Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates has Lucy Richardson and Connor McNeil enjoying their engagement party at Coquina Beach with their family and friends. It is an enjoyable afternoon until the formidable Evangeline Lewiston and her son, Richard Eric Lewiston III (aka Ricky) Lucy’s ex-boyfriend (and almost-fiancé) arrive. Evangeline makes it no secret that she wants Ricky and Lucy back together. Lucy’s mother insists that they have dinner with the unexpected guests on Monday. Lucy’s hopes that the unwelcome pair will return to Boston after the dinner. After enjoying a delectable meal at Jake’s Seafood Bar, the group heads to their cars. A scream has them rushing to the kitchen door of the restaurant where they see Ruth kneeling next a man on the ground. It is quickly apparent that the man is dead. Lucy’s father recognizes the victim as his law partner and Evangeline’s husband, Richard Eric Lewiston II. With Evangeline and Ricky under suspicion, Lucy must once again don her sleuthing cap to help solve the crime. The killer is not happy with Lucy’s snooping and attempts to warn her off. It will take more than a threat to scare off this plucky sleuth. Lucy intends to solve this crime so Evangeline and Ricky can head back to Boston as quickly as possible.
Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates is the 8th A Lighthouse Library Mystery. I thought this story was well-written with developed characters. The story moved along at a quick pace with vivid descriptions. It is always a pleasure to visit the Outer Banks where Lucy Richardson works at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. She lives in her Lighthouse Aerie and will miss it when she marries. Connor McNeil and Lucy are engaged with plans to wed the following year in August. They have been searching for a home to purchase with no success. I love the characters in this charming series. They are a friendly bunch who care for one another. I like how the library staff are there for one another. The descriptions of the library are delightful. I would love to live in an apartment above the library. I, like Lucy, imagine the characters come alive at night when the library is empty. Lucy will miss her cozy abode. The whodunit was a fun one to solve. There are several people who could have offed the victim. The clues are subtle and can easily be missed. There is humor scattered throughout the story. Lucy manages to get herself into sticky situations plus doing things she does not want to do. There are subplots that enrich this book. Charlene is smitten with a visiting researcher, but Lucy fears she will get her heart broken. Bertie and Louise Jane are spending quite a bit of time behind closed doors. Connor and Lucy are trying to find a home to purchase. Lucy’s mother was very gracious. She is a kinder soul than I. I cannot imagine looking after Evangeline. Deadly Ever After can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading all the books in this engaging series. It will allow you to get to know the characters and see how far they have come since By Book or By Crook. I look forward to my next visit to the Outer Banks. Deadly Ever After is an entertaining cozy mystery with engagement party poopers, house hunting hardships, book club conversation, a misty marsh, flashing lights, a terrible threat, and an affectionate fiancé.
Deadly Ever After is available from Amazon*. You can find the other books in A Lighthouse Library Mystery series here. You can find Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delany) other novels here. I picked images from the book to share with you today. The book group was reading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Author Conan Doyle and Coquina Beach where Connor & Lucy had their engagement party. Thank you for joining me today. Tomorrow I am featuring An Amish Surprise by Shelley Shepherd Gray. It is the second book in A Berlin Bookmobile Series. I hope that you have a merry day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
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