Thursday, October 15, 2020

A Death Long Overdue by Eva Gates

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. It is the first one I've read in this series but found it enjoyable without having read the previous books. Lucy is a likable heroine. A librarian, she has good instincts and a desire to know the truth. When a murder occurs during her boss's reunion of college classmates, Lucy is on the case. I like her procedure of doggedly pursuing leads.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this cozy mystery was the setting, a library in a lighthouse. While there is a real working Bodie Island Lighthouse on the outer banks of North Carolina, Gates says it is not large enough to house a library so she imagined one that was.

This is a fun mystery with some entertaining and quirky characters, a good amateur sleuth, a fun setting, and just a hint of romance.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Eva Gates is a national bestselling author who began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters, with a full time job as a computer programmer. She has now written more than twenty novels, some under the Vicki Delany name. She lives in Ontario. You can find out more at and

Crooked Lane Books, 372 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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