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Death By Beach Read

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Lucy and Connor are renovating their historic beach house in Nag’s Head, North Carolina and planning their upcoming wedding.  While Lucy was alone in her home one night, she and her cat heard sounds and found foot prints in the dust and later saw a ghostly figure.  Rumors are that the house is haunted and the former owner’s daughter, now an elderly recluse, ran screaming from the home and never set foot inside again.  When Lucy and Connor find a body in their kitchen and learn he had ties to their new home they work to find the all too human killer.

This is the 9th installment in the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series. The earlier books are not needed to enjoy this one.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance reading copy.
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Most of us are familiar with San Francisco’s famous “Painted Ladies” a row of colorful Victorian houses built at the end of the 19th century that adorn Steiner Street.  Now author Eva Gates takes us to an “unpainted lady” located in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where Connor McNeil and his fiancé Lucy have undertaken restoration of a beach house that has been unoccupied for the past 40 years (except for the ghost).

They, with the help of Connor’s father, have managed to make enough improvements to the first floor to move into the place with their cat Charles. Then strange things begin happening.  Noises in the night, footprints in the dust, unlocked doors, secret trapdoors and ladders, old trunks and photos, and a dead body in the kitchen. It’s almost more than a gal can handle.  

On top of all the drama at home Lucy is also trying to plan for her not-too-distant nuptials while attempting to deal with the various personalities at her workplace - - - the local library located in the Bodie Island Lighthouse. 

Join Lucy, Connor and the rest of the gang as they investigate what it was that set in motion an alarming chain of events all those many years ago.
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I really tried to like this book, but something about it did not work. The characters were fine, the writing was fine, but for me the plot was too slow and meandering to hook me in which is a great shame.
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When Lucy and fiance Connor buy a historic old house in Nag's Head, they get more than they bargained for!

This was book 2 in the Lighthouse Library series, and the reader definitely needs to have read book 1 before this one.  I had not read book 1, and found a lot of reference to past events and characters without introduction, and found myself a little lost at times.

It was an enjoyable enough story, but I'll be honest and say I didn't love it.  There were too many superfluous details (the colour of an outfit, for example, or the intricacies of the library) that felt like attempts at misdirection, and characters that had no real purpose.  Again, if I'd read book, 1 perhaps some of it may have mad sense, but reading it as a standalone - it didn't.

Enjoyable enough, but wasn't for me.  Three stars out of 5.

~Many thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review~
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The latest installment of the Lighthouse mystery series finds Connor and Lucy fixing up their new Nags Head home and getting ready for their wedding. 
Lucy is sleeping alone when she hears footsteps in the house but can’t find anyone there. It happens the next night as well, and then she and a Connor come home to find a dead body in their kitchen. Another murder, another mystery. Great characters and mystery.
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Death by Beach Read is the ninth book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series. We're catching up with Lucy and Connor as they're seriously beginning to plan their wedding.  

Lucy and Connor have purchased their dream house, one of the historic old Beach houses overlooking the water. The owner had wanted to sell the house to someone who would love it. It needs alot of renovation, but Connor and his father are up to the challenge. 

Everything is peachy until Lucy begins to hear things that go bump in the night when she's home alone. The dead body in the kitchen is a bit too much; now, it's getting scary. 

There are lots of questions to be answered, and Death by Beach Read is an engrossing,  entertaining read..I would highly recommend this book to any and all cozy mystery lovers.

In the interest of full disclosure,  I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley. 

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This was a cute, predictable read,  

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Lucy and Conner have bought a historic cottage on Nags Head and busy doing renovations when one night while Conner is away.  Lucy and Charlie (library cat) hear someone walking upstairs.  Of course they are both noisy and find nothing.
Then a few days later when Conner and Lucy come home they find a dead body in their kitchen.  The twist and turns on finding out who the body is, what happened to him, and of course still keep up with renovations keep you guessing. 
 Lucy seems to always find trouble wherever she is but she always finds out the mystery to help the police solve the crime.
It is a great continuation to a great series.  Can’t wait for more to come and see what happens to Lucy, Conner, and Charles next.
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I enjoyed this murder mystery it was well
written. It’s about Lucy and Conor and there house on the beach. Loved all the characters whom become part of the story.
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This was a fun read. Though I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series (I received this as an ARC from NetGalley) I felt like there was enough backstory provided that I knew what was going on. The characters are quirky and loveable and the plot is a comedic take on a whodunnit.
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Death by Beach Read is book #9 in the Lighthouse Mystery series by Eva Gates.  Lucy and Connor have finally moved into their historical home on Nags Head Beach in the Outer Banks.  They still have a lot of work to do to rehab the home but nonetheless they’ve moved in.

Connor has had to go out of town for a meeting so Lucy is spending the night in the house alone for the first time.  First night alone, Lucy wakes in the middle of the night believing someone is watching her. The next night she believes she hears someone in the upstairs that they’ve blocked off but as she investigates she finds nothing.  As in usual Lucy fashion, the next day she and Connor find a dead man in their new kitchen. The dead man just happens to be the twin brother of the family that sold the house to them.  Stories, legends and old mysteries abound as Lucy tries to figure out what is going on with her new house.

I enjoyed the story but there were parts of it that dragged a bit for me about three quarters of the way through. I love Eva Gates, but this wasn’t one of my favorites.  This is a strong 3.5 starts that I’ve rounded up to 4.

Thank you #netgalley and #crookedlane for allowing me to read an early copy of this book.  All opinions expressed above are my own.
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This has been a fun series & the new (9th) book is no exception.  An easy quick read despite a slow start.  The story really picked up after the murder and when Lucy was interacting with all of her fellow library staff & friends.  The mystery & clues were put together nicely  (though I found the culprit / motive a bit far-fetched) and I enjoyed the locale of Nags Head.

I'm on the fence about having the majority of this story set at her new home on the coast as opposed to the lighthouse library.  The Lighthouse Library mysteries work best when all of her coworkers, family, and friends are involved but Death by Beach Read focuses almost completely on Lucy & Connor and their interactions with the prior owners of their new home.

I hope that the next book will make better use of Lucy's coworkers & the library itself.
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This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series to read.  Lucy is a fun amateur sleuth and I do especially have a soft spot for amateur sleuths that work in libraries or bookstores.  Lucy and her fiancé Connor have bought a house that they are working n fixing up.  It is old and has a lot of history and creaks at night.  Lucy is shocked when she returned home one day to find a dead body in her kitchen.  Of course she can’t leave all the detecting to the police, although she did pretty quickly share all she learned with them and collaborated pretty well.  I liked the story quite a lot and really enjoyed the newly introduced character of Jo.  I’m ready for the next book and hopefully the wedding (although maybe they can have their wedding off from murders?)
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This was a very cute murder mystery. I didn't realize it was part of a series until I started, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book at all. Lucy and Connor are renovating their old beach house in Nags Head and creepy things start happening. It was cleverly written with a cast of eccentric characters that really made it a great read.

Looking forward to reading the first 8 books in this series and the next one.
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Lucy is happily renovating  her house with her fiancé Connor. The house is steeped in history and they know of the family that they brought it from. The a dead man is found in their house and someone is trying to scare Lucy of by 'haunting her'. A well written story full of twists, turns and likeable characters.
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Another fun cosy I read in a day.  
An historic house, lots of secrets, murder and mystery that needs to be solved.  Love the cat, Charles the Library Cat.  The setting for the book is good too and the author uses the scenery in the book well,  The characters are great, the book is easy to read and as with most cosy mysteries it is fun yet has a bit of intrigue, mystery and of course.... Murder.

A fun book to read and another great cosy (which I now need to find the first 8 so I can see what has happened before).
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I picked up Death by Beach Read because I was getting bored with another book and didn’t want to get stuck in a reading rut. Thankfully this book kept me engaged and entertained and the hours flew by. 

Death by Beach Read is the story of Lucy and Connor, a newly engaged couple who move into a beach house along  the Outer Banks of North Carolina. While renovating the place, a man is found murdered in their pantry and the mystery ensues. The book is mainly a murder mystery but also includes historical and paranormal elements.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and its many characters. I confess that I had know idea who the murderer was until Lucy revealed her suspicions. I loved the setting and the descriptions of the town, the “unpainted aristocracy” homes and the lighthouse library. I really enjoy books that make me want to visit the places in which the story is set. This book fits the bill nicely.

I didn’t realize this book was part of the Lighthouse Library Series and am eager to read more of the books.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I haven't read any other books in this series and i"m not 100% I will be. after this book. 
It was cute but it didnt really hold my interest.
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Lucy loves being the librarian in the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. So much so, she used to live in it. That was before she became engaged to Connor, the local mayor. They find a fabulous historic home on the beach that needs a bit – most likely a lot – of work to bring it back to the beautiful beach home it once was. Luckily, Connor and his father are doing most of the work, but living in a construction zone is difficult for the couple as well as Charles the cat. He is actually the library’s cat and was named appropriately for Charles Dickens. He travels with Lucy to and from the library each day.

While Connor was away for business, Lucy was awakened by what sounded like someone walking in their home. Charles was also aware that something or somebody had invaded their space. Lucy didn’t say anything to Charles, thinking she must have been hearing things outside. But soon, it became apparent that someone was trying to scare them – or more sinister – kill them.

Delving into the history of the home, they found interesting facts and folklore including rumors of a resident ghost. Could someone be looking for hidden treasure long forgotten? Could the incidents be personal attacks on Lucy and Connor? Legends and larceny may be teaming up creating a catalyst for disaster.

This is the 9th book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates. It is the first one in the series I have read, but was not confused by reading it out of order. The characters are interesting and fully developed. Some I loved and some I loved to hate. Like all cozy mysteries, there is a happy ending. It is an interesting and easy read with likable main characters and a persnickety cat that has a realistic attitude. He lends a paw when needed. 

Eva Gates is one of the pen names of Vicki Delany. She resides in Canada and is an award-winning mystery novelist. I highly recommend Death by Beach Read and will be checking out the other books in her series.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman
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Thank you to #NetGalley for this incredibly delightful book! 

As things are thawed out and giving way to spring, sassy and savvy librarian Lucy who works in a library in a lighthouse must navigate her way through a murder in the brand new home she and her finance, Connor, have purchased. Her trusty cat Charles, technically the librarian cat, helps to navigate through this.

There are not enough adjectives to describe how much I liked this book. It is part of a series but I was able to read it as a stand alone just fine. Eva Gates weaves a large cast of characters in this book and does it well. There were so many intricate and interesting relationships. I especially liked Ralph and his love of the sea. The town of Nags Head is so beautifully described it makes me want to visit! 

Now, the real star of the book is Charles, the library's cat who has adopted Lucy. He is shrewd, discerning, and protective. So many people don't realize cats are intuitive little creatures. Because of Charles's presence, I was reminded of "The Cat Who..." book series I loved in my 20s.

I highly recommend this book whether you are reading on the beach or not.
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