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Death By Beach Read

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It was hard to get into this book it took a long time to get to the root of the mystery. I didn’t know it was part of a series of I would have read those before requesting this one and it may have made more sense. By the end of it I really can’t remember anything I read.

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Beach Read is the ninth installment in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. With no knowledge of the previous books, I enjoyed I was able to jump in and start reading without needing to have read The first eight.

What I didn't care for was the pace of the book. It took longer than I would have liked for the action to pick up and the mystery to happen. Because of that, it took me a while to complete this book as I found my mind roaming while reading and ultimately, I was unable to stay connected the characters.

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A great comedy with some misunderstandings and lots of motives that make for a great read. Also has a character that is a strong protagonist good characters with strong writing. This is a sure bet for those that love a library loving cozy readers.

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Keywords: ghost, cat, beach views, library, lighthouse, some romance, paranormal, home renovation, community, family history

Whenever I see a title by Eva Gates (a.k.a. Vicki Delany), it goes directly on my TBR pile. I have read the entire Lighthouse Library Mystery series and I always look forward to returning to Bodie Island, North Carolina. The series follows novice sleuth Lucy Richardson, a librarian that works in a lighthouse. Up until this book, she also lived in the lighthouse.

In Death by Beach Read, the series changes focus a bit. Lucy Richardson moves out of the lighthouse and into a historic new beach house. The book focuses on the move, so the library is less central than earlier books. I was worried I would enjoy the book less, because I loved the cozy (and delightfully creepy) setting of the lighthouse. The new setting turned out to be a strength for the book as it widened the reader’s imagined map of the island. It also, of course, added a new crime scene. Also, who doesn’t love hearing about the renovation of a historic house?

As with the rest of the series, I love the focus on libraries as places of community-building. This was especially the case in this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a free digital copy of this book for a honest review.

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New to me series, but at the 9th book, a fast and easy read with an entertaining mystery and characters.

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This was the 9th book in the series, but I feel like Eva Gates did a good job of explaining who the characters were since I hadn't read any of the others. I feel that it was just a touch too slow for my liking, but I was able to get into it. I loved the beachy feel with a murder mystery built in - best of both worlds. Definitely a great vacation read!

I was given an ARC of Death By Beach Read in exchange for an honest review.

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Another fun entry in the series, although I do miss the Lighthouse Aerie.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall, I'm grateful for the digital copy I received from NetGalley and the publisher, and I did find some interest in the mystery.
Unfortunately, I didn't care much for this novel about a murder that takes place in the small town of Nags Head, right inside the main character's new home. I was excited by the title and the description, but I was disappointed by the way the story came together. I knew I was reading the ninth book in a series, and I didn't mind that I wasn't familiar with all the details because Gates does a good job of exposition for events and people that were introduced in earlier novels. However, if I'd read book one, I don't think I would've gotten to book nine. I don't care for the main character, which makes it difficult to like the book itself, and I think the plot is interesting but weighed down by extraneous details. I was most interested in the murder, but the side plots didn't interest me much.

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Thank you to NetGalley and publisher Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

From the book’s synopsis: Librarian Lucy’s new historic house comes with a lot of baggage and family secrets. Can she put them to rest or will a killer bring Lucy’s family to their downfall, in the 9th Lighthouse Library mystery?

The setting is a North Carolina lighthouse that has been turned into a library. Now that Lucy is settled in to her new job (Mysteries 1-8), she is alone in her new home with fiancé Connor McNeil, (she previously lived in the lighthouse aerie) and begins hearing sounds. It’s dark, and even the cat is on edge.

When Lucy and Connor find a dead body in the kitchen and then realize the person is connected to the house, Lucy starts trying to figure out who killed him and why.

I love these sorts of “Jessica Fletcher”-type characters and stories….even more so because they are a series. This is book number 9 – and I’ve already gone back and read 1 and 2 – so I can catch up with all the characters. As for the characters – they are charming, quirky and fun. With a heavy on the quirky. They remind me of the other similar murder mystery series I’ve been reading by Jennifer Lonif Schiff, about reporter Guin Jones on Sanibel Island.

It’s a fast, entertaining read with all kinds of twists and turns for the main characters: Lucy and Connor McNeil – her boyfriend and also the Mayor. Bertie James the head librarian, Charles, the very personable library cat, Louise Jane McKaughnan, library worker and part time ghost historian, to name a few.

Highly recommend for those who enjoy mysteries, beachy reads and recurring character series.

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Lucy Richardson and Connor MacNeil are engaged, and have found a house in which to begin their life together. It's a beach cottage previously owned by Ralph Harper, the cottage has sat empty for decades, not wanted by Ralph nor his sister Jo, but he's refused to sell until now, stating that he knows Lucy and Connor will take care of the home.

But since it's been empty, there are many renovations that need to be done, and are being handled by Connor and his father, Fred. Still, Lucy doesn't mind living in the home while everything is being fixed, and her co-worker Louise Jane is ecstatic because now she's living in the library loft once occupied by Lucy. But it doesn't stop Louise Jane from telling tales about the house, especially that it's haunted. While Lucy refuses to listen, one night while Connor is out of town she hears noises, and awakens to find footprints in the dust in the living area and her patio door ajar. Not telling Connor, she still refuses to believe it's a ghost.

But when Connor returns home and they go out one evening, they return to the house only to find a dead body in the kitchen -- which turns out to be the twin brother of Ralph Harper. Jimmy Harper has been gone for decades, the black sheep of the family who's spent time in jail for various crimes.
They've come to believe that he was searching for something valuable, but everything worth anything Ralph has already removed. To add to the mystery, Jo hasn't stepped foot in the house for decades, ever since she was chased away by the ghost of her grandfather. Since then, she's lived with Ralph and refused to leave the house except for short walks. Now Lucy wants to know who's going into her home when she's away, and more importantly, who is the person who killed Jimmy, and why?

This is the ninth book in the series and I have read them all. In my opinion, this is the best of the series. I love mysteries, and I especially love historical mysteries within them. Since the original mystery is decades old, that needs to be solved also, and Lucy is on top of both. She likes Ralph and when she meets his sister Jo, she likes her too, and doesn't want to believe that either one of them killed Jimmy. But the suspect list is sparse, since there aren't a lot of people around who knew the man and would have a reason forty years later to kill him.

Yet there most definitely is someone stalking Lucy, and she wants to know who it is, and why. She can't put her head to planning her wedding or decorating her new home until she knows what is going on, and she's not getting the information she needs from the Harpers.

I think part of the reason I like this book the best is the fact that Lucy finally grows a spine and stands up to people. It's about time that she stopped allowing everyone to walk all over her and push her around just because it was the path of easiest resistance. It's good seeing this 'new' Lucy; she finally is able to say no to people and it helps in her investigation. It also strengthens (believe it or not) her relationship with Louise Jane, who had always pretty much been a nemesis until this point.

In the end, when the killer is revealed, it comes as a surprise, which is a good thing, and the reasons are as old as time itself. The mystery is solved (as we know it will be) and Lucy and Connor can look forward once again to planning their wedding, and I hope that we as readers will be right there with them. Highly recommended.

I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.

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Death by Beach Read is set in a quaint little beach town in North Carolina, and is the 9th book in the Lighthouse series by author Eva Gates. This book is perfect for those looking for mysterious events, possible paranormal activity and a murder mystery! As Lucy and her soon to be husband, Conner, are remodeling the old house they just purchased, they start to learn about events from the past surrounding this old house. Lucy is at it again, using her natural curiosity, she helps the police solve the murder that occurred in their own kitchen.

This book started off a little slow, but quickly sucked me in as more and more suspicious events happened. It would help to have read the other books in the series to have the history of the characters, but the author did a good job of providing enough back story that it wasn’t terribly hard to understand the dynamics. The characters are well developed, some you love and some you instantly dislike. I felt the tension as Lucy heard noises and saw strange things around the house, and cringed when she chose to not share what she was experiencing.

By the second half of the book, I was reading later at night and waking up early to continue reading. I was kept guessing as to the guilty person until the very end. Very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to going back to read the other books in this series and will watch for more to come.

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Another great addition to the Eva Gates' cozy mystery series, Lighthouse Library Mystery. Read it and be happy you did.

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I was sad to see Lucy move from the Lighthouse, but in her new house on the beach, there is still plenty of mystery and surprises. This was another excellent read, with new characters, a bit more history of the area and people, with the usual cast of loveable and familiar people we've come to know and love. I really love this series and Gates has produced another very readable addition to the tales of Lucy and Connor.

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Death by Beach Road is a fun cozy mystery. This is part of a series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. The characters are realistic, believable and likable. I loved getting reacquainted with Lucy, Bertie, Connor, Charles(the cat) and the friends of the library. If you love mysteries that have a literary influence, quirky characters, and coastal influences(Nags Head, NC), then you’ll love this book!

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Want to take a quick vacation to the Outer Banks? Throw in a library, the world's smartest cat, a beach house in renovation... oh, and a little murder. It doesn't get any better than that!

I started this series when it first came out and have followed it faithfully ever since. I've enjoyed it from the beginning but it's gotten better and better with each installment. In this book we find Lucy moved out of the Lighthouse Aerie and into one of the unpainted aristocracy on the beach in Nags Head. I dreaded this moment because I loved her tiny apartment at the top of the lighthouse but I love her new abode too. The author, as though welcoming a new baby into the family, handed us a beach house and made it the most exciting thing ever so we couldn't not like it.

The relationship between Lucy and Connor is doing great things for her. She's finding an inner strength which allows her to stand up to people who might have bullied her before. And good thing! She's still terribly curious about things going on around her and devoted to helping those in need of a friend. These traits get her out of trouble almost as fast as they get her into trouble.

It was very easy to lose myself in this book. I read almost all of it in one day and didn't accomplish much of anything else (ask me how disappointed I am about that!) Anyone who enjoys cozies or beach reads will find this series to be a perfect combination of the two.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

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Death By Beach Read takes place at Nags Head Beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Lucy and Connor have worked hard on renovating their new home. Lucy is very busy working at the Lighthouse Library, planning her wedding and decorating the house. The first night that Lucy is alone in the house, she hears sounds and then finds footprints in the dust of the unfinished living room. and the door to the outside is left open. She recalls that the house is supposed to be haunted. One evening when Lucy and Connor returns home, they find a dead body in their kitchen. They do not know this individual. Lucy researches the rumor of who is haunting the house in the process of finding why the dead man is in their home and who killed him. This is an interesting mystery that I recommend.

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This is the 9th book of a series, but works as a standalone novel. Lucy and her fiance Connor are settling into and renovating their new home. When Connor isn't home, an intruder causes Lucy to question the former owners and learns that the home had been the scene for family drama and contention. When the previous owner's estranged twin brother is found dead in Lucy's new kitchen, she is forced to prove that the surviving siblings' innocence.

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I was able to read this book, without having read anything else in the series. Lucy came across clearly on the page. Charles is my spirit animal.
Over all I really enjoyed this book!

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A Body In The Works…
The ninth in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series and the arrival of Spring coincides with the new house for Lucy and Connor. Just as things are going smoothly everything is thrown into chaos with the discovery of a body in the kitchen. An entertaining cosy mystery with twists and turns aplenty, likeable protagonists and a colourful cast of characters not to mention a well described backdrop. A worthy addition to the series, and fully in keeping, but could happily be read as a standalone.

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Death By Beach Read (Lighthouse Library Mystery #9)
Eva Gates
In the 9th Lighthouse Library Mystery readers return to Nags Head for a visit with the characters they have come to love in the previous novels. The main characters are Connor and Lucy; he is both the mayor and dentist in Nags Head, and she works as a librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.
Lucy has been busy between work and planning their wedding. Connor and Lucy have purchased a historic beachfront home; it has been empty for over forty years and needs a lot of TLC. They moved in and continue remodeling it with the help of Connor’s father and friends. The home is rumored to have a ghost; it definitely has a mysterious history and lots of secrets.
Connor goes out of town on business for a few days leaving Charles, the cat, to guard the house and Lucy. While he is gone Charles and Lucy hear a strange noise. Lucy doesn’t take it serious thinking all old houses make settling noises. When the couple notice signs pointing to a break in the couple realize something strange is going on. The couple arrive home from a night out to find a dead man in the kitchen. The unknown man had been strangled with Charles’ leash. Eventually the man is identified as Jimmy Harper the twin brother of Ralph. Jimmy had entered the house through a trap door in the pantry. Lucy notices other strange things happening in their home, and she is determined to figure out what is going on, and who killed Jimmy.
This book is a delightful cozy mystery. This is the type of book I like to take on vacation with me. The setting is the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The places are real but the lighthouse is too small to house a library. Author Eva Gates is a great writer. While this is the 9th book in this series it stands well alone. The award for best character goes to Charles the cat. If the author were to ask for my advice I would suggest she add a bit more romance between Connor and Lucy, after all they are engaged. I thoroughly enjoyed Death By Beach Road!

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