Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: The Spook in The Stacks by: Eva Gates

Title: The Spook in The Stacks
Author: Eva Gates
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Series: Lighthouse Library Mystery #4
Pages: 250
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


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Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce.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.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Lucy Richardson whose working at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library as Halloween is approaching they have agreed to let Louisa Jane do all her talks on hauntings and things.  Add to that a businessman from Nag's Head long ago is deciding where to donate his documents to either a college library or the lighthouse library.  When he winds up dead the pressure is on to find the killer.  In the cops sights is his granddaughter Julia.  Will Lucy figure it out in time?  Who will win the mayoral election going on?

I really enjoyed this book as it has everything I've come to love with the lighthouse mysteries.  The patrons of the library plus the staff make it a real treat to go back and see what everyone is up too.  It was also good to see that Nag's Head was dealing with the elections as well!  I really loved it and found I couldn't put it down until I had it all figured out.  Even though this book really kept  me guessing on the bad person.

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