Read and Buried review

This is the sixth book in the Lighthouse Library series by Eva Gates who is also known as Vicki Delaney, author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series as well as the Year Round Christmas series. The latter series just had a new release this summer. I made it my goal to have the Lighthouse Library caught up by the time this book was coming out, and I’m happy to say that it did happen. I had read Spook in the Stacks and Something Read, Something Dead as ARCs but only in that order, so I had definitely wanted to start at the beginning. I hope there are many more books in this series, because I have a feeling there’s still a ton of historical and book connections that could be made to upcoming mysteries.

My Goodreads review:

Read and Buried (Lighthouse Library Mystery, #6)Read and Buried by Eva Gates

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m completely caught up in this series after reading this book and as always, I’m really anxious for another book in the series. It’s always fun how the book that the library book club is reading goes along with the mystery, and there’s some type of Outer Banks historical tie-in as well. This book had all of the above as well as a happy historical ending for the family that it affected.

The showdown was pretty exciting and oddly enough it was out among everyone at the Settlers’ Day event. Lucy found out that sometimes the biggest pests can come in handy by saving a person’s life. The whole story had revolved around a mysterious map and page of lettering that had been found under the library, so it was interesting to see everyone working together toward the end to decipher the code and find out what exactly had been hidden there for 150 years. Charles the cat may not have caught himself a killer this time, but he was very useful in getting rid of a library intruder. I really hope that another book in the series will be coming now that the series has a new publisher home.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book publishes on October 15, 2019.

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Tide and Punishment review

This is the third book in the Seaside Cafe series by Bree Baker (also known as Julie Ann Lindsey or Julie Chase), and I think it’s my favorite one so far. I had read the first two books earlier in the year, then at a book discussion online with the author, I was sure that she said there would be another book after this. I hope I’m remembering correctly! Even though this had a sweet ending, I’m not ready to give up my visits to Charm, NC, so I’m definitely looking forward to any fourth book that might be in the works.

My Goodreads review:

Tide and Punishment (Seaside Café Mysteries Book 3)Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the perfect cozy island Christmas! Well minus the tons of snow they were getting, because that’s not something that Charm, NC normally saw for Christmas. Or as Mr. Waters told Everly, he hadn’t seen snow there for forty years. It didn’t stop the Christmas bustle though, and the tea shop business was booming. This time Everly had to clear her aunt Fran’s name of murder when her opponent in the mayor’s race was killed outside the tea shop during their Christmas party.

I kind of had a feeling for most of the book who the killer would be, but a couple of times thanks to good red herrings, I was thrown off the trail. The killer showdown was exciting, and I think Everly would probably give the following advice: Never underestimate the power of peppermint when fighting off a killer! I loved how Everly’s Giving Tree wish came true which meant that all the island families would also have a very Merry Christmas, at least dinnerwise. I’m happy with where she and Grady are right now, and I hope the series will continue as they get even closer.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases tomorrow, September 24, 2019.

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No Good Tea Goes Unpunished–review

This is the second book in the Seaside Cafe series by Bree Baker, and I think I liked it even more than the first, if that’s even possible! The showdown sure was exciting, and we got to know cute detective Grady and his adorable little son Denver even better. I’m not sure it’ll be this Christmas, but if you can believe characters in a book, I’m hoping for the next book to be during Christmastime. So long for now, Charm, NC, I’ll be back!

My Goodreads review:

No Good Tea Goes Unpunished (A Seaside Cafe Mystery #2)No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an awesome follow-up to the first book! I’m not sure when the next book is coming, but according to the characters, Christmas in Charm is pretty special, so I’m hoping for a Christmastime book.

When the groom from the wedding that Everly just catered was found floating dead down by the beach, his new bride was the first person of interest, but Everly would have no part of that, since Judy was her childhood friend. Once again, Everly’s investigation got her some threats and nearly killed, but she nailed the killer. And once again, I didn’t even guess who the killer was. It was fun to follow the clues, and the showdown was really awesome. Everly’s cowboy ex-boyfriend showed up for the Summer Splash street fair, but it seemed fairly clear to me that Everly had her mind made up as to which guy she’d choose whenever the urge hits her to date again. And he might just have a little cowboy in him as well. 😉

I’ve really enjoyed spending time during these first two books in Charm, NC and can’t wait to return!

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