Saturday, June 24, 2017

Death in Dark Blue


Author:  Julia Buckley
Series:  A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley
Publications Date:  May 2 2017

Description:  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 Review

This is the second book in this series and as a reader I couldn't have hoped from more that what Ms. Buckley delivered.  Most of you probably know that I am one of those readers that has to read a series in order, even if the books can be read as stand alones.  This is not one of those series. If you haven't read the first book I would urge you to do that first as the second book contains some spoilers from the first book.

This second book picks up a couple of month after the first book ended.  It is just as entertaining, or more so, than the first.  It is a fast paced mystery with a touch of gothic, some romance and a suspenseful mystery that will keep the reader turning pages as fast as they can.  Lena London, our protagonist, is a young mystery writer apprentice who has landed her dream job with her favorite author Camilla Graham.  Set in picturesque Blue Lake Indiana, Lena starts to think things are finally going right when another murder related to her boyfriend, Sam West, occurs right on his front lawn.  Poor Lena has the misfortune of finding the body and another mystery ensues.  The secondary cast  of characters consists of a mix of those we met in book one and some new ones thrown in as well.  All of the characters are well written and help propel the plot to a very climatic ending.

The mystery was engaging with is share of twists and turns. I thought Julia Buckley did a wonderful job weaving a complex and layered mystery that unfolded throughout the entire story.  One clue would lead to the next until Lena, Sam, Camilla and the rest of the group solve the murder, and a larger mystery involving Sam's wife Victoria.  The ending does a nice job of setting up a carryover mystery for the next book.

I was very impressed with the level of writing and the overall strength of the characters and the mystery.  I am a big fan of this series and can't wait for the next book. 


  1. Thank you for your review! I am so glad you like the series.

  2. Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.