First Line: I love my mother. Truly, I do.
Lucy has found her perfect home and her perfect job: resident and librarian of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. She loves bonding with the library cat, walking on the beach, and book club. Needless to say, having the attentions of two handsome men certainly doesn't hurt either. What she does not need is to have her mother show up in an attempt to drag her back to Boston, but that's exactly what socialite Suzanne Richardson does.
When she's not trying to bend Lucy to her will, she picks a public fight with a woman who turns up dead outside the library the very next day. Suzanne is Suspect Numero Uno-- which means that Lucy has to track down a killer.
I'm still enjoying both the popularity of this fictional lighthouse library and its setting, but I have to be honest and admit that I picked up Booked for Trouble with a bit of trepidation. It's a quirk of mine, but I do not care for high maintenance parents in the cozies that I read, and that's exactly what Lucy's mother is. I am happy to report that although Suzanne is not the type of person to ever become my BFF, that angle of the book was not as bad as I'd anticipated. Whew!
Lucy continues to be an interesting main character, but too many of the secondary characters are two-dimensional. Take Charlene for example. It would appear that her sole reason for existence is to annoy everyone with her passion for rap music-- and she's the only one who really stands out in my mind. The rest are a kind of blur, and I hope book three is the "breakout" book for them. Speaking of breaking out, Lucy's two love interests need to stop spinning their wheels and start making some moves.
Although I enjoyed reading how Lucy finally found the killer, I knew the person's identity early on due to a certain peculiarity in the dialogue. I can be strange that way sometimes. And have any of you noticed that the latest thing in cozies seems to be cross-marketing-- that is, mentioning books by other cozy writers? At least it fits in here because Lucy is a librarian, but I've been noticing it in several books lately. I realize that things like this place a book clearly within its timeframe, but I prefer my books without branding, marketing, or suggestive selling.
Booked for Trouble is a good solid mystery with a winning main character and a perfect setting; however, it needs some of its other components to be fleshed out more so this series can shine the way I know that it can.
Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates
NAL/Obsidian © 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Cozy Mystery, #2 Lighthouse Library mystery
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen