Sunday, June 17, 2018


I'm excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author
Eva Gates
Book 4 in the Lighthouse Library Mysteries

Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.

Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide. 

Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library―haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted? 

With The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on everyone’s minds and ghoulish gossip on everyone’s lips, Lucy will need to separate the clues from the boos if she wants to crack this case without losing her head in The Spook in the Stacks
, the delightful fourth in national bestseller Eva Gates’ Lighthouse Library mysteries.


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LKBR:  Thank you, Vicki aka Eva Gate, for being here today!

EG: I am absolutely delighted to be able to talk with you!

LKBR: Please tell us a bit about the Lighthouse Library series.

EG: The Lighthouse Library series is written under the pen name of Eva Gates.  This is a cozy series, set in a library in a lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In the fourth book in the series, The Spook in the Stacks, Halloween is fast approaching and strange things are happening out on the marsh and in the lighthouse.

LKBR: How did you come up with the concept?

EG: This series was originally a work for hire from Penguin. I am happy to be able to say I took their suggestions and used them to make the series my own.

LKBR: What are your future plans for this series? Any hints or spoilers you  can give us about the next book?

EG: The series is continuing with Crooked Lane Books, and I have contracts for books 5 and 6.  In book 5, Something Read, Something Dead, wedding bells are ringing!

LKBR: Is writing an energizing experience, or does it take a lot out of you?

EG: I love doing it, which is the only reason I do! It gives me energy for sure.

LKBR: Once you knew you wanted to be a published writer, who was the first person you reached out to for help? (Such as a publisher, or author)

EG: I joined Sisters in Crime and then the Crime Writers of Canada. Networking and support for a beginning writer (heck, for any writer) are crucial.

LKBR: What sort of research do you do for your books? Is it more computer based or hands on?

EG: I’ve been to the Outer Banks several times doing location research for the books. Because the books are set in a real place, not only Nags Head, but the actual Bodie Island Lighthouse, it’s important to get it as right as I can (ignoring the fact that there isn’t a library in the real lighthouse). The Internet is good, but nothing beats being in the real location

LKBR: What is your writing process? Place, time of day, by the hour or word count?

EG: Every single day when I am at home. At a small computer used only for writing books, at a stand up desk.  I start in the morning, and write for several hours, just until I feel I’ve accomplished all I can for that day.

LKBR: How do you come up with character names?

EG: With great difficulty.  I’m constantly struggling to come up with something different than I’ve used before. 

LKBR: Is it difficult to write characters of the opposite sex? Do you have someone you use for advice?

EG: I’ve never had a problem, I don’t think.  Then again, my main characters are always women and the men are secondary characters.

LKBR: Do you read reviews of your books? If you do, and a review is bad, what effect does it have on you? (I know some reviews are mean as opposed to constructive.)

EG: Yes, I do. Some writers say they don’t read reviews, but they’re probably lying. When my books are newly released, I read some of them, but not so much after the first week.  If a review is unfairly bad, I’ve learned to just let it go. Some people are mean, and some people are quick to dismiss what they didn’t bother to try to understand.

LKBR: What are 3 things readers may not know about you?

EG: 1. That I am an extreme introvert (really!)
2. That my pre-writing profession was as a computer programmer and then a systems analyst
3. That I also write novellas for adult literacy

LKBR: Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

Twitter: @vickidelany
Instagram: vicki.delany

LKBR: Thank you so much, Vicki, for letting us get to know you better!

EG: Thank you so much for inviting me.

The Lighthouse Library Mystery series is a favorite of mine, and my sister. I want to send a thank you to Crooked Lane Books for picking up this series and giving us readers more time with the wonderful characters.

It was so easy to fall back into the grove with protagonist Lucy Richardson and the crew of the Brodie Island Lighthouse library. Through the words of author Eva Gates, it was incredibly easy to picture the library and surrounding area, as well as hear the characters voices as I read their written words.

To say it was hard to put this book down would be an understatement. As with the first three books in this delightful series, THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS is a fast-moving mystery with an attention-grabbing plot. With Halloween thrown into the mix, this tale had something fun or exciting happening in every chapter. I simply couldn’t put it down until I had read the last word.

Don’t let your TBR spook you into keeping this book from your stacks. Grab up your copy of THE  SPOOK IN THE STACKS today!

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 twenty-five books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, under the pen name of Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is the past president of the Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.

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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "THE SPOOK IN THE STACKS" by Eva Gates. Enjoyed reading the interview with the author. Love that she also works to help in the adult literacy sector.

    Really enjoy reading this authors books. Love this cover and would appreciate the opportunity to read the book.
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  2. This is an awesome series. Great setting and characters. So glad this series is continuing . Looking forward to reading "The Spook in the Stacks".

  3. I really want to read this book. It sounds great. Glad your writing this series.