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Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
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The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose by Irene Adler
The Numberlys by William Joyce
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates
Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
Romance of the Road by Ronald Primeau
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 2: Feasts of Fury by Eric Colossal
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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Thai Die by Monica Ferris
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On leveled reading — or leveled reading didn't make me a life long reader
On reading ebooks and digital fatigue
Twenty-nine years of being a reader
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Reading Up a Storm: 06/06/16

Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates

Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates is the third of Lighthouse Library mystery series. In my review of Booked for Trouble, I expressed concerns about the believability of the set up for the series (a fictional re-imagining of an actual light house in North Carolina). Now I'm deciding the series is just fun to read and not to be taken too seriously.

Lucy Richardson, the onsite librarian, sees a ship in distress during a particularly bad thunder storm. She calls the coast guard, reports it, and figures that's it. Of course, this being a mystery series, that's not the end of it.

A man ends up dead at the rescue site, though not on the same day. A friend is accused. And Lucy is once again up to her armpits in suspects.

What made this volume especially fun was the way it poked good natured fun at some of my other favorite series. The lighthouse being a historical place has a reputation for being haunted, or near a haunted location. Bodie's proximity to Duck gives another opportunity.

Let me explain...

In Reading Up a Storm there's a character who is a self described spiritualist and ghost hunter, Louise-Jane. That's one letter off from another Southern born ghost hunter, namely Mary Jane Holliday (M.J.) from the Ghost Hunter mystery series. Later in the book, Lucy's investigation leads her up to Duck, the home of the Missing Pieces series by Joyce and Jim Lavene.

Those little nods to other series I've been following made this book more fun.

Five stars

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