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The Spook in the Stacks (A Lighthouse Library Mystery Book 4) by Eva Gates Book Tour with Review, Character Interview, and Giveaway (1 Print Copy – The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates -U.S. ONLY)

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates

About the Book

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Hardcover: 250 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315803
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Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce.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.

Christie’s Review

5 Stars

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with the staff getting ready for Halloween and a wealthy businessman, Jay Ruddle, is seriously considering donating his historical documents to the library.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.

Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor. Twitter @vickidelany @evagatesauthor


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Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines) by Kelley Kaye Book Tour with Review, Author Interview, & Giveaway (3 Digital Copies of Poison by Punctuation)

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines)

by Kelley Kaye


About the Book

Poison by Punctuation (Chalkboard Outlines)

Cozy Mystery

2nd in Series

Red Adept Publishing, LLC (April 24, 2018)

Print Length: 243 pages


High school teacher Emma Lovett is finally recovering from her first year of teaching when she discovers another dead body. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this time, someone has killed a student, Kisten Hollis.

Emma and her best friend, Leslie, are desperate to solve this murder. But suspects abound. The perpetrator could be a teacher, an administrator, a member of Kisten’s zealous church community, or even another student.

Emma must juggle her teaching responsibilities, her new romance with handsome Hunter Wells, and interest from a hunky second suitor, all while searching for evidence to bring a killer to justice before someone else dies.

Christie’s Review

5 Stars

Poison by Punctuation by Kelley Kaye is a witty and often humorous cozy mystery with great characters!

Emma Lovett has had an eventful first year teaching in a new town. Just as things are settling down for her, complete with a new love interest, another murder occurs. This time it’s a student, so Emma is determined to find the killer to bring him or her to justice!

Kaye gives her readers lots of twists and turns to keep us guessing. The characters, even the secondary ones, are quirky and memorable. I loved that each chapter was a quote from Shakespeare and how it went along very well with each chapter. My favorite aspect about the book is that it was a mystery yet was quite funny which made the story even better. Within the pages of the book, Kaye touches on a bigger problem within our society, especially in schools….bullying. I absolutely love a book that not only entertains me yet takes on an issue and teaches me something new about it. Kaye did exactly this.

I’m really loving this series, and I’m looking forward to the next book!!!



Character Interview with Emma

Emma speaks

What do you like best about your move to Colorado?

Originally, I just wanted to get as far away from Holly Hill and my philandering Ex husband as possible. So I meandered west on the map, until I came to this little town called Pinewood. When I researched it, it seemed like a fantastic combination of lakes and mountains and trees and all four seasons, and everything I was looking for. I love it—it’s a great town, in every single way exceptin’ mosquitoesand of course those fling-flangin’ murders!


What do you like best about being a high school teacher?

First, I’ve always loved books. My daddy owned a little book store in Holly Hill he called ‘Buy the Book’—get it? He never did things ‘by the book’ himself, but he loved puns and wordplay, so… Anyway, there’s that, and then I had an English teacher named Mr. Kinney. I always did well in school, y’know, but I felt lost when they started talking symbolism and theme and those big, important ideas about books. So Mr. Kinney started out explaining some of those big ideas for different poems or stories—and I’d get it by the time he was finished! Eventually I started being able to figure things out without Mr. Kinney, but I knew it was his patience that got me there. I wanted to be able to help other people get there too, y’know? And with Books and Love of Language as favorite things, because I got that from Daddy, English teacher seemed like the best fit. Now that I’m finished with my second year of teaching, I love the students best, and trying to help them get to the point where they can recognize and analyze those “big, important ideas” for themselves. It’s intoxicating to see them experience that ‘lightbulb moment!!


What do you like least about being a high school teacher?

Well. If I say “those two big P’s—Parents and Politics” are my least favorite things, know that I’m not talking about all parents—just a very few, the ones my friend Leslie calls the “My Parents Can Do No Wrong” corps. Those few make it difficult to teach an adolescent to learn from her/his mistakes—because adolescents—just like all people—make mistakes, right? and those few parents (just a few, mind you!) don’t recognize that fact about their teenagers. The frustration makes me feel helpless, like a moth in a mitten! And as far as politics—I guess that happens in every job, right!? But I don’t like it. Not in the least. I just want to spend my time teaching my kids.


Is it hard to trust your new love interest after what happened with you ex? 

I think it’s so, so interesting, but it’s not! Even after we suspected him of MELVIN’S murder for a while, once I really got to know Hunter, I knew he was exactly what he says he is. What you see is what you get

with that man, and that’s exactly what I needed to find after Ronald shattered my young heart. I have to give some credit to my poor deceased daddy on this front, too. He might’ve had a vision whose britches were too big for his ambitions, but he was always, always trustworthy and straightforward, so I knew there were guys like that out there!


Do you ever get scared since a staff member was murdered and now a student was murdered?

I absolutely do. After I almost got killed when I was investigatin’ Melvin’s murder, Hunter got me this pink stun gun I’m supposed to have with me all the time. But sometimes my curiosity’s britches get too big for my common sense, and that’s when I get myself into trouble! If anyone out there has an idea to help me control this impulsivity issue I’ve fallen prey to, please let me know before I REALLY get myself into a pickle



About the Author

“Kelley Kaye” taught High School English and Drama since 1992 in California, then Colorado and now Cali again, but her love for storytelling dates back to creating captions in her high school yearbook. Maybe back to the tales she created for her Barbie and Ken—whatever the case, the love’s been around a long time. She’s married to an amazing man who cooks for her, and they have two funny and wonderful sons.

Website – http://www.kelleykaybowles.com/

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/kelkay1202

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelley-kaye

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Kelley-Kay-Bowles/e/B00JJ9T7AC

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