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Something Read, Something Dead

(Lighthouse Library Mystery #5)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  56 reviews
National bestselling author Eva Gates’s fifth Lighthouse Library mystery will carry fans of Miranda James and Jenn McKinlay to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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.

Winter falls on North Carolina’s Outer Banks as Lucy Richardson and her friends
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 13th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Libary 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 relateable 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 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
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
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
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
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.
Rekha Rao
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josie's wedding is around the corner and she and her cousins are busy prepping for the D-Day. Lucy decides to host a bridal shower at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, the place where Lucy works. With all the yummy goodies to eat and the presence of, as Josie calls them, The Louisiana Mafia, present, nothing can go wrong. Well, that is what they all think until Mirabelle collapses after eating a gluten-free snack that Josie specially made for Mirabelle. Autopsy reports suggest that Mirabelle ...more
K.A. Davis
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SOMETHING READ, SOMETHING DEAD is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delany) and I’m so happy that this series has continued to flourish with its new publisher. The protagonist, Lucy Richardson, lives and works in the coolest spot imaginable: a lighthouse turned library! This Outer Banks setting in Nags Head, North Carolina is brought to life by the author, who weaves a tale of murder, stalking, and a disintegrating lighthouse into wedding celebration ...more
Rekha Rao
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the concept of a library in a historic lighthouse. Although the building's foundation seems to be in some serious trouble and the renovation expenses have skyrocketed, the townspeople's decision to do anything it takes was a nice touch (at the end of the story)

The Louisiana Mafia - Gloria, Mirabelle, Mary Anna, and Florence, were a nice touch to the story. In fact, Gloria is one grandmother that nobody wishes they had! The woman has nothing but criticism flowing in her veins. Mirabelle's
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something Read, Something Dead by Eva Gates is the 5th book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series, and another great addition. Lucy Richardson is a librarian on the outer banks of North Caroline. The library is in a lighthouse, and Lucy lives above the library. Lucy is helping her cousin Josie and owner of Josie bakery, plan her wedding to chef Jake Jake and Josie want a small wedding, but Josie grandma and cousin Mirabelle have other ideas. When Lucy hosts the bridal shower at the library an ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Richardson is assisting her soon-to-be-wed cousin with her wedding plans. When the relatives descend on them with plans of their own, Lucy has to make a strategy to keep them out of the way. But, someone has gone too far and one of the relatives is poisoned. Can Lucy find the clues to bring this culprit to justice?
This was a great cozy mystery. The plot was so absorbing and compelling that I stayed up late to find out whodunit. The characters were dastardly created and kept me guessing. Luc
Emris Lindsay
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy and her librarian friends had a scare and to top it off a murder was committed during Josie’s family wedding arrangements causing a big stir. An interesting and entertaining mystery filled with mild intrigue amidst a case of mistaken identity. An interesting and fun read.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I want to like this series more than I do. The Outer Banks setting with a public library in an historic lighthouse are appealing, and I even like Lucy, the protagonist, and her friends and coworkers. It's just not that interesting, and I tire of the catty fights between women (maybe that's just me). Louise Jane isn't as nasty as usual this time around, which is refreshing, but the central conflict is related to Josie's upcoming wedding, which brings her horrifying grandmother, aunts, and cousins ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucy is helping her cousin Josie plan her wedding. Josie and her fiance Jake want a small wedding but when Josie’s Louisiana relatives arrive lead by Josie's Grandmother the wedding craziness ensues. All Josie’s plans are in danger of being hijacked and changed to something far from what Josie and Jake want. Lucy while trying to distract Josie’s other relatives from the real wedding plans helps throw Josie a shower. At this shower, one of the meddlesome relatives become sick and has to be rushed ...more
Felicia's Bookshelf
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates

This is a 5th book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series.

I have never read any of the other books in the series and it didn’t seem to matter, I was able to catch on with what was going on and who the characters are.

The first paragraph drew me in and sets the stage for the story. (I love first liners or paragraphs of a book and the author did not disappoint.)

In this book Lucy Richardson and her friends are helping Lucy
Stanley McShane
The setting of a lighthouse turned library on the Outer Banks of North Carolina sounds delightful. Protagonist, Lucy Richardson, is helping her cousin Josie O'Malley, plan her wedding to chef Jake Greenblatt. They want a simple, inexpensive wedding, but have been overrun with Josie's grandmother, matriarch of the family. Gloria is ready to turn the wedding into the winter event of the year and has brought cousins Mirabelle and Florence. They are all driving Josie crazy.

Josie is deeply involved
Jennifer Ritter
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Something Read, Something Dead is the fifth book in Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library Mystery series. In this story, librarian Lucy Richardson is helping her cousin, Josie O’Malley, plan her wedding to restaurant owner Jake Greenblatt. Josie wants a simple wedding with just close family and friends.

But then the Louisiana mafia comprised of her grandmother Gloria O’Malley, her Aunt Mary Anna, and more distant cousins Mirabelle and Florence arrive. Gloria will not hear of a simple wedding for her only
Pam Walker
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a retired librarian, I am always drawn to series involving libraries, librarians, bookstores, etc. This is one of my favorite series involving a fictional library in the real Bodie Island Lighthouse. When this latest installment appeared on NetGalley, I immediately requested it. Assistant Librarian Lucy Richardson and her friends are trying to help her favorite cousin, Josie O'Malley, plan her wedding. The owner and head baker of Josie's Cozy Bakery and her fiancé, chef Jake Greenblatt, want ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Josie and Jake are planning a Winter wedding and Grandma Gloria brings the Nawlins Mafia with her to help with the planning, which is not moving fast enough for her liking. Only thing is, Josie and Jake want a simple, small wedding, which is exactly the opposite of what Grandma and Cousin Mirabelle have in mind. When Mirabelle dies after eating one of Josie’s sweet gluten free treats, Josie becomes the prime suspect in her cousin’s murder, which could change those wedding plans!

Lucy’s got her ha
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
The idea of a library in a lighthouse is absolutely enticing, and the thought of living and working there even more so! Lucy is a librarian who recently moved to the Outer banks. She’s got a lot going on in this book - a boyfriend who is also the mayor, her cousin Josie’s wedding, a crack in the lighthouse foundation, and the murder of a distasteful would-be wedding planner. All of this while reading a Dorothy Sayer’s novel for her next book club meeting.

I have not read the earlier books in the
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.75 stars

This fifth entry in the Lighthouse Library mysteries continues an entertaining and fun series. The Outer Banks setting is always part of the flavor of the book, as is librarian Lucy Richardson and a nice ensemble cast.

In this outing, Lucy's hard-working cousin Josie and Josie's equally hard-working fiance Jake (she's a baker and owner of a bakeshop and he's a chef with his own restaurant) find their plans for a simple and reasonably priced wedding sabotaged by Josie's family. Her imper
Sarah Dykes
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Lighthouse Library series is a wonderful series of cozy mysteries set in an idyllic oceanside town which features amateur sleuth/librarian, Lucy, who lives in a mystical lighthouse. The fifth novel of the series, Something Read, Something Dead, does not disappoint.
The story read very well, and I enjoyed the time that the author spent introducing the relatives and laying out the plans and mis-plans for the upcoming nuptials of Josie and Jake. We are then faced with a murder, as well as neces
A lighthouse on the Outer Banks where the town library is housed along with a library cat and a very interesting woman who is a good friend, has some real characters for relatives, and a gift for sleuthing/snooping. The publisher's blurb is pretty extensive so there's no need to recap or do the spoiler thing, but it's all about the characters, plot twists, and red herrings isn't it? Especially when dealing with local law as well as the state police detective! It kept me reading late into the nig ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Lighthouse Library suffers damage during a storm, threatening the future of the building. Lucy, who lives and works in the library, soon has bigger concerns. Lucy’s cousin, Josie, is planning a small wedding, but her grandmother and family have much grander ideas. When Josie’s cousin is killed, she becomes the primary suspect. Lucy is on the case, asking questions and checking leads. I like the characters in this series and the setting is the kind of place you’d love to visit (or live there) ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fifth in the Lighthouse Library series set in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Lucy is trying to help her cousin Josie plan her wedding to Jake and they want to keep it small. All of a sudden Grandma Gloria and Louisiana cousins come in to take everything over and make it grander and perhaps some profit for themselves. One of the cousins Mirabelle who has shown perhaps too much interest in Jake dies after eating gluten free desserts prepared by Josie specifically for her. Lucy steps in to find ...more
Britney Dillon
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane books for providing me with the eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I am such a fan of this series. A librarian myself, Lucy is near and dear to my heart, as are the other library team members, and the patrons. And let me tell you, the budget issues are real.

In this installment, Josie's fam from NOLA rolls in to "help" with wedding plans, and boy, oh, boy does it cause a stir. And a death.

The mystery is good, and there is less "library stuf
I love to read cozy mysteries set in North Carolina and at the beach. This series is located on the Outer Banks and it offers great atmosphere and local color. I found this series a year ago when I was looking for a book to listen to as I drove to Nags Head. This was the perfect series.

Five books into this series, Something Read, Something Dead continues the series about a librarian living in a lighthouse. The writing is sound, the characters quirky and the mystery is just complicated enough to
Janilyn Kocher
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Josie is planning her low key simpler wedding when her imperious grandmother arrives within her entourage to spice things up. One of the wedding relatives ends up dead at the wedding shower and time is of the essence for Lucy to solve the murder. I love the idea of a library in the lighthouse and the Outer Banks is an ideal setting for a cozy mystery, replete with resident cat. Loved the cover for this one. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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Eva Gates is a pseudonym of Vicki Delany.

Other books in the series

Lighthouse Library Mystery (5 books)
  • By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library Mystery #1)
  • Booked for Trouble (Lighthouse Library Mystery #2)
  • Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library Mystery #3)
  • The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Mystery #4)