Dare.” She punctuated every word with the poke of a long, thin finger into his chest. Tony Vellela. I enjoyed the cast of characters and hope to read more of them in the next book! I wouldn’t want to damage anything.”, “These books are precious, to be sure. “I don’t care what you think. “I can’t imagine where she got that dress. For reasons unknown to everyone in town, Poor Andrew adored Louise Jane and trotted in her wake, begging for scraps of attention. Yes, please.”. I'm most definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it arrives in September of 2015. It’s already being called the best fish place on the Outer Banks. I have no idea what any of them look like. Her head was high and she pointedly did not look at her husband as she passed. I had no problems suspending disbelief at the notion of transforming real-life Bodie Lighthouse into a public library because author Eva Gates did provide a note addressing the issue. Me!”. “You don’t have any other plans, I hope.”. I snatched my hand back, embarrassed to be caught in a moment so emotional, so personal. “We call him Teddy. Jake’s Seafood Bar. There was a sudden rush on the bar and the dessert buffet. “By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. My mother raised funds for the restoration of the lighthouse.”, “As I recall,” Aunt Ellen whispered in my ear, “Jane McKaughnan put on an enormous garden party. Flames shot into my cheeks. Of men in handsome uniforms and women in beautiful gowns. Is her sister’s birth-mom responsible? It’s nice to see you.”, “Wouldn’t miss it,” he said. “I have a bone to pick with you, Mr. Uppiton,” Louise Jane bellowed. Free on Kindle Unlimited. The premise of a library inside a historic lighthouse is what drew me to the series. . Please try your request again later. Removing this book will also remove your associated ratings, reviews, and reading sessions. Now, where were we, Your Honor? He’s opened a restaurant of his own. My feet were killing me, and it felt as if my smile were pasted on my face with superglue. Definition of by hook or crook in the Idioms Dictionary. Butch threw a smile over his shoulder as he allowed himself to be led away. In this charming new cozy mystery series from nationally bestselling author, Vicki Delany, a New York City expat-turned-Cape Cod tea shop owner must solve the murder of a local real estate developer to help her feisty grandmother out of a jam . For fans of Laura Levine, Diane Mott Davidson, and Leslie Meier. She exhaled alcoholic fumes into my face. Above that, another turn on the spiral staircase to my own room. From there, the staircase had another hundred or more winding steps to reach the top of the lighthouse. "By Book or By Crook was a fun cozy." He was the library chair, and had stalked into the lighthouse as if he owned the place, ordering the lighting in the alcove to be adjusted, demanding that more room for the bar be created, even though we had no place to put the printer. is needed for is to make tea for Bertie and to shelve books.”, “That’s enough.” Bertie pushed her way through the crowd of onlookers. I found a place against the wall and stood, munching happily, watching the room. Totally useless.”, “Quite right, Mr. Uppiton. Nothing.”. You don’t mind if I borrow this big fellow for a few minutes, do you, little lady?”. Bertie, the head Librarian, has borrowed a very rare collection of first edition Jane Austen books for display at the Library. The stairs that bypassed the main rooms and gave access only to the private collection. She’s a newcomer, meaning she might have been born on the Outer Banks, but her grandparents were not. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 Not even realizing I was undergoing a job interview, by the time tea ended, I had an offer of employment. She held out her hand. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Publication date Jun 24, 2015 . Come on, I’ll introduce you. Her eyes filled with water that threatened to spill over and ruin her heavily applied makeup. Throughout the party, every time I’d glanced toward the alcove, Theodore had been bent over the books, peering through his plain-glass spectacles, ungraciously allowing others close enough to have a look and practically shoving them aside when he figured they’d had long enough. [Eva Gates] -- For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job at the Harvard Library, but she hasn't enjoyed her family's social whirl or her sort-of-engagement to the son of her father's law partner. Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library,... Free shipping over $10. I enjoyed the idea of a lighthouse being used as a library. By Book or By Crook is a wonderful first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates. Was Bertie—calm, sensible Bertie—calling Louise Jane a donkey? Charles reminded us he was still trapped in the closet. I saw my dream of taking those books, one at a time, up to my tiny, circular room high above the crashing waves, disappearing. Her husband, however, is a member of one of our oldest families. . Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters. The idea of it as a library and being able to live/work there too would be a fantasy come true! By Book Or By Crook Jun 14, 1996. Connor McNeil. It was interesting to see the characters in the very beginning and admittedly, I did have a heads-up on which ones couldn't possibly be guilty since I read about them in later books. “Diane, you’re creating a scene.” Mr. Uppiton, the chair of the library board, took the woman’s arm. Once their children moved away for college and jobs, she and Uncle Amos had bought their dream home: a small, perfect seaside house. “If you fire Lucy,” she said, loudly enough for everyone to hear. “You,” he said, still peering down his long, patrician nose, enunciating each word carefully, “must be the new girl.”, His tone wasn’t friendly or at all welcoming. He’d grown up to be a handsome man. “You.” She stabbed one of those potentially lethal nails in my direction. The reference librarian leapt away from the machine, a look of total innocence on her face. Cruises, killers and laughter: who killed the VIP passenger? “You have your guests to see to.”. I closed the book, returned it to its place, slipped off the gloves, and laid them back on the table for the next person to use. .”, “Over and over and over,” Bertie said. You need to introduce Lucy. About By Book or By Crook Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery! Everyone knows me as Theodore. Assault and Batting: A Taylor Quinn Quilt Shop Cozy Mystery (A Taylor Quinn Quilt S... To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The setting is wonderful and perfect for a cozy mystery series. Josie slid up beside him. “Lucy Richardson. I’ll make sure she doesn’t try to drive home. . She took a hefty swig of her wine. It had been a light kiss, an innocent fourteen-year-old girl and a well-brought-up fifteen-year-old boy. from . The plot chickens! It was okay; a bit clunky in some parts, but overall a fun cozy. “You’re deliberately goading Bertie, Jonathan. Josie, helped by Charlene, was bringing out more food. Enjoy. Andrew’s head bobbed in agreement. “You’re good friends with my cousin,” I managed to choke out. “I do believe there’s a beer or two in the fridge. Without a job I had no place to live on the Outer Banks. Braxton’s most prominent citizen is found dead at the base of the water tower. By Book or By Crook (A Lighthouse Library Mystery). ), I have a slight problem with this series, even before I started reading). It was pale yellow, with a square-cut neckline, close-fitting bodice, tightly cinched patent leather black belt above a flaring skirt, and a stiff petticoat that ended sharply at the knees. Lucy, the librarian and heroine of the book, more or less also is the problem of the book: Lucy, who's supposedly 30 years old, but behaves like a thirteen-year old. On a more practical level, I didn’t know what I would do then. Everyone wore their almost-best, like proper Southern fund-raisers. Mr. Uppiton threw her a ferocious glance, and she was overcome by a coughing fit. But I knew I wanted to get back to the beginning and how it all started. If you like cozy mysteries with quirky characters who think there’s no problem a cupcake can’t fix, you’ll love this hilarious holiday whodunit. Poor thing. Just for the summer, to begin. I said I was bored with my job at the Harvard Library and wanted to make a change. Influential strangers at that. I’d been worried about getting to know everyone who was someone at the Lighthouse Library. Learn more. As I continued reading I found myself drawn into their lives and the library they all love. “My card. This was a fantastic book in a new series. The author got screwed on this one. The idea of a library housed in an old lighthouse appealed to me. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. How dare you override my authority in this manner. She isn't even subtle about it, no she runs right up to someone and blurts out that they did it. I didn’t mention how Bertie had touched my hand when she left and said that she didn’t really give a fig for my master’s degree. That the mayor of such a small town would probably know everyone quite well didn’t seem to matter to our library chair. “This is not the time nor the place.” Connor attempted to get a word in. The hands of the big clock over the door touched eight, but Bertie didn’t make her announcement. Connor was nodding at whatever Mr. Uppiton was saying, and all the while his eyes moved around the room. She dropped her voice. “I think I’ll have one of those pecan tarts after all.” I plunged through the crowd. I had no problems suspending disbelief at the notion of transforming real-life Bodie Lighthouse into a public library because author Ev. Heading not for the drinks and company, but for the back stairs. “How childish of you, Bertie.”, “That’s enough,” Connor said. It’s well past that now, isn’t it?”. The description of the eBook immediately piqued my interest. An excellent cosy mystery with all the right ingredients for a good story - quirky characters, a believable villain and a plot that moves at a steady pace. Why, you could have hired Louise Jane here for a fraction of the cost.”, “I could have hired a trained donkey for a fraction of the cost. Jodie attracted men like her pecan tarts attracted flies if left uncovered on a hot, sunny day. Bertie had said she had an important announcement to make at eight, something to do with the Austen collection. . I had a bit of a hard time getting into this new series. Stuck-up jerk. The setting was idyllic and I enjoyed reading this. His eyes were a deep brown speckled with flakes of gold. Despite her rudeness, I do feel sorry for her.”. She’d scrubbed her face, dried her eyes, and slathered on another layer of mascara and eye shadow. “And now how about a look at our piece of resistance?” Mr. Uppiton boomed, once the mayor had a bottle of beer in his hand and had managed to dry off somewhat. “We’re so excited! Not. Drives him nuts. I might not be a beauty like my cousin Josie, but I didn’t consider myself to be a total dog, either. The author says right at the beginning of this book that the idea of a lighthouse being big enough to house a fully operational library with separate living accommodation is a fantasy so that really sets the tone for the book right from the start. Wanna-be librarian. I loved this first in a new series to me-the setting was terrific as it is one of my favorite places to stay and I have visited the Bodie Lighthouse before. but a robbery and murder may threaten everything. I also loved libraries, and had loved this one in particular since I’d first seen it when vacationing on the Outer Banks. The dress was new, but the clerk in the store told me the vintage look was back in style. Unfortunately that had the result of turning Mrs. Uppiton’s attention back to me. He’s the children’s librarian and we’re very, very lucky to have him.” We hadn’t taken more than a step before Bertie gripped my arm and jerked me to a halt. Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2017. She playfully bumped her hip against his, and he put his arm around her shoulders. . Apparently I had. Even Theodore had gone in search of sustenance or further gossip. I'm glad I found my way to North Carolina and into the Lighthouse Library Mysteries. A kiss. Her whole body shook and a vein pulsed in the side of her throat. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. "-Joni Pacie, author of Murder by the Mob Back in Nags Head after ten years learning the ropes in New York City. I had nobly kept my distance from the buffet table, but seeing Connor again had thrown me for a loop and I told myself I needed sustenance in order to keep calm. Outside, night was falling, bringing with it a heavy ocean mist carried on a cool wet wind. Louise Jane pointedly ignored her, and marched into the room as though she were a general leading her forces into battle. Then he continued, “If I know Bertie, and I do, your job’s safe.”, I peered around his shoulder. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Curses! There’s so much to do. It was okay; a bit clunky in some parts, but overall a fun cozy. Genre: Cozy Mystery Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars) I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of book #2 in this series (Booked for Trouble) to review a while ago.I enjoyed the book, so I decided to go back to the beginning while the series is still young! “So, you’re the new one, are you? “Good. By Book or by Crook A Lighthouse Library Mystery (Downloadable Audiobook) : Gates, Eva : After Lucy's life falls apart, she finds happiness working with her Aunt Ellen on Bodie Island . The - three - single men of the town all flock to her - apparently it is enough to look cute and be dumb. But if I was going to get on here, in my new job, my new life, I’d pretend he’d intended it to be. "By hook or by crook" is an English phrase meaning "by any means necessary", suggesting that any means possible should be taken to accomplish a goal. My petticoat crinkled noisily as I wiped my palms on my skirt. “Excuse me?” I blinked. Now, I, for one, haven’t had any of Josie’s delicious squares yet, and there seems to be plenty of wine still left at the bar.”. “I see you two have met,” she said. Let’s have a look at you.”. “I was hoping he’d come.”. Only, I hastened to add, because of my qualifications and experience. I thought I saw the soles of Theodore’s shoes disappearing up the curving stairs. “Sure do. A walk along the beach in the dark. . “I’m sure you will,” I said. All the people I’d met since starting the job had arrived, except for . There he is.” She headed straight for the alcove, where Connor was still standing beside the collection, exchanging greetings with patrons. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. “That job was promised to me. “What we need,” Mr. Uppiton thundered, “is no further unnecessary expenses. Sense versus sensibility. Well, many years ago Paul had to hire an assistant. Dignity that you, my dear, clearly have forsaken.”. I do have a tendency to get carried away sometimes. I’ve something I want to talk to you about. From my hiding place I heard Andrew say, “Can I get you something to drink, Louise Jane?” in a high-pitched, almost pleading voice. I smiled at my aunt. Another direct hit. “Don’t you mind Theodore, honey.” My aunt Ellen slipped her arm around me. Electric, of course. Lucy leaves her Harvard Library job, her family, and her ex-fiance behind in Boston and moves to the coast of NC to take a librarian position in a small town library. “Where’s Charles?” I asked, referring to one of my favorite library employees. His fist was wrapped around the stem and it looked as if it was about to snap in two. I really enjoyed this book, and the "locked room" mystery of the Austen books kept me guessing until the very end. . Mrs. Uppiton had returned. By Crystals own admission, By Hook or by Crook is a linguistic travelogue. I slunk behind a cabinet displaying books of nautical charts and a scale model of an eighteenth-century sailing ship, wondering whether I could hide out here for the rest of the night. I was, according to him, a flighty debutante. She thinks Ronald should be her children’s personal librarian and reading instructor. “Did you know him when you were children?”, “Sakes no! Perspiration was building inside the loose white gloves. He pumped the man’s hand with an excess of enthusiasm, not giving him the chance to wipe sea spray and mist off his face and hands first. Library Journal Review By Book or by Crook. “Oh no. This library is so cool--I wish there was a real lighthouse library somewhere to visit, Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019. “Stay away from my husband.”. Knowing, fearing what was about to happen, I followed in my boss’s wake. I couldn’t bear to lose this job. “Really, my dear,” Mr. Uppiton sniffed as his sobbing wife was escorted to the ladies’ room. Too bad it was being ruined by the cacophony of false compliments and long-held grievances going on behind me. “I’m grievously disappointed in Bertie. Historical (fiction), 2,307 words, Level Z1 (Grade 5+), Lexile 900L By Hook or by Crook tells the story of Ruth and Charlie, two American children living through the Great Depression. “That’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, I’ll remind you,” he sniffed. “Mrs. “I will not be responsible for my actions.”, “A threat?” Mr. Uppiton raised one eyebrow theatrically. . The door opened, bringing in a gust of cold, wet fog, and all thoughts of seeking new employment come fall, of library budgets and board members, even of Jane Austen and that first edition of Sense and Sensibility so tantalizingly close, fled. I’d spent the whole year dreaming of him and had been shattered the next summer when I came back and heard that his father had found him a summer job in Ocracoke on a fishing charter boat. I didn’t think this was the time or the place to go into the real reason I’d fled Massachusetts so abruptly. Are you free tomorrow evening?”, “Yes, I mean for dinner.” He smiled at me. It is absolutely perfect on you. Mr. Uppiton chafed at losing his moment in the spotlight. “Really, my dear. Can I get you one?”, Relief crossed his face. Lucy didn't feel very welcome around certain people at the Lighthouse Library when she first started and was nearly accused of stealing some rare old Jane Austen books the library had on display. Settling in, getting familiar with the job.”, “Butch, my boy! About a specific lighthouse. Aunt Ellen had a slight smile on her face. Why? RAY: Everyone remembers Paul Drake from Perry Mason - Paul Drake Detective Agency. Probably supposed to be charming; really just annoying. “Is there a problem, Miss McKaughnan?”. She’d just love to have him on her staff. “By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. This book was so good! Do you want anything?’”. I know your kind.”. The setting is charming and perfect for a cozy mystery. The story gets 4 stars but the editing barely deserves 1 star. His dedication was nothing short of heroic. “But you I remember in particular. This amazing man was asking me out. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. “And you,” she said, spraying spittle all over her husband’s face, “you’ll get what’s coming to you. And I touched the worn leather cover. As its name suggests, the library I now worked in was situated in a lighthouse—a fabulous old lighthouse on Bodie Island, part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. “Have you been there yet?” Butch asked me. But don’t spend too long here. I’d enjoy trying your brother’s restaurant.”, “Good.” He took a sip of his beer. By Book or by Crook (Large Print) : Gates, Eva. “That’s not what I meant.”, Bertie’s yell drowned her out. . “Don’t worry about him, Lucy. But it wasn’t Connor she was intent on cornering. Several explanations for this phrase have come down over the years. Chocolaty, nutty, gooey sustenance. Strikingly beautiful, with long, glossy hair bleached by the sun, a pale face full of dancing freckles, cornflower blue eyes that seemed to always be sparkling, perfect white teeth. There's a problem loading this menu right now. His love of the library, Bertie had warned me on my arrival, was sometimes a bit . . I tried not to groan in disappointment. The scent was of old paper and aging leather, carrying with it memories of the foggy streets of London, the sound of horse’s hooves rattling across cobblestones, the gentle rustle of skirts and petticoats, and the crackle of fire. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Just what we need in this town. Inside, we were warm and dry, bathed in soft yellow light. His eyes were focused on me, not glancing around, not seeking someone more interesting. She was everything I am not. Most of them were women of a certain age. If he doesn’t, I’m going to do it for him. 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