Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers

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Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers
A Lakeside Library Mystery Book 1
Crooked Lane Books β€’ July 13, 2021

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 an 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 mysteries.

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My Thoughts

Murder at the Lakeside Library is the first in a new cozy series. I liked the setting of this story and the mystery was very intriguing. I wasn’t a huge fan of Rain. I sympathized with her at first because of the loss of her husband. But I felt she was immature. At times, it pulled me away from the story and I had a hard time getting back into it.

Even with my dislike of Rain, I loved the plot of the story and the setting of northern Wisconsin so much that I did finish the book. I think this may be the first time I’ve read a book where I havent liked the main character very much but still enjoyed the story. I liked it well enough that I will be reading the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to Rain hopefully growing within the series as well. πŸ™‚ I would give this series starter three stars.

About the Author

Holly Danvers 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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