I also thought the added drama between the main character and her "hunky" boyfriend (a renewed love interest from her past) was rather contrived. Her anger at first was understandable, but went quickly to extremes and I found she was far more put upon than she had a right to be.
A lot of side characters were strewn in there, unnecessary to plot, used by the author to highlight the caring nature of the main character, but just making her more emotional and annoying as a whole. Also, there were a lot of repetitive metaphors, or unnecessary explanations of metaphors, as though the author thought the reader was not smart enough to grasp what she was writing.
Tallulah was a character I did not care for. Sudden shows of emotion, anger at inappropriate moments, over-explanation, a "strong" woman who is really weak and needs everyone to do everything for her, shoves herself into everything without a care for consequences. She was unlikable most of the book, and in real life would have been arrested for her bullshit.
Will not be picking up anymore Mystery A La Mode books.