This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Niki Danforth. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Searching for Gatsby by Niki Danforth
Series: A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery #3
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2016
Publisher: Pancora Press
Source: Author, Niki Danforth
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He's handsome, wealthy, and oh so mysterious...but you can't judge a book by its cover, right? A fifty-something divorcee turned private eye, Ronnie Lake turns the pages on her current case with her beloved German shepherd at her side. Adultery, betrayal, and romance are the main characters until murder steals the scene and plunges her into the exclusive world of rare book collecting. When a priceless first edition vanishes, everyone becomes a suspect...and a target. But a literary shocker speaks volumes about an historic book series - curiously lost to time - that holds the key to it all.
In this story, Searching for Gatsby, Ronnie Lake’s close friends, Win and Marilyn, seem to be the perfect couple. When questionable situations come up, Ronnie begins to wonder what is really going on between her friends. When a murder occurs at their home Ronnie is given a chance to use her new PI skills to deduce the what and whys of the matter. All she has to go on is that Win’s highly collectible issue of The Great Gatsby was found damaged. What she knows for sure is that this mystery involves many players and most are unaware of the part they play.
In addition to the investigating deadly circumstances is a mysterious stranger that has Ronnie thinking naughty thoughts. Unfortunately, nothing is straightforward with him and it seems as if everyone else involved has something to hide. With the aid of her mentor Ronnie will have to systematically run down her hunches in order to ferret out the truth of why so many players are caught up in the search for a copy of The Great Gatsby that has ties to four soldiers from World War II.
What I really enjoyed about Ronnie was that she was in her mid-fifties and was not super gifted. She was a woman making a change in her life and decided after having to hire a private investigator for herself previously that she liked that career field. She has a mentor and took classes in order to better herself. She knew her limits and also considered herself “green” in the PI business. I loved that! Ronnie tried to follow police procedures and collaborate with the local officers, even when they were hostile. She was an excellent main protagonist and I really enjoyed how her character reacted to all situations she was a part of. I cannot get enough Ronnie Lake!
This was a fun mystery read that has many twists and turns. The mystery is quite good and even though I was pretty sure who was behind the murder itself, it was the why that kept me reading until the very end. The characters are all well fleshed out and play their parts to perfection. I loved that this was more than just a murder mystery. The subplots were just as intriguing and but by the end everything had come together to give a very satisfactory ending. Although I was a little “what the hell?” with the romance angle ending, ha ha. It was different but I can’t say that it was a turn off. Just gave me a “well that was different” feeling. Overall, this was a fantastic cozy mystery and I highly recommend to fans of that genre.
*Thank you to Niki Danforth for this complimentary copy of Searching for Gatsby*