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The Stranger in the Library

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This novel was the first in a long cozy series that I have read, although I love the author's Tea By the Sea series. It took me a couple of chapters to really get into it (likely because I was catching up on a lot of backstory), but after that, I breezed right through it. I enjoyed the art references and the characters as well as the scenery/setting. I adored the ending as well. Reading this book from another likeable series has firmly established this author as one of my top five favorite cozy mystery writers.

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Nag’s Head is the site of an Impressionist art show and Lucy is highlighting art at the Lighthouse Library. Louise Jane lends the library a copy of a famous painting by her ancestor. There is tension among the organizers of the art show during their visit to the library, and one member of the group is found dead during the art show opening.
Louise Jane is attracted to a mysterious man who shows up at the library and admires her family’s copy…and he admires Louise Jane. The painting goes missing and another mystery is in the mix. There are lots of suspects for the murder and the stolen copy. Now Lucy and Louise Jane are on the case. Louise Jane is especially interested in the mysterious stranger.
This was a fun read and I love the setting. It was great to see Louise Jane take a larger role in this book.
Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for the ARC.

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This cozy mystery is the first I've read by Eva Gates. The Stranger in the Library is entertaining and I enjoyed Lucy the main character as she searched for clues to the two mysteries unveiled in the novel. Living in North Carolina myself, I loved the Outer Banks setting and was happy to suspend my disbelief and enter the library lighthouse. The art show premise was intriguing and introduced a variety of characters that made for fun suspects.

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This was a great installment to the series. I loved the art angle and the larger role Louise Jane had. I hope the series continues forever!

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This 11th book in the Lighthouse Library series is, once again, truly enjoyable for cozy fans.

Here, Lucy, the Outer Banks librarian, is involved in intrigue in the art world. All the usual characters are present along with some interesting characters from the art world, Those characters, as well as the Nags Head, NC setting added to my enjoyment, along with a great plot.

Among my favorite cozy series and, again, Eva Gates did not disappoint.

Highly recommended!!

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Lucy McNeil, assistant director of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, had set up, as part of a traveling Impressionism art exhibit, copies of some of those paintings at the library while the originals were exhibited at the Granger House. The library exhibit was open to all and the turn out was a success, but the next morning, Lucy noticed that one of the copies was missing. The police were called in and a search and investigation was underway. That night the opening of the Granger House exhibition took place but when one of the promoters didn't show up, it was later discovered that he was found dead in the garden. Lucy later discovered the missing copy, baffling her and the library staff, so this occurrence made her more than ever to see if the two incidents were somehow related and try to get to the bottom of this mystery.
A new cozy in the Lighthouse Library series, with history of the local artists, an elusive dealer/collector and a murder to solve.
Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this e-galley of "The Stranger in the Library".

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Lucy and Connor are back from their honeymoon in Europe. While there they saw a lot of famous artworks and now the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is putting on an art show to tie into an exhibit of famous Impressionist paintings that will be visiting Nags Head. Lucy is very excited about this and throws herself into the project. Unbeknownst to Lucy, Louise Jane has a famous artist in her family and they offer to display a painting done by that artist's brother in the library display. When that painting goes missing and then is quickly returned, Lucy is puzzled as to why it was taken. Then when one of the people associated with the famous art exhibit is found dead, Lucy wonders if the two events are connected. There were many suspects and I thought that the book was well plotted. I love the recurring characters in this series, and like how this book also involved many people from out of town associated with the art exhibit. A great addition to the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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This is the latest in a string of cozy mysteries I have been reading lately. Whenever I'm feeling in the mood to read but I have no idea what to read, I always reach for a cozy mystery. This one was perfect as it was an interesting plot but was still easy to read. Although I haven't read the rest of this series, I was still able to piece together some of the character's interactions and know the story very well. I wasn't able to guess the ending of this book, which is something I love in a mystery. If I can tell how it's going to end by the first 50%, I'm not interested. I loved the connection of the art world to this small town and how a seemingly worthless painting can cause a lot more trouble than you would think. Overall, it was a great read.

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The Stranger in the library by Eva Gates is the 11th book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series due to be published June 4, 2024 by Crooked Lane Books.

“Outer Banks librarian Lucy is working on an art show at the library when paintings-and people-start to go missing, in this 11th Lighthouse Library mystery from national bestselling author Eva Gates. When a traveling show of impressionist art comes to Nags Head, North Carolina, librarian Lucy and the staff at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library are inspired to create an educational display about art history. Their launch of the display is a huge success, but the morning after, they discover that a reproduction of a famous painting has gone missing. No one knows why anyone would bother stealing the picture is of no value-the real, priceless painting is under lock and key at the art show itself. Lucy gets an invite to the glitzy opening night for the real show, where she notices unusual tension among the show's organizers. Then, the man scheduled to give the welcoming speech fails to arrive, and a party-goer is discovered drowned in a fish pond.” What happened to the man?

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The Stranger in the Library by Eva Gates is the latest installment in the Library Lighthouse Mystery series. When a traveling impressionist art exhibit comes to town, strange things begin to happen. First a reproduction of a famous painting that the library has as part of a display disappears. A speaker does not show up for an event and another individual downs in a fish pond. In addition, Tom, who is an art dealer and someone Louise Jane finds attractive, seems to be hanging out in the background during the events. As usual Lucy and her friends become involved and try to solve the mysteries.

I loved that we get to read more about Louise Jane since she is my favorite character. The mystery has a few interesting plot twists and a very suspenseful episode involving Louise Jane and Lucy. Anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and/or libraries will enjoy The Stranger in the Library.

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When a traveling show of impressionist art comes to Nags Head, North Carolina, librarian Lucy and the staff at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library are inspired to create an educational display about art history. Their launch of the display is a huge success, but the morning after, they discover that a reproduction of a famous painting has gone missing. No one knows why anyone would bother stealing it: the picture is of no value–the real, priceless painting is under lock and key at the art show itself. Meanwhile, Louise Jane is totally captivated by Tom Reilly, a handsome, charming art dealer. Who is Tom Reilly, the shadowy figure threatening to break Louise Jane’s heart?

This is one of my favorite cozy series. I have read all of them and Eva Gates comes up with an interesting plot each time. I like that Louise Jane is featured in this one. I always enjoy the descriptions of the library in the lighthouse and the area surrounding the library. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for granting my request to read this book. I highly recommend for any cozy fan.

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Recently married Lucy has just returned from a honeymoon in Paris and is eager to mount an art show in the lighthouse library where she works. A painting disappears and murder follows, giving Lucy a chance to begin detecting again

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It’s amazing with how good every book has worked in this series, this has been a great eleventh book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series. It had everything that I was hoping for in this series, I enjoyed the concept of this mystery and that the characters felt like they belonged in this series. Eva Gates always does a great job in writing this and creating interesting characters.

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I love the lighthouse library mysteries, and I as much as I enjoy the mystery I now read them mostly for Connor and Lucy's romance and relationship. And to set what hero cat Charles gets up. And this one met everything I wanted it to.

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I enjoy this cozy series very much and this latest outing for the ‘lighthouse library’ is equally fun and well-written. This time, Lucy and the rest of the library staff, are hosting a library event that ties into a fancy opening night for a traveling American Impressionist Art exhibit that’s in town. Louise Jane, Lucy’s colleague and occasional pain in the side, delights in sharing her ancestor’s works and the anecdotes of family lore with anyone who’ll listen. Events at the library night result in visible animosity by some of the highflyers in town for the exhibition. When that becomes a death at the opening night, everyone looks for solutions to the mysteries, particularly Lucy.

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Another thoroughly enjoyable entry into the Lighthouse Library series by Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delaney). All the favorite characters are back for this engaging story. Another branch of Louise Jane's family get explored in some depth and protagonist Lucy finds her self "out on a limb" as she endeavors to untangle the mystery. A recommended read.

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As a devoted reader of Eva Gates' Lighthouse Mysteries, it gives me great pleasure to share how much I enjoyed her latest in this series. The staff at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library developed an exhibit at their library that partners with the an important Art show that is opening in the area. A poor reproduction of a work by an artist from the area who gained famed as a renowned American Impressionist painter is stolen the night the exhibit at the library opens and then mysteriously reappears a day later. At the Art Show opening, one of the men responsible for bringing the exhibit is found dead in a two-foot Koi pond.

All of the characters you've come to know and love are in this novel. As with the previous works in this series, the title the Library's Classics Book Club is reading, Barbara Highsmith's 'Ripley Under Ground", pairs with the mysteries in this story. which takes place in the high stakes world of art. It was especially enjoyable to have Lucy and Louise Jane working together.

If you are a reader of this series, you will be delighted. If you are not, this is a good title to become familiar with the series and characters. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this title prior to publication. I look forward to learning what favor Louise Jane will ask of Lucy in a future work ;)

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I never get tired of Lucy and her lighthouse library. One of the best cozy settings ever! In this book, I enjoy the Impressionist art display and the way the plot hinges on it. That feels like something fresh. I also like seeing a new side of Louise Jane. I generally find her super annoying, but not so much in this book :>D I don't find this title quite as emotionally engaging as I'd like, mostly because of the sub-category of the kind of crime going on. Can't say more without spoilers. But still, a good entry in a strong series!

Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This was an interesting mystery with multiple layers. A mystery within a mystery awaits as people in the art world descend on Nags Head. The first mystery is who stole the replica painting and for what purpose? Then a dead man is found in the pond at the art show adding another mystery. Louise Jane has stars in her eyes for Tom Reilly but he is a mystery himself. This book is a bit different than the others in the series as Lucy is asked for her help by the police instead of investigating on her own. Lucy teaming up with Louise Jane is a major step from the once contemptuous relationship the two shared at the beginning. I found this to be an intriguing mystery and was impressed by Lucy’s deductive skills which she’s really honed in on. An unexpected turn of events takes this mystery down more than one interesting avenue of investigation. Well thought out and executed in clues to be put together later the plot was complex but easy to follow. I enjoyed this book and the mystery kept me guessing, ending with a nicely done twist.

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An art show at the library, as well as more of a story involving Louise Jane. A definite cozy mystery, well done once again by Eva Gates. Lucy sets out to help solve who "borrowed" a picture from the libraries art show, as well as solving who the killer at the art show. Well written, killer revealed at the end with just the right amount of drama.
Thanks to Ms Gates, NetGalley & the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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