BLOG TOUR – The Spook in the Stacks – REVIEW


Welcome! Today I’m hosting a stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for The Spook in the Stacks, the fourth book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates aka Vicki Delany. I was so excited for this book to come out! After the series was cancelled, there was seemingly very little hope, but Ms. Delany was able to get the rights to the series from the old publisher and found a new home with Crooked Lane publishers! I’ve been looking forward to this one since she made the announcement over a year ago!

About the Book

The Spook in the Stacks: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
Hardcover: 250 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683315803
Digital ASIN: B075QJ59PX

Purchase Links: AmazonB&NKobo

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Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide.

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted?

With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.


Review – 4.5 out of 5 stars

This installment of the Lighthouse Library Mystery series was worth the wait! It was wonderful.

I love the main characters anyway. They’re all very well-developed and well-rounded. It’s like reading about old friends each time I pick up one of these books. I love cozy mysteries, but there are only a handful of series that I will re-read. This series is one of them!

The plot this time around was great. There were plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing about who the villain really was. I did not figure it out ahead of time this time around, which is great. It’s always more fun when I do not figure out who is the villain!

If you wish to read this series, I suggest starting with the first book in the series, By Book or By CrookYou can read any of the books by themselves but the interpersonal relationships will make more sense if you start from the beginning!

Check out this and the rest of the Lighthouse Library Mystery series and enjoy!


About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.

Visit Vicki at On Facebook at Twitter @vickidelany @evagatesauthor

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3 thoughts on “BLOG TOUR – The Spook in the Stacks – REVIEW

  1. Thank you for being part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for “The Spook in the Stacks” by Eva Gates and for your review on the book.

    Absolutely fabulous cover! Love this author and would be thrilled if given the opportunity to read this book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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