Today I'd like to shine a spotlight on a book I received for Buy A Friend A Book Day. I was lucky enough to receive By Book or by Crook by Eva Gates. This book is the first in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series.
From the back cover:
For ten years Lucy has enjoyed her job poring over rare tomes of literature for the Harvard Library, but she has not enjoyed the demands of her family's social whorl or her sort-of-engagement to the staid son of her father's law partner. When her ten-year relationship implodes, Lucy realizes that the plot of her life is in need of a serious rewrite.
Calling on her aunt Ellen, Lucy hopes that a little fun in he Outer Banks sun-and some confections from her cousin Josie's bakery-will help her clear her head. But her retreat quickly turns into an unexpected opportunity when Aunt Ellen gets her involved in the lighthouse library tucked away on Bodie Island.
Lucy is thrilled to land the librarian job in her favorite place in the world. But when a priceless first edition Jane Austen novel is stolen and the chairman of the library board is murdered, Lucy suddenly finds herself ensnared in a real0life mystery-and she's not so sure there's going to be a happy ending...