“And now how about a look at our piece of resistance?” Mr. Uppiton boomed, once the mayor had a bottle of beer in his hand and had managed to dry off somewhat. Small—pokey really—but absolutely perfect for sipping a cup of tea, reading, gazing out at the ocean, and daydreaming. Ronald had been backed into a corner by Mrs. Peterson, who was still talking and gesticulating wildly. Since he’d made a beeline for Josie, I—telling myself I was not at all disappointed—had tried to pay him no further attention. “You. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Mrs. Peterson took his vacation as a personal insult. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Candlelight would have been perfect, but this was, after all, a public place and a library at that. Buy a cheap copy of By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates. Connor McNeil. Right, Lucy?”, I found my tongue at long last. Bertie had said she had an important announcement to make at eight, something to do with the Austen collection. There are four books in total so far. “Love, love, love that dress, by the way. She loves the Outer Banks, the library and her apartment in a refurbished lighthouse. This deck is designed to be part of my "By Book or by Crook" partnership, in which the unlikely pair of Daisy Walker & "Skids" O'Toole stick together for mutual benefit, as several cards in both decks can benefit other investigators at the same location. The author got screwed on this one. Reading it, smelling it, touching it. Butch threw a smile over his shoulder as he allowed himself to be led away. Removing this book will also remove your associated ratings, reviews, and reading sessions. At least he kept the gloves on and turned the pages carefully and with the reverence they deserved. There he is.” She headed straight for the alcove, where Connor was still standing beside the collection, exchanging greetings with patrons. An excellent cosy mystery with all the right ingredients for a good story - quirky characters, a believable villain and a plot that moves at a steady pace. “You pompous jerk! Her dress was lower cut than suited her turkey-neck throat and chest and she tottered on stiletto sandals with straps the thickness of dental floss. “Don’t worry about him, Lucy. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Lucy begins her tenure at a lighthouse library begins with a murder and missing first edition; first in series Proof of Murder (A Beyond the Page Bookstore Mystery). and up . My aching feet were reminding me that I should stick to ballet flats and sports sandals. I refrained from mentioning that about the last person I’d ever want to get close to (shudder) was Mr. Uppiton. I have no idea what any of them look like. I stood, fixed to the spot, as Mr. Uppiton dragged the mayor around the room, introducing him to everyone of importance and ignoring those who were not. “Have you been there yet?” Butch asked me. I was, according to him, a flighty debutante. Louise Jane grinned maliciously beside him. Not here,” she muttered. .”, “Lucy,” he said, with a huge smile. As I have said . I didn’t think this was the time or the place to go into the real reason I’d fled Massachusetts so abruptly. I slunk behind a cabinet displaying books of nautical charts and a scale model of an eighteenth-century sailing ship, wondering whether I could hide out here for the rest of the night. That Louise Jane had neither education in library science nor any experience other than shelving books and checking them out seemed not to matter to her one bit. The majority of the interior lights had been switched off, leaving only a scattering of wall sconces to illuminate the room. "-Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries "A library in a lighthouse? You know that nephew of mine? Settling in, getting familiar with the job.”, “Butch, my boy! Seven forty-five. Two chocolate-chip cookies. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Please don’t lean over them like that.”, His nose might have been made for peering down at uppity young librarians. Theodore was attempting to shrink his six-foot frame in order to slink around Connor and Mr. Uppiton and get back at the books. “That would be great. The story gets 4 stars but the editing barely deserves 1 star. . “Bertie was planning some sort of big announcement at eight. Pleased to meet you, Mr. . I figured he meant “dilettante,” but wasn’t about to point out the difference. Thinking of Josie and her business, I snuck a glance at the dessert buffet she’d catered. Knowing, fearing what was about to happen, I followed in my boss’s wake. These events dramatically increase the number of visitors and tourists to the Library and to the town. “Are you three going to stand here chatting all night long? All the people I’d met since starting the job had arrived, except for . "By hook or by crook" is an English phrase meaning "by any means necessary", suggesting that any means possible should be taken to accomplish a goal. The characters were fine but by page 20 I really wanted to smack one or two of them. “It’s been an awful long time.”. Are you free tomorrow evening?”, “Yes, I mean for dinner.” He smiled at me. by Eva Gates Elise Arsenault Audiobook. Library Journal Review By Book or by Crook. I gritted my teeth. About a specific lighthouse. I’m sure her books are delighted to be breathing salty air once again.”. “No, Jonathan, you’re the one who made a scene. By any means necessary to accomplish the purpose; one way or another. My sympathy shifted and I felt very sorry for Mrs. Uppiton. For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. Waves of heat were rising. There was no plot development up to the point where I decided not to continue -- no clues, no nothing. Her head was high and she pointedly did not look at her husband as she passed. Oops, looks like we’re running out of napkins.”. Mr. Uppiton chafed at losing his moment in the spotlight. Which they didn’t. Probably supposed to be charming; really just annoying. She plucked the wineglass out of Butch’s paw and placed a bottle of the Outer Banks Brewing Station’s stout in its place. An illustrated first edition, printed in London in 1811. He smiled and nodded, but I couldn’t help but notice that his eyes were jerking around the room, looking desperately for an escape. “Lucy, the new assistant librarian. “Josie’s right, as always,” Aunt Ellen said. Both investigators have action advantage effects enabling up to 9 total actions each round. They might be informal ones, but they were still duties. “Welcome, Connor. I went home to Boston the next day, vacation over. The first boy I’d ever kissed. These retirees were prepared to bake cookies and carol. He was speaking louder than he needed to, and although he was trying to look concerned, the corners of his mouth were in danger of curling upward. I gave you my youth, my beauty. By Book or By Crook is a wonderful first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates. It had been a light kiss, an innocent fourteen-year-old girl and a well-brought-up fifteen-year-old boy. My mother raised funds for the restoration of the lighthouse.”, “As I recall,” Aunt Ellen whispered in my ear, “Jane McKaughnan put on an enormous garden party. Josie slid up beside him. But that kiss remained, all these years later, the best kiss I had ever had. I couldn’t bear to lose this job. The crotchety old jerk, he’d made it plain to everyone who’d listen—and many who didn’t want to—that he didn’t like me and didn’t want me in the job. “I call an emergency meeting for tomorrow night. Her eyes filled with water that threatened to spill over and ruin her heavily applied makeup. His eyes were focused on me, not glancing around, not seeking someone more interesting. She’s a newcomer, meaning she might have been born on the Outer Banks, but her grandparents were not. “Excuse me,” he said with an accent I’d last heard when Prince William visited America. Charlene laughed. “What we need,” Mr. Uppiton thundered, “is no further unnecessary expenses. I also loved libraries, and had loved this one in particular since I’d first seen it when vacationing on the Outer Banks. “You,” he said, still peering down his long, patrician nose, enunciating each word carefully, “must be the new girl.”, His tone wasn’t friendly or at all welcoming. Now, where were we, Your Honor? Buy or borrow today. No one made a move to leave. This library is so cool--I wish there was a real lighthouse library somewhere to visit, Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Or it might have been Charles the cat, expressing his opinion at being locked in the closet. You’d think he and I would get on well. I will do whatever is necessary to maintain the integrates of this library and its funding.”. His eyes were a nice shade of pale blue, and would have been attractive if not for the look of intense adoration they had when looking at Louise Jane. Both investigators have action advantage effects enabling up to 9 total actions each round. The description of the eBook immediately piqued my interest. “Mrs. When I announced that I’d been able to secure a visit of the Austen collection, Mrs. Peterson actually said, out loud”—here Bertie put on a very good imitation of a snooty, high-pitched voice—“‘But why would anyone be interested in such old books?’”. If it worked out, it could become permanent. by hook or crook phrase. Throughout the party, every time I’d glanced toward the alcove, Theodore had been bent over the books, peering through his plain-glass spectacles, ungraciously allowing others close enough to have a look and practically shoving them aside when he figured they’d had long enough. It is absolutely perfect on you. . I figure you’re the one to give him an awful good talkin’-to. “Get me a beer,” she snapped. Learn more. Since I’d started work here all of four days ago, I figured I’d lost enough weight on those stairs that I could indulge in one of Josie’s Cozy Bakery’s gooey pecan tarts. “Let me finish introducing Lucy,” Ellen said to Bertie. He, I realized, was playing to the audience, and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. Was Bertie—calm, sensible Bertie—calling Louise Jane a donkey? I’ll make sure she doesn’t try to drive home. please sign up Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters. This was a fantastic book in a new series. She understood. I could hardly tie her up and carry her out the door over my shoulder, now, could I? For fans of Laura Levine, Diane Mott Davidson, and Leslie Meier. I told Butch about vacationing on the Outer Banks when I was a kid. . In addition to her job as head librarian of the Lighthouse Library, Bertie was a yoga instructor. Everyone’s simply dying to meet her.” It was Josie, my cousin. Great story and characters, though and a very well-plotted murder. This is a party to celebrate the Austen collection and all of Bertie’s hard work in securing it for us. Though, the actual lighthouse does NOT have a library in it, and the author does state this. My face has a horrible habit of showing exactly what I’m feeling at any given moment. She isn't even subtle about it, no she runs right up to someone and blurts out that they did it. Publication date Jun 24, 2015 . Flames shot into my cheeks. For reasons unknown to everyone in town, Poor Andrew adored Louise Jane and trotted in her wake, begging for scraps of attention. Instead, she slipped into a dark recess behind the shelf labeled Morrison–Proulx and stood alone, taking deep, calming breaths while gathering her arms in swooping motions to her chest. He’d propped a pair of reading glasses on his nose. He held out a massive paw. Louise Jane treated him with mild contempt, when she could be bothered to notice him at all. “Credit me with a medium of taste.” I suspect he meant “modicum.” Again, I declined to correct him. The door opened, bringing in a gust of cold, wet fog, and all thoughts of seeking new employment come fall, of library budgets and board members, even of Jane Austen and that first edition of Sense and Sensibility so tantalizingly close, fled. “You’re good friends with my cousin,” I managed to choke out. We left Ronald, looking increasingly desperate under the barrage of Mrs. Peterson’s verbal assault, to his own devices. The Demise will twist and turn you, and then twist you again. .”, “Over and over and over,” Bertie said. I’d never seen her before. I thought she had more sense.”, “Obviously not,” Louise Jane said. How dare you override my authority in this manner. I saw my dream of taking those books, one at a time, up to my tiny, circular room high above the crashing waves, disappearing. “The proper place for books. Which they almost always did. Wouldn’t be much of a mayor if I didn’t.” His eyes were the color of the ocean on a sunny day, and as welcoming and friendly. By the time I finally made up my mind I had a nice little pile of treats on my plate. " By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. As its name suggests, the library I now worked in was situated in a lighthouse—a fabulous old lighthouse on Bodie Island, part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The alcove against the back wall, where generations of lighthouse keepers had sat to record the weather and the temperament of the ocean, ships passing, and the routine of lighting and extinguishing the great lamps, was now the central display area. A kiss. “Your Honor!” Mr. Uppiton boomed. Of men in handsome uniforms and women in beautiful gowns. This is my assistant . By Book or By Crook is the first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. I managed to get about a third of the way through this, then just skipped to the end to find out "who done it". Will Adrienne solve the mystery before it's too late? Inside, we were warm and dry, bathed in soft yellow light. This book was so good! She thinks Ronald should be her children’s personal librarian and reading instructor. RAY: Everyone remembers Paul Drake from Perry Mason - Paul Drake Detective Agency. . Only, I hastened to add, because of my qualifications and experience. . Previous page of related Sponsored Products. And not finding it. Eat, I mean. The plot chickens! She’d just love to have him on her staff. The minute I’d entered the building—long before that; the minute I’d first seen it from the road when I was a child on vacation—I’d loved it. Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries “Don’t you mind Theodore, honey.” My aunt Ellen slipped her arm around me. Except for one or two, I have no idea what any of them look like. “He means, of course, the Austen collection,” Bertie said. I tried not to groan in disappointment. Genre: Cozy Mystery Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars) I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of book #2 in this series (Booked for Trouble) to review a while ago.I enjoyed the book, so I decided to go back to the beginning while the series is still young! Someone bumped him from behind and mumbled, “Sorry.” Butch stepped closer to me. “I do believe there’s a beer or two in the fridge. Just as the events showcasing the priceless books begin, the president of the library board is murdered in the lighthouse and the loaned Austen books start disappearing one by one. The general collection was accessible from the main staircase and filled three floors. Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries It was much too high to actually look over. I doubt she’s read a single book since high school. “Stay away from my husband.”. I rubbed my hands together. “Most of the board seems to be here,” he said. I enjoyed the idea of a lighthouse being used as a library. Why, you could have hired Louise Jane here for a fraction of the cost.”, “I could have hired a trained donkey for a fraction of the cost. Cupcakes, casinos and laughter - join Tiffany as she tries to solve the mystery of Ethan Becker's death. Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library,... Free shipping over $10. Narrated by Elise Arsenault. Their mother is dead. “You haven’t had a chance to meet. See those glasses? To see what your friends thought of this book, Well, many years ago Paul had to hire an assistant. Connor’s lips moved. It’s nice to see you.”, “Wouldn’t miss it,” he said. No, there he was. “Left her reapplying her makeup. I’ve said all along—haven’t I, Andrew?—that what we need here is someone from a true Bodie Island family. Can I get you one?”, Relief crossed his face. 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