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Death in Dark Blue

Death in Dark Blue

Scris de Julia Buckley

Povestit de Rebecca Mitchell


Death in Dark Blue

Scris de Julia Buckley

Povestit de Rebecca Mitchell

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4.5/5 (7 evaluări)
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7 hours
Lansat:
Jan 30, 2018
ISBN:
9781977373182
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Descriere

In the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana, Lena London is settling into her dream job, but someone is making her life a nightmare . . .

Things are beginning to go right for Lena. She's got a new job assisting suspense novelist and friend, Camilla Graham. She lives rent-free in Camilla's beautiful, Gothic house. She even has a handsome new boyfriend, Sam West.

After being under attack by the media and his neighbors, Sam has recently been cleared of suspicion for murder. Journalists and townsfolk alike are remorseful, and one blogger would even like to apologize to him in person. But when she's found dead behind Sam's house, Lena must dodge paparazzi as she unravels the many mysteries that threaten to darken the skies of her little town and her newfound love with Sam.

Lansat:
Jan 30, 2018
ISBN:
9781977373182
Format:
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Despre autor

Julia Buckley is a health and fitness journalist and blogger, personal trainer and keen runner. With over a decade's journalistic experience, she has written for Runner's World, Sport, Bodyfit, Trail Running, Fitness for Women and Running Free magazines. Julia has a large online following - find her on social media via her website: www.juliabuckley.co.uk.


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  • (3/5)
    Although well-plotted, there are several things that really bothered me about this book. The first is the back cover blurb, that has a horrible syntax error that make it sound like the heroine finds her own dead body! Since she is not a ghost in this
    or the next book in the series, this really should be fixed.
    Secondly—and this one makes me grind my teeth (herein lie spoilers)—a key plot element is patently ridiculous. The heroine, having completed a Master’s program ( either in English Lit or Writing), makes a huge deal about discovering the abilities of a research librarian! Now, what person who has spent a likely 18 years in school; who has studied classic and comparative literature , would NOT know what a reference librarian is?
    It would have been just as easy for the heroine to just be surprised that a small-town library has a staff includes a research librarian, and leave it at that.
    The rest of the book is enjoyable, with no characters breaking normal parameters, so I did rate this as a 3: however, with those errors, to me it drops to a 2.
  • (5/5)
    Life has been good lately for Lena London. She has her dream job - collaborating with suspense novelist Camilla Graham. Her boyfriend Sam West has been cleared of charges of murdering his estranged wife Victoria who is very much alive. Unfortunately, one of Victoria's friends, Taylor Brand, isn't so lucky - her body is found near Sam's house and it looks like she was murdered. Once again Lena finds she has to clear Sam's name - putting her own life in danger.“Death in Dark Blue” is the wonderfully done second book in Julia Buckley's Writer’s Apprentice cozy mystery series. While this book certainly be read on its own, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series – “A Dark and Stormy Murder” - for some much-needed background on the characters and situations. Author Julia Buckley has done a wonderful job with writing this book which is part gothic romance (just like Camilla's books - excerpts of which appear at the beginning of each chapter in this book) and part mystery. I was caught up in the lives of these characters from the moment I read the first book - especially the story of Sam and his missing wife. Truthfully, while the mystery of who killed Taylor is well done with plenty of suspects, it does get overshadowed a bit as Lena and Sam hunt for Victoria. That didn't bother me all that much, however as the story of the search for Victoria is a compelling one (as are the hints that there are other secrets in Sam’s life – some that he doesn’t know about). The book – just like the first one - ends with quite a cliffhanger and I can't wait for the next book to find out what happens to these characters!“Death in Dark Blue” is a great mystery.
  • (4/5)
    In the first book of this series, our heroine Lena London helped solve a murder AND proved that the woman her new guy – Sam West -- was accused of murdering (his estranged wife Victoria West) was very much alive. Now Lena is tested again when a blogger who skewered Sam because of said “murder” comes to Blue Lake, Indiana, to apologize to Sam – and winds up dead on his property. Now it’s up to Lena and her boss, world-famous author Camilla Graham, to figure out what happened to the victim.Meanwhile, there’s still another mystery to be solved: finding the missing Victoria West. Lena enlists a super-librarian to help her with research. But it’s going to take more than research to save Victoria.This is a sweet series and Julia Buckley is a wonderful author. The romance is a little too much for my taste, and Sam West is a very weak love interest for a smart and savvy woman like Lena. I hope she unsaddles herself from him (or maybe the author will kill him off in the next book – I can only hope) and finds a man who’s her equal.I don't care much for cliffhangers -- I'd rather have everything neatly tied up at the end. So, that was another disappointment.
  • (4/5)
    Death in Dark Blue by Julia Buckley is the second novel in A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. Lena London lives with famous author Camilla Graham in Blue Lake, Indiana. She is happy that her boyfriend, Sam West is returning to town after being gone for the last month. Sam has been in New York searching for his missing wife, Victoria with the help of a private investigator. Taylor Brand, a friend of Victoria’s and a blogger, stated on her blog that she would be coming to Blue Lake to apologize to Sam in person for her accusations (she accused him of harming Victoria). Lena is on her way to Sam’s to drop off a copy of the book she co-wrote with Camilla when she comes across a person in a blue coat in the snow. Lena has discovered Taylor and she will not be making that apology. Once again, Sam is a suspect in a murder and the press are out in full force. Lena needs to find Taylor’s killer and clear Sam from suspicion. She also wants to find a clue that will lead them to Victoria. Lena enlists the help of Belinda, research librarian at the Blue Lake Library. Can they finally discover what happened to Victoria West? The paparazzi are making it difficult for Sam and Lena to spend time together since they are trying to keep their relationship under wraps. Can Lena unravel the clues and uncover Taylor’s killer? Death in Dark Blue is packed full of action. Lena is busy solving two mysteries, spending time with Sam, and working on Camilla’s latest novel. I thought the book contained good writing and it has a good flow. The pace is medium level. The murder mystery was child’s play to solve. I identified the killer before the body made it to the morgue. The suspect pool is very limited. I give Death in Dark Blue 3.5 out of 5 stars. I suggest that you read A Dark and Stormy Murder before Death in Dark Blue. The first book sets the stage for what occurs in Death in Dark Blue. There is some repetition of information (especially regarding Victoria). I wish the author had not put so much focus on the romance between Lena and Sam. Their relationship has moved too quickly (aka they are already cozy between the sheets) especially since he is technically married and his wife MIA. The story ends with a cliffhanger that will have me reading the next book in the series. I admit that I am curious to see what happens next in the Sam and Victoria saga. Let us hope, though, that Sam does not end up suspected of murder again in the next novel in A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series.