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Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana... Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana... Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West. Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot.


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Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana... Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana... Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West. Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot.

30 review for A Dark and Twisting Path

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I’ve stalked this cozy series. I confess. I’m a stalker reader reviewer. After dangling from an imaginary rope off the previous two stories’ cliffhanger endings, I was ready for a rescue, resolution, and major satisfaction of seeing Lazos brought down by the end of book three. Let’s just say I had a smile on my face at The End. 😊 I continue to be mesmerized by the main characters; famous writer—Camilla Graham; her talented apprentice—Lena London; and Sam West—an innocent, yet publicly misundersto I’ve stalked this cozy series. I confess. I’m a stalker reader reviewer. After dangling from an imaginary rope off the previous two stories’ cliffhanger endings, I was ready for a rescue, resolution, and major satisfaction of seeing Lazos brought down by the end of book three. Let’s just say I had a smile on my face at The End. 😊 I continue to be mesmerized by the main characters; famous writer—Camilla Graham; her talented apprentice—Lena London; and Sam West—an innocent, yet publicly misunderstood man who is Lena’s lover. The author skillfully delves into these characters developing lives; past and present. As the secondary cast of characters continues to expand I was awed by several of Ms. Buckley’s unpredictable plot twists. Just wowed! I love the beautiful setting for Camilla’s home in Blue Lake, Indiana, and how the author can turn that serenity into a brooding, frightening atmosphere in a mere paragraph or so; justifying for this reader, the title “A Dark and Twisting Path”. I think that also describes Nikon’s mind—dark and twisted. Animal lovers will enjoy Camilla’s German Shepherds, Heathcliff and Rochester, and Lena’s Cat, Lestrade. The ending to book three is satisfying in more ways than one. This series definitely should be read in the order it was published, beginning with book one, to best grasp the story. I highly recommend the series—it is one of my favorites! I reviewed a digital ARC provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. Thank you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    Not your typical cozy, more than your typical mystery, A DARK AND TWISTING PATH is a wonderfully written, heart pounding whodunit! Author Julia Buckley once again brings thrills, some chills, and of course, twists and turns to this third installment of her Writer’s Apprentice series. I became lost in the pages of this modern-day tale with a gothic feel and found myself holding my breath more than once. Readers of the first two books will see the continuation of a running ARC. Will you see a concl Not your typical cozy, more than your typical mystery, A DARK AND TWISTING PATH is a wonderfully written, heart pounding whodunit! Author Julia Buckley once again brings thrills, some chills, and of course, twists and turns to this third installment of her Writer’s Apprentice series. I became lost in the pages of this modern-day tale with a gothic feel and found myself holding my breath more than once. Readers of the first two books will see the continuation of a running ARC. Will you see a conclusion to it? You’ll have to read A DARK AND TWISTING PATH to find out. For those who haven’t read the series thus far, I would suggest reading them in order. It isn’t a 100% must, but why not read them back to back!

  3. 3 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Lena London and Camilla Graham have just returned from their first joint book tour when Lena gets a call from her friend Allison. Allison has found a dead body on the edge of her property. Lena goes over to be with Allison only to recognize the letter opener sticking out of the victim as one she gave her boyfriend Sam. Who is trying to frame him for murder now? After the second book in the series, I was anxious to see what would happen to these characters next and how the cliffhanger would be res Lena London and Camilla Graham have just returned from their first joint book tour when Lena gets a call from her friend Allison. Allison has found a dead body on the edge of her property. Lena goes over to be with Allison only to recognize the letter opener sticking out of the victim as one she gave her boyfriend Sam. Who is trying to frame him for murder now? After the second book in the series, I was anxious to see what would happen to these characters next and how the cliffhanger would be resolved. I’m thrilled to say I was very satisfied with how things developed here, and I am confident that fans of the series will be as well. If you aren’t familiar with the series, it borrows heavily from Gothic stories, so this isn’t a typical cozy plot, but that doesn’t make for a bad story in the slightest. The pages turned all too quickly. I was annoyed by some timeline issues early on, but those were minor overall. Lena is a strong heroine, and the rest of the cast are charming and eccentric. If you haven’t started this series yet, I recommend it; I just don’t recommend you start here. You really need the previous two books to fully appreciate what happens here. NOTE: I received a copy of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The 3rd book in this series truly deserves the name. I highly recommend you read this series in order. All three books tell the Sam West story. Sam West was arrested because his ex-wife was missing. Lena London meets him the 1st book and becomes his friend. She moved to Blue Lake to learn from her idol, Camelia and is now collaborating with Camelia to write a book. This volume starts with the kidnapping of Victoria baby, Athena by her father. An attempt to frame Sam again is made when the body of The 3rd book in this series truly deserves the name. I highly recommend you read this series in order. All three books tell the Sam West story. Sam West was arrested because his ex-wife was missing. Lena London meets him the 1st book and becomes his friend. She moved to Blue Lake to learn from her idol, Camelia and is now collaborating with Camelia to write a book. This volume starts with the kidnapping of Victoria baby, Athena by her father. An attempt to frame Sam again is made when the body of the mail an is found in a wooded area. Surveillance tale shows Sam is not guilty. Lena did not kill him as his paperweight was stolen. Lena's Father and Stepmother come on a visit. Lena is researching Sam's life and find a mystery.in his background. Will Lena find the answer as put an end to Sam's problems? This book has a twist and turns that will keep you turning the pages. I was pleased with the ending as it tied up the many threads is the saga and I am looking forward will the story will go. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and series. Disclosure: Many thanks to Berkley for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    A Dark And Twisting Path is the third book in the Writers Apprentice Mystery series. I love this series that is set in Blue Lake, IN. I always try to start a new series, to me, with the first book and I feel that this is one that should be read in order. Readers will be able to see the character and story development as it takes place. Lena London gets a frantic call from her friend Allison asking her to come over right away. When Lena arrives at her home, Allison takes her to the back of her prop A Dark And Twisting Path is the third book in the Writers Apprentice Mystery series. I love this series that is set in Blue Lake, IN. I always try to start a new series, to me, with the first book and I feel that this is one that should be read in order. Readers will be able to see the character and story development as it takes place. Lena London gets a frantic call from her friend Allison asking her to come over right away. When Lena arrives at her home, Allison takes her to the back of her property near a wooded area. Lying just in the woods is the lifeless body of mail carrier Eddie Stack. Allison is concerned that her husband, John, might be a suspect as he had had an argument with Stack the day before. But when Lena goes to check for a pulse, she becomes more concerned that her boyfriend Sam West might be suspected of murder as a letter opener that Lena had given Sam is sticking out of Stack. The feeling is that someone is trying to frame Sam for the murder and that somehow Nikon Lazos has his hand in the murder. Most all of the characters from the previous books are back once again. In addition, there are some new characters appearing in this book. Clifford Blake is a somewhat mysterious character. Cliff has recently joined the Blue Lake Police Department and early on the reader only learns that he has family in the area. Also to the series are Eric and Tabitha London, Lena’s father and stepmother. They have decided to come to Blue Lake to celebrate Lena’s upcoming birthday and also give Lena a chance to get to know her stepmother. Another well-plotted and told story with an interesting and believable cast of characters. I am anxious to for the next book to see what adventures Lena and Sam are up to. Also what Camilla and Lena’s next book will be about.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Amy

    This is the third installment in the Writer's Apprentice series set in Blue Lake Indiana. Lena London, the apprentice, is collaborating with Camilla Graham on a new book set in Greece. It is an eerie companion to the current mystery which involves the kidnapping of Sam West's ex-wife's daughter by her wealthy Greek father. While there is an international search for the child, everything seems to focus on Blue Lake when a seemingly innocent bystander is murdered. Sam West again becomes the focal This is the third installment in the Writer's Apprentice series set in Blue Lake Indiana. Lena London, the apprentice, is collaborating with Camilla Graham on a new book set in Greece. It is an eerie companion to the current mystery which involves the kidnapping of Sam West's ex-wife's daughter by her wealthy Greek father. While there is an international search for the child, everything seems to focus on Blue Lake when a seemingly innocent bystander is murdered. Sam West again becomes the focal point of the investigation and Lena gets drawn in as well, all while her father and his wife are visiting from Florida. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and the plot. It was nice to meet Lena's family. The book was well-written and the dialogue flowed very naturally. However, I felt like the romance between Sam and Lena, as well as other characters overshadowed the mystery. While the book can be read as a standalone, it is very helpful to read the prior books in the series. Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for a digital copy of this book. My review is voluntary.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I loved Julia Buckley's A Dark and Twisting Path. A read with all the feels, great suspense, mystery and ending. A favorite series for sure! Loved everything about it cover, title, characters and more.The idea of the writers apprentice series, really appealed to me from book one. From the first page of the first book to the last page of A Dark and Twisting Path, Julia captures the main character Lena perfectly, she is relatable, loveable, curious and calm. She is smart, creative and loyal. Throu I loved Julia Buckley's A Dark and Twisting Path. A read with all the feels, great suspense, mystery and ending. A favorite series for sure! Loved everything about it cover, title, characters and more.The idea of the writers apprentice series, really appealed to me from book one. From the first page of the first book to the last page of A Dark and Twisting Path, Julia captures the main character Lena perfectly, she is relatable, loveable, curious and calm. She is smart, creative and loyal. Through the three books the store arc really ebbs and flows and the books are a joy to read. A Dark and Twisting Path comes out July 31st and it is a great summer read!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Taryn

    This book was my first foray into this series and I must say that it hooked me from the beginning and I couldn't wait to get to the end. When Lena's friend finds a dead body in her backyard she immediately calls Lena for help, you see the dead man was her mailman and her husband had been seen fighting with him the previous day. Allison is worried that her husband will be the only suspect in the mans death and she doesn't know what she should do. Lena rushes over to help and comes to find a lette This book was my first foray into this series and I must say that it hooked me from the beginning and I couldn't wait to get to the end. When Lena's friend finds a dead body in her backyard she immediately calls Lena for help, you see the dead man was her mailman and her husband had been seen fighting with him the previous day. Allison is worried that her husband will be the only suspect in the mans death and she doesn't know what she should do. Lena rushes over to help and comes to find a letter opener stuck in the mans chest, the letter opener she gave her boyfriend Sam. She knows Sam couldn't be the killer, hes out of town, but who would want to frame him and why? Sam had never met the man so what reason would he have for hurting him. His ex-wife's child is still missing, along with the child's father. Could someone be trying to keep him from finding his ex's child? There are still so many questions that need to be answered. Follow along as Lena and Sam hunt for those answers and turn over some secrets along the way. The author did a wonderful job in helping me not only get to know the characters but also helping me connect with them. I appreciated being able to get a sense for who each was, especially since I hadn't read the previous two books. I can't wait to pick up the first two to find out what all I missed and look forward to seeing more of this series in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth McCraw

    4.5 stars! Best one yet!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    The third installment of "The Writer's Apprentice" finds Lena London and Camilla Graham collaborating on a new mystery that will be set in Greece. (Reading about two writers batting ideas around for plot points and clues is so delightful that, again, I wish THEIR mysteries would be published! The snippets that begin each chapter are so, so tantalizing...) The very real mysteries of love, murder, and revenge swirl around their lives, as the central mystery of the first two books continues to rava The third installment of "The Writer's Apprentice" finds Lena London and Camilla Graham collaborating on a new mystery that will be set in Greece. (Reading about two writers batting ideas around for plot points and clues is so delightful that, again, I wish THEIR mysteries would be published! The snippets that begin each chapter are so, so tantalizing...) The very real mysteries of love, murder, and revenge swirl around their lives, as the central mystery of the first two books continues to ravage the lives of these two friends and their loved ones. It will take solid investigation by the local police, plus the invaluable research of two local librarians, to solve the newest murder and address the unresolved heartbreak left from book two. But it's not all grim: the reader gets to meet Lena's father and stepmother and to follow along as they discover the beauty and delicious food in Blue Lake, Indiana. Please don't make we wait to long for the next installment! Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liz Jones

    Ive waited a long time to read this and it did not disappoint. I can’t wait for the next book!

  12. 3 out of 5

    Betsy

    3.5 stars Review to come.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This is such a fantastic well written suspenseful series, I just can not get enough of it. The characters, setting, plot, writing style, everything is all top notch. I can not wait for the fourth book to come out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    I love this book/series. I did not enjoy the narrator, I prefer the narrator from the 1st too book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Exciting addition to the series Lena London and Sam West are back in business in A Dark and Twisting Path. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and all the different twists kept the story exciting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This third book in this gothic cozy mystery series is a real page turner! The story picks up from where the last book left off so I strongly suggest you read them in order. Intrigue, secrets, suspense and the big question, "Is anybody who they say they are?" The small town and characters I have grown to love (along with some exciting new ones) are a winning combination. I look forward to reading the next book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/a-... A Dark and Twisting Path A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #3 By Julia Buckley ISBN13: 9780425282625 Author website: juliabuckley.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: Writer’s apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana… Lena’s best friend, Allison, is in a panic. http://openbooksociety.com/article/a-... A Dark and Twisting Path A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #3 By Julia Buckley ISBN13: 9780425282625 Author website: juliabuckley.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt Synopsis: Writer’s apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana… Lena’s best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison’s husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena’s embattled boyfriend, Sam West. Sam was cleared of his wife’s murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot. Review: I love author Julia Buckley’s “A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery” series. I love the characters; the setting and the way Buckley weaves a tale that pulls me in and never lets me go. A Dark and Twisting Path is the third installment in this wonderful series and it is just as great as the first two. Lena London is a fabulous protagonist and I really enjoy reading about her adventures. She is living the life so many of us would love to have. Collaborating with her hero and bestselling author Camilla Graham is her dream come true. Not only that, but she is living in Camilla’s beautiful home and they have become friends. What a great setting. The wonderful small town of Blue Lake, Indiana does seem to be a hotbed of intrigue though. Julia has settled into her new life, she has friends, a hotty, and is enjoying her new work. Unfortunately, she keeps falling into mysteries of her own instead of just in her writing suspense novels with her friend and boss. Once again this one has to do with her boyfriend Sam West. He sure can’t catch a break. Lena’s friend Allison finds a body in the woods behind her home and does what anyone would do if they knew Lena. She calls her to help. The body of a not so nice mail carrier being found in Allison’s proximity is probably not a good thing since she had a pretty good argument with him. Sadly, Lena sees the murder weapon and it will lead directly to her man. Thankfully Sam has video of the weapon being stolen. Between Sam’s ex-leaning on him for comfort since her daughter has been kidnapped, helping to find said daughter and now someone pointing the finger directly at Sam for this murder, Lena and Camilla have their hands full. Intrigue and suspense are sprinkled liberally throughout this entertaining cozy read. The search for the real killer takes the ladies on a ride that is intense and enjoyable. Things get a bit close to home when Camilla’s home has an intruder. Now, what can they all do, except come together and find out who is doing this. Especially when Lena’s father and step-mother are visiting, she cannot let anything happen to her loved ones. I love author Buckley’s writing style and her storytelling. She is able to bring the reader right into the adventure and keep their attention throughout the book. The characters are well-developed and getting better and better with each installment. The storylines are intriguing and kept me entertained. I love the premise of this series and each book brings the reader further into the enjoyment of it. I can visualize everything through her wonderful descriptive writing. If you enjoy the old-fashioned cozy mysteries, you will love this read and this series as it takes all the best qualities of them and brings a new twist to make them even more exciting. You do not have to read this series in order, but do yourself a favor and read all three. I cannot wait for the next book! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Thanks to Penguin's First to Read for an advance digital ARC of this book. This is the third book in Buckley's Writer's Apprentice series. When I won this book, I felt compelled to first go back and read the previous two entries in the series. So this is the third entry in the Writer's Apprentice series and the third that I've read in the past week. This series has many of the things I love in a cozy series, including a great setting and an attractive central theme. The central theme in this seri Thanks to Penguin's First to Read for an advance digital ARC of this book. This is the third book in Buckley's Writer's Apprentice series. When I won this book, I felt compelled to first go back and read the previous two entries in the series. So this is the third entry in the Writer's Apprentice series and the third that I've read in the past week. This series has many of the things I love in a cozy series, including a great setting and an attractive central theme. The central theme in this series is about writing mystery novels (and, of course, the writers find their own mysteries along the way). Those things work rather well here. I have, though, found that as I've read this series something bothers me. I think I've finally figured out what it is. It's not the contrived plots or the often stilted dialogue (I take that as something that often happens in cozy mysteries); instead, what bothers me about this series is the protagonist's charmed life. Everyone loves her, pretty much at first sight. She gets her one-of-a-kind dream job, her boss loves her, she lives in a beautiful McMansion by the lake, she gets the rich guy next door to fall in love with her, her family never has anything but encouragement for her (even when she's almost abducted or attacked--they're just happy that she's happy in her new home), she finds immediate professional success--I could go on, but you probably get my drift. I think in a cozy, I like to see the protagonist find good fortune, but I want to see her earn that good fortune. I want the protagonist to be life-like to some degree--I want to see that she (or he) has her own struggles and that she finds ways to overcome them. This protagonist and many of her supporting characters tend to wear on my nerves. Now, having said all of that, I will also say that the second half of the novel's plot picked up, resolving (at least for now) a mystery that has spanned all three of the first novels in this series. And I have every intention to keep reading--at least for the time being. Thanks to Penguin's First Reads for the chance to read this entry and for encouraging me to start on the whole series!

  19. 3 out of 5

    Caitlin Gemmell

    This was one of my favorite mysteries of the year. Although I haven’t read the other books in this series, I didn’t feel disadvantaged. The author sums up the backstory just enough so I could figure out what was going on. This book could definitely work as a stand-alone too. The main character, Lena London is living her childhood dream. She is co-authoring a book with her favorite author, Camilla Graham. She has a dreamy boyfriend, a circle of wonderful friends, and her dad and stepmom are about This was one of my favorite mysteries of the year. Although I haven’t read the other books in this series, I didn’t feel disadvantaged. The author sums up the backstory just enough so I could figure out what was going on. This book could definitely work as a stand-alone too. The main character, Lena London is living her childhood dream. She is co-authoring a book with her favorite author, Camilla Graham. She has a dreamy boyfriend, a circle of wonderful friends, and her dad and stepmom are about to visit her. When her best friend discovers her postman dead on her lawn, Lena quickly realizes that her quiet life is about to get a lot more interesting. It is obvious that the killer tried to frame her boyfriend, the famed Sam West. To further complicate matters, Sam’s ex-wife Victoria has been through some terrible trauma. Her baby was kidnapped by the father and she is desperate to get her back. She has come to rely on Sam for emotional support, much to Lena’s chagrin. Can Lena help Victoria get her baby back and solve the mystery surrounding the dead postman? This was a solid mystery book. I enjoyed the characters, setting, and plot. It was vivid and well-written. I found myself wishing I could step into this book and mingle with the tight-knit community in spite of the stressful circumstances. There was just enough tension to make this an interesting book without losing the charm. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries and thrillers. You can find my reviews and book recommendations on Instagram @caitsdreamscapes and on www.caitlingemmell.com

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own. Read as a stand-alone. There were enough references to previous events to pick up the story. A standard cozy mystery series, with a sudden uptick of deaths in a small town, lots of gossip, and plenty of people who are more than they seem. As well as a picturesque setting, a pair of cute dogs, and a demanding cat. Romance and murder are in the air. People have paired up in previous books, or are working on it in this one, while tryin Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own. Read as a stand-alone. There were enough references to previous events to pick up the story. A standard cozy mystery series, with a sudden uptick of deaths in a small town, lots of gossip, and plenty of people who are more than they seem. As well as a picturesque setting, a pair of cute dogs, and a demanding cat. Romance and murder are in the air. People have paired up in previous books, or are working on it in this one, while trying to piece together the mystery. There seem like a few possible suspects, but it's soon clear there's a conspiracy at work. The villain happened to be my least favorite kind, when it comes to motivation, which added to the unnecessary romantic angst knocked some points off for me. But the story moved along well, with plenty of clues strewn along the way, and all the moving pieces come together at the end.

  21. 3 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    The main characters, Lena and Camilla, collaborate on writing books. In this one Lena's father and stepmother come for a visit. Lena's boyfriend Sam is once again being investigated for a murder. The body which was found by Lena's friend Allison. Luckily, Sam's security camera shows it couldn't be him, but Lena, Camilla, and the police department all work together to solve the mystery. I received an ARC provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. for an honest review Thank you. - This is a fan The main characters, Lena and Camilla, collaborate on writing books. In this one Lena's father and stepmother come for a visit. Lena's boyfriend Sam is once again being investigated for a murder. The body which was found by Lena's friend Allison. Luckily, Sam's security camera shows it couldn't be him, but Lena, Camilla, and the police department all work together to solve the mystery. I received an ARC provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. for an honest review Thank you. - This is a fantastic series - suggested read in order as each one as a cliff hanger in Sam's story. 5+ stars for this series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adaiah

    I loved Lena, Camille, and Sam. I had purchased the first book in the series, and read it so I was able to follow the storyline. I love small towns, busy bodies, and the gossip that can cause so many misunderstandings, and problems. Camille as a Mystery writer, and Lana as her assistant make quite the pair as amateur sleuths. Lena's love interest is Sam West, whose constantly being accused of a murder, since moving to the small town. Sam's being set up, and the predictable villain is revealed. D I loved Lena, Camille, and Sam. I had purchased the first book in the series, and read it so I was able to follow the storyline. I love small towns, busy bodies, and the gossip that can cause so many misunderstandings, and problems. Camille as a Mystery writer, and Lana as her assistant make quite the pair as amateur sleuths. Lena's love interest is Sam West, whose constantly being accused of a murder, since moving to the small town. Sam's being set up, and the predictable villain is revealed. Definitely a few surprises for the characters, but the guaranteed HEA, that I look for

  23. 3 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is the third book in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series and I think it is my favorite one to date. I've loved the previous two books, but this one feels like Ms. Buckley has hit her stride and all aspects of the book are firing on all cylinders. For me, this is such a great series. The characters are all well rounded, written with a lot of depth and realism. The mysteries keep me engaged and the plots in general seemed to be layered with clues, twists and turns pulling the reader deeper This is the third book in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series and I think it is my favorite one to date. I've loved the previous two books, but this one feels like Ms. Buckley has hit her stride and all aspects of the book are firing on all cylinders. For me, this is such a great series. The characters are all well rounded, written with a lot of depth and realism. The mysteries keep me engaged and the plots in general seemed to be layered with clues, twists and turns pulling the reader deeper into the story. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series, I already have it on pre-order.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Dunnett

    There was so much wrapped up at the end of this third in the series, that I assumed it was a trilogy until I saw there was a preview chapter of book four at the end of the e-book. I may have to reread this one sometime when it isn't so hot and humid that it's hard to focus on anything.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Natalia

    I would give this a 100 stars if I could!this is one of my favourite cozy mystery series of all time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Slaughter

    Great addition to the series. I loved that we got resolution (maybe?) to an ongoing mystery along with the focus on family and new relationships. Looking forward to more excitement with Lena, Camilla, and company.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Linnea

    A twist in the story added flavor to the end. The bad guys stayed true to character.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Perchikoff

    Once again, I started a book only to realize it was the third in the series and I hadn't read the first two books. I swear I am not doing this on purpose lol. I just need to pay closer attention when looking for things to read. A Dark and Twisting Path is the third in the A Writer's Apprentice Series and follows Lena London as she tries to continue writing with her mentor, Camilla, and figure out what is going on in Blue Lake. Who killed the mailman? And what does it have to do with her boyfrien Once again, I started a book only to realize it was the third in the series and I hadn't read the first two books. I swear I am not doing this on purpose lol. I just need to pay closer attention when looking for things to read. A Dark and Twisting Path is the third in the A Writer's Apprentice Series and follows Lena London as she tries to continue writing with her mentor, Camilla, and figure out what is going on in Blue Lake. Who killed the mailman? And what does it have to do with her boyfriend, Sam West's ex-wife's child being kidnapped? Lots of mystery! While it stands up as its own book, you might understand the relationships and the backstory of the characters a little better if you read the previous books in the series. Let's get to the review. Synopsis: When a dead body is discovered, Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion prove that the devious killer has something in mind for them.   Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana... Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West.  Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot. Lena's life up to this point hasn't been lacking in drama. She is dating a man (Sam West) who was accused of murdering his ex-wife (Victoria), only to have Lena figure out that she was still alive but had run away with her lover. And then, once they found Victoria, her lover, Nikon Lazos, got pissed that she wanted to leave of her own accord (he was abusive), so he ends up stealing her child. Lots of drama! Now Lena thinks she can settle down and relax a bit. Yes, Victoria's baby is still missing, but that is for the proper authorities to figure out. Lena is looking forward to writing with Camilla and spending more time with Sam. As you can probably guess, that is not what happens. Lena gets a call from her best friend, Allison saying there is a dead man in her backyard. The man turns out to be the mailman, Eddie Stack. Allison's husband had just had a fight with him a few days before. Luckily, his innocence is proven right away, but the blame is soon turned to Sam.  GET READY FOR SPOILERS The Blue Lake's police investigate and soon find out that Sam had nothing to do with the murder either. While the knife the mailman was stabbed with was Sam's, his surveillance system soon shows them that it was stolen from his home. As the investigation goes on, Lena realizes she has started seeing some strange people in town. The two girls at the library who are too interested in Sam. The bearded man who she sees too many times for it to be a coincidence.  Welp, she turns out to be right. She's the protagonist is a cozy mystery story, of course she's right! The ultimate showdown comes when Allison calls Lena again, saying she has her next-door neighbor, Agatha, over and she would love to meet Sam and her. Lena had already been suspicious of Agatha, so before Sam and she go over to Allison's place, they do a little digging. And what do they find out? Agatha is the sister of the man who stole Victoria's baby. DUH DUH DUNNNN This news doesn't stop them from going to Allison's. They need to make sure she stays safe too. But when they get there, the trap is set and they are led right to Nikon Lazos. He has apparently been in town all this time. He greets them with a smarmy smirk on his face and a gun in his hand.  They have to use their wits and a bit of trickery to get out of the house alive and more than a few secrets will be uncovered before the story is over. No spoilers on this part, but one of the secrets was a complete surprise to me. I was like "WTF?!" while I was reading lol. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you look back at my past reviews, you'll see I have read some pretty depressing books this year and A Dark and Twisting Path, while dark in places, was a nice change. It is definitely a cozy mystery and being a writer myself, I really enjoyed that Lena and Camilla were working on a book during all the craziness that was happening in town. They had plenty of excuses and still found time to write!  The only issue I had was that there was a lot of moments of telling where showing would have been more effective. It could at times feel like the story was being explained to me rather than shown through the actions and conversations of the characters. I did enjoy Lena and Sam's relationship and how they always investigated things together. She was never on the sidelines because Sam wanted to "protect" her. I also really liked most of Lena's friends. They helped in the investigation and at times, provided a break from all the bad that was happening. I am giving A Dark and Twisting Path 3 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a nice, cozy read without too much gore or violence, this book is definitely one you should check out. A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley comes out August 7, 2018. Thanks to First To Read and Berkley Books for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review. 

  29. 3 out of 5

    Book

    This is the third book in the Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series and it completes a story arc that begins in A Dark & Stormy Night by Julia Buckley. (Hint: read these three, in order, for a richer reading experience) Lena London serves as apprentice to successful novelist Camila Graham in Blue Lake, Indiana. The two helped prove Sam West did not murder his wife Victoria when they found her living with billionaire Nikon Lazos and their child, Athena. Now, Nikon has kidnapped Athena and Victoria This is the third book in the Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series and it completes a story arc that begins in A Dark & Stormy Night by Julia Buckley. (Hint: read these three, in order, for a richer reading experience) Lena London serves as apprentice to successful novelist Camila Graham in Blue Lake, Indiana. The two helped prove Sam West did not murder his wife Victoria when they found her living with billionaire Nikon Lazos and their child, Athena. Now, Nikon has kidnapped Athena and Victoria is prevailing upon Sam to help her find Athena while Sam and Lena are now a couple. Amid this, mailman Eddie Stack is found murdered, with Sam’s letter opener sticking out of his chest, after having a fight with John Branch, a friend of Lena’s. The red herrings, twists and distractions are plentiful. Camilla and Lena are starting work on a new book, set in Greece. Lena’s dad and his wife, Eric and Tabitha, come to Blue Lake for their first visit since Lena moved there for her job. Belinda, the local librarian whose research expertise helped Lena and Sam with important clues, is in and out of a relationship with local police detective Doug Heller. A new addition to the police department, Clifford Blake, keeps a close eye on Sam West. Ms. Buckley’s storytelling skills are amazing, and this riveting account is a terrific example. The author has created community populated with believable characters and relationships, authentic dialogue and, mostly, realistic situations. The pace is non-stop. Eager for the next installment.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    What a tangled web Lena London has found herself in. Working with her idol, gothic novelist Camilla Graham, in sleepy Blue Lake, Indiana, the duo must delicately wander the path of Sam West, his first wife Victoria, and her abducted infant daughter Athena Lazos. Since Nikon, the father of Athena, has disappeared with their daughter, Victoria is regularly showing up in Sam’s life, but Lena has decided she is finished with crime solving and is keeping her head down and concentrating on her next bo What a tangled web Lena London has found herself in. Working with her idol, gothic novelist Camilla Graham, in sleepy Blue Lake, Indiana, the duo must delicately wander the path of Sam West, his first wife Victoria, and her abducted infant daughter Athena Lazos. Since Nikon, the father of Athena, has disappeared with their daughter, Victoria is regularly showing up in Sam’s life, but Lena has decided she is finished with crime solving and is keeping her head down and concentrating on her next book collaboration. All that changes when Lena’s best friend Allison calls in a panic when she discovers the body of her mail carrier Eddie Stack. Upon closer examination, it looks as if the cause of death might be Sam’s letter opener, a replica of King Arthur’s sword, buried in the man’s chest. Did Sam actually kill a person this time or is he once again being framed. This framing of Sam seems to go a bit deeper; it appears whoever is after Sam wants to include Lena and Camilla in their plot. With this new concern, everyone in Blue Lake is becoming suspect, even Cliff Blake, the newest member of the police force who just happens to be taking a heightened interest in Sam. By the end, the reason for Eddie’s death understandably follows the plot, but when the reason for Cliff’s attentiveness is revealed, that is definitely a shot out of the dark which you could not see coming.

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