Monday 25 June 2018

The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4) by Eva Gates

The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4)
Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library—haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?

With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries. (Summary via Goodreads)

I want to live in a lighthouse !!  And you will too after you read The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates.  Or you will want to be Lucy, the main character in this series.

Lucy is a librarian who works at the Bodie Island Lighthouse and she also lives in an apartment at the top of the lighthouse.  The Lighthouse Library Mystery series is based on the library, Lucy and the things that surround them.

The Spook in the Stacks is the perfect title for this fourth book  in this series as the story is set around the week before Halloween and the spooky things that are happening......  Of course there is a murder and the murder takes place in the library.....but even that will not deter you away from liking Lucy and the library.  The person who is murdered is a very rich gentleman Jay Ruddle, who is visiting the library because he has a collection of historical documents that he is looking to house somewhere and the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is on his list as potential candidates.  But before he can voice his decision, he is found murdered in the rare book room at the library......and Lucy is the one to find him !!!

Even though Lucy didn't know Jay that well as having just met him before he was murdered she cannot help but look into his death.  She is drawn to Jay's granddaughter Julia and wants to make sure justice is served and the murderer is found.  

There is so much to love in this series....from the library being in a lighthouse to the characters that work along side Lucy, to the mysterious things that are happening to the relationships of all the characters.  The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is a place you would want to hang out in and the North Carolina Outer Banks is a place you would want to live in if given the chance....and Lucy is definitley someone you want in your corner if you were suspected of murder !!

Review by Missi S.

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