A Day in the Life of Lucy Richardson by Eva Gates

Reading Up A StormParty time!

I love a good party, particularly a surprise party. It’s the 10th anniversary of Bertie James coming to work at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library here on the Outer Banks, and the staff have decided to put on a big party to celebrate.

Bertie isn’t one for wanting a lot of fuss and attention, so we’re going to surprise her. Everyone is coming. Including the mayor, Connor O’Neil, and police officer Butch Greenblatt. Things have been a bit tense around here since I accidently made a date with both of them for the same time. And not just any date either, but the Mayor’s Ball with Connor and the grand opening of his brother’s restaurant with Butch.


The problem is that I like them both, a lot. And they both seem to like me. Although lately I’ve been starting to become aware that I like one of them as a friend, and the other as. . . well, not just as a friend.

Anyway, it’s going to be a wonderful party. My cousin Josie is doing the catering, so you know the food is going to be great. I’ve heard she’s doing a cake that is going to blow everyone’s socks off.

Speaking of blows, the only thing that might spoil the party is the big storm, rapidly heading our way. It’s not expected to hit the Nags Head area for some time yet, so we should be able to get everyone on their way safely.

From the little apartment on the fourth floor of the lighthouse that I call my lighthouse aerie, I can see a long way out to sea. It’ll be fun to sit up there and watch the storm.

I sure hope the partygoers as well as ships at sea get to harbor safely before it hits. There is a reason this stretch of the coast is called the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

Reading Up A Storm is the third book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series, published by Obsidian, April 2016.

The national bestselling author of Booked for Trouble returns with another charming mystery set in the most literary lighthouse in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Misfortune blows into North Carolina’s Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves local librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a strange new mystery. . .

After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat, Charles, and a good book. But her R and R is cut short when she notices some mysterious lights leading a small boat to crash into the coast.

The two shipwrecked seafarers survive the ordeal—but one of them shows up dead ashore a few days later. Lucy finds herself again roped into a murder investigation and navigating a sea of suspects, all of whom had motives to deep-six the deceased. And this time, she has a sinking feeling that finding the real killer won’t be so easy. . .

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About the author
Eva Gates is the author of the Lighthouse Library cozy series from Penguin Obsidian, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, featuring Boston-transplant librarian, and highly reluctant sleuth, Lucy Richardson. Eva is the pen name of bestselling author Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers, author of the Year Round Christmas Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. Visit them at www.vickidelany.com, Facebookand @vickidelany.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of Reading Up A Storm. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end April 8, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

66 responses to “A Day in the Life of Lucy Richardson by Eva Gates

  1. Doward Wilson

    Great review on one of my favorite series. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. rosemary pfeiffer

    oh this sounds like a wonderful book to read,thanks for the chance

  3. I love the cover that U.S. So inviting. The story sounds amazing . I have not had the honor of reading any of your books so thanks for the chance.

  4. I have to read this book. I’m hooked on the series. The covers are to die for and of course the titles, characters and backdrop. What’s not to love?

  5. Emilie-Louise Davis

    I am fan of this series and can’t wait to read this book. The covers are gorgeous and so is that cat. It reminds me of the good times I have had at the NC beach!

  6. I’d like this as one of my birthday gifts.


  7. Terri Crossley

    Thanks for the chance! I love this cover and this book sounds great!

  8. Reading Up A Storm sounds awesome, and I love the cover art. Thank you for the chance to win.

  9. I have been to the Outer Banks, but never up in a lighthouse. I do remember stories about the fake lights though. Sounds interesting.

  10. I enjoyed #1 in this series. Looking forward to the rest.

  11. Donna Gantt

    I haven’t read one of these lighthouse mysteries yet but I’d like to. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  12. Have loved this series so far. Can’t wait to read this newest one.

  13. Thanks for hosting me, Dru, and thanks your entering the contest everyone.

  14. I really enjoy this series-from the improbable dwelling place to the contrasting characters. Looking forward to third book.

  15. Barbara Hackel

    I love reading books about the Outer Banks, and this series is great. Having been caught by the tail of a hurricane while camping, I would like to see a storm (not feel it) sitting in a lighthouse! Thanks for today’s choice Dru! Thank you to Eva for the possibility to win what sounds like a great book! 🙂

  16. Peggy Hyndman

    Reading Up A Storm sounds great. I love the cover! Thank you for this chance.

  17. Nice to have a celebration to liven things up! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. This is such an enjoyable series.

  19. What a great idea for a cozy mystery. A library in a lighthouse is so unique that it makes me want to find a lighthouse to establish one. Thanks for the review and the giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

  20. I want it! I want it! Please!

  21. Celia Fowler

    I love everything about the Lighthouse Mysteries and am so excited for the release of Reading Up A Storm! Thanks for the chance to win a print copy of the book Dru Ann!

  22. Definitely on my TBR pile! Sounds like a treat.

  23. Janet Morrissey

    I’ve had this on pre-order for some time now, so it will be on my Kindle on Tuesday morning.

  24. Cheryl Corbitt

    I thoroughly enjoyed By Book or By Crook and would like to catch up on Lucy’s latest adventures.

  25. Vicki Delany (Eva Gates) is one of my “favorite” authors. I have enjoyed almost all of her books and I would love to win her newest one in the Lighthouse series. Thanks.

  26. I enjoy the lighthouse mysteries. Thank you for the chance to win

  27. Doris Ann Norris

    I love Vicki’s books and certainly wouldn’t miss Eva’s. A library in a lighthouse! Wish I would have found that place. When I was young, eons ago, I wanted to be a lighthouse keeper. (I’m the oldest in a large family and the privacy sounded like heaven). And I followed my dream career and became a librarian….now the 2000 year-old librarian.

    • Thanks, Doris Ann. Sometimes being alone in a lighthouse does have appeal, doesn’t it.

  28. elainehroberson

    I love your series. This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  29. I absolutely love, love, love this awesome series!!! The cover of this new book is so fabulous…..I love the ocean and lighthouses and kitties!!!!!! A library in a lighthouse is just so cool!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win!!! God bless you!!!!

  30. Two of my favorite things in the whole world are lighthouses and libraries.This series has both and lucky Lucy gets to live in it as well, my idea od a dream come true.

  31. The Lighthouse library series sounds great. I’m always looking for new author.

  32. New author for me, have to check her out, series sounds good, hope I win, ty

  33. wendynewcomb

    This sounds like a great cozy!

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  34. Lighthouse, libraries and mysteries, oh my! What a great combination. Sounds like an awesome read. Thanks for the chance.

  35. I love the lighthouse setting! Thanks for the contest.

  36. I think I love Lucy! I have a huge TBR stack but I’m adding to it!

  37. I love a good hurricane party and a mystery as well

  38. Mary Jane H.

    Love, love this series! Can’t wait to read this one.

  39. I love this series. A library, a cat and a mystery, what could be better. Lucy is a great sleuth and makes for a great read. Looking forward to reading book #3. .Thanks for a great giveaway.

  40. This series is terrific! I grew up in Duluth MN listening to the foghorns from Splitrock lighthouse. It was such a comforting, yet mournful, sound and no longer operational.

  41. Oooh, oooh, I hope I win! I loved the first two books in this series. Can’t wait to read this one. I also love the Molly Smith Series by Eva’s other self, Vicki Delany!

  42. It took two tries to get the one guy, huh?

  43. Marilyn Denler

    Cats,libraries,and lighthouses! Some of my most favorites! Loved going ” Up North” to Split Rock lighthouse the summer before last. Imagined living there on the shore of Superior. I haven’t read any books by Eva yet,so looking forward to this series. Thank you for the chance to enter the contest .

  44. I grew up near Lake Michigan. Love me some lighthouses!


  45. MaryAnn Forbes

    I would really like to read Reading Up A Storm; thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  46. Vicki Highley

    I love Eva Gates books. I would love the chance to win a copy of Reading up a Storm.

  47. Susan Needham

    This sounds like an interesting series.I would love the chance to win because I’ve never won a book before or anything really.Thank-you for the opportunity and best wishes in all your future endeavors.

  48. Jess Dimovski

    Would love to read it! Thanks for the chance!

  49. Libraries and lighthouses are two of my favorite things and I love this series. I’d love to win a copy of the new book!

  50. Already added to my WishList…..
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  51. Karen Terry

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  52. I love this series, I can’t wait to read the next adventure 🙂

  53. Such a beautiful cover. Sounds like a perfect escape!

  54. Lynne Moody

    So so Love the book cover 💟💟💟 Would Love to read this Wonderful sounding book 💟 Thank you for a chance to win 🙂

  55. Looking forward to reading Lucy’s latest adventure.

  56. I really enjoyed the first in this series and am eager to get to spend more time with Lucy and the rest of the crew. This definitely sounds like a good book (plus, great cover). Thanks for the chance to win.

  57. excited about this newest installment in the series!!