“The more questions I ask, the more questions I have.”
Published: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Pages: 372 (Kindle)
Series: Lighthouse Library Mystery #7
“Once more,” Lousie Jane said, “strange happenings are afoot at the Lighthouse Library.”
When her former director is found dead in the water, librarian Lucy Richardson will have to get to the bottom of the mystery before the killer ends her tale.
It’s summertime in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Bertie James’s college class is having their 40th anniversary reunion. The opening night reception is held at the Lighthouse Library and Lucy and her colleagues have assembled an exhibit of library artifacts showing how libraries have changed over the years. After the reception, some of the women take a walk down the boardwalk to the pier, using flashlights to illuminate the dark path, but what’s scarier than the dark is finding the former director of the Lighthouse Library floating lifeless in the water.
Helena Sanchez, the former director, wasn’t much loved and spent the party being rude to almost everyone there. As a result, Lucy finds herself in deep water as she rocks the boat, questioning several suspects. But she’ll have to batten down the hatches and fast before she’s left high and dry…and right in the killer’s crosshairs.
Thanks so much to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for the advanced copy! Listen, I know I talk about it all the time, but I absolutely adore this series! I’ve been reading, loving, and reviewing the Lighthouse Library novels since I started my blog in 2017 and these books are just getting better and better!
The novel starts with a party at the lighthouse library. An evening of fun, catching up, and remembering the history of library science as Bertie and her classmates from her college days meet up for the weekend. When the previous director of the lighthouse library shows up, upsets lots of people, and then turns up dead in the marsh, Lucy knows something stranger is afoot, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.
This mystery is a lot deeper than it seems on the surface! A stolen gem. A missing man. A drifter. Shady twins. A secret romance. Librarians with lots of secrets. This newest installment kept me guessing until the very end. Every time Lucy talked to someone else and got a little more information I was just left with more questions, and just when I thought I had maybe figured it out I was completely wrong! I think we can all agree those are the best kinds of mystery books.
One of my favorite aspects of this series is the way the novels sort of parallel to the book that Lucy’s book club is reading. In the book the club was reading The Moonstone, a classic detective novel surrounding a missing jewel and lots of secrets. Sounds familiar, eh? Despite Lucy’s attempts, her book club always turns to talk of the real case happening and I love the way we can see those parallels and the classic mystery elements that Gates ties into her stories.
The mystery aspect of this novel, per usual, is top notch. But there’s so much more to love about these books! Lousie Jane and Lucy’s little frenemies relationship gets more and more fun. All the local people get kookier and funnier as the books go on. And this series is just so dang cozy. I love Charles, I love the day-to-day of Lucy’s library life, I love the romance (that really takes off in this!) between Lucy and Connor. Reading these books are like slipping into a dream life, a cozy little Hallmark movie, almost. Connor and Lucy’s relationship is like a focal point of this installment and you can really see the way they compliment one another, the way Connor goes along with Lucy’s sleuthing and wackier plans. And I adored the ending and am really looking forward to the next book, Deadly Ever After!
The Lighthouse Library Mystery Series