Review “Read and Buried” by Eva Gates


By Eva Gates

Things are certainly busy both outside and inside the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, off the coast of Nags Head, North Carolina. The Classic Novel Book Club is reading Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and coincidentally, workers are digging outside the library itself to repair cracks to the library’s foundation. Both activities come to an unexpected halt when the workmen discover a battered tin box buried in the excavation pit. The box contains a Civil War-era diary and tucked inside is a hand-drawn map of the Outer Banks along with a page written in a mysterious code.

News of the discovery travels fast, despite the best efforts of Bertie James, the library director, and her assistant, Lucy, to keep the diary and map confidential until the proper authorities can investigate and figure out its value. And therein lies another problem. Several local organizations immediately start arguing as to who is best suited to examine and authenticate the discovery. Things become so heated that Bertie and Lucy have to bar them from the library. Later that night, Lucy and her boyfriend, Bodie Island Mayor Connor McNeil, find the dead body of historical society member Jeremy Hughes inside the library. And the map and coded page are missing.

Lucy’s nemesis, Louise Jane McKaughnan, admits that she entered the library after hours to examine the mysterious map and page, using the key that Bertie had hidden (but obviously not very well) under a rock outside. But she denies seeing Jeremy, or his killer. Lucy resolves not to get involved, but her curiosity is piqued when she learns that Charlene, another librarian, was having a secret affair with Jeremy. Then the library has a second break-in, and suspicions and gossip spread like wildfire.

“Read and Buried” is the sixth in the Lighthouse Library series written by the prolific Vicki Delany as Eva Gates. It’s a rollicking good read that cozy fans will love.


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