“Really, my dear. If he doesn’t, I’m going to do it for him. Buy a cheap copy of By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates. “Butch Greenblatt,” he said. Despite her rudeness, I do feel sorry for her.”. If I didn’t love Josie so much, I’d hate her. That, of course, was the purpose of the gloves: to keep human sweat and other impurities off the precious objects. The premise of a library inside a historic lighthouse is what drew me to the series. . “First, I’d like to introduce you to our newest librarian. Although they all pretended they hadn’t actually been listening to that ugly confrontation. The setting is wonderful and perfect for a cozy mystery series. Connor blinked in confusion. I’ve said all along—haven’t I, Andrew?—that what we need here is someone from a true Bodie Island family. I waited until he was pulling on the gloves and left him to examine the books in peace. Andrew’s head bobbed in agreement. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club thatâs right for you for free. “My card. Now, if you’ll excuse me.” He turned away from me. Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019, In this book, we head to Bodie Island located, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2018. Finally. If you like cozy mysteries with quirky characters who think thereâs no problem a cupcake canât fix, youâll love this hilarious holiday whodunit. “Where’s Charles?” I asked, referring to one of my favorite library employees. Top subscription boxes â right to your door, By Book or By Crook (A Lighthouse Library Mystery 1), Â© 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Was Bertie—calm, sensible Bertie—calling Louise Jane a donkey? Her head was high and she pointedly did not look at her husband as she passed. Lucy leaves her Harvard Library job, her family, and her ex-fiance behind in Boston and moves to the coast of NC to take a librarian position in a small town library. As I stood by the buffet, worrying and stuffing food into my mouth, a path opened in front of me, and I could see all the way to the far side of the room into the alcove. The description of the eBook immediately piqued my interest. I turned around and came face-to-face with a man I’d noticed when he’d entered the room. But I need a librarian, not a trained donkey.”. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. A world of balls and dances. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. They might be informal ones, but they were still duties. This deck is designed to be part of my "By Book or by Crook" partnership, in which the unlikely pair of Daisy Walker & "Skids" O'Toole stick together for mutual benefit, as several cards in both decks can benefit other investigators at the same location. . Mr. Uppiton had been the first to arrive for the reception, and he’d come alone. If not for the minor fact that they have no staff, because her husband lost all of his family’s money when he sank every penny into a Canadian gold-mining exploration company that turned out not to have a speck of gold in the ground. “By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. By the time she’d paid to have her grounds groomed and fountains installed to make it a suitable venue, rented a tent and a hundred chairs along with silver cutlery and crystal wineglasses, paid for a live string orchestra, and booked caterers for a full afternoon tea, with champagne, about ten dollars remained for the lighthouse fund.”, “It’s not as if the girl has any real community library experience, anyway,” Mr. Uppiton said, addressing the crowd. I wouldn’t want to damage anything.”, “These books are precious, to be sure. It’s well past that now, isn’t it?”. Yes, please.”. Dignity that you, my dear, clearly have forsaken.”. Dare.” She punctuated every word with the poke of a long, thin finger into his chest. Josie was back. People moved away and conversation resumed, as everyone pretended not to have been caught listening. Heck, the tarts were quite small. Definition of by hook or crook in the Idioms Dictionary. Cupcakes, casinos and laughter - join Tiffany as she tries to solve the mystery of Ethan Becker's death. . The mayor’s here,” Bertie said. Which they almost always did. It had been a light kiss, an innocent fourteen-year-old girl and a well-brought-up fifteen-year-old boy. “Bertie was planning some sort of big announcement at eight. The setting was idyllic and I enjoyed reading this. I thought she had more sense.”, “Obviously not,” Louise Jane said. Library Journal Review By Book or by Crook. I won't be reading any more from this author. Mr. Uppiton looked quite pleased with himself, but I sensed the majority of the room was not on his side. Or it might have been Charles the cat, expressing his opinion at being locked in the closet. I'm glad I found my way to North Carolina and into the Lighthouse Library Mysteries. What's Not to Love?! All I wanted to do was to gather the volume into my hands, spirit it away to a cozy corner with a good reading lamp, and curl up to spend the rest of the night simply enjoying it. It has an intriguing mystery! I pasted on my fake smile, turned, and stepped forward, ready to plunge into the party. Praise for By Book or By Crook “By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. .”. Can't wait until the next tome comes out. He’d propped a pair of reading glasses on his nose. "-Joni Pacie, author of Murder by the Mob With a sigh, I remembered that I had duties. Are you free tomorrow evening?”, “Yes, I mean for dinner.” He smiled at me. She must have had a couple of drinks before arriving. His tiny black eyes blazed with lust as bright as the flashing light on the top of this historic lighthouse. .”. How dare you override my authority in this manner. From my hiding place I heard Andrew say, “Can I get you something to drink, Louise Jane?” in a high-pitched, almost pleading voice. Ronald had been backed into a corner by Mrs. Peterson, who was still talking and gesticulating wildly. That hit a sore spot. I went home to Boston the next day, vacation over. “That’s not what I meant.”, Bertie’s yell drowned her out. Romance and laughter—as well as foolishness and heartbreak. He had three candidates and he decided to give them a little quiz. The - three - single men of the town all flock to her - apparently it is enough to look cute and be dumb. " By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. His love of the library, Bertie had warned me on my arrival, was sometimes a bit . “Josie tells me you’re from Boston. Not now. Peterson is allergic to cats. Connor’s lips moved. One is that it refers to two Irish towns, Hook Head and Crook, through which Oliver Cromwell tried to capture the nearby city of Waterford. He’s all talk and no action. But they’ll be put back in their cabinet as soon as the party’s over. I was only a summer visitor and it was a long time ago.”, “I remember all our visitors. At your service, madam. I felt a pound settling onto my hips. Starting a new series from the first book is so much fun. The amount of product in her hair, teased and sprayed into a stiff helmet in a shade of red not known to nature, competed with her perfume. I imagined I could feel the very power of the words themselves coming up through my fingers. I do have a tendency to get carried away sometimes. The minute I’d entered the building—long before that; the minute I’d first seen it from the road when I was a child on vacation—I’d loved it. By Book or by Crook (Large Print) : Gates, Eva. I thought I saw the soles of Theodore’s shoes disappearing up the curving stairs. Louise Jane had volunteered at the library a few times, filling in here and there for vacations, and she thought that qualified her for a full-time position. By Book or by Crook Solving Crimes with My Nephew, Sherlock. There are four books in total so far. “You have your guests to see to.”. She hasn’t the slightest interest in adult books. Normally a writer of textbooks and dictionariesutterly self-contained literary worldsthis book takes a meandering path through the Welsh countryside while observing and commenting on the road signs leading to contemporary standard English. and up . He was born about ten miles from this very spot, over in Nags Head. “I’m grievously disappointed in Bertie. As I have said . All the people I’d met since starting the job had arrived, except for . . There was no plot development up to the point where I decided not to continue -- no clues, no nothing. But with murder on the wish list, can they unwrap a killer? He’s a cook—a chef, I guess I should say. Beyond my room, the stairs were seldom used in this day of electric, computer-programmed lamps. She is so dumb she runs around town accusing all and sundry of having committed a crime, without having the slightest shred of evidence. Aunt Ellen chatted to a group of Friends of the Library, and Bertie stood by the door, greeting latecomers as they arrived. “I want to give him all the business I can. Bertie, as could be expected, greeted Louise Jane warmly, as if they had not exchanged bitter words behind the head librarian’s closed office door only this morning. She loves the Outer Banks, the library and her apartment in a refurbished lighthouse. “Our marriage,” Mr. Uppiton said, with a sniff, “was a mistake from the beginning. “This is not the time nor the place.” Connor attempted to get a word in. “Sure do. Lucy begins her tenure at a lighthouse library begins with a murder and missing first edition; first in series “By Book or By Crook is a smart whodunit. “I need to . An excellent cosy mystery with all the right ingredients for a good story - quirky characters, a believable villain and a plot that moves at a steady pace. There was a problem loading your book clubs. I made a point of finding out.” His smile was full of white teeth and a healthy dose of humor. . Always had his head in books when the other boys were tossing balls around. . He’s the children’s librarian and we’re very, very lucky to have him.” We hadn’t taken more than a step before Bertie gripped my arm and jerked me to a halt. Her husband, however, is a member of one of our oldest families. I told Butch about vacationing on the Outer Banks when I was a kid. by hook or by crook. Reading it, smelling it, touching it. She snatched it out of his hand and swallowed half of it in one go. “Of course I do. In her wake followed not an army, but Poor Andrew MacGillacuddy. He’s just plain old Teddy Kowalski from North Carolina. Right, Lucy?”, I found my tongue at long last. As well he might. In addition to her job as head librarian of the Lighthouse Library, Bertie was a yoga instructor. Bertie whispered to me that if she’d chosen Mozart, Mr. Uppiton would have produced Diana Krall. So I shouldn't have been too surprised by the woeful lack of research about the first editions of Jane Austen's novels. And I touched the worn leather cover. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. . I smiled at my aunt. I look forward to reading more books in the series. Get this from a library! Louise Jane grinned maliciously beside him. You know that nephew of mine? I could hardly tie her up and carry her out the door over my shoulder, now, could I? I couldn’t bear to lose this job. She’s starting to make noises about her dear little Dallas coming home from the library with watering eyes.”, Aunt Ellen chimed in, “If she dares to suggest you get rid of Charles, I’ll . He was a couple years ahead of Josie in school.”. Even Theodore had gone in search of sustenance or further gossip. I decided I needed a chocolate-chip cookie to settle my nerves. Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters.”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries The stairs that bypassed the main rooms and gave access only to the private collection. “I’m sure you will,” I said. She exhaled alcoholic fumes into my face. . Even I didn’t know what that was. As she led Diane away, without even glancing over her shoulder she shouted, “Charlene, don’t you dare touch that CD player!”. "By hook or by crook" is an English phrase meaning "by any means necessary", suggesting that any means possible should be taken to accomplish a goal. For fans of Laura Levine, Diane Mott Davidson, and Leslie Meier. Thick white hair hung in curls around his collar, and he wore shiny black loafers, sharply ironed gray trousers, a crisp white dress shirt, and a giant yellow polka-dot bow tie. You shouldn’t have hired anyone. Theodore was attempting to shrink his six-foot frame in order to slink around Connor and Mr. Uppiton and get back at the books. She is so dumb she believes every single "ghost story" a rival tells her and spends the night cowering in her bed. It’s nice to see you.”, “Wouldn’t miss it,” he said. Cruises, killers and laughter: who killed the VIP passenger? . Flames shot into my cheeks. And not finding it. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Mrs. Peterson took his vacation as a personal insult. Chocolaty, nutty, gooey sustenance. I'm most definitely looking forward to re. Is her sisterâs birth-mom responsible? [Eva Gates] -- For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job at the Harvard Library, but she hasn't enjoyed her family's social whirl or her sort-of-engagement to the son of her father's law partner. I have no idea what any of them look like. The party was a private affair, a viewing of the new collection for staff and board members of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, as well as local dignitaries and community supporters, before the official opening tomorrow. “Teddy has airs and pretentions, but he knows everything there is to know about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature. I tried not to groan in disappointment. Me. It was interesting to see the characters in the very beginning and admittedly, I did have a heads-up on which ones couldn't possibly be guilty since I read about them in later books. “Do you hear me? Please try again. Lighthouses, books, and wonderful new fresh characters! The setting is charming and perfect for a cozy mystery. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Strikingly beautiful, with long, glossy hair bleached by the sun, a pale face full of dancing freckles, cornflower blue eyes that seemed to always be sparkling, perfect white teeth. “Your Honor!” Mr. Uppiton boomed. The most intelligent thing she seems to have done in her life is to say "no" to a proposal from her childhood friend. She arrives as a set of Jane Austen first editions arrives for display at the Bodie Lighthouse Library. from . “And now how about a look at our piece of resistance?” Mr. Uppiton boomed, once the mayor had a bottle of beer in his hand and had managed to dry off somewhat. You really do need to wear bright colors more often, Lucy. This can’t be allowed to continue.” Andrew tiptoed up to her and held out a glass full of frothy beer. In the sudden silence, I could hear a ghost screaming from the depths of a castle dungeon. You don’t mind if I borrow this big fellow for a few minutes, do you, little lady?”. Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2016. The reference librarian leapt away from the machine, a look of total innocence on her face. “Josie’s right, as always,” Aunt Ellen said. It cost considerably more than I could afford, but I wanted to make an impression. Set in a authentic area. “Diane, you’re creating a scene.” Mr. Uppiton, the chair of the library board, took the woman’s arm. By any means necessary to accomplish the purpose; one way or another. Everyone’s simply dying to meet her.” It was Josie, my cousin. Chinese culture, hijinks, and murder. Throughout the party, every time I’d glanced toward the alcove, Theodore had been bent over the books, peering through his plain-glass spectacles, ungraciously allowing others close enough to have a look and practically shoving them aside when he figured they’d had long enough. Please don’t lean over them like that.”, His nose might have been made for peering down at uppity young librarians. . I really enjoyed this book, and the "locked room" mystery of the Austen books kept me guessing until the very end. No one ever called Andrew just “Andrew,” and certainly not Mr. MacGillacuddy. Knowing, fearing what was about to happen, I followed in my boss’s wake. Narrated by Elise Arsenault. Keeps getting himself into trouble. “You’re deliberately goading Bertie, Jonathan. I'm most definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it arrives in September of 2015. . ), I have a slight problem with this series, even before I started reading). He thinks they make him look more professorial.”, Bertie appeared at my side. The characters were either unpleasant or completely without personality. Too bad it was being ruined by the cacophony of false compliments and long-held grievances going on behind me. He was always Poor Andrew. Butch threw a smile over his shoulder as he allowed himself to be led away. A few people tittered, more in embarrassment than in enjoyment of the joke. "-Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries "A library in a lighthouse? To see what your friends thought of this book, My petticoat crinkled noisily as I wiped my palms on my skirt. I suggested she go home, but she would have none of that. . . Then those longing eyes would put a six-week-old puppy to shame. Even worse than being homeless and jobless, I’d lose access to the Austen collection. The Demise will twist and turn you, and then twist you again. She shook him off. I’ll dance on your grave yet.”, “Come along now,” Bertie cooed. Back in Nags Head after ten years learning the ropes in New York City. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 excessive. Croke (or Crook) was on the bench in the reign of Charles I (born 1600, died 1649) and became popular for his refusal to accept the legality of a 'Ship Money' tax imposed by Charles without the consent of Parliament. The characters were fine but by page 20 I really wanted to smack one or two of them. When I announced that I’d been able to secure a visit of the Austen collection, Mrs. Peterson actually said, out loud”—here Bertie put on a very good imitation of a snooty, high-pitched voice—“‘But why would anyone be interested in such old books?’”. I put the card in my pocket without reading it. Oops, looks like we’re running out of napkins.”. I know your kind.”. ---Books, Movies, Reviews! “Diane, I don’t think . “True. . She arrives as a set o. Lucy leaves her Harvard Library job, her family, and her ex-fiance behind in Boston and moves to the coast of NC to take a librarian position in a small town library. .”, “My brother’s working flat out to make his restaurant a success,” Butch said. I would have put him in his fifties.” I glanced at the display table. By Book or by Crook. The author says right at the beginning of this book that the idea of a lighthouse being big enough to house a fully operational library with separate living accommodation is a fantasy so that really sets the tone for the book right from the start. Lucy has left her life in Boston to begin a job as assistant Librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina at a very special time. I was almost knocked off my feet as an excessively thin man shoved me aside. .”. “If you fire Lucy,” she said, loudly enough for everyone to hear. Assistant librarian Lucy, is a likeable heroine among an engaging cast of supporting characters. He barely touched my outstretched fingers. Connor had been a cute boy. Me!”. The plot chickens! “Welcome, welcome to our little sobriety.”, “Is that anything like a soiree?” Josie whispered to me. He’d be a fool to let that girl go.”, “Yeah. I’d bought this dress especially for this party. Then he continued, “If I know Bertie, and I do, your job’s safe.”, I peered around his shoulder. You don’t have to worry much about her, honey. Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2017. The alcove against the back wall, where generations of lighthouse keepers had sat to record the weather and the temperament of the ocean, ships passing, and the routine of lighting and extinguishing the great lamps, was now the central display area. “I agree with you, Louise Jane,” Mr. Uppiton said. Unfortunately that had the result of turning Mrs. Uppiton’s attention back to me. “Let me finish introducing Lucy,” Ellen said to Bertie. I’d come here to get away, to spend time with my favorite aunt and uncle in my favorite place in all the world. I figured he meant “dilettante,” but wasn’t about to point out the difference. She’s a newcomer, meaning she might have been born on the Outer Banks, but her grandparents were not. By Book or By Crook is a wonderful first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates. The right age to be dumped by a longtime husband in favor of a pretty young girl. By Crystals own admission, By Hook or by Crook is a linguistic travelogue. The shorter back staircase went up only one level, to where the rare and valuable books were housed. “Welcome, Connor. We donât share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we donât sell your information to others. “What we need,” Mr. Uppiton thundered, “is no further unnecessary expenses. She wanted the new job, and she had no qualms expressing her displeasure at it being given to—horrors—an outsider. Innocent in Las Vegas: A Humorous Tiffany Black Mystery (Tiffany Black Mysteries Bo... Bones in the Begonias (Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 2), Killer in the Kiwis (Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 11). I’d never seen such a look of pure anger on her face. For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. By Book or By Crook (A Lighthouse Library Mystery). Without a job I had no place to live on the Outer Banks. Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary. She slipped out of Butch’s arm and glanced at the wineglass in his hand. “We call him Teddy. Now, I, for one, haven’t had any of Josie’s delicious squares yet, and there seems to be plenty of wine still left at the bar.”. Her whole body shook and a vein pulsed in the side of her throat. The head librarian touched my arm lightly, gave me another smile, and went back to her guests. It was pale yellow, with a square-cut neckline, close-fitting bodice, tightly cinched patent leather black belt above a flaring skirt, and a stiff petticoat that ended sharply at the knees. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes. Previous page of related Sponsored Products. She held out her hand. Theodore was bent over Pride and Prejudice. She dropped her voice. I gritted my teeth. “So, you’re the new one, are you? There’s so much to do. By Book or By Crook is a wonderful first book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series by Eva Gates. A young librarian. As I continued reading I found myself drawn into their lives and the library they all love. By book or by crook : a lighthouse library mystery. Nothing.”. I didn’t mention how Bertie had touched my hand when she left and said that she didn’t really give a fig for my master’s degree. My mother raised funds for the restoration of the lighthouse.”, “As I recall,” Aunt Ellen whispered in my ear, “Jane McKaughnan put on an enormous garden party. Mr. Uppiton threw her a ferocious glance, and she was overcome by a coughing fit. He’d disapproved of the collection of vocal jazz CDs Bertie had selected for tonight’s background music, and took a stack of Mozart and Beethoven out of his cavernous, ever-present briefcase. I managed to get about a third of the way through this, then just skipped to the end to find out "who done it". I’ve something I want to talk to you about. Most of them were women of a certain age. “And you,” she said, spraying spittle all over her husband’s face, “you’ll get what’s coming to you. Pleased to meet you, Mr. . Historical (fiction), 2,307 words, Level Z1 (Grade 5+), Lexile 900L By Hook or by Crook tells the story of Ruth and Charlie, two American children living through the Great Depression. I am, in fact, quite disappointed in Bertie for agreeing to house the collection in this”—he waved his hand as if encompassing not only the crowded room but also the lighthouse we were standing in, the Outer Banks, the moist sea air, and the waves crashing against the sand dunes, maybe even North Carolina itself—“place.”, “This is a library,” I said. Which, come to think of it, he was right now. . Curses! But Mr. Uppiton looked pleased with himself indeed. I've read the second book in this series, Booked for Trouble, and I liked it just as much and am eagerly anticipating the third book in this series. That area was brightly lit and protected by a red velvet rope, warning anyone who wanted a closer look that red wine and gooey pecan tarts did not go well with nineteenth-century paper. Please try again. By Book or by Crook. That coup alone greatly increases library attendance, but then the Chairman of the Library Board is murdered at the Library, and then the Austen books start disappearing. There was a sudden rush on the bar and the dessert buffet. Thinking of Josie and her business, I snuck a glance at the dessert buffet she’d catered. She practiced its calming rituals every day. You’re a winter, you know.”, “Oh, good. The characters are realistic and likable (except those that are, well, unlikeable, like Louise Jane) and are fun to get to know. The setting is wonderful and perfect for a cozy mystery series. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. “I don’t care what you think. “Good. About a specific lighthouse. He sniffed. I saw a look of alarm cross Bertie’s face and came out of hiding to join her. “I think I’ll have one of those pecan tarts after all.” I plunged through the crowd. 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