A Dark and Twisting Path

A Dark and Twisting Path

by Julia Buckley

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Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana...

Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West.

Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance video of a break-in at his house shows a shadowy figure trying to incriminate him by stealing the weapon from his desk. Lena and Camilla work on a suspect list, but a threatening note and a violent intrusion at Graham House prove that the devious killer has decided to write them into the plot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425282625
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 54,558
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julia Buckley is a Chicago author and teacher. A lover of mysteries herself, she spent her teen years absorbing the wonderful mystery and suspense fiction of the 20th Century, all of which helped to influence what she writes today. Her published series include the Writer's Apprentice mysteries, the Undercover Dish mysteries, the first in the Teddy Thurber series, and the Madeline Mann mysteries. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and the Chicago Writer's Association.

Julia lives with her husband, three cats and a big rambunctious Labrador. She has two grown sons. In her free time she likes to watch Netflix (on which she has discovered the joy of French cinema), tend to the potted plants on her deck, read great books, or take part in one of her two book groups.

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A Dark and Twisting Path 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Modern Nancy Drew
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
“Blue Lake is just a quiet little town. What possible secrets could people be hiding here?” When Lena London’s best friend Allison finds her mailman, Eddie Stacks, dead in her backyard, Lena and her mentor mystery writer Camilla Graham get to work to solve a murder and catch a killer. They will soon realize everyone in Blue Lake has secrets. Once again, Julia Buckley has captured my attention and held it until the very end. A Dark and Twisting Path finds Sam West still having to deal with the police. However, this time he's not being looked at as a suspect but as a victim. In yet another attempt to frame him, Sam's house is broken into and his letter opener is thought to be what killed Eddie. Camilla and Lena's home is also broken into, with seemingly nothing stolen. It seems Sam and Lena are still being targeted but by who and why? A Dark and Twisting Path is the perfect title for this book. Julia has written another page turner, with an incredible storyline and amazing characters. There are twists, turns, and surprises you will not see coming. This is the third book in the series, but unfortunately not a standalone read. Each book has its own self-contained mystery but there is also a series arc which spans the three books. If you are new to this series, I strongly suggest you read at least the second book, Death in Dark Blue, to understand all the characters in play. With that said, I can’t wait for the next book in this series. **Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley takes us to Blue Lake, Indiana. Lena London along with her employer, Camilla Graham have returned from England to Graham House. Lena is thinking about her father’s upcoming visit when she gets a call from her friend, Allison Branch asking her to rush over. Allison has found mail carrier, Eddie Stack dead at the back of her property with Sam’s letter opener in his chest. It looks like the killer is trying to set up Sam to take the fall for Eddie’s murder. When they look at Sam’s surveillance footage to see how the guilty party obtained the letter opener, they see a figure in black break into Sam’s home. The individual took the unique letter opener along with a piece of paper. Lena along with Camilla delve into the case. But then Lena receives threatening notes and someone breaks into Camilla’s home. Lena is even more determined to identify the killer. What did Eddie see that got him killed? A Dark and Twisting Path cannot be read as a standalone. You need to read the book in A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series in order. The mystery that has been in all three books is coming to a head in A Dark and Twisting Path. It involves Sam, his ex-wife (Victoria), Victoria’s missing daughter (Athena) and the ruthless Nikon Leandros Lazos. I was happy that to see that this particular thread is wrapped up. I thought the mystery was complex and multilayered. Information is revealed a little at a time as the story progresses. However, the mystery plays out in the background. Other issues seem to overshadow it (unfortunately). The writing is good, but the pace is a little slow. The pacing does pick up near the end. Lena is a developed character. She is smart, engaging, loyal and creative. Lena, along with the other characters, are relatable and likeable. There is quite a bit going on in A Dark and Twisting Path. There is the murder, threatening notes, the kidnapped child, burglary, Lena’s father visiting, Lena and Camilla working on a new book, lunches, romance, dinners, adorable animals, and some man with a beard keeps popping up. I felt A Dark and Twisting Path was the best book in this series. At the end of the book, there is a hint at the mystery to come in the next A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery. I am giving A Dark and Twisting Path 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lena London and Camilla Graham have just returned from their first joint book tour when Lena gets a call from her friend Allison. Allison has found a dead body on the edge of her property. Lena goes over to be with Allison only to recognize the letter opener sticking out of the victim as one she gave her boyfriend Sam. Who is trying to frame him for murder now? After the second book in the series, I was anxious to see what would happen to these characters next and how the cliffhanger would be resolved. I’m thrilled to say I was very satisfied with how things developed here, and I am confident that fans of the series will be as well. If you aren’t familiar with the series, it borrows heavily from Gothic stories, so this isn’t a typical cozy plot, but that doesn’t make for a bad story in the slightest. The pages turned all too quickly. I was annoyed by some timeline issues early on, but those were minor overall. Lena is a strong heroine, and the rest of the cast are charming and eccentric. If you haven’t started this series yet, I recommend it; I just don’t recommend you start here. You really need the previous two books to fully appreciate what happens here.
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
Another hit. I love this series, the characters, the setting, the storylines, just everything. Author Julia Buckley takes the basic old fashioned cozy mystery and turns it into a fresh, new and utterly entertaining read.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
This book was my first foray into this series and I must say that it hooked me from the beginning and I couldn't wait to get to the end. When Lena's friend finds a dead body in her backyard she immediately calls Lena for help, you see the dead man was her mailman and her husband had been seen fighting with him the previous day. Allison is worried that her husband will be the only suspect in the mans death and she doesn't know what she should do. Lena rushes over to help and comes to find a letter opener stuck in the mans chest, the letter opener she gave her boyfriend Sam. She knows Sam couldn't be the killer, hes out of town, but who would want to frame him and why? Sam had never met the man so what reason would he have for hurting him. His ex-wife's child is still missing, along with the child's father. Could someone be trying to keep him from finding his ex's child? There are still so many questions that need to be answered. Follow along as Lena and Sam hunt for those answers and turn over some secrets along the way. The author did a wonderful job in helping me not only get to know the characters but also helping me connect with them. I appreciated being able to get a sense for who each was, especially since I hadn't read the previous two books. I can't wait to pick up the first two to find out what all I missed and look forward to seeing more of this series in the future.
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
I’ve stalked this cozy series. I confess. I’m a stalker reader reviewer. After dangling from an imaginary rope off the previous two stories’ cliffhanger endings, I was ready for a rescue, resolution, and major satisfaction of seeing Lazos brought down by the end of book three. Let’s just say I had a smile on my face at The End. I continue to be mesmerized by the main characters; famous writer—Camilla Graham; her talented apprentice—Lena London; and Sam West—an innocent, yet publicly misunderstood man who is Lena’s lover. The author skillfully delves into these characters developing lives; past and present. As the secondary cast of characters continues to expand I was awed by several of Ms. Buckley’s unpredictable plot twists. Just wowed! I love the beautiful setting for Camilla’s home in Blue Lake, Indiana, and how the author can turn that serenity into a brooding, frightening atmosphere in a mere paragraph or so; justifying for this reader, the title “A Dark and Twisting Path”. I think that also describes Nikon’s mind—dark and twisted. Animal lovers will enjoy Camilla’s German Shepherds, Heathcliff and Rochester, and Lena’s Cat, Lestrade. The ending to book three is satisfying in more ways than one. This series definitely should be read in the order it was published, beginning with book one, to best grasp the story. I highly recommend the series—it is one of my favorites! I reviewed a digital ARC provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. Thank you.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Dark And Twisting Path is the third book in the Writers Apprentice Mystery series. I love this series that is set in Blue Lake, IN. I always try to start a new series, to me, with the first book and I feel that this is one that should be read in order. Readers will be able to see the character and story development as it takes place. Lena London gets a frantic call from her friend Allison asking her to come over right away. When Lena arrives at her home, Allison takes her to the back of her property near a wooded area. Lying just in the woods is the lifeless body of mail carrier Eddie Stack. Allison is concerned that her husband, John, might be a suspect as he had had an argument with Stack the day before. But when Lena goes to check for a pulse, she becomes more concerned that her boyfriend Sam West might be suspected of murder as a letter opener that Lena had given Sam is sticking out of Stack. The feeling is that someone is trying to frame Sam for the murder and that somehow Nikon Lazos has his hand in the murder. Most all of the characters from the previous books are back once again. In addition, there are some new characters appearing in this book. Clifford Blake is a somewhat mysterious character. Cliff has recently joined the Blue Lake Police Department and early on the reader only learns that he has family in the area. Also to the series are Eric and Tabitha London, Lena’s father and stepmother. They have decided to come to Blue Lake to celebrate Lena’s upcoming birthday and also give Lena a chance to get to know her stepmother. Another well-plotted and told story with an interesting and believable cast of characters. I am anxious to for the next book to see what adventures Lena and Sam are up to. Also what Camilla and Lena’s next book will be about.