Today I’m participating in the Murder at the Lakeside Library Great Escapes Blog Tour. In this post you’ll find information about the book and author along with my review. And be sure to enter the giveaway contest below for a chance to win a signed print copy of the book.
About the book . . .
Murder at the Lakeside Library
A Lakeside Library Mystery
Synopsis . . . In this series debut perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Miranda James, Rain Wilmot must discover the killer, before the book closes on her life.
Rain Wilmot has just returned to her family’s waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain’s corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain’s mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premises.
The community of Lofty Pines starts pointing fingers at Willow, since she has been unusually absent from the library this summer. A fishy rumor surfaces when Rain learns that Willow had been spending a lot of time with Thornton. The town even thought they were having and affair.
While theories swirl about Thornton's death, Rain takes it upon herself to solve the case to exonerate her mother. As more clues surface, Rain will have to piece together the mystery. But if she isn't careful, she may be the next to end up dead in the water in Murder at the Lakeside Library, the first in Holly Danvers' new Lakeside Library mystery series.
My review . . . Rain Wilmot returns to the lakeside community of Lofty Pines in the Wisconsin Northwoods seeking to escape the reality that had been her fast-paced life in Milwaukee. Recently widowed, she is in search of rest and relaxation as she ponders her future. Upon arrival, Rain feels the possibility of renewal, as she recalls happy childhood memories of summers at the lake cabin with her parents and reconnects with her childhood friend Julia. But Rain's peaceful respite is short-lived. Soon after she reluctantly agrees to reopen the family library to the public--a pet project of her mother Willow--the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate investor and outsider--is found on her family's property. As a result, the town folk are abuzz about the first murder in Lofty Pines in more than twenty years and rumors are rampant. And when Rain's parents Willow and Stuart are eyed as suspects, she takes it upon herself to clear their names.
Together with her best friend Julia and older neighbor Marge, Rain launches an investigation into Thornton's untimely demise. As she tracks down clues, motives, and persons of interest, Rain uncovers long-buried secrets that hold unexpected consequences for the case and her family.
Murder at the Lakeside Library is an intriguing mystery set in an idyllic locale that armchair travelers are sure to enjoy. Furthermore, anyone with a long-term friendship that started in childhood will appreciate--and likely relate--to the dynamic duo of Rain and Julia, and enjoy the many comic moments they share in their investigative exploits. Well-placed red herrings sustain reader interest in the story, which has an unexpected revelation towards the end.
Author Holly Danvers has created an appealing physical environment and cast of characters that cozy mystery fans will want to revisit time and again. And she has given her protagonist Rain the chance for a fresh start on familiar territory, surrounded by friends, family, and, of course, a library full of fabulous books, thus providing the potential for a successful, long-running series.
About the author . . .
grew up devouring every mystery novel on the shelf of her local library. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and 3 chickens, where she’s already plotting her next novel.
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Giveaway . . . Enter the giveaway contest for a chance to win a signed print copy of Murder at the Lakeside Library by clicking here.
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Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Murder at the Lakeside Library from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.