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By Book or by Crook
A Lighthouse Library Mystery #1
Eva Gates

February 3, 2015 / ISBN 978-0-451-47903-5

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Lucy Richardson has a new job as the assistant librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in North Carolina. She left Boston and her job at the Harvard Library after the reality of a loveless marriage full of social commitments almost became her reality, when her long-time boyfriend, Richard Eric Lewiston III, aka Ricky, proposed in a most insincere manner. Lucy began a new life with her new job, and a new home in the uppermost part of the Lighthouse Library. She was sure to be content with books, the library cat, new friends, and her Aunt Ellen nearby.

During a private party to celebrate the arrival of some Jane Austen first editions on loan to the library, the chairman of the library board, Mr. Jonathan Uppiton, is murdered, and Bertie, the head librarian, is the chief suspect. In her heart of hearts, Lucy knows that Bertie is not a killer...but will the police believe that?

"The police suspected Bertie of the killing. I knew she was innocent. Any woman who'd provided me with this perfect refuge couldn't be a killer.

How much effort would the police put into seeking the real killer, now that they had their prime suspect? Would they pin it on Bertie and then head off to the doughnut shop to congratulate themselves on a job well done?" pg 64

I always love a well written cozy mystery that involves books, libraries, librarians and cats. Adding a lighthouse into the mix was icing on the cake. Lucy is smart and endearing, and the rest of the cast of characters ooze small town Southern eccentricity.

This is a fun and fast-paced read that will hold your interest and leave you anxious for the next book in the series. Enjoy! I sure did!

Reviews of other titles in this Series

By Book or by Crook #1
Booked for Trouble #2
Reading Up a Storm #3
Spook in the Stacks
Something Read, Something Dead #5

Reviewed 2015