Over the past several weeks, I’ve been gradually posting reviews of the books that I had the opportunity to read during March Mystery Madness. I was able to read a lot of fantastic titles during the readathon, and it’s been a lot of fun to share my thoughts about these books with you.
Today’s review focuses on the last book that I read during March Mystery Madness, A Dark and Stormy Murder, by Julia Buckley.
A Dark and Stormy Murder is the first book in Buckley’s Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. In this book, the reader is introduced to Lena London, an aspiring writer who has recently finished graduate school and needs a job.
When Lena is given a chance to work with her favorite author, suspense novelist Camilla Graham, it seems like a dream come true. And for the most part, it is.
But life in the small town of Blue Lake, Indiana, isn’t perfect. Not only does Lena quickly become the subject of the town’s local gossip mill, for befriending Camilla’s reclusive neighbor, but she also manages to find a body on the beach near the author’s home…the body of a man who definitely did not die of natural causes.
As the police begin to investigate the murder, Lena and Camilla discover that someone is hanging around Camilla’s home in the middle of the night. But considering that most of the people in Blue Lake have an unusual amount of interest in the old house, there’s no shortage of suspects when it comes to the identity of their late-night prowler.
Fortunately, Lena and Camilla work well together…not only when they’re writing books, but also when they’re solving real-life mysteries.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Dark and Stormy Murder! This was the first time that I had read anything by Julia Buckley, and I really enjoyed her writing. Not only did she create a very interesting mystery that I had a hard time putting down, but she also created a great cast of characters.
What I liked most about this book was the complexity of the plot. A Dark and Stormy Murder actually has a couple of mysteries that are going on at the same time, something which not only pulled me into this story, but has made me want to read the other books in the series as well. I also really liked the fact that I wasn’t able to figure out the murderer’s identity until it was revealed in the book. That’s always the mark of a good mystery, in my opinion.
If you’re a fan of mystery novels, especially if you enjoy cozy mysteries, then I definitely recommend giving A Dark and Stormy Murder a try! I’m already looking forward to diving into the next book in the series, Death in Dark Blue.