Monday, March 30, 2015

That Job is Mine! Mine!

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.




47 comments:

  1. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  2. I have read the books and enjoyed it very much. I'd love to have an autographed copy for my home library.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. How nice that you want a signed copy, Nora. I am always happy to send out bookplates to readers, so if you don't win, drop me a line at evagatesauthor@gmail.com

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  3. Would love to read this. Love these types of books. sclickner@juno.com

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  4. Would love to read your books. They are on my TBR wish list. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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  5. I'm a school librarian who loves lighthouses! Perfect!
    skforrest1957@gmail.com

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    1. Perfect indeed! Thanks for leaving a comment, Sharon.

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  6. Lighthouses are terrific! I would love the book. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  7. I love lighthouses---one with a library would be just a perfect place. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  8. A lighthouse with a library within it is my kind of dream come true. Thanks for the wonderful offer of winning a copy of it. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  9. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. What a delightful book and feature which sounds captivating. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. Sounds great! I love lighthouses. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  11. I have just loved setting the books in a lighthouse, and in a library. Lighthouses are fascinating places aren't they?

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  12. An intriguing novel with a library is so appealing, I have read Vicki's novels which are enthralling and unforgettable. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for the comment. Vicki and Eva both thank you!

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  13. This book sounds great. Thank you.for the chance to win
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  14. I really enjoyed the story and I'm looking forward to the next two books. I want to live in that apartment! I have a copy so I don't need to win, but thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Stay tuned as there will be contests and fun around the time of the release of Booked For Trouble.

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    2. Can't wait! I want to go back to that fourth floor apartment in the lighthouse above the library. What a great place to live!

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  15. I'm in ! I'd love to have a copy of this. Looking forward to the other two.Thanks, H. Harra

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  16. I can't wait to read this. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  17. My, my. What a nasty person.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Is there no end to Louise Jane's scheming!

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  18. a book that's definitely a 'must-read' for me!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  19. You did a great job with this character Ms. Gates. She is totally annoying.
    I would love a signed copy of this book. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  20. Wanting to read this series. Sounds awesome! Lady.janel@hotmail.com

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  21. Looks like a great cozy mystery.

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  22. I'd love to read this book! I adore the cover! Thank you for the contest!
    woodrumbetty@gmail.com

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  24. This sounds like so much fun thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. I would LOVE to win an autographed copy of this book. Thank you for the chance. quilt1947@yahoo.com

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  26. I am a library clerk and have really been looking forward to reading this one! :)

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  27. Looking forward to starting this series.

    dotkel50@comcast.net

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  28. I am another who would love to read this. A new Author to me and one dear to my heart subject...the Library.
    Count me in.
    Marilyn

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    1. I've enjoyed meeting so many readers who love their libraries.

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  29. What a fun opportunity to start a new cozy mystery series. thank you for giving it to us. :)

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  30. Thanks everyone for commenting. Stay tuned and I'll pick a winner tomorrow.

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  31. Hope I'm not too late! Would love a signed copy!

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  32. I am looking forward to reading both books. My to-read pile is a little high right now. Love the cover for the second book. Very colorful and love the cute cat. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  33. I am loving the first book in this series! I live in VB and we vacation on Hatteras Island (Avon) and can picture the places in the book. Reading it brings back fond memories of vacations. And I'm a pointed cat lover, too! Can't wait for the second title in the series. Kim - kimlb@cox.net

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    1. Thanks Kim. It's nice to know that people who know the places enjoy seeing them in the book.

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  34. Would love to win pp92596 at outlook dot com

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  35. I would love to read this book :) <3 Thank you for this amazing opportunity! Annievone88@gmail.com

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  36. This is on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  37. Would love to win a copy!
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  38. Thanks for commenting everyone. For no particular reason, I have chosen a winner and will be contacting her. Thanks again!

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