DEATH IN DARK BLUE is book 2 in Julia Buckley's Writer's
Apprentice mystery series. Because this story picks up
pretty much where the last one left off, I recommend
reading this series in order. Favorite characters from
the first book in the series all return for major roles
in this installment -- legendary author Camilla Graham,
Camilla's collaborator Lena London, Lena's love interest
Sam West, and the charming and tenacious Detective Doug
Heller. As with the previous book, there are two
mysteries in DEATH IN DARK BLUE -- the ongoing mystery
surrounding Sam's wife Victoria, and the sudden recent
death of Victoria's friend Taylor Brand. Both mysteries
kept me guessing until the end and speculating on what
way, if any, the two things were connected.
In DEATH IN DARK BLUE, Julia Buckley weaves together
elements of cozy mysteries, gothic mystery, and
psychological suspense in a very entertaining way.
Reporters and librarians play an important role in this
story, and each highlight the difference between the two
and the way they get information. As Lena and her friends
hunt down clues into the whereabouts of Victoria, Lena is
unwavering in her support of Sam and her belief in him.
For the reader, Sam's absolute guilt or innocence is not
totally settled. Julia Buckley leaves enough room for
doubt so that it's not totally clear whether something
sinister has happened to Victoria, or whether it's more
of a GONE GIRL situation. As the mystery surrounding
Victoria takes on new overtones and more puzzling facts
are revealed, I could completely immerse myself in this
DEATH IN DARK BLUE is a multi-layered, spellbinding
mystery with engaging characters, and a drop of romance.
Blue Lake has all the charm of a small town, but Julia
Buckley expertly drapes a cloak of menace over an
otherwise delightful landscape. I hope to see one or two
new characters in future books. I can't wait for the next
installment of Julia Buckley's Writer's
An aspiring suspense author finds herself writing
mysteries by day and solving them by night in the second
Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by the author of A Dark and
Stormy Murder and the Undercover Dish Mysteries.
In the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana, Lena London is
settling into her dream job, but someone is making her life
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