Monday, June 11, 2018


The Cozy Times has been on hiatus for awhile.
But we had a submission recently that we wanted to share with you. The Cozy Times brings you a Fall edition of the . . .

Candidate visits Bodie Island Lighthouse Library 
for Halloween Event
By Eva Gates
Fall 2018

It’s down to the wire for incumbent Connor O’Neil and rival Doug Whiteside as the mayoral election has only a few days to go.  The polls are reporting that Dr. O’Neil is in the lead, but local businessman Mr. Whiteside still has a strong following.

This past weekend Mayor O’Neil took time out of his busy campaign schedule to visit the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library for a Halloween-themed event. Popular local storyteller Louise Jane McKaughnan regaled the crowd, seated on the lawn outside the lighthouse in the warm fall sunshine, with stories of history and legend from the rich history of the Outer Banks, many of which had a supernatural theme.

Whiteside, who has promised to shut down the popular library should he be elected and turn the historic building into a ‘revenue-generating’ attraction, was notable by his absence at the well-attended event. No doubt Whiteside, who has publically criticised the library and its director, Albertina James, on many occasions, did not feel welcome there. 

McNeil did no campaigning, aside from chatting to people over refreshments.  McNeil is known to be a strong supporter of the library and vows to fight to keep it open. This reporter can’t help but commenting that McNeil might have additional personal interests in the library. The unmarried mayor, only in his early thirties, is often seen these days in the company of the new assistant Librarian Lucy Richardson.

After the lecture, guests enjoyed refreshments on the lawn and toured a variety of craft stalls.
Additional Halloween events will be held at the library on October 31st .  The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library Classic Novel Reading Club. This month’s selection, suitable for the season, is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving.


The Brodie Island Chronicle was brought to you by author Eva Gates author of the Lighthouse Library Mysteries. The newest installment of this series is

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.

Eva Gates is the pen name for Vicki Delany, one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. Under her real name of Vicki Delany, 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 three cozy mystery series: the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane, the Year Round Christmas mysteries for Penguin Random House and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series, for Crooked Lane Books.  

The fourth Lighthouse Library book, The Spook in the Stacks, was released in June 2018.

Vicki lives and writes in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is a 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. Absolutely fabulous cover! Really enjoyed reading the The Cozy Times article from the Bodie Island Chronicles article by Eva Gates. Excellent author I might add. I'd love the opportunity to read "The Spook in the Stacks".
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  2. Thanks, Lisa. I love the cover! Happy Monday, to you.