A Death Long Overdue: A Lighthouse Library Mystery (Hardcover)

A Death Long Overdue: A Lighthouse Library Mystery By Eva Gates Cover Image


When her former director is found dead in the water, librarian Lucy Richardson will have to get to the bottom of the mystery before the killer ends her tale.

It's summertime in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Bertie James's college class is having their 40th anniversary reunion. The opening night reception is held at the Lighthouse Library and Lucy and her colleagues have assembled an exhibit of library artifacts showing how libraries have changed over the years. After the reception, some of the women take a walk down the boardwalk to the pier, using flashlights to illuminate the dark path, but what's scarier than the dark is finding the former director of the Lighthouse Library floating lifeless in the water.

Helena Sanchez, the former director, wasn't much loved and spent the party being rude to almost everyone there. As a result, Lucy finds herself in deep water as she rocks the boat, questioning several suspects. But she'll have to batten down the hatches and fast before she's left high and dry...and right in the killer's crosshairs.

About the Author

Eva Gates is a national bestselling author who began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters, with a full-time job as a computer programmer. Now she has more than twenty novels under her belt in the mystery genre, published under the name Vicki Delany. She lives in Ontario. This is her seventh Lighthouse Library mystery.

Praise For…

Praise for A Death Long Overdue:
“Exceptional...Cozy queen Gates (a pen name of Vicki Delany) is at the top of her game.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A tricky mystery and charmingly quirky characters.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A fine addition.”

“[A] character-driven mystery . . . fans will be excited to catch up with Lucy.”
Library Journal

“The writing is strong with good description, heavy tension, and a good location.”
New York Journal of Books

“Satisfyingly entertaining.”
Midwest Book Review

“Well-written [and] cleverly plotted.”
—Seattle Book Review

“The Lighthouse Library Mystery series will give you goosebumps...you will feel like you are right there in the lighthouse.”
Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“Eva Gates continues to bring new twists and turns to the series.”

“Another fun book in the series.”
—Red Carpet Crash

“A phenomenal read for all cozy mystery fans!”
—Fresh Fiction

Praise for the Lighthouse Library mysteries:
"Delightful...Gates provides loads of eccentric and amusing suspects, shifting motives for the theft and for the murder, and a surprising solution to the mystery contained in the map."
Publishers Weekly
"A sure bet for library-loving cozy readers."

"I LOVE visiting Nags Head, North Carolina....in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series books that is!! And the main character, Lucy Richardson, is someone I would love to hang out with."
Cozy Mysteries Book Reviews
"Simply outstanding."
Midwest Book Review

“Romance and a mighty good mystery against a delightful picture of the Outer Banks.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Readers who enjoyed Miranda James's 'Cat in the Stacks' mysteries will discover this series similarly entertaining, complete with a library, a cat, and a captivating location and sleuth."
Library Journal starred review

“They all belong in the reader’s library.”  
NY Journal of Books

"Eva Gates is a talented author with a knack for hitting all the right cozy mystery notes."

"I look forward to the next lighthouse library mystery."
Fresh Fiction

"Total mastery of the genre...Highly recommended."
Midwest Book Review

“Lucy is a delightful and engaging sleuth surrounded by a cast of intriguing characters in an original and unique setting.”
—Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva mysteries

“A smart whodunit….A likeable heroine.”
—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Cats mysteries

“A library in a lighthouse? And a cat? Sign me up! A fun read for all cozy fans.”
—Laurie Cass, national bestselling author of the Bookmobile Cat Mysteries
Product Details
ISBN: 9781643854588
ISBN-10: 1643854585
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Pages: 372
Language: English
Series: A Lighthouse Library Mystery