by book or by crook

. I like the occasional glass of wine, but tonight I was sticking to mineral water; I knew I needed to keep my wits about me when meeting a room full of strangers. The premise of a library inside a historic lighthouse is what drew me to the series. The minute I’d entered the building—long before that; the minute I’d first seen it from the road when I was a child on vacation—I’d loved it. His eyes were focused on me, not glancing around, not seeking someone more interesting. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. “Lucy, the new assistant librarian. By book or by crook : a lighthouse library mystery. “It’s a real coup for the library, and for the town, that you were able to get it here, Bertie. Everyone knows me as Theodore. Now, if you’ll excuse me.” He turned away from me. Waves of heat were rising. Which they didn’t. Who wouldn’t? Eva Gates is a new author to me. “Your Honor!” Mr. Uppiton boomed. The setting was idyllic and I enjoyed reading this. I was, according to him, a flighty debutante. Not here,” she muttered. Peterson, one of our most active patrons. . As if my thoughts had summoned her themselves, the door flew open, bringing in more cold, damp air, along with the one person I was hoping I wouldn’t see. He was speaking louder than he needed to, and although he was trying to look concerned, the corners of his mouth were in danger of curling upward. “I’m glad.”. See if you don’t. The idea of it as a library and being able to live/work there too would be a fantasy come true! "-Joni Pacie, author of Murder by the Mob Now, where were we, Your Honor? The dress was new, but the clerk in the store told me the vintage look was back in style. 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. Enjoy. “That job was promised to me. Apparently Jake, like so many men before him, had been discarded. As Mr. Uppiton knows full well. Romance and laughter—as well as foolishness and heartbreak. Andrew was close to six feet tall, but I’d have been surprised if he weighed more than a hundred and fifty pounds soaking wet. But with murder on the wish list, can they unwrap a killer? please sign up People moved away and conversation resumed, as everyone pretended not to have been caught listening. She loves the Outer Banks, the library and her apartment in a refurbished lighthouse. But they’ll be put back in their cabinet as soon as the party’s over. “Teddy has airs and pretentions, but he knows everything there is to know about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature. I gritted my teeth. “The reviews of the restaurant have been great,” Josie said. He’d disapproved of the collection of vocal jazz CDs Bertie had selected for tonight’s background music, and took a stack of Mozart and Beethoven out of his cavernous, ever-present briefcase. A beach party, a roaring bonfire shooting sparks into the night air, laughing kids, waves crashing on the unseen shore, a blanket of stars overhead. I had no problems suspending disbelief at the notion of transforming real-life Bodie Lighthouse into a public library because author Ev. excessive. The author got screwed on this one. In the sudden silence, I could hear a ghost screaming from the depths of a castle dungeon. Hips that definitely did not need further poundage. “Let’s dry those tears.”. She arrives as a set of Jane Austen first editions arrives for display at the Bodie Lighthouse Library. He smelled of beer and aftershave and delicious male hormones. “What we need,” Mr. Uppiton thundered, “is no further unnecessary expenses. Lucy has left her life in Boston to begin a job as assistant Librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina at a very special time. Bertie stepped forward. I wouldn’t want to damage anything.”, “These books are precious, to be sure. He’s opened a restaurant of his own. He sniffed. I put down my half-finished cookie and took a step forward. The characters were fine but by page 20 I really wanted to smack one or two of them. by hook or by crook definition: 1. by any method possible: 2. by any method possible: 3. using any method possible: . On a more practical level, I didn’t know what I would do then. Settling in, getting familiar with the job.”, “Butch, my boy! Inside, we were warm and dry, bathed in soft yellow light. By Book or By Crook Loved this new First book of a series! 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. Connor had been a cute boy. Her fingernails were the color of the wine in the glass she gripped in her right hand. I am, in fact, quite disappointed in Bertie for agreeing to house the collection in this”—he waved his hand as if encompassing not only the crowded room but also the lighthouse we were standing in, the Outer Banks, the moist sea air, and the waves crashing against the sand dunes, maybe even North Carolina itself—“place.”, “This is a library,” I said. Thick white hair hung in curls around his collar, and he wore shiny black loafers, sharply ironed gray trousers, a crisp white dress shirt, and a giant yellow polka-dot bow tie. I shoved my hand forward. Once again, conversation ground to a halt and heads turned. “But you I remember in particular. She isn't even subtle about it, no she runs right up to someone and blurts out that they did it. But not the impression I was hoping for. . She’d just love to have him on her staff. “At least,” Diane said, with a snort, “she’s not very pretty.”. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Heading not for the drinks and company, but for the back stairs. The characters are realistic and likable (except those that are, well, unlikeable, like Louise Jane) and are fun to get to know. From there, the staircase had another hundred or more winding steps to reach the top of the lighthouse. Learn more about the program. By Book or By Crook is the first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. [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. Most of them were women of a certain age. He’s a cook—a chef, I guess I should say. .”. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2016. By Book or By Crook was book one in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. “Butch Greenblatt,” he said. Thinking of Josie and her business, I snuck a glance at the dessert buffet she’d catered. There's a problem loading this menu right now. By Book or by Crook Solving Crimes with My Nephew, Sherlock. Louise Jane treated him with mild contempt, when she could be bothered to notice him at all. 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. Jodie attracted men like her pecan tarts attracted flies if left uncovered on a hot, sunny day. Although in the back of my mind I was aware of Connor, moving easily through the room, exchanging greetings with everyone. Where we kept rare and valuable books. 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. Most of the onlookers nodded politely. Her husband, however, is a member of one of our oldest families. I managed to get about a third of the way through this, then just skipped to the end to find out "who done it". You shouldn’t have hired anyone. The characters were fine but by page 20 I really wanted to smack one or two of them. Most of the men were in open-necked shirts, but a few wore a jacket and tie. Boston . By Book or by Crook (Large Print) : Gates, Eva. By Book or By Crook is the first book in Eva Gates Lighthouse Library Mystery series. Mrs. Peterson took his vacation as a personal insult. “So glad you could make it.” He pushed and shoved his way across the room to get to the new arrival. She’s a newcomer, meaning she might have been born on the Outer Banks, but her grandparents were not. Her eyes filled with water that threatened to spill over and ruin her heavily applied makeup. I have people I need you to meet.”. We will vote on terminating the position of assistant librarian and putting a moratorium on any further hiring.”, “Hey,” Louise Jane protested. Her face was flushed with rage. 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. As proof that life was never fair, Josie was model tall and model thin (except for the generous breasts—more unfairness!). As well he might. . Louise Jane McKaughnan. by hook or crook phrase. Someone who knows the history of the land, someone in whom the blood of the old families runs in . Mr. Uppiton threw her a ferocious glance, and she was overcome by a coughing fit. A world of balls and dances. By Book Or By Crook Jun 14, 1996. Two chocolate-chip cookies. Tony Vellela. “Too late! Normally a writer of textbooks and dictionariesutterly self-contained literary worldsthis book takes a meandering path through the Welsh countryside while observing and commenting on the road signs leading to contemporary standard English. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. Lighthouses, books, and wonderful new fresh characters! They might be informal ones, but they were still duties. The hands of the big clock over the door touched eight, but Bertie didn’t make her announcement. Plain glass. My eyes flew open. Enjoy, Lucy. Louise Jane grinned maliciously beside him. The first boy I’d ever kissed. “Oh no. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. His dedication was nothing short of heroic. That coup alone greatly increases library attendance, but then the Chairman of the Library Board is murdered at the Library, and then the Austen books start disappearing. Louise Jane had volunteered at the library a few times, filling in here and there for vacations, and she thought that qualified her for a full-time position. It was okay; a bit clunky in some parts, but overall a fun cozy. I do have a tendency to get carried away sometimes. I'm glad I found my way to North Carolina and into the Lighthouse Library Mysteries. Book 1 in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series Author Eva Gates. Beyond my room, the stairs were seldom used in this day of electric, computer-programmed lamps. Her eyes danced with amusement. I scarcely heard her. “I want to give him all the business I can. The phrase is very old, first recorded in the Middle English Controversial Tracts of John Wyclif in 1380. One of these items ships sooner than the other. You’d think he and I would get on well. . She is so dumb she runs around town accusing all and sundry of having committed a crime, without having the slightest shred of evidence. “Banished to the closet by the staff break room for the duration of the party.”, “If you listen closely you can hear the howls of indignation from here.” Charles (named in honor of Mr. Dickens) was the library cat. “By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. Would Mr. Uppiton go through with his threat? I’m the new assistant librarian. He nodded his thanks. He, I realized, was playing to the audience, and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it. “It’s been an awful long time.”. Come on, I’ll introduce you. Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters. We don’t have the funds in the budget. .”, “My brother’s working flat out to make his restaurant a success,” Butch said. To have space and time and the support to make some decisions about the direction I wanted my life to take. By Hook or by Crook chronicles the tale of two unlikely friends who commit petty crimes as they search for a path to understanding themselves and the outside world. I’m sure her books are delighted to be breathing salty air once again.”. By Book or By Crook is a wonderful first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates. Everyone’s simply dying to meet her.” It was Josie, my cousin. “Lucy Richardson. You know that nephew of mine? Someone bumped him from behind and mumbled, “Sorry.” Butch stepped closer to me. He also was almost shouting, playing to the crowd once again. Butch threw a smile over his shoulder as he allowed himself to be led away. By Book or By Crook (A Li... Drives him nuts. I was quite proud to be a librarian. 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. . “How nice.” I glanced around the room, seeking escape. The tip of his tongue was trapped between small browning teeth, and a spot of drool touched the corner of his plump lips. About how this place, this library, is more important to you than our marriage of thirty years?”. That, of course, was the purpose of the gloves: to keep human sweat and other impurities off the precious objects. Poor Ronald. Her whole body shook and a vein pulsed in the side of her throat. He was born about ten miles from this very spot, over in Nags Head. Making friendly.”, “Come on,” Bertie said, “I’ll introduce you.”. Cruises, killers and laughter: who killed the VIP passenger? “And you,” she said, spraying spittle all over her husband’s face, “you’ll get what’s coming to you. There was no plot development up to the point where I decided not to continue -- no clues, no nothing. Aunt Ellen had a slight smile on her face. Except for one or two, I have no idea what any of them look like. Their mother is dead. “Do you hear me? “We’ll catch up later,” they seemed to say. “Diane, I don’t think . To my horror, he extended an ungloved hand toward the book. Mr. Uppiton looked quite pleased with himself, but I sensed the majority of the room was not on his side. Unfortunately that had the result of turning Mrs. Uppiton’s attention back to me. The alcove against the back wall, where generations of lighthouse keepers had sat to record the weather and the temperament of the ocean, ships passing, and the routine of lighting and extinguishing the great lamps, was now the central display area. I enjoyed the cast of characters and hope to read more of them in the next book! Probably supposed to be charming; really just annoying. 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. Peterson is allergic to cats. You don’t have to worry much about her, honey. I couldn’t bear to lose this job. The - three - single men of the town all flock to her - apparently it is enough to look cute and be dumb. For reasons unknown to everyone in town, Poor Andrew adored Louise Jane and trotted in her wake, begging for scraps of attention. I stood, fixed to the spot, as Mr. Uppiton dragged the mayor around the room, introducing him to everyone of importance and ignoring those who were not. I won’t stand for it.”, “You,” Mr. Uppiton said, “have no choice. And not finding it. Without a job I had no place to live on the Outer Banks. Just for the summer, to begin. So I shouldn't have been too surprised by the woeful lack of research about the first editions of Jane Austen's novels. “By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. “Go ahead, honey,” Bertie said, with a laugh. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. ), I have a slight problem with this series, even before I started reading). Silas Howard plays Shy (a transgender man), who leaves his small town after the death of his father, and heads to the big city to live a life of crime. “I hired Lucy, who just happens to be a highly qualified librarian with a master’s degree, no less, because she is sorely needed here.”, “I’ll admit she has the education,” Mr. Uppiton sniffed, “but really, Bertie, you have to learn to control your spending. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. My aching feet were reminding me that I should stick to ballet flats and sports sandals. Only, I hastened to add, because of my qualifications and experience. She playfully bumped her hip against his, and he put his arm around her shoulders. He went to Duke and got a degree in English literature, and came home pretending to be an English lord or some such nonsense.”, I laughed. By Book or By Crook is a wonderful first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates. As I stood by the buffet, worrying and stuffing food into my mouth, a path opened in front of me, and I could see all the way to the far side of the room into the alcove. 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 . I’d never seen her before. Learn more. I'm most definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it arrives in September of 2015. I couldn’t bear to go back to Boston. It was commonly said that ship money "may be gotten by Hook [that is, by force], but not by Crook". I had started this series pretty much in the middle when I had the chance to review the fourth book...then the fifth that I couldn't resist. I told Butch about vacationing on the Outer Banks when I was a kid. Then those longing eyes would put a six-week-old puppy to shame. “Mrs. Course that’s my mom saying that, but others will be, too, soon enough.”. He sniffed. My grandparents, God rest their sainted souls, built this town. “I need to . If he doesn’t, I’m going to do it for him. At least he kept the gloves on and turned the pages carefully and with the reverence they deserved. “You do eat, don’t you?” A smile touched the edges of his mouth. Two wouldn’t hurt. . If not for the minor fact that they have no staff, because her husband lost all of his family’s money when he sank every penny into a Canadian gold-mining exploration company that turned out not to have a speck of gold in the ground. I’ll make sure she doesn’t try to drive home. I closed my eyes again and breathed. And worrying that I’d made the worst decision of my life. Candlelight would have been perfect, but this was, after all, a public place and a library at that. “I see you two have met,” she said. And they’ve been cherished, cared for, and thus aren’t as fragile as some would be at that age. . Surely everyone who was interested would be here by now. It was the passion for books and the obvious joy I found in reading that I expressed with every word I spoke that convinced her I’d be perfect for the Lighthouse Library. This information about By Hook or By Crook shown above was first featured in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's membership magazine, and in our weekly "Publishing This Week" newsletter. My heart pounded in my chest. “I was hoping he’d come.”. Jake’s Seafood Bar. Chinese culture, hijinks, and murder. That Louise Jane had neither education in library science nor any experience other than shelving books and checking them out seemed not to matter to her one bit. I imagined I could feel the very power of the words themselves coming up through my fingers. “You.” She stabbed one of those potentially lethal nails in my direction. I said I was bored with my job at the Harvard Library and wanted to make a change. . From my hiding place I heard Andrew say, “Can I get you something to drink, Louise Jane?” in a high-pitched, almost pleading voice. Then he continued, “If I know Bertie, and I do, your job’s safe.”, I peered around his shoulder. Mrs. Uppiton had returned. An illustrated first edition, printed in London in 1811. The crotchety old jerk, he’d made it plain to everyone who’d listen—and many who didn’t want to—that he didn’t like me and didn’t want me in the job. . “Diane, you’re creating a scene.” Mr. Uppiton, the chair of the library board, took the woman’s arm. But I need a librarian, not a trained donkey.”. “Get me a beer,” she snapped. “He deliberately tries to give that impression. Finally. This was a fantastic book in a new series. I could hardly tie her up and carry her out the door over my shoulder, now, could I? I’ve something I want to talk to you about. “Our marriage,” Mr. Uppiton said, with a sniff, “was a mistake from the beginning. Aunt Ellen chatted to a group of Friends of the Library, and Bertie stood by the door, greeting latecomers as they arrived. 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. Ich bin duch Zufall zu diesem Buch gekommen und hab mir nach der Hälfte schon die beiden nächsten Bände bestellt. The setting is wonderful and perfect for a cozy mystery series. But no, Mr. Uppiton was also a stickler for numbers, and if the library budget didn’t allow for another staff member, no matter how desperately one might be needed, that was all there was to it. The idea of it as a library and being able to live/work there too would be a fantasy come true! “You. I really enjoyed this first book in a new series: Lighthouse library mystery. She practiced its calming rituals every day. By any means necessary to accomplish the purpose; one way or another. “I can’t imagine where she got that dress. I know your kind.”. The setting is wonderful and perfect for a cozy mystery series. How much I’d always loved it. No one ever called Andrew just “Andrew,” and certainly not Mr. MacGillacuddy. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. A lock of blond hair flopped over his forehead and he lifted a hand to push it back. . Since starting work here, I’d come to realize that Bertie had eyes in the back of her head. “You haven’t had a chance to meet. 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. Not now. “Really? “Really, my dear,” Mr. Uppiton sniffed as his sobbing wife was escorted to the ladies’ room. I didn’t think this was the time or the place to go into the real reason I’d fled Massachusetts so abruptly. Dark hair, curling now in the damp mist, lovely blue eyes, prominent cheekbones, good skin with a trace of stubble breaking through. Well, many years ago Paul had to hire an assistant. I’ve said all along—haven’t I, Andrew?—that what we need here is someone from a true Bodie Island family. The shorter back staircase went up only one level, to where the rare and valuable books were housed. “You pompous jerk! “I’m grievously disappointed in Bertie. If it worked out, it could become permanent. 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. I snatched my hand back, embarrassed to be caught in a moment so emotional, so personal. But you, nothing mattered to you more than this cursed library. 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 . I’d never seen such a look of pure anger on her face. Next time you wear it, I’ve got a brooch that’ll be a perfect match. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. “You’re good friends with my cousin,” I managed to choke out. His tiny black eyes blazed with lust as bright as the flashing light on the top of this historic lighthouse. .”, “Lucy,” he said, with a huge smile. “Credit me with a medium of taste.” I suspect he meant “modicum.” Again, I declined to correct him. She understood. My sympathy shifted and I felt very sorry for Mrs. Uppiton. By Book or By Crook (A Lighthouse Library Mystery). But Mr. Uppiton looked pleased with himself indeed. My face began to burn. . Connor was nodding at whatever Mr. Uppiton was saying, and all the while his eyes moved around the room. As I have said . 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. He’d propped a pair of reading glasses on his nose. Wouldn’t be much of a mayor if I didn’t.” His eyes were the color of the ocean on a sunny day, and as welcoming and friendly. This deck is designed to be part of my "By Book or by Crook" partnership, in which the unlikely pair of Daisy Walker & "Skids" O'Toole stick together for mutual benefit, as several cards in both decks can benefit other investigators at the same location. I’d enjoy trying your brother’s restaurant.”, “Good.” He took a sip of his beer. “You have your guests to see to.”. She cries. Dignity that you, my dear, clearly have forsaken.”. “Did you know him when you were children?”, “Sakes no! .”, “Over and over and over,” Bertie said. I believe we were discussing my idea for installing a contemplative fountain on the library grounds.”, Bertie, however, wasn’t finished. I thought she had more sense.”, “Obviously not,” Louise Jane said. Outside, night was falling, bringing with it a heavy ocean mist carried on a cool wet wind. “A university librarian. 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. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. and up, tall windows in thick walls overlooking the marsh on one side and the sand dunes of the shore and the storm-tossed ocean on the other. But that kiss remained, all these years later, the best kiss I had ever had. “No, Jonathan, you’re the one who made a scene. “In a library, at least, one can have silence,” Mr. Uppiton said, with the exaggerated sigh of a martyr. Theodore was attempting to shrink his six-foot frame in order to slink around Connor and Mr. Uppiton and get back at the books. I tried not to groan in disappointment. Or it might have been Charles the cat, expressing his opinion at being locked in the closet. I’d come here to get away, to spend time with my favorite aunt and uncle in my favorite place in all the world. The majority of the interior lights had been switched off, leaving only a scattering of wall sconces to illuminate the room. The characters were either unpleasant or completely without personality. "-Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries "A library in a lighthouse? How? Instead, she just wanted to clear her boss Bertie who was accused of killing the library board chairman. Oh, my gosh. Influential strangers at that. That the mayor of such a small town would probably know everyone quite well didn’t seem to matter to our library chair. . I decided to take the blame for its demise myself, to allow you to leave with some medium of dignity. The premise of a library inside a historic lighthouse is what drew me to the series. He’d grown up to be a handsome man. Can't wait until the next tome comes out. Now everyone knew me. I doubt she’s read a single book since high school. Right now, a visit to the dentist would be a welcome escape. He had three candidates and he decided to give them a little quiz. “Most of the board seems to be here,” he said. “There’s a story here,” Josie whispered, “and I’m going to get to the bottom of it.”. I’d bought this dress especially for this party. I finally came to realize that. Although I’d prefer to spend my time with you two.” Bertie straightened her shoulders and waded into the crowd. Too bad it was being ruined by the cacophony of false compliments and long-held grievances going on behind me. “Stay away from my husband.”. I will do whatever is necessary to maintain the integrates of this library and its funding.”. She hasn’t the slightest interest in adult books. Tonight the Austen collection took pride of place. The premise of a library inside a historic lighthouse is what drew me to the series. “Excuse me?” I blinked. We left Ronald, looking increasingly desperate under the barrage of Mrs. Peterson’s verbal assault, to his own devices. Even I didn’t know what that was. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, By Book or By Crook (A Lighthouse Library Mystery 1), © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. by hook or by crook. My face has a horrible habit of showing exactly what I’m feeling at any given moment. And that the Lighthouse Library would be perfect for me. Or is a more sinister pattern woven into this quilt shop? 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. Lucy and I were kids together. I was really looking forward to this one, who doesn't like a mystery set in a library, which is set in a lighthouse? Seven forty-five. “Really, my dear. Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries “A library in a lighthouse? Fiction was on the first, as was some nonfiction, with children’s books on the second and Charlene’s office and her research materials on the third level. The author does a great job with character development and world building throughout the series. 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