When I was a young woman (and I won’t say how long ago that was) about the only thing I wanted in life was to get the heck out of Nags Head. The Outer Banks in the 70s: talk about boring! It wasn’t so bad in the summer, I guess, with the beach and influxes of tourists, but in the winter when we had school! I shudder to think.
I had dreams of becoming a famous model or actress, of a handsome rich man sweeping me off my feet to a life full of love and pampered. . .richness?
I am not, shall we say, unattractive, but I soon came to realize that I couldn’t act my way out of a paper bag and I’m much too short, at five foot four, to ever be a model.
But I did find my handsome rich man. I met him when I was still in high school, he was in law school, vacationing on the Outer Banks one summer. We fell in love almost instantly. It was heavenly. I adored him, and he adored me in return.
You can be sure that his blue-blooded Boston family didn’t care for me one bit. But tough on them, he didn’t care. And so we were married. Our first child came, with what his mother called unseemly haste, soon after. Three boys and then the daughter I dreamed of. I named her Lucille, after my mother-in-law, but I always called her Lucy, which the dowager Mrs. Richardson hated.
I got the pampered richness part of my dream, but the love didn’t last long. Still, I don’t suppose you can expect it to last forever, can you? I have my friends (what they call friends in my circle), my charities, my bridge clubs, and that serves me perfectly fine. As long as I can get a lot of shopping in as well.
And now, it’s up to me to make sure that Lucy doesn’t make mistakes of her own. She, foolish girl, fled Ricky’s marriage proposal for some silly idea of wanting to marry for love.
Really, Ricky is perfectly suitable; his father is my husband’s law partner after all. And if he has an eye for the ladies that isn’t entirely controlled, she can learn to live with that, can’t she? I did.
So, here I am in the Outer Banks to persuade Lucy to quit her job at that ridiculous library in a lighthouse where she works. She lives in an apartment on the fourth floor. Never mind the stairs; I can’t imagine there’s room for a suitable bath tub or a kitchen large enough for a catering company to work in.
I checked into the Ocean Side Hotel. It was quite a shock, I can tell you, when I saw my old high school enemy Karen Whiteside working here as a maid. I managed to avoid her once. I certainly don’t want to give her the opportunity to start spouting all that nonsense about that supposedly big “secret” she’s nurtured about me all these years.
Who knows what might happen if that gets out.
You can read more about Suzanne in Booked For Trouble, the second book in the “Lighthouse Library” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is By Book or by Crook.
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About the author
Eva Gates is the national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin Obsidian, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, The first in the series is By Book or By Crook. Booked for Trouble was released on September 1. Eva is the pen name of Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. Eva can be found at www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com and Vicki at www.vickidelany.com and Facebook