Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Death by Beach Read by Eva Gates

This cozy mystery is a good addition to the series. Gates gives readers an entertaining mystery as well as more information on the people and history of the community.

The most interesting aspect of this novel for me was two support characters. Jo had been traumatized by an event in her late teens that resulted in her becoming a recluse. I liked how various events provided the opportunity for healing. The other interesting character was Diane. Gates did a good job with this character showing how loss of status in the community can result in an overbearing and fake personality.

I like the setting of the Outer Banks, the quirky characters and the mystery rooted in acts from years ago. There is nothing sophisticated or especially enlightening in the novel. It is just a fun and entertaining read.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Eva Gates is the pen name of the Canadian writer, Vicki Delaney. She writes under both names for a total of more than forty novels. She is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. You can find out more at  https://www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com/ and   http://vickidelany.com/Photo by Iden Ford Photography. 

Crooked Lane Books, 288 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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