Good day my fellow book divas and divos. I’m in a lot of book groups, seriously, I’m currently in five local book groups and two online book groups so when I heard that today’s guest character was someone from a book group I had a serious fangirl moment. A character talking about a book group and it’s set in a library? Ideal character and setting in my not so humble opinion. Ladies and Gentleman I present to you Josie O’Malley from the Lighthouse Library series by Eva Gates and a member of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club.
Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club
By Josie O’Malley from the Lighthouse Library Series by Eva Gates
I must say I was initially a bit reluctant to join the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club. Classic books aren’t exactly my thing. Give me a good bodice ripper any day.
But I’ve come to love it. I love the company, of course, Lucy, Grace, Butch, and Connor in particular. It’s a nice excuse just to get together with friends on a regular basis. Our lives get so busy that it’s easy to lose contact, even with the people you love.
I’m really enjoying reading the books. I never thought I’d like old books so much. The writing can be very dense, and sometimes they seem to drag on and on, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what the characters are talking about, particularly when the author writes in accents. I really hate that!
But I’ve found that once you get into the book, they can be marvelous. I loved Pride and Prejudice with Lizzy and her crazy sisters. Poor, tragic Tess of the D’Ubervilles. Or the rip-roaring Kidnapped.
The book for tonight is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. I read that story back in school, but I didn’t appreciate it at the time (who does when they’re a teenager?). But I was charmed by it this time. A true American classic.
And perfect for tonight. It’s coming up to Halloween, and the group wanted to read something seasonally appropriate. What better than the spooky tale of the Headless Horseman and poor hapless Ichabod Crane and his vain pursuit of the wealthy heiress.
I suspect our own Teddy is in somewhat the same pickle. He seems to be quite smitten with Julia Ruddle, also a wealthy heiress. But Julia doesn’t seem to go anywhere without her grandfather’s assistant, the handsome charming Greg, tagging along.
I can only hope our Halloween festivities don’t turn to murder. Not again.
The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Hardcover: 250 Pages
Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX
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.
About the Author
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.
Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.
Visit Vicki at www.vickidelany.com. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor. Twitter @vickidelany @evagatesauthor
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