Deadly Ever After
by Eva Gates
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published May 11th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
Librarian Lucy's wedding is at stake when a murder interrupts her engagement celebrations. To make it down the aisle, she'll have to find the killer to save the date in the 8th book in the Lighthouse Library mysteries.
They're getting married! Lucy Richardson and Connor McNeil have announced their engagement. Their friends throw a party for the couple at Coquina Beach, close to Lucy's beloved Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.
As they're packing up the presents and the (few) leftovers from Josie's Cozy Bakery, who should arrive, but Richard Eric Lewiston III, Lucy's former almost-fiancé and his overbearing mother Evangeline. Push comes to love when Evangeline makes no secret of why she's here: to get Lucy and Ricky back together.
Lucy isn't temped in the least, and Ricky is nothing but embarrassed at his mother's desperate ploy. Before returning to Boston Evangeline throws a dinner party at Jake's Seafood Bar for a reluctant Lucy and her family. Lucy hopes to get the dinner over with and see Evangeline and Ricky returning to Boson. But when a body is found at the restaurant's kitchen door, Lucy is again forced to unwillingly put on her detective's hat and do what she can to save her family and her engagement. Meanwhile, the classic novel reading club is reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, and open war breaks out in the Lighthouse Library when Lucy agrees to temporarily take care of a dog named Fluffy, but Charles the library cat has other ideas.
This is the 8th book in the Lighthouse Library series.
Lucy and the team are back just in time to celebrate Lucy's upcoming wedding to Connor. Looks like Lucy's tenure in the Lighthouse apartment is up and a transition is about to occur. A new wedding would mean new digs and Lucy struggled a bit with letting go.
But before the transition can happen, a dead body is discovered at her engagement party. Lucy once again finds herself in the middle of the action. The mystery is compelling and the characters just stick with you.
This book is a good segway from one point in life to another. I am curious how future investigations will look and how intimately the library will be in the series in the coming books.
Definitely pick this up if you are a cozy mystery lover.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.