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  • Long Lost Love and Riches

    Bertie’s Librarian classmates are in town for a reunion at the Lighthouse Library. The she finds out that the former director, Helena Sanchez, also happens to be in town, Bertie invites her to join them for a reception at the Lighthouse Library. Helena turns out to be a rude woman that those who knew are aren’t really happy about her joining them. At the end of the evening, the group decides to walk the boardwalk to take in the view and hear ghost stories from Louise Jane, who considers herself an authority on local history and the spiritual world. 
At the end of their walk, the women find the body of Helena Sanchez floating in the marsh and it appears to be murder. Lucy can’t help but connect the dots between the past and the present and finds it connecting to a $25 million piece of jewelry that disappeared 25 years ago. But the police need proof to make an arrest for murder and Lucy only has her gut feelings to go on until she can find the proof that will help the police make an arrest and build a solid case while not becoming another victim herself. This is a great series in a fabulous setting. You can almost smell the salty air and hear the surf as you read. Leveraging published works in the story that always tend to tie in to the story is another added plus for bibliophiles. This is one series I never miss reading when a new book is published.

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  • A Death Long Overdue!

    A Death Long Overdue is a wonderful cozy mystery with an intriguing plot that kept me guessing until the culprit was revealed. The characters are very likeable and make you want to return to this series with every release. The romantic subplot was sweet, and made for a good respite from the suspense in the story. I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • A fun cozy!

    library, librarian, library-cat, amateur-sleuth, murder, theft, family-dynamics, friendship, deceit, small-town, situational-humor, verbal-humor***** The head librarian in this Outer Banks seaside lighthouse brings together her old friends from college and on a whim invites a cranky retired librarian who once worked there. All were having fun, including the overbearing self centered volunteer theoretically helping with refreshments who decides that all need to go out for a walk in the dark for whatever misguided reason. It could have gone well anyway except that the odd librarian wound up dead in the marsh. And it turned out to be murder. Lucy is the assistant librarian with the mayor for her boyfriend, an apartment in this same lighthouse, a good relationship with the local law, and a talent for sleuthing. No apparent motive, odd clues, and a possible tie to a priceless necklace gone missing twenty-five years earlier make it really different. Great read in a fun series that doesn't require reading in sequence! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • A delightful story!

    A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates is the 7th A Lighthouse Library Mystery. It can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading this charming series in order. The author has created a great cast of characters which includes Lucy, Connor, Bertie, Charlene, Ronald, Aunt Ellen, Josie, and Charles. They feel like old friends. I like catching up with all of them even Louise Jane. The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is a magical place. I can envision the library thanks to the authors vivid word imagery. I just love Lucy’s adorable little apartment. The mystery was intriguing. I thought it was well-plotted with interesting details. There are a variety of suspects along with good clues and a red herring or two. It was fun following along in the investigation and seeing how it all came together. I enjoyed the library exhibit that included a card catalog, library withdrawal cards (the card you signed when you checked out the book), and a Commodore 64 (I had a Commodore 64C). The ending will have fans of the series smiling (I wish I could say more but I do not want to spoil it for you). A Death Long Overdue is a delightful cozy mystery with a card catalog, a discourteous former library director, a disrupted reunion, a curious cat, and a forbearing beau.

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  • Just Brilliant!

    As a lover of cozy mysteries, I knew I would be onto a winner with this 7th book in ‘A Lighthouse Library Mystery’ series! A Death Long Overdue ticked all the right boxes before I had even started reading. The setting – a library in a lighthouse, no less – and an eye-catching front cover meant it had all the makings of a great read for me. The concept of a library in a lighthouse is incredibly alluring and the thought of living and working there even more so. This location is particularly enticing for me as I live on the coast near a lighthouse! Eva Gates has drawn a lot of fun characters in this fabulous cozy mystery. Likeable Lucy Richardson is a librarian who moved to the Outer Banks, North Carolina and she has a lot going on in this book. It was great to be back with protagonist Lucy who possesses the necessary attributes of any great sleuth – intelligence, curiosity and keenness. There was a large number of characters in A Death Long Overdue but I think I just about managed to keep track of all of them without being overwhelmed! I wasn’t especially fond of one or two of them and the victim, Helena Sanchez, the former director of the Lighthouse Library was pretty despicable, but it only made a fabulous story even greater. Charles the library cat was, of course, an ever-present favourite. There aren’t many settings as perfect as a library located within a lighthouse and Eva Gates made great use of this. Outer Banks is a fine coastal town with a real sense of community and a general feeling of nostalgia. I could really feel its beauty and this, as well as a town full of secrets, made it a brilliant backdrop for a murder investigation. Another of my favourite aspects of this novel was the fluidity of the writing. The details of the plot were very well executed and every chapter left me with a compelling need to read on. The author did a brilliant job of balancing a few different story-lines and different events jumbled matters up somewhat, making figuring out the identity of the perpetrator more challenging. There was a sense of apprehension and spookiness as the story progressed, which definitely helped to keep my interest. I very much look forward to returning to the Outer Banks with Lucy in Deadly Ever After (book #8), and reading the earlier books in the series, too! So entertaining and engaging, A Death Long Overdue is definitely well worth the time invested. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Crooked Lane via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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