Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Fishing For Trouble by Elizabeth Logan

Posted November 27, 2020 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, Elizabeth Logan, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 12 Comments

Alaskan Diner Mystery #2

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2020
PAGES: 304

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.

Other Books In This Series

After enjoying Mousse and Murder so much, I was really looking forward to book two. I’m pleased to report that Fishing For Trouble didn’t disappoint at all. I got to spend time with Charlie and Chris and Trooper and Benny the cat (all my faves from the first book) and visit Alaska again through the pages of a book. Combine that with a well-plotted mystery and I’m a happy camper!

The book starts off with a bang, as an ambulance carries off a young man who has just keeled over in Charlie’s Bear Claw Diner – never great for business lol but, fortunately for Charlie, he hadn’t even been served yet. Still, she’s involved now so she might as well see it through, right? And it helps that she’s still technically deputized and that the understaffed Trooper could use her assistance anyway. The more she finds out about the local fish processing plant, the more the unusual vibes pile up, including at least one summer student worker who has mysteriously disappeared. I enjoyed learning about this key element of Alaskan industry (though sometimes the information dumps lagged the pace a bit), and the mystery kept me engaged. I also loved the continued dash of romance – not enough to overwhelm the story at all but a nice nod to those of us who think nearly every book is better with a little love story.

Bottom Line: Fishing For Trouble is just as enjoyable as its predecessor. I still loved Trooper but I also enjoyed getting to know Chris better too. And of course Charlie who adds lots of wit and insight with her narrative. Logan does a great job of setting the Alaskan scene & weaving a clever plot throughout the story – lots of intriguing twists with this one! This is definitely a series to add to your TBR list!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it! 

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Camille Minichino is turning every aspect of her life into a mystery series. A retired physicist, she’s the author of 28 mystery novels in 5 series, with different pen names. She now writes the Alaskan Diner Mysteries as Elizabeth Logan. She’s also written many short stories and articles. She teaches science at Golden Gate U. in San Francisco and writing workshops around the SF Bay Area.  Details are at

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12 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Fishing For Trouble by Elizabeth Logan

  1. Julie Waldron

    This sounds like a fun series. I love stories that take place in Alaska, it’s a beautiful state!

  2. Thanks for hosting me MeezCarrie! I hope you and all your readers are having a good, relaxing holiday weekend. I’m having a good time putting together a fun Alaska diner package for the Giveaway! Camille/Elizabeth Logan.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on ” Fishing For Trouble” by Elizabeth Logan and for being part of the book tour.

    Great cover and wonderful sounding book.

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