Booked for Trouble – Eva Gates

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4/5 Lighthouse Library Stars

On The Back:

Lucy has finally found her bliss as a librarian and resident of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. She loves walking on the beach, passing her evenings with the local book club, bonding with the library cat, Charles, and enjoying the attention of not one, but TWO eligible men. But then her socialite mother, Suzanne, unexpectedly drops in, determined to move Lucy back to Boston—and reunite her with her ex-fiancé.

To make matters worse, Suzanne picks a very public fight at the local hotel with her former classmate Karen Kivas. So, when Karen turns up dead outside the library the next morning, Suzanne is immediately at the top of the suspect list. Now Lucy must hunt down a dangerous killer—before the authorities throw the book at her poor mother…

My Thoughts:

Booked for Trouble was a good, albeit slow, second in this series. Filled with murder, new fun characters, and a wonderful setting, this book was a solid second.

I think the Outer Banks is one of the most widely used cozy mystery setting there is; I can think of at least three other series besides this one that take place in this same area, and though that may seem repetitive, it isn’t. Each author does a wonderful job of spinning their series it’s own way and not making the series sound the same. Eva Gates has proven that she, also, has the talent to take an existing setting and make it entirely her own, without sounding like a broken record.

The characters are wonderful; Lucy is the perfect cozy MC. However, there is a love triangle. Why, oh why must authors add love triangles? Especially ones like this one where both love interests are equally good. It’s frustrating and really annoying. The mystery was good. It dragged towards the middle, but by the end it picked back up. I had no idea who the killer was, and I was surprised at the end.

Overall a good book. There were a few minor problems, but I’ll be reading the next one!

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