Mini Reviews

January 8, 2019 Audiobook Reviews, Book Reviews 5

Mini Reviews

I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates
Length: 9 hours and 3 minutes
Published by Crooked Lane Books on June 12, 2018
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

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Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce.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

Also by this author: By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library Mystery #1), Booked for Trouble (Lighthouse Library Mystery #2), Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Mystery #3)

Catching up on a few books read in 2018 that I didn’t get reviewed. 🙂

Spook in the Stacks is part of a series that got shut down when Berkley got rid of a lot of cozies and I was sad as I like it. So since it’s been since 2016 it took me a little bit to get into this one as I had to get to know the characters all over again.

It’s Halloween time and Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is celebrating, especially since they might be getting an old man’s collection of books. When that man dies in the library and it seems that he was murdered, Lucy puts on her sleuthing hat and tries to figure out who done it.

Though it took me a bit to get back into things I remember how much I liked some of the characters. I really like Lucy and some of the others in the library. Hopefully by the next one I will be back into the swing of things and enjoying the Lighthouse Library mysteries again!

I have always enjoyed Elise Arsenault’s narration!

This one is enjoyable and I would recommend anyone who enjoys cozies to try this series.

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Night Shift by Robin Triggs
Genres: Mystery
Published by Flame Tree Press on November 6, 2018
Pages: 240
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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Antarctica. A mining base at the edge of the world. Anders Nordvelt is over-promoted and he knows it. Arriving at Australis base on the last transport before the long night falls, he is to take over as Chief of Security. It should be an easy job. The crew have all been rigorously psychoanalysed and he's there only because the rulebook says the position must be filled. The biggest challenge Anders anticipates is to find his place within an established group. But shortly after his arrival communications to the outside world are cut. Suspicion immediately falls upon Anders. It's his job to uncover the culprit - but how can he find answers when the rest of the crew, bound by relationships, resentments and passions he knows nothing about, see him as the threat? Surely no-one can have crossed thousands of miles of wasteland - the sabotage must have been an inside job. But how could a criminal have got past the screening process? Then the commander's body is found in the ice. The running of the base falls to the senior staff, Anders included, but there is open hostility towards him. Only the uncertain support of the engineer, Max, gives any hope. But can he trust her? Is he giving her too much leeway as it is? Amidst the fear the work must continue. In a world where every last scrap of fuel is precious, the minerals must keep flowing. But the attacks continue, leaving them with no heating and little food. As they shelter in a basement room, claustrophobia, starvation and madness become as big a threat as a murderer. Will Anders live long enough to find the killer? Will anyone survive the night shift, or will future explorers find only ice and frozen corpses in the last remaining wilderness on the planet? FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Anders is a company man and he is replacing the last Chief of Security at a mining facility in the Antarctic. He doesn’t get off to a good start as the Commander running the mine doesn’t like him and thinks he is going to be trouble. Then not soon after he arrived an explosion happens and then a man dies.

As he is the new arrival he is automatically a suspect in everyone’s eyes making it hard for him to try and do his job and find out what happened. It’s going to be a long hard winter as is and they are stuck there for 6 months but it gets worse as other things starts happening. Who wants to shut down the mining operation and why?

I thought this one was okay but it was a little to slow for my liking. I did like that it was based in a very cold place (even though I hate cold places) as I like to see how people survive in those elements and this really was a book about survival. I thought the ending was a little two neatly wrapped up and I had a lot of leftover questions. Like who was the Company? Other questions I can’t talk about or I would spoil things. I also don’t think the cover art is accurate to what happened to the victim and it bugs me.

Overall it was okay.

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Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes
Published by Kensington on October 30, 2018
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook
Source: Tantor Audio

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Addie Greyborne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library—she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about mysterious old volumes. But she didn't expect her sleuthing skills to come in so handy in a little seaside town . . .
Addie left some painful memories behind in the big city, including the unsolved murder of her fiancé and her father's fatal car accident. After an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt, she's moved to a small New England town founded by her ancestors back in colonial times—and living in spacious Greyborne Manor, on a hilltop overlooking the harbor. Best of all, her aunt also left her countless first editions and other treasures—providing an inventory to start her own store.
But there's trouble from day one, and not just from the grumpy woman who runs the bakery next door. A car nearly runs Addie down. Someone steals a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Then, Addie's friend Serena, who owns a nearby tea shop, is arrested—for killing another local merchant. The police seem pretty sure they've got the story in hand, but Addie's not going to let them close the book on this case without a fight . .

Addie just wants to put the painful memories of the death of her fiance and her father behind her. So when she inherits a house she thought it would a great thing, but so far it hasn’t been that great. Her store is okay but the lady next door doesn’t seem to be fond of her and then she almost gets ran over. When her friend is accused of murder she decides to pitch in and help find the killer. Even if her friends brother the police chief doesn’t want her involvement.

I thought this was a decent start to a new series and would like to get to know more about these characters. I like Addie and her spunk. I also think there will be other characters I will be interested in getting to know especially her friend Serena and the police chief Mark.

Karen White is the narrator and she did a great job as always!

Can’t go wrong with a bookstore cozy! 🙂

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5 Responses to “Mini Reviews”

  1. Priscilla Bettis

    Nice reviews. Night Shift sounds appealing to me. I don’t mind if a book is slower as long as there are intriguing mysteries, a cool setting (haha, “cool”), and memorable characters.

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