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Reading Up a Storm

(Lighthouse Library Mystery #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,399 ratings  ·  336 reviews
The national bestselling author of Booked for Trouble returns with another charming mystery set in the most literary lighthouse in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Misfortune blows into North Carolina’s Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves local librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a strange new mystery....
After a successful party at Bodie Island
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by NAL
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lucy Richardson loves her view from her apartment on the 4th floor of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library especially at night with the rhythm of the light flashing in intervals out to the sea even during a storm. Tonight though, with the rain pouring down and the waves crashing she notices lights that appear to be coming from the beach. She also notices a boat in trouble not far from shore. She calls 911 so the Coast Guard can be called to help the passengers of the boat. The
Janet Robel
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super cute! I loved the whole concept of a library in a lighthouse. Lucy Richardson is an appealing character and the mystery was quite good.
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author Eva Gates delights with this newest installment in her Lighthouse Library Mystery series!

What could be better than a library? A library in a lighthouse! And what could be better than that? The writing of Eva Gate telling the story of said lighthouse library!

In this splendid addition to her wonderful series, Ms. Gates manages to outshine the first two books in the series. A clever plot, and brilliant writing are in store for you when you read, READING UP A STORM. With a shipwreck, and mu
Now I'm finally caught up and ready to read the sixth book! I really loved this one, since it was a turning point for a couple of ongoing side story lines. Lucy is definitely getting smarter about meeting up with killers and had some good protection with her. The showdown was quick but satisfying, and the perp was hauled away.

I liked the two new characters that were introduced. Stephanie, the lawyer was my favorite, but I couldn't help sort of liking the quirky, crazy Marlene. I don't think I r
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found myself captivated by the story and even as it unfolded I was amazed at the twists and turns the mystery took, who the killer was, was not even on my radar until the very end. I hope this series becomes more then just a trilogy as I felt like I was only just getting re acquainted with my old friends as the story comes to a close.
I really loved and appreciated this story, for the way it took me away and the emotions it evoked. I also can not help but imagine what it would be like to live
Julie  Durnell
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern, mystery
I really like this Outer Banks series, such a great setting and background on the Bodie Lighthouse and the Graveyard of the Atlantic! To work in a library and live in the top of a lighthouse is such a fantastic dream! I hope there will be a new book in the series due out soon!?!
I've really enjoyed this series and unfortunately I'm all caught up. I hope the next book will be released soon, as I need to fantasize some more about sitting at the top of a lighthouse filled with books reading. Decent mystery, the annoying characters are getting more humorous as the series continues and the nice ones are becoming even nicer. ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Silly romances aside it was a decent book
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading Up A Storm is the third book in the A Lighthouse Library Mystery series.

Lucy Richardson, with the help of her staff, has had a successful birthday party for Bertie James, the head librarian, but it's been cut a little short due to increasing winds from a storm heading ashore. As Lucy is about to retire for the evening, she decides to take a look outside to check the progress of the storm and notices some lights on the beach and a boat that appears to be heading straight for them. She im
Shirley Schwartz
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series so was looking forward to this one. I was a bit disappointed unfortunately. I found the story a bit juvenile, especially Lucy's sudden epiphanies such as when she realized who the murderer was (who, I have to say, I had determined about 1/3 of the way through the book), and her sudden realization that she was "in love with the mayor of Nags Head". No lead up, no defining moment in either case really. I'm disappointed that the series isn't measu ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 75-books-in-2017
I suppose Im in the minority here with the rating and review.

Ill give one star for the cover and that is as far as I can go.

I had a hard time getting into the first book in the series but I loved the idea of the lighthouse and it housing the town library. Ocean included! I loved the setting and thought how can you go wrong writing something like this?

It has felt disjointed the whole time for me. As if something is totally missing. There is so much writing about the characters that you get no c
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great addition to the Lighthouse Library series. Eva Gates (Vicki Delany) is one of my alltime favourite author. There wasn't one book that I haven't enjoyed!
The characters are believable and so much fun that I wish I'd live there too. A great mystery that kept me on my chair and guessing till the end.
Dawn Michelle
This one was W A Y better than #2 [with the exception that Louisa Jane did NOT get forever lost in the marsh like I was hoping she would]. The narrator has finally decided to only do one type of southern accent for everyone [which is L O V E L Y], the love triangle is no longer and the mystery was actually well thought out and the detective didn't automatically assume that Lucy was the killer and treat her so condescendingly. Other than it being about 75 pages too long, this one was a real impro ...more
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
Didn't enjoy this one as much as the prior two. Her wild ideas about the crimes are annoying and not based in fact. She believes herself smarter than the detective without actually being it (at least with regards to the murder) and she doesn't have as much spine as I want her to have and let's people walk all over her. And L.Jane is probably one of the most annoying characters I've ever read. Charles is the redeeming factor of this book. ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, audio, cozy, cats
In this third installment of the Lighthouse Library series, Lucy is watching a storm from her fourth floor apartment in the lighthouse when she sees a light on the water, as well as lights on the shore. But she knows there is no safe harbor where the boat is headed. She calls for help, and the occupants of the boat are rescued. Thus begins a rather intricate and delightful mystery, one in which secrets are divulged, Lucy comes to a realization about her life, and her very life is threatened. The ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this cozy mystery series! I love the characters who are in each of the first three books. The Lighthouse Library Mystery series gets my recommendation. I am delighted that the author continues to write books for this series!

Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
It was a dark and stormy night….No, really, Reading Up a Storm gets off to turbulent start when rough weather rolls in after Lucy, Bodie Island’s Lighthouse’s Library’s assistant librarian, and the other employees and locals celebrate their boss’s tenth anniversary at the library. Lucy sees strange lights down the beach and a boat caught in the violent waters. The boat’s occupants, Will Williams and his much younger companion Marlene, are recued by the Coast Guard (thanks to Lucy’s call to them) ...more
Mary Brown
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The national bestselling author of Booked for Trouble returns with another charming mystery set in the most literary lighthouse in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Misfortune blows into North Carolina’s Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves local librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a strange new mystery....

After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat, Charles, and a good book. But her R
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book which I received for an impartial and honest review. I enjoyed this book immensely even though I didn't read the first two in the series, I will be making sure that I go back to start at the beginning and catch up!

Reading Up A Storm is the third book in the Lighthouse Library cozy mystery series. The setting for the book combines 2 of my favourite things, lighthouses and libraries... and the assistant librarian Lucy, even gets to live above the li
Christine Denicola
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reading Up A Storm by Eva Gates was the third in the series of mysteries set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina … where the residents proudly refer to themselves as “Bankers,” if their roots go back far enough. Lucy, whose mother was raised in the Outer Banks but who left for Boston as quickly as she could, loves her work (and her apartment!) all located in the Lighthouse Library. The only fly in the ointment … she hasn’t been there a year and she has been at the center of three murder investi ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great cozy series. I like the fact that it takes place in Nags Head, NC and that the library is in a lighthouse. Lucy, the librarian and main character also lives in a room at the top of the lighthouse so she can look out over the ocean but this particular night she notices mysterious lights along the shore leading a small boat to shore. She finds out the next day that the two people on the boat survived but then a few days later one of them ends of dead. The police think Lucy's friend ...more
Jennifer Gallagher
I couldn't keep my interest in this one. I don't know if I had too much going on, or if I just couldn't get into he story or what... I liked the first two books in this series, but this one just didn't grab me. It dragged and the characters were annoying. ...more
Linda Smatzny
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book, Lucy Richardson has decided between the two men she has been seeing but before she can tell them a murder occurs on the water behind the lighthouse. When a friend of Lucy's seems to be the prime suspect Lucy starts asking questions. The book was a quick easy read. ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that I love Eva Gates. Along with another great mystery centered around the Lighthouse library, the love triangle is resolved. Not only is it resolved, but the introduction of a new character adds so much story potential. I can't wait for the next installment. ...more
K.B. Wilson
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
In the third book of the Lighthouse Library series, after a successful anniversary party at the lighthouse librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with a good book as a storm rages on. She notices mysterious lights out on the water & then meets the two people who survived that shipwreck the next day at her book club meeting. When one them shows up dead a few days later Lucy is pulled back to her investigator ways to try & solve this murder.

This is such a great addition to the series, whi
Mary Ann
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lucy is encountering her first hurricane in NC and she is a bit nervous and she sees a boat in danger out in the sea and calls the police, who send out the Coast Guard and the police then pick them up from the beach and take them back to town. Then they show up at the book club and then the man is found dead. When Lucy's new friend, Stephanie, is in the sites of the police for the man's death and then it is found that he is not what he has been claiming to be. Lucy works to find the truth so tha ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure why I like this series because Lucy drives me absolutely nuts. She spent so much time deciding who she was in love with, then lamenting how to tell him and acting like a 10 year old schoolgirl, that I about gagged. Also somebody needs to just pop Louise Jane in the mouth. And "did Bill and Jill Hill kill Will?" Please don't ever do that again. With all of that said... I love the setting and the mystery was a good, solid teaser. Still gonna read the series and hope Lucy grows up and ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lucy Richardson is drawn into another murder mystery when a boat crashing onto the shore near the lighthouse library in which she works and lives in Outer Banks of North Carolina. It all starts on a dark and stormy night, when Lucy is getting ready to settle in with her cat Charles and a good book when she notices lights on the beach and nearby off the coast. She calls in the situation to the police and coast guard without realizing that is going to lead to something more.

Two people are on the b
Micky Cox
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent addition to the Lighthouse Library series! Excellent character development and plotting make this an entertaining and interesting read. The storylines just get better and better! I can't wait to read or rather listen to the next book in the series! It is an added bonus that so far the entire series has been on audio! Great for those of us on the go, but still enjoy books! ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This story, the third in the lighthouse series, was not as interesting as the first two, and I found it difficult to believe that Lucy was the better crime solver than the detective. However, the series remains an easy summer read and I'll read the fourth one. Most characters are likable, especially Charles the cat. ...more
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