The reviews have been excellent.
Library Journal Starred Review: Charming, entertaining, and smart
Lesa's Book Critiques: Eva Gates excels at setting this new series in a delightful small town setting and enchanting library. If you're looking for an enchanting getaway, a mystery to help you escape the winter doldrums, you can't go wrong with this first in a new series, By Book or by Crook. Cats, Jane Austen, books, and a lighthouse library. It doesn't get much more appealing.
A Cozy Girl Reads: Author Eva Gates makes you feel like you are there and are a part of the library, the mystery and the story, that is what made this book so engaging to me. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.
Aunt Agatha's Bookstore: A little extra verve, and a brisk, hard to put down way of telling a story that will have you flipping pages.
Fresh Fiction: BY BOOK OR BY CROOK has a wonderful charm that pulled me in right away.
The Quillery: Setting the library in a historic lighthouse gives the library itself a character of its own that helps to set this series apart from other cozy mysteries of its class and gives it the potential to stand out. This book was a fun introduction to what I think will prove to be an interesting and, hopefully, long lived series.
Night Owl Reviews:
Eva Gates has written a truly magnificent Southern mystery that will immerse its’ readers right into the very heart of the Outer Banks, and have them hearing the ocean waves, smelling the salt air, and tasting the delectable shrimp and grits!
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