Death in Dark Blue – Julia Buckley

31682759 5/5 Dark Blue Overcoats

On the Back:

An aspiring suspense author finds herself writing mysteries by day and solving them by night in the second Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by the author of A Dark and Stormy Murder and the Undercover Dish Mysteries.

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.

My Thoughts:

If there were one author that has started being published (traditionally) in the last two years that I would have to call my favorite, it would be Julia Buckley. I am caught up on both of her series, and every book I’ve read of hers has been high-quality, solid mysteries with stand-out characters and engaging plots.

In Death in Dark Blue Lena has once again found herself in the middle of a mystery. Lena is the perfect MC; she isn’t shy about investigating, but she isn’t sneaky or obnoxious about it, either. Sam, Camilla, and Doug were all outstanding once again, though I wish we’d learn more about Camilla. We also met a new semi-major character, Belinda, who I hope will return in the next book in a larger role.

As with the first in this series, A Dark and Stormy Murder, there are two mysteries going on. One is confined to this book, and is wrapped up nicely at the end. The other is a direct continuation from the first book. The second mystery, however, is the most intriguing.

Normally I hate cliffhangers and, like the first book, this one ended on one. However, this book was so enjoyable I didn’t mind it one bit, and I absolutely can not wait for the next one! Highly recommend!

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