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  • First in a new series

    Rain Wilmont has left her life in Milwaukee behind her and heads to her family cabin on the lake. She’s trying to recover not only from the loss of her husband in an accident, but from his betrayal. Hoping to remove herself from life and just hunker down and try to come to terms with things, she finds that life has a different plan for her when she reestablishes old friendships from her childhood. The first evening at the cabin a body is found outside her home and Rain soon finds that there are lots of secrets and betrayals in her family, not just the one she is dealing with. Now she has to find out who the man that was murdered on her property is and whether her family is truly who she thought they were. I had read a book in another series by this author and was not impressed. Then I picked this one up and realized it was the same author, but decided to give it a go. I’m glad I did. This has change my mind and I am a fan of this series. Looking forward to more time with the Lakers.

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  • Murder at the Lakeside Library!

    I loved this cozy mystery. The main character, Rain, is a recent widow who goes back to Wisconsin to restart her life. Personally, I understand the emotions she feels, and know the author understands how it feels to lose someone so close. I loved how Rain's old friends helped her through the mystery and her changing life. The plot was challenging, and I felt I couldn't figure out whodunnit. I was satisfied with the ending. I can't wait to read the next story in this series. I received an advanced reader's copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Fair start to a new series, lots of repetition.

    Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers gets off to a very slow start and unfortunately I found myself skimming a lot because of all the repetition. I’ll keep saying it, give me a shorter book with a tighter story any day over a longer book that keeps repeating. Did I mention all the repetition?! ;) Even with the three star rating and recapping, I would try another book in A Lakeside Library Mystery series because the descriptions of Wisconsin’s Northwoods were perfect and made me feel as if I was back in my hometown of Eagle River. And the characters are true to what you’ll find in Northern Wisconsin; people who have impromptu cookouts and invite everyone, people who are willing to drop everything and help, people who randomly cut a neighbor’s grass, friends/family who get the tab and say you can get the next one, and randomly seeing people you knew in high school when someone moves back to town after being away for 20 years. With so much repetition of things besides the murder, there was not as much to the mystery as there are in other cozies, although Danvers does have some red herrings. The ending did seem a bit rushed, but was still a good reveal. I’ll be checking out book two, Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library, if nothing else, to see the library finally up and running.

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  • A lighthearted cozy mystery!

    Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers has Rain Wilmot, a recent widow, arriving at her family’s lakeside cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin looking for time alone to relax and read. She discovers that her mother forgot to mention that she has been operating a library during the summer for the residents and Rain is expected to fill her place. Before Rain can absorb the news, a body is found by the outhouse. It belongs to Thornton Hughes who was rumored to have been having an affair with Rain’s mother, Willow the previous summer. When Rain learns her father may be in town, she is worried that he will be a suspect. Rain with help from her childhood friend, Julia begins digging into Thornton’s life looking for suspects. Murder at the Lakeside Library is the debut of A Lakeside Library Mystery series. There are beautiful descriptions of the Wisconsin’s Northwoods. I especially enjoy reading about Rain’s family cabin and library (what booklover would not love a library attached to their home). I would have liked to learn more about Rain Wilmot. We are given a brief history along with what has her returning the Lofty Pines after a long absence. The “Lakers” are a friendly bunch. They are quick to lend a helping hand such as cutting a neighbor’s lawn, bringing over treats, picking up tab for meal, and holding impromptu barbecues. I liked Julie, Rain’s childhood friend and neighbor. She is a friendly woman and something of a free spirit. The mystery plays out slowly over the course of the book. I wish it had been little peppier with less repetition. The investigation is a little scattered like Rain’s thoughts. I did feel the ending was rushed as we are finally given all the details. I was not a fan of all the internal dialogue and the numerous descriptions of what people’s hands were doing (I wonder if the author talks with her hands). The repetition was too much. I found myself skimming past these rehashed details. I am curious to see what happen next in Lofty Pines. I have a feeling that Rain is not going to get the quiet time she desired. Murder at the Lakeside Library is a blithe cozy mystery with a lakeside library, a curious corpse, a firm friend, uncertain rumors, and a boatload of books.

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  • Good read

    cozy-mystery, Wisconsin, rural, murder, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth, family-dynamics, friendship, summertime A story about a serve-yourself library in the Northwoods at a lake and with a murder, how can you go wrong? If you like to read about wealthy Summer People with problems including the challenge of solving a murder in an area with limited law enforcement, this book's for you. But if Rain's personal problems with grieving the too recent death of her husband gives you flashbacks, give it a "not now, thank you". It's a good read. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley.

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