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Death By Beach Read

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Death by Beach Read is the ninth book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series.
I enjoy reading books about places I've visited, and this takes place on the Out Banks of North Carolina, Nags Head and Bodie Island Light House. Such a beautiful area. While the lighthouse in the story houses a library, living quarters and offices from visiting I know there is no room for this but its fiction so allowable it is.
Having read and enjoyed others in this series I am familiar with the characters Lucy, a transplant from Boston and Connor, the very busy mayor. They have moved into a newly renovated beach house and are settling in with her library cat Charley.
Her first night alone in the house provides to be too spooky with sounds coming from the closed off upstairs area and footprints in the dust.
When a body of a man the homeowners don't even know turns up in their house it's time to take into account the old rumors about the house being haunted.
Will the cat's nosing around turn up anything but mice in the empty and dusty areas of the home?
Action, suspense, wedding planning, a library, a cat, sleuthing this book has all you need to be satisfied with a great cozy mystery.
I am enjoying this series and a lot of the same characters in each book. Wonderful, easy to follow plot. Some cozies can confuse you with too much going on, not so with this one. Recommended!

Pub Date: 07 Jun 2022
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.
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Loved this mystery that I enjoyed reading and then listened to the audiobook, which was wonderfully narrated by Elise Arsenault. Highly recommend!
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A very nice treat to the fans of Lighthouse librarian Lucy and her fiance Connor. A cozy mystery for the lovers of cozy, mystery, love, friendship, family reconciliation and uncovering of secrets for the sake of restoring one's life.
Eva Gates continues the series with a worthy installment. A reader would get to catch up with familiar and beloved characters, to meet new interesting personalities and follow solving of a murder... in the middle of Lucy's kitchen pantry.
Death by Beach Read is like a friend you'd want to see every so often and listen to their stories. I absolutely enjoy Lucy and Connor, their friends and frenimies. 
Can't wait for the next installment in the series
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Death by Beach by Eva Gates  is the 9th book in the Lighthouse library mystery and I strongly suggest you read these in order. Less you be spoiled. This next bit is a slight spoiler Lucy and Connor have more into their house with Charles the library cat in toll, when Lucy stumbles over yet another body.  So on top of everything else she's got to solve a murder. I think this one might be my favorite of series.
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Eva Gates  is a new to me author and I have to say I am looking forward to reading more by this author!  I loved this book
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I love a good cozy mystery! One that incorporates all of my favorite topics (i.e. bookstores, libraries, cooking, painting, inn keeping, animals, etc.), throwing in some action-suspense, a who-done-it, interesting characters, and a plot that keeps me guessing, then you’ve got me hooked. I will say, I am one of those people who like to read a series from the beginning, but I often find you don’t have to… either way I highly recommend reading Death By Beach Read by Eva Gates.

*I received a complimentary copy of this novel from NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.*
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This was my first Eva Gates read and definitely won't be my last.  I love cozy mysteries and one set in a beach house is a bonus.  Book-loving, librarian Lucy and her fiance Connor move into a new-to-them home in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.  But the home isn't brand new and with it come stories and secrets and rumors that it is haunted.  When they find a dead body in their kitchen, they search for answers.  The search parallels her Classic Novel Reading Club's current pick, The House of the Seven Gables by Nathanial Hawthorne.  

This is a quick moving cozy mystery that is a great read anytime of the year!

I am thankful for the electronic copy of the book that I received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  I purchased the audible version on my own.
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This was a cozy mystery set in the outer banks of NC. I currently live in NC, so it was fun reading about familiar places along the coast. I didn’t realize this book was part of a series but I didn’t feel like I had missed anything by not reading the previous books. In this small town mystery, I found the characters likable and entertaining. The supernatural element was a fun added touch. 3.5 stars
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Lucy and Connor are settling into their new home, and things seem perfect.  The picture perfect home is disrupted when the couple find a dead body.  The mystery was not as strong in this book.  I do wonder how things will progress now that Lucy is no longer in the Lighthouse.  While I did not love this book, I am not giving up on the series just yet.
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This was my first read from the author and I did not realize it was book 9 in a series! There are some spoilers to previous books, however, can definitely be read as a stand-alone.
Anyone looking for a cozy mystery will love this beach house murder and wondering who did it until the end.
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Although this is the first book I've read from this series, I was definitely not disappointed. The story draws you in from the start with interesting and believable characters. The backdrop of the beach is always a plus. 

Lucy and Conner finally have their house in The Outer Banks and with some repairs it will be a dream home for them. Well, except for the misfortune of a dead body they find one night in their kitchen. Can they figure out what happened to this person who just happens to have a connection to their house?

Eva weaves such a well balanced story that keeps you wondering and guessing. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. Finding out the "who dunnit" was interesting but not the only twist in this story. In the end though, all is revealed and Lucy and Conner can continue with what will hopefully be a memorable wedding and life together.
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This is book nine in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. The characters are delightful. The book kicks off with the dynamic duo- Lucy and Conner- finally moving in together. Everything seems to be going well for them, until they realize their gorgeous new beach home comes with some...lets say, baggage. Lucy is a transplant from Boston who has a knack for discovering dead bodies and uncovering what has happened to them.

While this is a cozy mystery - there is a lot of character development for Lucy - I really enjoyed this fiester side to her. You cannot go wrong with this series if you enjoy a small town mystery. 

I was given a copy of this story to read; but thoughts and opinions are all my own. Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the chance to read this book!
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I loved this cozy mystery set in one of my favorite places...Outer Banks!  Quick and easy read and I will definitely be looking for more books by this author!
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I love this series, and this book did not disappoint!  I've followed Lucy's story since the beginning, and this continuation was just what I needed.
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Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

This book was the first one that I read by this author.  Although it is part of a series, I ready it as a stand alone and I really enjoyed it.  This book was just a fun cozy book.  It was really easy to read and quite enjoyable.  I will definitly be reading more by Eva Gates.
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A delightful and fun read - so enjoyable!!  Lucy and Connor are getting married in a year.  They settle in the outer banks of the Carolina's and purchase an older home with a history that begins to evolve the first night Lucy and her cat, Charles, stay at the home.  The house is in need of major renovations and as they are done the history of the house and its former residents unfolds.
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I always enjoy my visits with Lucy at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. Although this book was more at her new home it was still an enjoyable visit.

Lucy and Conner have made one more step closer to forever by buying a home to fix up. This home is full of mystery and unfortunately a murder. Who killed the twin brother of the seller and why?

I was completely shocked at who the murderer was and why. I can’t say I’m sorry to see that character go away.

I do miss Lucy living in the lighthouse. There was just something about knowing she could pop down and read any book she wanted that was appealing.

I do enjoy the classic book pairings with each book. I have never read The House of Seven Gables and am thinking of giving it a try.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.
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This was a very fun read!  Despite this book being the ninth book in the series, I had no problem jumping right into the story., having never read another book in the series.  Having said that, I am eagerly looking forward to binging the entire series up until this point soon.

This book has a lot of characters that I enjoyed including the cat, William (named for Shakespeare, of course).  In this story, Lucy and her fiancée Connor, the mayor of their small town, are remodeling their new home.  The house is a historic home on the beach, and Lucy could not be happier. 

Then, a man related to the previous owner is found dead in the ktichen of the home.  The story had some red herrings and I enjoyed the "hunt" for the killer.  I thought that the story was well-written, and I find myself longing to find a library in a lighthouse in the Outer Banks. 

I am looking forward to other books in the series.  My thanks to the publisher and #NetGalley for an advance copy of the  book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Lucy is a librarian in a lighthouse library on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  She and her fiance have just moved in to their historic house on the beach, but there seem to be some unusual noises that frighten her.  Is the house haunted, as rumors say?  When a body is discovered in their kitchen one night, Lucy sets out to find the historical connection to the stranger.  

I enjoy this series because of the library theme, but also the setting on the beach.  The characters are interesting, and some are quite quirky.  This mystery seemed a bit too easy to predict, but was still a nice one to read.  Looking forward to the next book.
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One of my favorite comfort reads series, I always look forward to the next installment. In this one Lucy and Connor have moved in together in a house they bought. Charles comes along as well of course. Aaaand then Lucy finds a dead body right inside their home. What follows is secret doors,old treasures, old feuds and some investigating. What I particularly liked about this one was that Lucy seemed to have grown a backbone. Now she doesn't just allow people to walk all over her, she has things to say back. Also, we find out more about Connor's family, his father specifically, which was quite nice. Overall, a great read as always, can't wait for the next one where I hope to see the wedding finally. 
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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