Short reviews of three cozies mysteries in the Lighthouse Library series.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Book Club is reading Journey to the Center of the Earth
by Jules Verne while workers dig into the earth to repair the Lighthouse Library’s foundations. The digging halts when Lucy pulls a battered tin box containing a Civil War-era diary from the pit. Tucked inside is a hand-drawn map of the Outer Banks accompanied by a page written in an indecipherable code.
The library is overrun by people clamoring to see the artifact. Later that night, Lucy and Connor McNeil find the body of historical society member Jeremy Hughes inside the library. Clearly Jeremy was not the only one who broke into the library–the map and the coded page are missing.
Lucy’s nemesis, Louise Jane McKaughnan, confesses to entering the library after closing to sneak a peek but denies seeing Jeremy–or his killer. When Lucy discovers that fellow-librarian Charlene had a past with Jeremy, she’s forced to do what she vowed not to do–get involved in the case. Meanwhile, the entire library staff and community become obsessed with trying to decode the page. But when the library has a second break in, it becomes clear that someone is determined to solve that code.
This is an enjoyable series, not a favorite but still a good one. This one was probably one of my favorite ones in the series because it had a lot fun elements. There is an old box with a diary, a map, codes all the good makings for some fun and then a murder.
The characters in this series are always enjoyable but some of the side characters in this were just a lot of fun. The police don’t want everyone seeing the map and codes but the book club at the library, get ahold of things and no matter how much Lucy tried to keep them from it, it just didn’t happen. It was like a treasure map and everyone wanted to know what was going on. It just made the whole book a lot of fun!
It’s summertime in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Bertie James’s college class is having their 40th anniversary reunion. The opening night reception is held at the Lighthouse Library and Lucy and her colleagues have assembled an exhibit of library artifacts showing how libraries have changed over the years. After the reception, some of the women take a walk down the boardwalk to the pier, using flashlights to illuminate the dark path, but what’s scarier than the dark is finding the former director of the Lighthouse Library floating lifeless in the water.
Helena Sanchez, the former director, wasn’t much loved and spent the party being rude to almost everyone there. As a result, Lucy finds herself in deep water as she rocks the boat, questioning several suspects. But she’ll have to batten down the hatches and fast before she’s left high and dry…and right in the killer’s crosshairs.
Bertie’s college class having a reunion and she is excited to show off their library exhibit. Most of the attendees was not expecting Helena, the former head librarian, and there was a bit of tension in the air. So when she ends up dead it gives Lucy a lot of suspects to try and weed through to find a killer.
I really like the characters in this series they can be fun. Though there is one that is a bit annoying, Louise Jane, I think is her name. She thinks she knows everything about Outer Banks and that she should have had Lucy’s job. I like that Lucy’s boyfriend is the mayor and not a cop, that doesn’t happen often.
Another good one from this series.
They’re getting married! Lucy Richardson and Connor McNeil have announced their engagement. Their friends throw a party for the couple at Coquina Beach, close to Lucy’s beloved Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.
As they’re packing up the presents and the (few) leftovers from Josie’s Cozy Bakery, who should arrive, but Richard Eric Lewiston III, Lucy’s former almost-fiancé and his overbearing mother Evangeline. Push comes to love when Evangeline makes no secret of why she’s here: to get Lucy and Ricky back together.
Lucy isn’t tempted in the least, and Ricky is nothing but embarrassed at his mother’s desperate ploy. Before returning to Boston Evangeline throws a dinner party at Jake’s Seafood Bar for a reluctant Lucy and her family. Lucy hopes to get the dinner over with and see Evangeline and Ricky returning to Boson. But when a body is found at the restaurant’s kitchen door, Lucy is again forced to unwillingly put on her detective’s hat and do what she can to save her family and her engagement. Meanwhile, the classic novel reading club is reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, and open war breaks out in the Lighthouse Library when Lucy agrees to temporarily take care of a dog named Fluffy, but Charles the library cat has other ideas.
Fluffy to the rescue!! 🙂
In this one Evangeline, Ricky’s mother is determined to put him and Lucy back together. She just can’t get it into her head that Lucy and Ricky are not going to happen. Lucy has totally moved on and will be getting married to Connor but mostly its because Evangeline thinks Lucy has more money than she actually has. Then Richard, Ricky’s father is killed and Lucy must try to figure out what happened and hopes it wasn’t Ricky as he knows his father is in debt and ruining their name.
This one had a lot of things going on in it but one of the funny parts is that Evangeline can’t have her dog, Fluffy, at the hotel and so Lucy ends up with it at her apartment that is in the lighthouse library. Charles the cat is not a huge fan of this new arrangement, but Fluffy comes in handy when the killer was after Lucy!! It was so funny and probably the best part of the whole book!
Overall, this is a fun cozy series and I am glad to be all caught up on a series but also curious for the next one. I think it’s solid cozy series.
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