By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library, Bk 1)
By Book or By Crook - Lighthouse Library, Bk 1 Author:Eva Gates Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery — For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. But when her ten-year relationship im... more »plodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.
Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in the Outer Banks sun -- and some confections from her cousin Josie's bakery -- will help clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.
Lucy is thrilled to land a librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chair of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real-life mystery -- and she's not so sure there's going to be a happy ending....« less
I loved the setting of this book. A library in a lighthouse, not only that but you live in that same lighthouse with your cat, beside the ocean, you cant get any better than that. Though I enjoyed the mystery of the Jane Austen books coming up missing and the murder which occurred inside the lighthouse, the story was a bit boring. I am hoping in book 2, things will become more exciting.
I liked the characters, but the plot and interactions were very sorority drama. The motivations and rationale of the characters were immature. I was frustrated and set the book aside twice because of the teen drama feeling of it. Eventually I finished it and did not change my opinion. I like the characters and wouldn't mind reading more with them, but the pouty teen-bully histrionics was wearisome.
I do not read many cozies unless there are things that stand out to pique my interest (like a lighthouse library). I enjoyed this and liked the library staff characters. I loved the library cat, Charles. There were a few poor decisions, but I will be interested in the possibility of where this series may lead.