I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Permanently Booked by Lisa Q. Mathews
Series: The Ladies Smythe & Westin #2
Genres: Contemporary, Cozy
The first rule of the Hibiscus Pointe book club is don't talk about the murder
Semi-reformed party girl Summer Smythe is finally feeling at home at the Hibiscus Pointe Retirement Community. All that's left to do is replace her late grandma's massive book collection with a TV. Donating them to the community library is the perfect solution—until she finds the librarian buried in books. Literally.
Summer and her sleuthing partner, longtime resident Dorothy Westin, can't imagine who would want to kill poor, dedicated Lorella. Soon, they're on case…and the Hibiscus Pointe book club is the perfect cover for their investigation.
A murdered librarian is headline news in south Florida, and even outsiders, including an oddball professor and a pair of dueling authors, are eager to join the once-dull group. But one menacing member has Dorothy and Summer bookmarked for the morgue. If the Ladies Smythe and Westin don't nab the killer fast, the Hibiscus Pointe book club may be reading their obituaries next.
So-so characters with a solid mystery.
Thoughts on Permanently Booked
Disclaimer: I work in property management and the SLEW of rules Summer blatantly broke throughout the course of this book set my teeth on edge. So…bear that in mind as you read this review. Because I’ve actually dealt with people who think the rules apply to everyone but them and … *crazy eyes*
*double crazy eyes*
*triple freeze frame crazy eyes*
Anyway. It took a while for me to warm up to Summer. To start with, I couldn’t fathom why Dorothy put up with her when they were so obviously opposites. Then I clued in to how Summer reminded Dorothy of her daughter and I got it. Still, Summer comes off as an airhead for a lot of the book and she’s kinda hard to take.
Buuuuut, she never reached the point where I had to put the book away and stop reading. So, there’s that.
The mystery itself played out nicely. The background characters reminded me a little too much of work for me to truly enjoy them, but, well, that’s just me. We did get a weirdly fun diva author to goggle at and I always appreciate eccentric, slightly overly dramatic authors. *thumbs up*