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Deadly Ever After: 07/07/21

Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates

Deadly Ever After by Eva Gates is the eighth book in the Lighthouse Library mystery series. Lucy and Connor have announced their engagement. What should have been an intimate party with their local friends and relatives ends up being crashed by Lucy's Boston ex-boyfriend and his mother. Then to make matters worse there's another murder.

This book is fairly evenly divided into three interwoven threads. The first is the wedding planning while her would-be mother-in-law tries to hook her back up with her ex. This thread introduces more backstory for Lucy, her parents, and her ex and his family.

The second thread involves Lucy, Fluffy, and Charles. Fluffy is a yappy dog who is kicked out of the hotel where his owner is staying. Lucy ends up stuck with the dog. Charlie has a natural cat reaction to this news but Fluffy and he reach a truce.

Finally there is the murder. I have to admit I knew who had done it — though not why — when the murderer was first introduced. That said, the why was still enough of a draw to keep me reading. I also enjoyed the glimpses into Lucy's Boston life.

Hopefully there will be a ninth book next spring. Who will get murdered before the wedding?

Four stars

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