Wow! I couldn't' have started the new year out in a better way.
I opened my computer to find that Library Journal had given By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates a starred review!
Here's what they had to say:
Gates, Eva. By Book or by Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery. Obsidian: NAL. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780451470935. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698165885. M
Reference librarian Lucy Richardson has decided to leave Boston behind, along with her Harvard University job, almost fiancé, and unending social circles, to stay with her aunt on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Then she lands a delightful position at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, although Lucy is one of the few who are pleased. When the chair of the library board is killed at a reception honoring the installation of a collection of first edition Jane Austen novels, and then one of the Austen novels is stolen, Lucy suddenly realizes that reading mysteries has definitely not prepared her for a real-life one. VERDICT This charming, entertaining, and smart series launch by Gates, who also writes under the Vicki Delany pen name, features an unusual (and real) setting and colorful cast of characters that set it apart from other bookish cozies.
The book will be released on Feb 3rd, and is now available for pre-order in paper and ebook formats.