By Louise Jane McKaughnan
From the Lighthouse Library mysteries by Eva Gates
Okay, so I`ve had a temporary set back. Nothing I can`t resolve.
I could see that they were getting awful busy lately at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. I knew they’d have to hire someone, and soon, to help out. Particularly now that the place is proving so popular what with the Jane Austen collection and everything.
I just didn’t think they’d go ahead and hire a qualified librarian. Not when they could have me! After all who knows more about the history and legends of the Outer Banks in general and this lighthouse in particular?
And what I don’t know my grandmother knows.
But Bertie James, the library director did it. She went and, over the objections of Jonathan Uppiton the chair of the library board, hired Lucy Richardson. Oh, yes, Lucy might be a qualified librarian with a fancy university degree and everything, but she is no Outer Banks girl. Her mother might have been born in Nags Head, but she up and left the minute she could, didn’t she, to marry some rich guy from Boston? To my mind spending summers here doesn’t quality Lucy for being anything more than a particularly pesky tourist.
When someone bumped off Jonathan and began stealing the Jane Austen first editions, I hoped it would turn out to be Lucy. That would certainly get her out of my hair. But so far, I see no sign of arrest. Heavens, Butch Greenblatt wouldn’t arrest Lucy if he came across her bending over the body with a knife in her hand.
Not only has Lucy taken the job (my job!) but she’s moved into the little apartment on the fourth floor. Now that I might be able to use to my advantage. I suspect Lucy’s led a rather sheltered life. The lighthouse is awful old, and there are a lot of stories about it: Confined brides, civil war soldiers, workers trapped under falling stone, sailors lost at sea.
Oh, yes, lots of stories. About things that move in the night and pass through walls. That don’t have the best interest of the shall-we-say living inhabitants at heart.
If Lucy won’t quit the job voluntarily, I might just have to give her a little nudge.
Eva Gates’s first book, By Book or by Crook, is the first in the Lighthouse Library series. Look for Booked for Trouble in September and Reading Up A Storm next March. Visit Eva at www.lighthouselibraries.com, and Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor
Eva, also known as best-selling Canadian author Vicki Delany, is the newest blogger at Killer Characters. To celebrate her joining the group, Eva is offering a signed copy of By Book or By Crook to one reader. Please leave a comment and your email address to enter the draw. Contest closes April 1st.