Saturday 17 June 2023

Death Knells and Wedding Bells (Lighthouse Library Mystery Book # 10) by Eva Gates

Librarian Lucy’s wedding is nearly perfect—aside from a missing guest and the strangled body she finds. Now, she must vow to find the killer in this 10th Lighthouse Library mystery.

Lucy and Connor planned for the perfect Outer Banks wedding—and that’s exactly what they got. Aside from typical rumblings of familial tensions, the late spring weather allowed for a beautiful day, the food was delicious, and everyone had a good time, until one of the guests goes missing.

Before Lucy can look forward to the rest of her life in Nags Head and the work she does at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, she gets a phone call from her boss, Bertie James. Eddie, Bertie’s friend, never made it back home after the reception. Initially, Lucy doesn’t think anything of it—sometimes wedding guests simply have a little too much fun. But this quickly turns to something darker when she discovers the body of a wedding guest strangled in a locked closet, and the police immediately start asking questions about Eddie. Lucy must figure out if the two are connected before it’s too late—both for Bertie’s friend and the rest of her wedding guests.

With the Classic Novel Reading Club reading the Selected Works of Edgar Allen Poe—Lucy wonders if the master of the macabre can assist her investigation or if the hunt for the killer’s identity will remain as nothing more than an unsolved mystery.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Dang !!  Dang !!  Dang !!!  

If you are a fan and been reading the books in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates you know what I am talking about !!  If you haven't read any yet and are looking for a great series where you fall in love with the people, the town, the community and want to move there, this is the series for you !!

In the Lighthouse Library Mystery series readers are introduced to Lucy Richardson who has moved back to Nags Head where she use to spend summers at her aunt and uncles.  Lucy gets a job as librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library and she lives in the little apartment at the very top of the lighthouse.  That is until recently when she and her fiance Connor, local Mayor and dentist, have bought a house on the beach.  Sadly Lucy has a knack for getting involved in murders that occur around town, usually because someone she loves is on the suspect list.

Now in the tenth book in the series, Death Knells and Wedding Bells readers begin at Lucy and Connor's wedding !!!  Luckily nothing goes wrong during the wedding and the celebration at the Ocean Side Hotel and they are happily married surrounded by friends and loved ones.  Unfortunately the newlyweds have to return to the hotel the morning after the wedding to have brunch with the family and when Lucy excuses herself to go to the ladies room, she comes across a maid trying to get into a broom closet.  Lucy tries to help her but the door is locked and the key won't work.  This dilemma brings others to the scene and when the manager kicks the door in, there is a body in the closet.  When the body is identified as Lucy's Aunt Joyce's plus-one, Lucy's mind goes from honeymoon status to murder investigator.

Lucy has a pretty good relationship with the police force and a lot of them were at the wedding.  Unfortunately there is a new detective in town recently added to the force and he doesn't seem to like Lucy, her meddling ways or the way Detective Watson seems to listen to her regarding police matters.

Even though Lucy has other things that she should be doing as a newlywed, she can't help but look in to the murder, especially when her boss's boyfriend is at the top of the suspect list.  Lucy is always there for her family and friends and will do whatever she can for when her boss, Bertie, announces that Eddie, her boyfriend, is missing right after the reception and the police have him on their radar, she jumps into help.

Readers cannot help but become instant fans of this series, no matter what book you pick up, you become lost in the story and unable to leave Nags Head.....not that you will want to.  Gates draws readers in immediately and there is so much to love in this series.  I highly encourage getting your hands on the books in this series and allowing your brain this wonderful distraction. 

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