Friday, October 18, 2019



Librarian Lucy Richardson unearths a mysterious map dating back to the Civil War. But if she can't crack its code, she may end up read and buried.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Book Club is reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne while workers dig into the earth to repair the Lighthouse Library's foundations. The digging halts when Lucy pulls a battered tin box containing a Civil War-era diary from the pit. Tucked inside is a hand-drawn map of the Outer Banks accompanied by a page written in an indecipherable code.

The library is overrun by people clamoring to see the artifact. Later that night, Lucy and Connor McNeil find the body of historical society member Jeremy Hughes inside the library. Clearly Jeremy was not the only one who broke into the library--the map and the coded page are missing.

Lucy's nemesis, Louise Jane McKaughnan, confesses to entering the library after closing to sneak a peek but denies seeing Jeremy—or his killer. When Lucy discovers that fellow-librarian Charlene had a past with Jeremy, she's forced to do what she vowed not to do—get involved in the case. Meanwhile, the entire library staff and community become obsessed with trying to decode the page. But when the library has a second break in, it becomes clear that someone is determined to solve that code.

Book Details: 

Title: Read and Buried 

Author’s name: Eva Gates

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: Lighthouse Library, book 6

Publisher: Crooked Lane (October 15, 2019)

Print length: 325 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


A few of your favorite things: my swimming pool, my coffee maker, my ebook reader.
Things you need to throw out: clothes from 50 pounds ago, broken coffee maker, never-read-any-more books.

Things you need in order to write: coffee, computer, time, quiet.
Things that hamper your writing: noise, people, no time.

Things you love about writing: creativity, imagination.
Things you hate about writing: the soggy middle.

Easiest thing about being a writer: sitting down to do it. 

Hardest thing about being a writer: nothing really. Not anymore.

Things you love about where you live:
Things that make you want to move: tourists, traffic.

Things you never want to run out of: love of my family.
Things you wish you’d never bought: that ugly dress. 

Words that describe you: introvert.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: sensitive.

Something you’re really good at: talking in front of the public.

Something you’re really bad at: singing.

Something you like to do: travel.

Something you wish you’d never done: that one boyfriend.

Last best thing you ate: heirloom cherry tomato.

Last thing you regret eating: ice cream.

Things you always put in your books: humour.

Things you never put in your books: cruelty.

Things to say to an author: I loved your book.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: I can’t find your book anywhere.

Favorite places you’ve been: Malaysia, Vietnam, Mozambique, Nelson, BC.

Places you never want to go to again: Miami airport.

Favorite genre: mysteries.

Books you would ban: memoirs by people with boring lives.

Favorite things to do: read. jigsaw puzzles; travel.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: cleaning the house.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: drive across North America by myself.

Something you chickened out from doing: skydiving.


Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea By The Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library books for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It crime writing festval. She is the 2019 recipient of the Derrick Murdoch award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.  

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