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Something Read, Something Dead

(Lighthouse Library Mystery #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,676 ratings  ·  282 reviews
Dark deeds in the Lighthouse Library threaten to send Lucy Richardson's soon-to-be-wed cousin Josie to an early 'til-death-do-us-part in national bestselling author Eva Gates' fifth Lighthouse Library mystery. ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something Read, Something Dead is the 5th book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series. I enjoy the series for its characters, humor and mystery plots....but also because the series is set in Nags Head, NC. I love to visit Nags Head! I've been to the Bodie Island Lighthouse -- climbed to the top, bought the t-shirt, love the place! So, being a Carolinian, I love this cozy mystery series!

I will say that I do have to suspend reality while I read these books. Bodie Lighthouse in the books and the
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

We are back in North Carolina just in time for Josie and Jake’s wedding. Jake and Josie have plenty of love but very little time. Josie owns the local bakery and Jakes owns a restaurant. All they want is a simple wedding with no big fuss and one that is within their budget. As the date draws near Josie’s grandmother has real concerns about this wedding. Email invitations and people left off the guest list have her in a real tizzy. She will not stand for small and simple. Like
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this 5th book in one of my most favourite mystery series.

While Josie and Jake are preparing their small wedding her grandmother and some cousins show up to take over the planning part and wanting to make it a big event. Mirabelle, one of Josie’s cousins starts flirting with Jake which causes some disturbance. When Mirabelle dies from poisoning at the bridal shower Josie becomes the main suspect…

At the same time Jake’s ex-girlfriend shows up in town and tries to win him back.

A great cast
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Library series and grabbed my attention from the first page.

I have read every one of the books in this series and am always excited when a new one is about to be released. Ms. Gates writes a story filled with likable and relatable characters. At this point in the series, the characters feel like old friends to me. I want to move down to the Outer Banks so I can hang out at Josie's Cozy Bakery and go to the Lighthous
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
4 stars
This book is worth reading just for Lucy’s denouncement scene alone. I thought that (view spoiler)
I really liked the plot of this book, you had two things to care about (view spoiler)
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

This was a fun cozy mystery, my first read, though 5th in the Lighthouse Library series. I loved the idea of a library in a lighthouse. It gave a warm fun feeling to imagine the entire setting.

Librarian Lucy's cousin was getting married and in the hoopla, one of the planners Mirabelle dropped dead. And Lucy investigated

The story moved at a swift pace with lots of humor. The characters were all different and very sweet. Grandma Gloria was really overbearing, I wanted someone to tell her to chill
Julie  Durnell
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars. It's a very light summer read, even though it takes place in the winter on the Outer Banks. Perhaps just a bit overlong on the weak plot. I still like the Bodie Island Lighthouse library setting and Lucy as a resident librarian; wonder if there will be more in this series. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fifth installment of the Lighthouse Library series. It's January on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Lucy's cousin Josie, the owner of a successful bakery, is planning her wedding to restaurant owner Jake. Josie wants to keep the wedding small and intimate but her grandmother and cousins from New Orleans arrive to plan a bridal shower. Lucy offers to host it at the Lighthouse library and all is going well, until her cousin Mirabelle dies of poisoning and Josie is the prime suspe ...more
As a lover of cozy mysteries, I thought I would be onto a winner with this fifth book in ‘A Lighthouse Library Mystery’ series! “Something Read, Something Dead” ticked all the right boxes before I had even started reading. The setting - a library in a lighthouse, no less - and an eye-catching front cover - all the makings of a great read for me. The concept of a library in a lighthouse is incredibly alluring and the thought of living and working there even more so. This location is particularly ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was even better than the last book, and I really liked that one a lot. While this is only the second book I've read in the series (I seriously do need to start it at the beginning), I'm never lost, because the character relationships and previous happenings are referenced or explained, and...I like that there are never any spoilers.

Josie and Jake's wedding was coming up soon and when the "Louisiana Mafia" as Josie called her Grandma Gloria, aunt and cousins on her dad's side, showed up, Jo
Kelli V Spann
This, the fifth book in this entertaining series, and my fourth, was true to form. Lighthouses have always held a dear place in my heart. The drama in this mystery, as in all the books, surrounds the lighthouse itself. The basic formula of a murder, who done it, with other surrounding drama - holds true in this book - but, if it ain’t broke . . .. This is a wonderful addition to this series. The characters are authentic, the setting delightful, and the mystery kept me guessing. If you are in the ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Richardson is helping her cousin Josie O'Malley planned her wedding Jake Greenblatt in the fifth book of the Lighthouse Library series. Josie's relatives from out of town agave arrived for the wedding. Her autocratic Grandmother is determined to change the wedding to her suit her not Josies. She has degreed that Mirabelle, a cousin has an elaborate wedding scheduled much to Josie's dismay. Lucy as maid of honor decided to hold a shower for Josie at the Gatehouse library. At the shower, Mira ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The lighthouse has a crack threatening continuing library operations unless significant funds are raised. Josie's upcoming wedding brings in distant relatives from New Orleans who think she's way behind on her wedding planning and try to take over. When one of them shows up dead, Josie becomes a suspect. The state police send in their own detective since the local law enforcement know the main suspect too well. Officer Watson doesn't even try to dissuade Lucy from her investigation in his usual ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something Read, Something Dead is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Library series.

Lucy Richard is excited for her cousin, Josie whose wedding will be coming up soon. Josie and her fiance Jake want a small and simple wedding with a reception to be held at Jake’s restaurant. That was how the planning was going until Josie’s, Grandmother Gloria gets wind of the pending wedding and arrives, unannounced, with Josie’s Aunt Mary Anna and cousins Mirabelle and Florence. Gloria announces that no way is h
Patricia Romero
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lighthouse Mystery #5

Back in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Lucy Richardson, our resident library dweller and worker, is trying to keep her cousin Josie calm and plan Josie's wedding to Jake.

Everyone loves Josie and her Cozy Bakery and also her fiance' who is a chef with his own restaurant. They know they want simple and small. But there is still a dress to buy, flowers to arrange and showers to host.

To everyone's horror, the New Orleans branch of Josie's family shows up and apparently lef
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
This is the 5th book in the Lighthouse Library Cozy Mystery series. I love this cozy mystery series. The series takes place in the outer banks of NC, and that is where I grow up. The fact it took place on the outer banks of NC is why I first pick up this book series, but since then I have felling in love with the series.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates is the fifth A Lighthouse Library Mystery. Lucy Richardson is helping her cousin, Josie O’Malley plan a small and simple wedding to chef, Jake Greenblatt. Unfortunately, Gloria O’Malley, Josie’s grandmother, does not feel the wedding is progressing the way she desires. Gloria descends upon Outer Banks with a group the relatives call the “Louisiana Mafia” to take over the wedding plans. The mafia includes Florence Fanshaw and Mirabelle Henkel who run Fe ...more
Gail C.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The elements of a good cozy mystery include interesting characters you want to spend
time getting to know, a location that sounds like you would at least like to visit if you can’t live
there, and a tidy murder that, while unfortunate for the victim, has little or no gory details. What
makes it a great cozy adds clues and red herrings woven throughout the story in a seamless
progression and plenty of opportunities for the reader to solve the mystery of “who done it” or,
conversely to be lead down the
Dawn Michelle
I really wanted to like this series. I really did. I love the author's other series [written under another name] and had high hopes for this one. And while this book wasn't nearly as bad as one of the previous ones [and is much better read rather than listened to - that narrator cannot do southern accents to save her life], it still was not a really great read. The only reason it got two stars was because the ending was really great - the reveal and the why and how was really well done.

I would
Nancy Bradford
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Ms. Gates
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll admit I dropped Eva Gates' cozy Lighthouse Mystery series for a little while. Perhaps it was just my own over-indulgence in cozy mysteries right then. But, Something Read, Something Dead was an enjoyable mystery. And, Lucy Richardson didn't bother me in this one as she did in an earlier book. Lucy has come into her own. For a little while, she was too submissive for my taste.

Lucy and her friends enjoy the plans for Josie O'Malley's wedding. Josie is Lucy's favorite cousin, and owner of a ba
This fun cozy mystery has a great setting in the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina that got me interested right away. Another plus was that Lucy Richardson is a librarian of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library set in the lighthouse. Imagine working and living in a lighthouse. Fun! But things are not so fun with her cousin Josie O'Malley when her simple wedding plans are turned upside down by her overbearing grandmother and entourage of an aunt and cousins (dubbed the Louisiana Mafia) who sho ...more
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book, much like the others in the series. I really love the idea of a library in a lighthouse, but as the author has said before, it would have to be a fairly small library. The Lighthouse Library where Lucy works is something like the Tardis - much, much larger inside than it appears from the outside. Which is still a great metaphor for reading, as diving into a book can literally take you anywhere you want to be, from right next door in your town to outer space, into the future ...more
Jennifer Brown
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series! Just the idea of a library and home being in the lighthouse sounds wonderful! You can kind of guess the reason behind the murder in this one. I didn't know who it was going to be exactly, but I was close with the few I thought. The town's characters and comradeship is nice. I hope the author gets to continue with this series! ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series, because it has all the elements that I love: books, libraries, a library cat, but most of all it is set in my home away from home: the Outer Banks, NC. This 5th entry into the series is really good.
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read!!
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite in the series so far.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Something Read, Something Dead is the fifth installment in the A Lighthouse Library Mystery series set in North Carolina's Outer Banks and featuring assistant librarian Lucy Richardson. Lucy is looking forward to her cousin Josie O'Malley's upcoming wedding to Chef Jake Greenblatt, and is excited to host the bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse/Library.

Josie and Jake have planned a simple affair, but all that changes when Josie's overbearing grandmother Gloria arrives in town from New Or
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Josie and Jake are finally getting married in a simple event, but her grandmother decides to go for a more extravagant wedding. Lucy Richardson is trying to keep her cousin from blowing her top, but when Mirabelle, her grandmother's wedding planner dies after the bridal shower, there's more trouble than a big wedding. Love this series set in the Outer Banks, NC and the Lighthouse Library. ...more
Meagan Danielle
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Rated 3.5
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