Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates

reading-up-a-stormReading Up a Storm by Eva Gates
Series: Lighthouse Library Mystery #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Setting: North Carolina Outer Banks
Published by NAL, 2016
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: April 5)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
336 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Misfortune blows into North Carolina’s Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves local librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a strange new mystery….

After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat, Charles, and a good book. But her R and R is cut short when she notices some mysterious lights leading a small boat to crash into the coast.

The two shipwrecked seafarers survive the ordeal—but one of them shows up dead ashore a few days later. Lucy finds herself again roped into a murder investigation and navigating a sea of suspects, all of whom had motives to deep-six the deceased. And this time, she has a sinking feeling that finding the real killer won’t be so easy…

Initial impressions

  • A fun cozy which takes place in a lighthouse library on the Outer Banks of North Carolina! What a great setting.

The story

  • Lucy Richardson is a librarian at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library. She also lives in the lighthouse. When she looks out the lighthouse window during a storm she sees strange lights which seem to steer a boat into crashing on the beach.
  • She calls the Coast Guard and the two people in the boat are rescued. However, one of them is found dead near the lighthouse a few days later.
  • Lucy finds herself in the middle of an investigation with lots of suspects.


  • Even though I haven’t read the first two mysteries in this series I didn’t have trouble following the story or characters. I do want to read the earlier books in the series.
  • I love the idea of a library in a lighthouse! I realize that’s more fantasy than reality, but such a fun fantasy.
  • Charles, the cat, is a great character!
  • This has a good mystery.
  • The setting in North Carolina Outer Banks is a great location to read about. The setting for cozy mysteries is often one of my favorite aspects of a book and that is true of this book. I love the lighthouse and the ocean aspect.


  • I must admit I like the Constable Molly Smith series better, but still plan to read more of this series. I like police procedurals better than cozys.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  •  I found out about Eva Gates and this series because I read the first two books in the Constable Molly Smith series by Vicki Delany in February 2016.
  • When I went looking for more books by Ms. Delany I discovered she also wrote a series under the pseudonym Eva Gates and that a new book was scheduled for publication at the end of March. When I saw the book on NetGalley it was serendipity!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Eva Gates is the author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin Obsidian, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, featuring Boston-transplant librarian, and highly reluctant sleuth, Lucy Richardson. The first in the series, By Book or By Crook, was released in February 2015. Eva is the pen name of bestselling author Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers.

Reading Challenges

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

4 thoughts on “Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates”

  1. I think this was on of the books I pre-ordered in a fit of Save the Cozies panic. I love the idea of a library in a lighthouse! This does look good and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in this series. I really enjoy the Molly Smith series though I haven’t read nearly enough of it. I can see where this one might be a bit weaker. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  2. I love Vicki Delany, well her Molly Smith series anyway. I also realized that she wrote this cozy series, but I heard that it was cancelled by the publisher in their “smackdown” of cozy series and authors when two publishing giants merged. I don’t have all the details but have been reading about it online this week.

    I might read this series, but like you I prefer procedurals to cozies if I had the choice. I especially don’t like cozy mysteries that are all about a particular craft to the detriment of the plot, or have silly, TSTL characters. I do like more serious cozy plot series and have found a few that have minimal slapstick situations.

    Thanks for a good review!


  3. I had read about the merger of the two companies, Rita, but hadn’t heard that cozys were getting “smacked down!” Berkley certainly has had an amazing number of cozy series going on so it doesn’t really surprise me, I guess. I agree with you about a lot of the cozys having really silly plots or characters. I don’t like those either. I’ve found a few I like, but I do like police procedurals better. They’re harder to find these days though.


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