The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
About the Book
The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Hardcover: 250 Pages
Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX
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Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce.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.
I love a good cozy mystery with great characters, a good storyline that keeps me guessing, and a beautiful setting! Eva Gates gave me all of that and more!
The book opens with the staff getting ready for Halloween and a wealthy businessman, Jay Ruddle, is seriously considering donating his historical documents to the library. However, the library is just one place he is considering, so the competition is FIERCE! Things take a turn for the worse when Jay is found by Lucy in the rare books section. Lucy finds herself in the midst of another mystery to solve.
There is no shortage of suspects. Gates gives just enough about each one to keep me guessing. I would think I had it figured out, and she would throw a twist in that would have me guessing again. The Halloween theme and the strange, mysterious things happening just added even more to the book.
Characters are always such a driving force in a book for me. Gates has really created some great characters who have many levels. I admire the relationship they all have with one another, especially Lucy and her friends. Oh, I loved Charles, the library cat! He was the best!!!!
I have always wanted to go to the Outer Banks, and Eva Gates has made me want to go even more. The setting is beautiful. She writes in such a descriptive way that I found myself right there in the story as well. The icing on the cake for me is The Bodie Lighthouse is a real working lighthouse, not a library as she indicates in her note at the end of the book. Yes, Eva Gates your writing helped it all come alive in my imagination. I can’t wait to take my next journey with the next book!!!!
Interview with Lucy
Lucy, do you and your friends fear for your lives at times because you all are uncovering murderers?
I guess it’s only after it’s all over that I think, “oh, my goodness. That might not have been such a good idea.” Maybe I’m so focused on trying to do the right thing that I forget I’m putting myself into danger. My friends do try to warn me, though. I don’t think my boyfriend is all that happy with my attempts at detecting. Detective Sam Watson certainly isn’t. But what else can I do?
If you weren’t a librarian, what other career would you choose?
I’d definitely want to do something with books. So maybe I’d like to work for a publisher. I’d love to read new submissions, and hopefully discover somethings new and exciting.
Since you are surrounded by books, what are your favorite genres to read?
I read a lot of classic novels, because I run the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club. This month we’re reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other works by Washington Irving to get us in the mood for Halloween. In my own time, when I have some, I have a weakness for cozy mysteries. Nothing better than curling up with a good book in the window seat in my Lighthouse Aerie or taking with me for an afternoon at the beach.
If you could live anywhere besides the Outer Banks where would it be?
I have to say: Nowhere! I’ve chosen to live near Nags Head because it’s my favorite place in the world. I’m actually from Boston, and I lived in Boston all my life until less than a year ago.
Who are your favorite writers?
For cozies, I love Kate Carlisle or Jenn McKinlay. I also like modern gothic suspense such as written by Kate Morton or Simone St. James.
About the Author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.
Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.
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