While I enjoy and read many books, it is a rare occasion where I find a book that truly hooks me in and forces me to keep reading until I can't possibly keep my eyes open any longer. It is also a rare occasion where I find a book I can't even bare to finish for one reason or another.
Reading Up a Storm by Eva Gates was one book I truly struggled to get through at points.
Reading Up a Storm is the third book in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series. The story follows local librarian--who works and lives in an old lighthouse which has been converted into a local library--Lucy Richardson.
Lucy loves her job and loves the lighthouse. She is also quickly finding herself falling in love with a local man who makes her hot and flushed whenever he comes around. Unfortunately, her happy world comes crashing down when a loud mouthed oil businessman comes into town.
Slowly, Lucy realizes the businessman has ties and old grudges around the entire town, and when the man is found dead Lucy is up to her neck in clues.
Reading Up a Storm is well written and has a fun premise. I love lighthouses and I love libraries and I love the seaside. So this book seemed perfect. In fact, the first few chapters were amazingly composed. I loved the atmosphere and the storytelling which happened during those first few moments of the book. Particularly, I enjoyed the scenes involving the fierce storm. I felt like I was actually there.
Additionally, I really enjoy Lucy as a character as well as her many cohorts. They feel like real and interesting small town residents with realistic concerns, worries and problems. I particularly enjoyed the elements of Lucy's romance triangle.
Unfortunately, much of the middle section of the book fell flat for me. I found many of the scenes to be boring and drawn out. It seemed as if conversations went on too long and that not enough actual action or investigation was happening. This bogged down middle section made it difficult for me to push on through to the end.
This was disappointing to me since I've waited a long time to get around to reading one of Eva Gates books. I was always drawn in by the series concept and setting. However, I believe I simply find more enjoyment in culinary and paranormal cozies over others. I ultimately feel like this ended up being one of the major blocks for me enjoying this story.
However, the book is still well written and many cozy fans will still love and enjoy this story. I personally enjoyed many parts of this book--especially Lucy. However, it was just a little too slow for me and the murder mystery wasn't engaging enough. I'd give the book three out of five stars.