Thursday 14 March 2019

Something Read, Something Dead (Lighthouse Library Mystery #5) by Eva Gates

Something Read, Something Dead (Lighthouse Library Mystery, #5)
National bestselling author Eva Gates’s fifth Lighthouse Library mystery will carry fans of Miranda James and Jenn McKinlay to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Dark deeds in the Lighthouse Library threaten to send Lucy Richardson’s soon-to-be-wed cousin Josie to an early ‘til-death-do-us-part.

Winter falls on North Carolina’s Outer Banks as Lucy Richardson and her friends joyfully help her favorite cousin, Josie O'Malley, plan her wedding. The owner and head baker of Josie's Cozy Bakery and her fiancĂ©, chef Jake Greenblatt, want a small, simple wedding.

But to their horror, Josie's imperious grandmother, Gloria, descends with the “Louisiana Mafia”: a gaggle of aunts and cousins who intend to take control of the wedding plans. Gloria doesn't do small and simple, and cousin Mirabelle has her own ideas for Josie's wedding, something grand and lavish—and paid for by Josie's parents, of course—that will kickstart her fledgling event planning business and get her work shown on the covers of wedding magazines. To make matters worse, Mirabelle focuses her full Southern charm on the prospective groom…and Jake doesn't seem entirely adverse to her attentions.

To smooth the waters, Lucy hosts a bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. But it turns deadly when Mirabelle collapses—soon after eating the gluten-free treats Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her favorite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook to book in this fifth festive Lighthouse Library mystery from national bestselling author Eva Gates.  (Summary via Goodreads)

When I read a book I read everthing...the dedication, the acknowledgements, the author's note, and, of course, the story.  And in the Author's Note section of Something Read Something Dead by Eva Gates she writes :  

"Within these books, the interior of the lighthouse is the product of my imagination.  I hope it is large enough for your imagination."

When we read a book we hope that our imagination takes off when reading the words ..... and in Something Read Something Dead that is exactly what happened when I read it !!  I now want to live within the library in my head....does that make sense ?  If you read this book it will make perfect sense !!

In the Lighthouse Library Mystery series you get to hang out with the main character, Lucy, and her family and friends.  And in Something Read Something Dead we get to meet more of her family as some of them come to town to help her cousin Josie with her wedding plans.  Even though Josie and her fiance Jake want to have a small wedding and most of their plans have already been set, her grandmother has different plans for them.  

And unfortunately Josie's cousin Mirabelle also has an agenda....maybe breaking up the couple or plan a wedding worthy of a king.....but before that can be decided Mirabelle ends up dead after the wedding shower held at the library !! 

And Lucy being the person that she is steps right in the middle of things and tries to make everyone happy and find out what really happened.  Unfortunately Lucy has a lot of things to deal with when the library develops a crack in the foundation leaving her and her co-workers scrambling to find donors to help fund the repairs.  Lucy and Charles (the library cat) have a lot riding on the repairs as the library is more than just a building with books, it is their home !!!

Gates amazing way with words opens your imagination as your read this feel like you are right there in the middle of the Outer Banks whether it is with Lucy at the library or Josie at the bakery or with her parents at their house, or Jake at his see them all so clearly in your mind.....and I can assure you that you will not want to leave !!!

The lighthouse that I have in my mind is an amazing place and I hope that the town will come together and help with the repairs because if the library closes and Lucy has to move that will leave such a big hole in my heart......

Review by Missi S.

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