Monday, November 23, 2020

Fishing for Trouble - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Fishing for Trouble (Alaskan Diner Mystery #2) by Elizabeth Logan

Rating: Liked It
Source: Publisher

Description:  Something fishy is going on at a local seafood processing plant, and Charlie Cooke is on the hook to solve the case in this new Alaskan Diner Mystery.

Summer has come to Elkview, Alaska, bringing twenty hours of sunlight every day, not to mention a surge of tourists and seasonal workers. Chef Charlie Cooke is eager for a busy yet relaxing season, but when a young man working a summer job at the local fish processing plant dies moments after walking into the Bear Claw Diner, she’s quickly swept into the investigation.

Soon, through her best friend Annie Jensen, Charlie learns that another student worker at J and M Processing has disappeared, leaving more questions and fewer answers. The near-endless sunlight gives plenty of time to search for clues, but Charlie will have to work with Annie and local reporter Chris Doucette to net the killer before anyone else gets hurt.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I enjoyed the first book and was curious to see what happened next with Charlie, Chris, Annie, and the Bear Claw crew.

My Impression:  I was so glad to get back to Elkview, Alaska and see what the next chapter held for Charlie and everyone else at the Bear Claw.  It didn't disappoint.  Characters from the first book are settling into their lives and Chris and Charlie are still dancing around in a will we/won't we situation but in a grownup non-angsty way.  And of course it is always good to see what hijinks Charlie's indulged cat Benny is up to.

This was an entertaining read with a focus on the fish processing industry and a bit of Charlie's past showing up to confront her.  I enjoyed the Alaskan setting and following along with Chris and Charlie as they investigate just what is going on at J and M Processing.

What kept this from being a home run for me is a pacing issue with the unraveling of the mystery.  The book is never a slow read but it does feel we go large stretches of time with no new information and then in the last 20 pages or so everything is revealed which can get a bit confusing.  I'd love to see the information laid out a bit slower so that I would feel more invested in the outcome of the mystery.

While I didn't find this book flawless it was a fun read with a great setting and likable characters.  I'm looking forward to seeing more from Elkview, Alaska.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  I would.  I really think this series has so much potential and  I'm hoping the mystery pacing improves.

Would I Recommend this Book?  I would definitely recommend this series if you enjoy a good cozy mystery.  

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Thanks for the review. Charming cover as well.

  2. Cats on the cover is always fun! Hugs and hope everyone is well! RO

  3. I've been wanting to try this series for the setting especially. I am glad you liked it, even if not loved it.

  4. One of my sisters lives in Alaska! I'm going to tell her about this series.

  5. Always nice to get back to a set of characters to see what they are doing even if the mystery was slow. Alaska is good setting too.

  6. Anither cozy with a great cat cover. 😸

  7. I read the first one and enjoyed it. I want to read this one too.

  8. Just popping over to wish you and the family a Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, RO

  9. I like how this cozy series is set in Alaska. That's not a common place for a book's setting.