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Booked for Trouble

(Lighthouse Library Mystery #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,791 ratings  ·  344 reviews
The author of By Book or By Crook returns to the Outer Banks and the Lighthouse Library, where Lucy Richardson must shed light on a shocking murder…

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 th
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by NAL
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A fine mystery with interesting characters, but for me the real draw is the setting. I just love the idea that Lucy can work all day at the library, walk up to the the 4th floor and be home in the same lighthouse with a window seat to read in facing the ocean. Finish a book in the middle of the night, walk down to the library and take your pick. What a dream!
This is a cozy mystery, and this is the second book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. I have read all the books in this series that is out right now. I have posted a review on most of them. I have to say you need to read the first book in this series before this because this one picks up right from where the first book ended. I really enjoyed the mystery part of this book, but my favorite part of this book is the characters and the lighthouse library. The setting of this book is written ...more
A decent next in series, albeit it times it seemed to have editing oddities that didn't quite tie up with what had been said previously. ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this cozy mystery series, but how could I not? What true book lover hasn’t dreamt of a library loft apartment with a window seat and a lovely view? The mystery was a little obvious in this one but it was a fun story and I enjoyed it immensely. The red herring suspects were a little over the top and obvious. Lucy’s mother has come to visit and seems to be hiding something, but what is obvious is her desire to bring Lucy back to Boston and the life she has planned for her. I love the classi ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This cover is absolutely gorgeous!!

We return to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library shortly after the last book, By Book or By Crook ends. The Jane Austen books are still on exhibit but the crowds have died down and the Lucy has had time to really settle into her new job. That is until her mother, Suzanne, shows up for a surprise visit intending to convince Lucy to leave the Outer Banks and return to Boston. Her mother’s plans get sidetracked when she runs into a couple of for
Since I'd read a couple of the more recent books in this series, I started at the beginning and was glad to read the second book that gave even more backstory and introduced a character that I'd heard about in the later books. Lucy's mom was a definite piece of work, and as much as Lucy loved her, she had to convince her mom that she wasn't going back to Boston with her. She eventually found out the real reason for her mom's visit and odd behavior.

In this book, Lucy had to worry that her mom wa
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
Abby Fabian
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Booked for Trouble is the second book in the Lighthouse Library series, but the first that I've read. That said, I had no problem following along with the story.I especially liked Lucy and her small group of coworkers. The mystery was very well written. I didn't figure out whodunit until right when the author wanted me to. I absolutely loved the library. I mean come on who doesn't love a lighthouse turned library/ still operating lighthouse!!! Oh and the last paragraph was a real hoot! I will de ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Booked For Trouble has us returning to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, where Lucy not only works but lives. The Jane Austen books are still on exhibit but the crowds have died down and Lucy is settling into her new job. The last thing she expects is a visit from her mother Suzanne, who is still trying to convince Lucy to move back home to Boston and give her fiance another chance. Suzanne runs into some old classmates who either love or hate her. When Karen Kivas, the one who hates her, tur ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Lighthouse Library Mysteries.
This series appears to be a fun cozy series. I have only read #2 & 3, and I read #3 first which had a Halloween theme which I found to be great fun! Eva Gates’ Booked for Trouble ( Lighthouse Library Mystery #2 ) has Lucy’s mom arriving from Boston with the intent to return Lucy to ex-fiancé in Boston, but Lucy loves her apartment in the Bodie Lighthouse and her job as librarian of the Bodie Lighthouse Library. Lucy wants no part of her ex-fiancé, but Mom is not listening. Then as one can imagin ...more
Dawn Michelle
THIS is what comes from stupid asinine love-triangles. STUPID. ENDINGS.
And the think that torques me the most is that you don't know how Lucy resolves her stupid dilemma in the next book [since there is a preview at the end of this book and there is NO FREAKING MENTION of said dilemma]. E R G H!!!!

And while we are at it, can we talk about this obsessive single-mindedness of Police Detective [or chief or whatever he is] Watson? He is obsessed with Lucy and
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had the chance to read the second book in the “Lighthouse Library Mystery Series” right after I finished the first. This is unusual for me since so many books end up languishing in my TBR and it winds up being too long before books. I tend to forget things when there is so much distance between books. This time, it was so refreshing to go right to the next one and still have everything be fresh in my mind.

In this one, Lucy Richardson is still coming up against opposition to the library and, in
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed my return visit to the Outer Banks and The Lighthouse Library so much I didn’t want it to end!

Author Eva Gates has written a wonderful second installment in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. Book one, BY BOOK OR BY CROOK, was absolutely delightful, but Ms. Gates has kicked the mystery and entertainment up a few notches with, BOOKED FOR TROUBLE.

From the moment I opened this book I was drawn in and didn’t want to be disturbed until I had finished. The setting, the people, everythi
Mystereity Reviews
I'm actually only about 60% done, but I've read enough to write a review.

The problem with this book (and with the first book in the series) is that the plot was not fully developed, and as such, was not able to span a whole book without adding a bunch of inane interactions with minor characters that serve only as an obvious attempt to pad the book.

Which is a shame because the plot (minus all the inanity) is actually pretty good. It's a shame that so much filler is stuffed in the book that I los
Jeanne Adamek
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I would love to visit this lighthouse library--it sounds just like a place I would like to be, see and absorb the atmosphere!

The story was a good one, really worth reading.
This 2nd installment of the Lighthouse Library Mystery chain was fast and entertaining, and it held my attention from start to finish. The recurring characters and unique setting (Bodie Lighthouse as a library) grew on me, and I am now fully invested in the series.

3 stars
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This cozy mystery is a fast, enjoyable read for those who enjoy the cozy genre. Also if you like cats.
Cathy Cole
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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Digital audiobook read by Elisa Arsenault

Book two in the Lighthouse Library mystery series focuses on Lucy Richardson’s socialite mother, Suzanne, who has come for a visit and is behaving in a very unlikely manner. Suzanne is intent on getting Lucy back to Boston and properly married. But when a library book-club attendee is found murdered in the marsh near the Lighthouse, the police suspect Suzanne, and Lucy begins to investigate on her own to clear her mother.

I like this cozy mystery series,
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easy to figure out who did it but fun either way
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Lucy's Mom's dropped in for a sudden visit, acting very unlike her usual no-nonsense, business-as-usual self. And, just as soon as Mommy-dearest shows up, a member Lucy's Classics Bookclub is killed after hours at the lighthouse library. Well, given the timely appearance of Lucy's Mama, and the tempestuous relationship between Mama-Dearest and the murder victim, it's only natural that Mama-dearest becomes the prime suspect. Or, so it would seem.

I honestly liked this story a bit less than the fir
Elizabeth Plunkett
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Booked for Trouble as an audiobook saved my sanity this week! It made commuting so much quicker! I almost hoped for traffic so I could have more time to listen to Lucy deal with her mom visiting her in Nags Head and trying to solve a murder! This is a Cozy mystery with a capital C and I love it! I think I'll really enjoy the series. My one pet peeve was how often Lucy mentioned her mom's car type I got rather sick of hearing the reader say SLK or the SLK. ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Lucy has left her comfortable life in Boston for an assistant librarian position at the Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. She is settling in nicely in her apartment at the top of the lighthouse and has two potential suitors. She is quite surprised when her mother Suzanne arrives unannounced for a visit. Suzanne grew up in the Outer Banks and could not get away fast enough when she was young, and Lucy does not appreciate her mother’s incessant efforts to coerce her to ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is the second in the Lighthouse Library series by Eva Gates. Lucy Richardson has left her ex-fiance behind in Boston and is working as a librarian at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She loves her job and has the added perk of being able to live in an apartment at the top of the lighthouse. She also has two attractive local suitors. Lucy is surprised by a visit from her socialite Mother, Suzanne, who is acting a bit odd and is set on convincing ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Booked For Trouble is the second book in A Lighthouse Library Mystery series.

Lucy Richardson, head librarian at the Lighthouse Library, really does love her mother, but mostly when mom is home in Boston. Totally unannounced Suzanne Richardson arrives at the Lighthouse Library. Lucy is certain that mom will try to convince her to return to Boston and marry, Richard Lewiston III , her former fiance. Lucy has gone with her mother to the hotel where Suzanne will be staying, when Suzanne sees Karen K
Liz Caldwell
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
A lighthouse, a library, a new life ... and then Mom shows up for a visit. What could possibly go wrong?
Lucy has just started taking control of her life. She is an optimist and just a little naive, charmingly so. Her mother, who had fled the Outer Banks at the end of high school, has come to see her daughter and try to get Lucy back to Boston. Then a theft occurs in the hotel, and an old nemesis with whom Lucy's mother had words is found murdered outside the lighthouse library. When Lucy's moth
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoy the characters and setting in this series (who wouldn't want to live in a library? Let alone when it is in a lighthouse on the Outer Banks!). I thought the plot was clever, but my attention flagged a little in the middle (which is a problem I had with the first book, as well). I had my suspicions about the killer's identity early on, but the mystery was still wrapped up nicely.
Why does George repeatedly show up through the entire book as "George, manager"? Just wondering. Is it s
Heather Cook
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the second book in Eva Gates Lighthouse Library Mystery series. Even though I read the first one a while ago, the background information provided was more than enough so that it could stand alone. A memorable setting that encompasses two of my favorite things, a library and a lighthouse, makes me want to find and visit this idyllic place. Lucy's Mother, Suzanne, comes across as unlikable and her own worst enemy - it's no wonder she's the main suspect. It doesn't appear that there are m ...more
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, galley
This is the second book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series, but you can jump right in without feeling like you have missed anything. I loved the lighthouse / library setting – it feels cozy and calm, at least until a murder takes place right outside. I also liked the cast of characters in this one. Lucy has believable problems, and the supporting cast are a likable bunch. The mystery itself was fast paced and not too obvious. I will definitely go back and read number one in the series.

Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The 2nd book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series is even better than the 1st one. Besides the murder story I found the "little mystery" about Suzanne Richardsons, Lucy's mothers, extended visit very interesting.
I just keep imagining myself living in a little apartment on the top level of a lighthouse....beach, sun, wind, storm, just sitting with a wonderful book in a cozy spot overlooking the beach! Sounds like paradise to me :)
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