definitely recommend this book!
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Crooked Lane Books and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.