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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. 4 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

    Juli

    A Dark and Twisting Path is the 3rd book in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series. I have to admit that I haven't read the other two books in this series yet. I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read the first two books before this one. I was able to follow the story and enjoy it, but I would have understood past events that are very important to the plot and the characters a lot better. So, while it isn't completely necessary to read this series in order, it might be a good id A Dark and Twisting Path is the 3rd book in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series. I have to admit that I haven't read the other two books in this series yet. I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read the first two books before this one. I was able to follow the story and enjoy it, but I would have understood past events that are very important to the plot and the characters a lot better. So, while it isn't completely necessary to read this series in order, it might be a good idea anyway. There is a lot of serious stuff going on in this book -- a kidnapped child, murder, burglary, stalking -- it has a little bit of everything. Lena London is an engaging and capable main character. She's intelligent and loyal, standing by her new boyfriend despite his multiple run-ins with the law. She knows he isn't a killer, and she works hard to help him prove it. The supporting characters are well-developed and believable. This isn't a cutesie cozy mystery....it's got some pretty serious crime and complex things going on behind the scenes. The story is on-going through all of the books, which is something I enjoyed. There is enough background information given just in case a reader hasn't read the other books or has forgotten things over time. But, the story line isn't bogged down in back-tracking, either. The mystery moves along at a nice pace, with great suspense building and plenty of twists. I'm definitely going to read the first two books in this series, then read this one again. Then I will be ready for the next book in this series! Very enjoyable book! I look forward to more! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 3 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.

  6. 5 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 4 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth McCraw

    4.5 stars! Best one yet!

  11. 3 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 3 out of 5

    Betsy

    Love this series, but this not as much as the first two. Still love characters. 3.5 stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    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 v 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. I have to admit I used the canned blurb for this because I was afraid I would write something that would give away too much of the plot and ruin it for those who have not read it. I love this series, and the way it has developed from the first book. Lena has discovered her dream job, working with author Camilla, and she has found the love of her life in Sam. This book is character driven, with the multi-faceted characters adding to the tightly woven mystery, which is engaging. The relationships in this series are what have kept me coming back for more. They are old friends, and I can't wait to see what happens with them next. This series a perfect blend of mystery and romance, and has a wonderfully gothic feel to it. If you haven't started this series you have time to read the first three before the next one, Death Waits in the Dark, comes out. I highly recommend it. I read a digital ARC of this book through Penguin's First to Read Program.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bree

    I have enjoyed this series from the start and I think that each new book in the series is better than the last. I found Lena to be truly delightful in this mystery and I was a bigger fan of her after I finished this book. Having friends and those to surround herself with help and sounding boards, Lena really worked hard at the solving of this mystery!

  16. 4 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 3 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!

  20. 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*

  21. 3 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!

  22. 4 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

  23. 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.

  24. 5 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!

  25. 3 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

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Nikon Lazos, the mega rich Greek who set Sam up for the murder of his ex-wife (Victoria) has taken his baby daughter and is in hiding. When a mail carrier's body is found behind Allison's house with a knife in him that belonged to Sam, the gang suspects that Nikon is also behind his murder. Who else would want to implicate Sam? Houses are broken into, Lena is being followed, photographs are being surreptitiously taken, and Lena's father and his wife Tabitha are visiting from Florida. Allison feel Nikon Lazos, the mega rich Greek who set Sam up for the murder of his ex-wife (Victoria) has taken his baby daughter and is in hiding. When a mail carrier's body is found behind Allison's house with a knife in him that belonged to Sam, the gang suspects that Nikon is also behind his murder. Who else would want to implicate Sam? Houses are broken into, Lena is being followed, photographs are being surreptitiously taken, and Lena's father and his wife Tabitha are visiting from Florida. Allison feels that her neighbours don't like her. Lena has recruited local librarian Belinda to dig up more information about Sam West. What she finds is a wonderful surprise for Sam.

  27. 5 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.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Ann

    This is book 3 in A Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series. I think it helps to read the previous books in the series. Lena and Camilla are still working together and Lena is a little happier now that Sam has been cleared of his ex-wife's murder. She disappeared and everyone assumed Sam had murdered her but she was spotted alive in Greece. Now someone is trying to frame him for another murder. Not really a cozy, more a murder mystery. Lots of twists and turns. I received a copy of this ARC in exchan This is book 3 in A Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series. I think it helps to read the previous books in the series. Lena and Camilla are still working together and Lena is a little happier now that Sam has been cleared of his ex-wife's murder. She disappeared and everyone assumed Sam had murdered her but she was spotted alive in Greece. Now someone is trying to frame him for another murder. Not really a cozy, more a murder mystery. Lots of twists and turns. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is easily my favorite book of the series. I've come to adore Lena, Sam, and all the characters of Blue Lake. This is an enjoyable cozy series. Audio - I hate when there is a narrator change mid-series! I much prefer the former narrator.

  30. 5 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.

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