Description (from cover):
”Avast’ in pirate speak means what?*
Answering tricky reference questions like this one provides plenty of excitement for library director Lindsey Norris. But when a shocking murder is committed in her cozy coastal town of Briar Creek, Connecticut, the question of who did it must be answered before an innocent man gets the book thrown at him.
Lindsey is enjoying her second year in Briar Creek as the library director, meeting with the crafternoon club and happily dating tour boat captain Mike Sullivan. But when a salvage company arrives in town to dig up treasure that had been buried on Pirate Island over three hundred years ago, the locals are torn between protecting the island and welcoming the publicity.
In spite of the squabbling, Charlie Peyton, Lindsey’s downstairs neighbor, takes a job with the salvage company. But when Trudi Hargrave, the local tourism director who hired the company, is found murdered at the excavation site, Charlie becomes the chief suspect. To help him, Lindsey must do some digging of her own before the real killer buries the truth for good.
I think this book was the best in the Library Lover’s mystery series to date. It has pirate treasure, murder, arson and of course books in this mystery which makes it so hard to put this one down. I really enjoyed this one from page one until the end of the book and encourage cozy mystery lovers to read this one or at least begin this series. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Lindsey is a character that is well-developed and has some issues to figure out about herself in this one. It was nice to have to deal with the character’s issues as well as everything else that was going on. It makes Lindsey seem down-to-earth and realistic.
Lindsey soon finds herself searching for clues after the local tourism director is found dead at the local excavation site for a pirate treasure search. Who wanted this annoying lady dead and why? Lindsey must use her knowledge of books and archiving in order to solve this murder case. With some of her familiar friends along the way to help out, Lindsey must find out what is going on before she becomes the killer’s next victim.
This mystery had a plot to die for and will keep the reader enthralled from page one. I do recommend reading the previous books in this series because it does have some back story, but I do think it can be read as a stand alone. I just really like this series a lot and encourage cozy mystery lovers to pick this one up because I find it to be absolutely fantastic. I love the small town feeling and the hunt for pirate treasure that leaves the townspeople feeling chaotic in this one. It really sets the scene and I have to say that this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Overall Rating: 4.5
Disclaimer: This book was purchased by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.