I love stories set in book stores or libraries and this is one of my favourite series. A library set in a lighthouse on the Outer Banks is a perfect setting. Eva Gates has written a series with likable characters, wonderful mysteries and interesting community stories. I enjoyed these two most recent additions to this series.
A Death Long Overdue (Lighthouse Library Mystery #7) by Eva Gates
Published October 6th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
I always love visiting the Lighthouse Library. Lucy, the protagonist, lives and works in the lighthouse library, with a beautiful view of the sea and a library cat Charlie. She has such a wonderful life including a handsome boyfriend, Connor, who is also the town’s Mayor. In this book, #7 in the series, Connor spends the whole book trying to propose to Lucy. Lucy has her hands full trying to help Sam find the killer of Helena Sanchez, the former director of the Lighthouse Library. It seems no one really liked Helena, she had a lot of enemies and it seems one of them killed her and left her body in the water behind the lighthouse.
This was a great mystery and the hunt for the killer was a good one with plenty of good red herrings. Louise Jane is responsible for the humour in this series and she was there with bells on. She can be quite obnoxious, but scaled it back somewhat in this book. I love all her historical talk and love of the supernatural with all her ghost stories. After several suspects got knocked off the list, Lucy, Sam and a few others put a plan together to try and solve the case. It was quite interesting, reminding me of the plans in the TV show The Mentalist. The trap worked well with an exciting showdown. I did not know who the killer was, so enjoyed the unveiling even more. I enjoy that the book doesn’t just end after they arrest someone, there are questions answered regarding the murder victim, her family and the culprit. Because there are such great characters in this story, there is also closure to many of the personal storylines that were going on in this story. This was a great easy read, with an interesting setting, fun characters and a good story. I continue to enjoy this series.
Deadly Ever After (Lighthouse Library Mystery #8) by Eva Gates
Published May 11th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
This was such a fun mystery. First, Lucy and Connor get to celebrate their engagement with family which starts this story off with a celebratory feel. It doesn’t last long as they find a dead body outside Jake’s Seafood Bar where they were partying. It ends up being Lucy’s father’s partner in the law firm, and father of Lucy’s former fiancé. Of course, the wife and/or son are the first suspects and Lucy’s mom wants to support her old frenemy. While this is going on, there are some researchers from the UK, working out of the library and Lucy is worried about her friend and colleague, Charlene being taken advantage of. Add in that Connor and Lucy are looking for a house to buy and there is a lot going on in Lucy’s life.
Once again, there are several suspects and some red herrings. There are problems at the law firm, a junior lawyer shows up in town to “help” Evangeline and Ricky with the police. I do not like Evangeline or Ricky, they are selfish and pushy. Lucy’s mom is much more likeable in this book than she was in previous stories, which was nice to see. As the mystery continues to baffle people, including this reader, the story continued to entertain. The book that the bookclub is discussing, The Hounds of the Baskervilles is a great foreshadowing for what is going to happen in this story. an absolutely entertaining reveal and arrest of the murderer. As always, there were several other storylines that also were tied up at the end and I loved how some of them played out. I always enjoy books in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series and am already anticipating the next in this series. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.