The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Series #4)

The Spook in the Stacks (Lighthouse Library Series #4)

by Eva Gates


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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Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683319214
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Series: Lighthouse Library Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,390
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eva Gates is a national bestselling author who began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters, with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Now she has more than twenty novels under her belt in the mystery genre, published under the name Vicki Delany. She lives in Ontario. This is her fourth Lighthouse Library mystery.

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The Spook in the Stacks : Library Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MarshaG More than 1 year ago
I'll start by saying I loved the previous books in this series and was very excited for this new release. This particular book was good but not as good as the others. I didn't like that so much time was spent on Lucy worrying about her relationship with Conner, she seemed so much more confident and together in the other books. I also felt that the murderer came out of the blue, not even a hint that that was the way the story was going. Maybe I missed something critical. I plan to go back and reread the book to make sure. Overall the story was O.K. Did not seem as if Lucy was as invested in this mystery as she was the rest. I will read the next in the series if another one comes out. Never know maybe this one was a fluke. Now that being said I would recommend this book to someone, but would encourage the the previous ones were read first. I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Cozyfan75 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this much-anticipated book in the Lighthouse Library series. Even though I may be one of those who hasn't read the others (yet, I do have them on hand) I didn't feel lost at any time since the author does a great job of explaining and catching readers up without giving away any of the juicy details from the previous mysteries. I was super surprised at who the killer was and loved the showdown. Can we just say that book nerds rule? ;) You'll see what I mean when you read it! Halloween was close and Lucy wasn't anxious for it since it wasn't a favorite holiday. One of the overly-enthusiastic volunteers of the Lighthouse Library, Louise Jane, was going to give some talks on local spooky legends. It was all fun and games until the body of Jay Ruddle, a wealthy octogenarian who was going to pass his nautical maps and papers collection on to the library, was found in the rare book rooms, a lot less than alive. His granddaughter, Julia, was the prime suspect. Lucy vowed she was not going to get involved, but we all know how that goes, right? She and her library director, Bertie, did some sleuthing and found some other suspects that could have had a reason to kill the old man. Hopefully they can find the real killer before the suspect herself becomes a victim! I've only read this book in the series so far and already I love these characters! I can't wait to start from the beginning and really see how it all began when Lucy arrived. The library cat, Charles, a Himalayan was so cool! He seems to have a sense about people he likes and loves to be petted and cuddled by anyone that comes into the library. In this book it said that she'd only been in the Nags Head, NC area for several months so I guess the first three books cover a short time period and might be easy to binge read yet this summer, we'll see! All I know is, I can highly recommend this book! Well-plotted and written, plenty of suspects and just a little hint of Halloween (possibly explainable lol) spookiness!
moohnshine More than 1 year ago
Lucy Richardson is a librarian at the Bodie House Lighthouse Library. She is a sweet girl who also lives in the lighthouse. When a wealthy man Jay Riddle dies I. The rare books room, Lucy finds herself in the middle of the investigation. When things go bump in the night and there are more suspects than trick or treaters, Lucy finds herself more determined to find out who done it. Can Lucy find the killer before the murder tarnishes the library's good name? I enjoyed this cozy read. When I read the blurb, I thought ohhh murder and things that go bump in the night. My kind of read. I did enjoy this read. It had the perfect little spooky vibe to it. But it felt a bit flat in some areas. It did not have as much action as I would have expected out of ghostly reads. I also felt that some things that went in bump in the night were not explored enough. I thought that some of those things, if explored more would have added some more excitement to the story. I did find the characters cute and sweet. I especially loved the cat Charles. He was like a little person. He had such character. Conner and Lucy are a cute couple and I really would love to see their relationship blossom more in the future books. Theodore was a quirky man, who I thought was really sweet. I got a kick out of Louise Jane. She was a perfect storyteller and her little creepy boat. What is it about that boat? Overall this book is a great cozy read that will keep you guessing till the end. A charming and entertaining read with a fun and wonderful set of characters. Wonder what else is in store for Lucy and the gang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks continues a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable series. A great Halloween story, a wealthy former resident is donating his prized history collection to either the Lighthouse Library or a nearby college. Soon a murder occurs at the library and Lucy is pulled into the investigation. Interspersed with ghost stories and mysterious sightings, this is a fun story and a good mystery!
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks has my dream setting – a library in a lighthouse that the main character lives in. Sign me up for that job, please! Lucy is a relatable heroine who loves her job and also can’t help but investigate crimes in their small Outer Banks town. She has a bevy of engaging secondary characters to team up with, including the library’s resident cat Charlie who seems to have a knack for crime solving too. Gates does a great job of creating realistic characters without losing the quirkiness common to cozy mysteries – or without making the quirkiness go over the top. At first I thought the whodunnit was completely obvious. And, with 2 hours left in my reading time, I briefly wondered how much the author could possibly draw this out enough to keep my interest. Well…. silly me. The who that dunnit was not at all the one I just knew it was lol. I’m in a bit of a losing streak lately when it comes to these things which in this case is a good thing because it means the plots lately have been really well constructed. Bottom Line: The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates is enjoyable and entertaining with a fun cast of characters and a to-die-for setting (quite literally for our poor murder victim). A well-done mystery and several interesting subplots – including a bit of paranormal possibilities – will keep your attention from start to finish! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
Eva Gates' 4th installment in her Lighthouse Library Mystery series is a very enjoyable cozy set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina during Halloween. The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library is preparing for its Halloween celebration when former Banker, and wealthy businessman, Jay Ruddle arrives to discuss the donation of his historical document collection. Mr. Ruddle is found murdered in the library, and his granddaughter is arrested for the crime. Librarian Lucy must discover the real culprit while battling the very otherworldly things happening at the library - corpse lights in the marsh, a disappearing and very spooky horse, and a model ghost ship whose inhabitants seem to move of their own accord. The Spook in the Stacks is equally cozy and mysterious, and has piqued this reader's interest enough to go back and read some classic Washington Irving. A+
bkworm_ran More than 1 year ago
It’s late October and Halloween is just around the corner. What better place for tales of ghost ships and scary haunts than a lighthouse converted into a library located on the Outer Banks? Librarian Lucy Richardson is not a believer but is looking forward to the book group discussion of Sleepy Hollow and the upcoming programs that promise creepy tales of local ghostly legends. When former resident and owner of the most complete collection of North Carolina historical documents turns up dead in the library it puts a darker spin on tales of ghosts and wrong doings. I really enjoy books that give hints of ghosts and historical tales. This one is a little light in that department but doesn’t disappoint in the general story telling. Gates’ fourth installment in the Lighthouse Library series is a fun read filled with a little romance, spooky ghosts and the feel of autumn in the air. This series makes me want to visit the Outer Banks. It will be a perfect read in front of the first fire of the season and a cup of hot cider. I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
The Lighthouse Library Mystery series is a favorite of mine, and my sister. I want to send a thank you to Crooked Lane Books for picking up this series and giving us readers more time with the wonderful characters. It was so easy to fall back into the grove with protagonist Lucy Richardson and the crew of the Brodie Island Lighthouse library. Through the words of author Eva Gates, it was incredibly easy to picture the library and surrounding area, as well as hear the characters voices as I read their written words. To say it was hard to put this book down would be an understatement. As with the first three books in this delightful series, THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS is a fast-moving mystery with an attention-grabbing plot. With Halloween thrown into the mix, this tale had something fun or exciting happening in every chapter. I simply couldn’t put it down until I had read the last word. Don’t let your TBR spook you into keeping this book from your stacks. Grab up your copy of THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS today!
MyWhims More than 1 year ago
The Spock in the Stacks by Eva Gates is an entertaining story with plenty of intrigue, and it takes place during the busy Halloween holiday at the Brodie Island Lighthouse Library. The library has been adorn in fun holiday decorations. One of the displays is a lovely model ship with a crew that mysteriously keeps moving around the ship without anyone noticing. For the community, the Lighthouse Library is hosting ghostly lectures (which is a treasure for the community and the children). Retired wealthy executive Jay Ruddle has a collection of historical documents that he wants to donate, and the Brodie Island Lighthouse Library is being considered. Unfortunately, librarian Lucy Richardson finds Mr. Ruddle’s body in the rare book section (before he had announced his decision). Now Lucy and her friends find themselves trying to discover who had done the horrible deed. This story kept my attention and had me turning the pages as I tried to discover the killer’s identity (and solve the mystery of the model ship’s tiny crew that can not stay still; as well as, the ghost horse which appears intermittently). There was even some romance in Lucy and Connor’s relationship. Overall, I was enthralled by this story and satisfied by the conclusion. It is well worth reading! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Librarian Lucy Richardson is in the middle of preparing her workplace for Halloween. Jay Ruddle, a former businessman, wants to leave his collection of historical documents to a library in North Carolina. Many institutions are vying for the collection, including the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. When Jay Ruddle turns up dead in the rare books section, Lucy has to find the culprit amongst the false leads and mysterious happenings surrounding the holiday. This is a great cozy mystery to read on a dark and stormy night. I liked how the author used The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as a backdrop to this story. The red herrings and clues kept me guessing the whole time, and the ending surprised me. Since this was my first Eva Gates story, I loved how a lighthouse was used as the setting of the library. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in this wonderful series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
CozyOnUp More than 1 year ago
Lucy Richardson, Bodie Island Lighthouse librarian seems to have a way with books, murder, and now a ghost. When a Jay Ruddle, a local who has done well in the business world returns to his hometown to donate his collection of historical documents, he has narrowed the choice down to a local college and the lighthouse. Unfortunately Jay is murdered in the library before he was able to announce his final selection and Lucy finds herself smack in the middle off yet another murder investigation. While this is the fourth book in the Lighthouse Library mysteries, this is the first book I have read and I was enthralled! There was no disconnect from not having read any of the first three books in the series. The story moves at a good pace and the plot is solid. I look forward to reading the first three books in the series as well as future books.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite cozy series and I was so happy to visit the Lighthouse Library again. This one takes place during the Halloween and the Library is celebrating the Holiday with lots of ghost stories. The library is also competing with another library for a collection of important North Carolina papers. When the wealthy collector is found dead in the Library during a lecture Lucy sets out solve the murder. The author does a great job with the North Carolina background and the small town library setting. The mystery was good and the solution was surprising. This series does not need to read in order. Enjoy this return visit.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Crooked Lane Books publishing and NetGalley ** This is the first book I’ve read in this series but won’t be the last. I loved it so much! I love the setting of it taking place in Bodie lighthouse. I live at the furthest west side of North Carolina and love going to the east side and visiting Bodie lighthouse. It was such a great idea to have the setting be a library in the lighthouse! I felt like I was part of it since I’d been there before. There are so many wonderful quirky characters. Not only is this a cozy mystery but it can also be enjoyed by paranormal mystery readers also. I especially liked the Halloween setting. I plan on reading it again in October. The murder that takes place is one that kept me guessing who the killer was. This is a very clever author. I’m finding that Crooked Lane Books is my favorite publishing company.
C_Fowler More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks is a delightfully fun book to read. The Halloween setting especially adds to the charm of this book, and even though Halloween is not for a few months yet, I felt that I was right there at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina making preparations for all sorts of festivities. Lucy Richardson, the librarian, is a Halloween skeptic, but even she finds herself swept into the preparations. This book has it all -- cursed pirate ships, mysterious lights and fog figures outside the library at night, programs featuring Louise Jane and her Outer Banks ghost stories, along with a murder of a potential benefactor in the library's rare book room. With the Bodie Island Library's reputation at stake, Lucy is determined to investigate with the help of the library gang and friends. I loved the much-anticipated Spook in the Stacks and was so happy to see this fourth installment in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series and hope there will be more to follow. Even though this book is the fourth in the series, it can definitely stand on its own and will whet your appetite for more. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
Lucy Richardson is in her element working as the assistant librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. She’s surrounded by an eclectic group of staff members and the VIP library cat, Charles. Trouble begins when an elderly multi-millionaire approaches Bertie, the library director, about donating his personal collection of Outer Banks historical documents to the library. The competitors for the collection are determined they’ll receive it at whatever lengths they have to go to—even including discrediting Bertie or the Lighthouse Library. However, there’s a murder in the rare book room of the library which puts a crimp in everyone’s plans. Author Eva Gates makes a smooth transition to her new publisher, Crooked Lane Books, with book four of the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. The story kept my interest with plenty of plot twists to lead me away from the true killer’s identity. I was surprised at the reveal. The setting is at Halloween, and there is a paranormal twist included and lots of fun scenes that are entertaining. I enjoyed the progress of Connor and Lucy’s relationship...slow, but sure. I believe cozy fans will be pleased with this story. My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars. I reviewed an ARC provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane.
ArizonaJo More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates(Vicki Delany)is the fourth book in the Lighthouse Library series and was the most intriguing one to date. I was thrilled when this series found a new home at Crooked Lane Books. Ms. Gates has penned a fast paced plot with plenty of twists that kept me turning the pages. The characters have become well developed over the last three books; and I felt like I was on vacation visiting with old friends when I started reading this book. Ms. Gates' descriptive writing of the Outer Banks and the North Carolina coastline makes we want to visit each time I read one of these books. The murder turned out to be quite complex and the resolution was very satisfying. I look forward to reading many more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
dezzy33 More than 1 year ago
The Spook in the Stacks is the 4th Lighthouse Library Mystery, and the first I've read in the series. Lucy Richardson is the assistant librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. (A library in a lighthouse...what a GREAT idea!) At first, I'm not sure I'm going to like Lucy. Halloween is around the corner and very early in the book, she says: "If there's a Halloween version of the Grinch, I'm it." Over the course of the book, however, Lucy starts to question her beliefs in ghosts. She repeatedly sees a horse on the marsh, there are mysterious lights outside, and ship model pieces moving of their own accord. Hmmm... In the meantime, during a big event held outside the library, wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is murdered while perusing the rare books room. With hundreds of people traipsing around the property, anyone could have done it! Overall, the mystery was interesting. There were some loose ends that weren't tied up as well as I would've like at the end, but all in all, it was a good story.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Fun addition to the series.
WisReader More than 1 year ago
The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, on North Carolina's Outer Banks is a magical place during October. The staff is dedicated and at least one volunteer is more than exuberant. There is a little discourse over whether a library program should stick to fact or mix in fiction during presentations of the ghostly variety, as well as disputed discussions about the actual existence of ghosts. Add in some competition over a valuable collection of historical nautical documents and things begin to get tense. Are any of the disagreements worth murder? When an aged, potential benefactor is discovered dead during a special library presentation, the number of suspects and motives rise dramatically. Will the lawman in charge appreciate librarian Lucy Richardson's research skills and information about the case, or is she an interfering busybody who should be focusing on her boyfriend's political campaign? It took a long time to figure out the motive and the person responsible for the murder. I enjoyed the literary references within the storyline. The story moved along at a quick pace with unexpected moments throughout. Anyone who loves a good character driven cozy and the Halloween season will enjoy this book.
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