Dark deeds in the Lighthouse Library threaten to send Lucy Richardson's soon-to-be-wed cousin Josie to an early 'til-death-do-us-part.
Winter falls on North Carolina's Outer Banks as Lucy Richardson and her friends joyfully help her favorite cousin, Josie O'Malley, plan her wedding. The owner and head baker of Josie's Cozy Bakery and her fiancé, chef Jake Greenblatt, want a small, simple wedding.
But to their horror, Josie's imperious grandmother, Gloria, descends with the "Louisiana Mafia": a gaggle of aunts and cousins who intend to take control of the wedding plans. Gloria doesn't do small and simple, and cousin Mirabelle has her own ideas for Josie's wedding, something grand and lavish--and paid for by Josie's parents, of course--that will kickstart her fledgling event planning business and get her work shown on the covers of wedding magazines. To make matters worse, Mirabelle focuses her full Southern charm on the prospective groom...and Jake doesn't seem entirely adverse to her attentions.
To smooth the waters, Lucy hosts a bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. But it turns deadly when Mirabelle collapses--soon after eating the gluten-free treats Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her favorite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook to book in this fifth festive Lighthouse Library mystery from national bestselling author Eva Gates.
Eva Gates is a national bestselling author who began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters, with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Now she has more than twenty novels under her belt in the mystery genre, published under the name Vicki Delany. She lives in Ontario. This is her fifth Lighthouse Library mystery.
Praise for Something Read Something Dead:
"The fifth in Gates’ sprightly series sets romance and a mighty good mystery against a delightful picture of the Outer Banks."
"An engaging mystery…Readers who enjoyed Miranda James’s ’Cat in the Stacks’ mysteries will discover this series similarly entertaining, complete with a library, a cat, and a captivating location and sleuth."
—Library Journal starred review
"Charming…This entry reinforces Gates’s position at the top of the cozy genre."
Praise for The Spook in the Stacks:
"Gates creates an atmosphere that perfectly balances the chill of a spooky night with small-town coastal charm in a mystery that will delight bookish cozy fans."
"Lively…Book lovers will envy Lucy’s dream of a life, working in a wonderful library, surrounded by amusing friends, not to mention a fine feline companion and a handsome suitor. Cozy fans will look forward to her further adventures."
Praise for By Book or by Crook:
"[A] charming, entertaining, and smart series…[featuring] an unusual (and real) setting and colorful cast of characters that set it apart from other bookish cozies."
—Library Journal starred review
"A charming new series by Eva Gates. A librarian in a historic lighthouse with a cozy apartment upstairs and a clever cat named Charles (Dickens) make for a book lover’s dream. Lucy is a delightful and engaging sleuth surrounded by a cast of intriguing characters in an original and unique setting."
—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva mysteries
"A smart whodunit…A likeable heroine."
—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries
"A library in a lighthouse? And a cat? Sign me up! A fun read for all cozy fans."
—Laurie Cass, national bestselling author of the Bookmobile Cat mysteries