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Permanently Booked

(The Ladies Smythe & Westin #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  21 reviews

The first rule of the Hibiscus Pointe book club is don't talk about the murderSemi-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

Kindle Edition, 229 pages
Published April 4th 2016 by Carina Press
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Mark Baker
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
Summer Smythe and Dorothy Westin are taking some books to be donated to the Hibiscus Pointe library when they find the body of Lorella, the librarian, on the floor in the stacks. Summer is certain that the strange encounter they had on their way into the library is the best clue to the killer, but Dorothy thinks the book club that Lorella was trying to start in the retirement community might hold the clue. Can the duo work together again to solve the latest mystery?

I really enjoyed the first boo
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Permanently Booked by Lisa Q. Mathews is the second book in The Ladies Smythe & Westin series. It was a quirky and fun cozy mystery. This is the first book that I have read by this author; but I didn't feel lost while reading it.

Summer Smythe is definitely one of those women who flies by the seat of her pants in most situations which created some humorous moments. Dorothy Westin is the "calm center of the storm" that Summer creates while they investigate. Dorothy is also the one who can put the
Lori Herbst
Aug 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Smythe and Westin women team up again to solve another murder, and it's a fun-filled, hilarious task! The characters are delightful, including the secondary characters. (I keep waiting for a Dash spin-off; he and his family give me lots of pleasure.) The two mystery writers create intriguing plot twists while adding humor of their own. And a giant snake on the loose? Creepy but so, so funny. Loved this book. Now onto Fashionably Late! ...more
Bonney Teti
Jan 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book needed everything but mostly lots more editing.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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 opposite
Leslie Karst
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dorothy and Summer may live in a south Florida retirement community, but there’s little rest for the Ladies Smythe and Westin as they investigate the death of the Hibiscus Pointe librarian. Full of humor and hijinks, Permanently Booked is a real page-turner, and had me guessing whodunit right up until the end. So glad this terrific Lisa Q. Mathews series is finally coming out in print!
DelAnne Frazee
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Permanently Booked - The Ladies of Smythe & Westin Mystery Book 2
Author: Lisa Q. Mathews
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: 4-4-2016
Pages: 229
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Sub-Genre: Women Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths,, Women's FIction, Suspense
ISBN: 9781459290624
Reviewed For NetGalley and Carina Press
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 a
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent cozy format

The Plot was fast paced (a real key to the cozy mystery), but there were breathers as well. A true roller coaster ride. The clues and red herrings were well placed, not jumping at you, but you saw them, or remembered them when they were revealed as such.
The setting was well written in this book, I felt like I was there. Although, where are the golf carts I always see in the movies for retirement villages! LOL! But there were plenty of indoor and outdoor scenes, so you knew t
Vicki Gooding
Very good book. The team of Smythe and Westin compliment each other as opposites quite nicely. In a 55+ community Dorthy Westin is a calm, level headed, peacemaking individual. People like her. She found herself taking on the community centers librarian duties after Lorella (librarian) was murdered. Summer Smythe (her young partner) avoids work relying on her sisters income, squatting in one of the 55+ communities condos that had belonged to her grandmother, and Summer still in her 20's trying t ...more
Lisa Millett
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dorothy and Summer live at the Hibiscus Pointe Retirement Community in Florida and they love mysteries. Summer is trying to clean up her grandmother's estate so she decides to donate books to the library. When Dorothy and Summer bring the books down to the library, they find the librarian dead on the floor from an obvious murder. So it begins as these two amateur sleuths are on the case until they find the murderer. Filled with quirky, funny and eccentric characters, a crazy missing python snake ...more
Karen Smithson
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun and exciting read from Lisa Q. Mathews! I love the sleuthing partnership between the retired Dorothy Westin, a resident at the Hibiscus Pointe retirement community and Summer Smythe, a twenty-something semi-reformed party girl. Though an unlikely team they work beautifully in an attempt to solve the mystery of a murdered librarian.
Marla Bradeen
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
PERMANENTLY BOOKED is another enjoyable installment in the Smythe and Westin series. These two women make an unlikely yet entertaining team, and I enjoyed reading about their latest adventure. Readers who appreciate lighthearted and humorous mysteries will find a lot to love about this series.
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Carina Press for providing me with an ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.

Okay, so to start with, ‘Permanently Booked’ isn’t the first book in the ‘The Ladies Smythe & Westin’ mystery series, it is the second… but it was the first one in that series I read.

Usually that means I will drop a book like a hot potato and be adding it to my DNF pile so quickly I could give myself a paper cut - if it was a paper book. I am not a fan of book s
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Permanently Booked is the second in the Ladies Smythe and Westin mystery series. Main characters Dorothy Westin and Summer Smythe live in the Hibiscus Pointe Senior Living Community. The vast age difference between the women, Senior Dorothy and twenty something Summer hasn't stopped the two from teaming up to solve crimes.

When the ladies discover the body of Hibiscus Pointe Librarian Lorella Caldwell bludgeoned to death, they set off on a rollicking adventure uncovering clues and tracking down n
Lisa Morin
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

This is the first time I have read anything about this author. The cover and title looked intriguing so I requested a copy to read and review.

In my opinion, the first book in the series needs to be read first. This is only because of the confusion of not knowing the characters and how they became sleuthing partners.

Summer is a twenty something young lady living in an inherited condo in an over 55 community. S
Kathleen Gray
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pleasant easy cozy. I hadn't read the first book, which introduced all the characters, and that probably would have helped. Mathews has a nice writing style. Liked the setting, liked the mystery, liked the book. Thanks to NETGALLEY for the aRC. ...more
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A second murder at the Florida senior center joins Dorothy and Summer to root out the guilty. Once again, a fun read.
Lyn Jenkins
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again Smythe and Westin find their killer. "Permanently Booked" like "Cardiac Arrest " will keep you guessing to nearly the end. ...more
Ellen Byron
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great, fun read! Love Dorothy and Summer. Both the writing and the mystery are terrific.
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Loved this book, Cant wait to read the other 2 books by Lisa Q Mathews. Terrific story, Great writer.
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Lisa worked in publishing as an editor for several Nancy Drew series and later became Executive Editor at Random House. She also wrote under pseudonym for many kids' series, including Mary-Kate and Ashley and The Lizzie McGuire Mysteries. The quirky Ladies Smythe & Westin mystery series is he

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