Something Read, Something

Something Read, Something Dead. Crooked Lane. (Lighthouse Library, Bk. 5). Mar. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781683319504. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683319511. M
OrangeReviewStarLucy Richardson and her friends are excited to help her favorite cousin Josie O'Malley plan her wedding until Josie's grandmother and the New Orleans relatives descend on North Carolina's Outer Banks. It's enough to make Josie hide out in her bakery to avoid turning into bridezilla. Her wedding shower at the lighthouse library might even be a fiasco if cousin Mirabelle has her way. But Mirabelle dies of poisoning soon after the shower, and now Josie's bakery is closed, she's the primary murder suspect, and the wedding may not take place. With the town investigators sidelined by the state police, Lucy turns sleuth because she knows the locals. Unfortunately, it isn't only the wedding in danger. The historic lighthouse library, Lucy's home and place of employment, has a crack in the wall, and the cost of fixing it may be more than the community can afford. Even Lucy's relationship with the village mayor is a little rocky at the moment.
VERDICT This follow-up to The Spook in the Stacks once again casts Lucy and her close-knit, supportive group of friends in an engaging mystery. Readers who enjoyed Miranda James's "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries will discover this series similarly entertaining, complete with a library, a cat, and a captivating location and sleuth.
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