SOMETHING READ SOMETHING
DEAD is the fifth book in the Lighthouse Library cozy mystery series by Eva Gates.
Librarian Lucy Richardson has inserted herself into several murder
investigations. Each time, with the best intentions, of course, Eva's
involvement may have helped the local police detectives solve the
crime. In this instance, Lucy has a very personal incentive for solving
this murder mystery when her cousin and BFF Josie is a potential
suspect. Josie's upcoming wedding is the driving force behind a lot of
what happens in this story, and emotions run high for her, as well as her
friends and family.
Although Josie has dreams of a simple wedding with the man she loves
and a few close friends and family, her somewhat odious extended
family descend on them and cause trouble, whether intentionally or
not. This ruffling of feathers leads to murder and multiple motives and
suspects to choose from. The imperious demands by Josie's
grandmother Gloria are extremely annoying, yet add comic relief. And
even though things turn deadly, no one is particularly sad to see Cousin
Mirabelle, who had tried to make a move on the groom, has died under
suspicious circumstances. Eva Gates offers clues to suggest that there
might be more than one villain and more than one target. As Lucy hunts
for clues, the danger to her increases. Lucy must separate mere
malicious mischief from calculated murderous intent. In addition to the
mystery, Lucy='s livelihood is at risk when the lighthouse she lives and
works in seems to be falling apart.
SOMETHING READ SOMETHING
DEAD is both a bridal nightmare of epic proportions and a
phenomenal mystery. Having the murder victim be so unpleasant
makes trying to pinpoint a suspect more of a challenge for readers. I
love how the familiar supporting characters all bond in supporting Josie
and supporting the funding of the lighthouse. I look forward to the next
Lighthouse Library mystery.
But to their horror, Josie's imperious grandmother, Gloria,
descends with the ‚ÄúLouisiana Mafia‚ÄĚ: a gaggle of aunts and
cousins who intend to take control of the wedding plans.
Gloria doesn't do small and simple, and cousin Mirabelle has
her own ideas for Josie's wedding, something grand and
lavish―and paid for by Josie's parents, of course―that will
kickstart her fledgling event planning business and get her
work shown on the covers of wedding magazines. To make
matters worse, Mirabelle focuses her full Southern charm on
the prospective groom‚Ä¶and Jake doesn't seem entirely adverse
to her attentions.
To smooth the waters, Lucy hosts a bridal shower at the
Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. But it turns deadly when
Mirabelle collapses―soon after eating the gluten-free treats
Josie prepared specifically for her. Now, to save her
favorite cousin from prison, Lucy will have to bring a crook
to book in this fifth festive Lighthouse Library mystery
from national bestselling author Eva Gates.