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Read and Buried: 12/10/19

Read and Buried

Read and Buried by Eva Gates is the sixth book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series. In Something Read, Something Dead (2019) a huge crack in the foundation of the library was found. Read and Buried takes place during the last weeks of the repair work and the mayhem that ensues when a box is uncovered, containing a diary and a map of the area.

The library book club is primed to recognize a coded message because they're reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne which opens with the deciphering of a coded map. Everyone wants a piece of the map and a chance to decipher it. It also leads to the murder of historical society member.

Although the map and diary are central to the plot, Gates chose to not include either within the text. They are described in detail but not shown, leaving the complexity of them to the imagination.

Meanwhile, the clues to the murder are present for the observant reader. Everything is there to solve the case. There are also clues to understanding possible meanings to the coded message.

I found this one a fast paced read and more on track from the previous one which was sidetracked with wedding planning. I don't know if a seventh one is planned but I will read it if one is.

Five stars

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