He's handsome, wealthy, and oh so mysterious...but you can't judge a book by its cover, right?
A fifty-something divorcée 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.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Absolutely Thrilling! First, I love that the main character, Ronnie Lake, is an older PI. It brings a different perspective to investigations, that sometimes are over run by middle aged men or younger women. The characters all had a great depth to them, and were intriguing. I didn't read the first two books in the series, but Danforth just found a fan in me, and I will definitely go back to read the first two books when I have the time. This is one of those perfectly-fast-paced stories that keep you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend it. It is absolutely thrilling.
Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite Treasure hunting and rare books lead to murder in the exciting sleuthing mystery, Searching For Gatsby (A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery) by Niki Danforth. Ronnie has newly received her private investigator's license and Marilyn, her closest friend, hires her to investigate the relationship between her husband, Win, and a local rare book merchant. While Ronnie is attending a fundraiser for the local animal rescue shelter being held at Win and Marilyn's mansion, a man falls from the roof onto the lawn below. His mysterious dying words and the book he took from Win's library inspire Win to hire Will, another investigator and close friend of Ronnie's. Will is occupied with another case and promptly turns it over to Ronnie. Because it is a conflict of interest, she has to set Marilyn's case aside. However, the femme fatale is soon the primary person of interest in both of Ronnie's investigations. When bullets start flying, Ronnie is shocked. Who wants her out of the way? Is it the sultry book merchant, or could it be the sexy and wealthy new stranger in town? Whoever it is, they mean business. Searching For Gatsby (A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery) by Niki Danforth is a marvelous sleuth mystery novel with a unique protagonist. Ronnie may be in her fifties, but she proves that life isn't over once you hit the infamous "over the hill" mark. Quite the contrary, her character is admirable and inspiring. After experiencing grief and loss, Ronnie's character, despite her age, picks up the pieces of her life and, using her natural deductive skills, begins fresh. I love this aspect of her murder mystery series. I am looking forward to reading more of her sleuthing exploits. This novel is a fantastic choice for those who are fans of cozy mysteries and is age appropriate for young adults on up.
This is the third Ronnie Lake mystery in the series, and the third I've read. I have to say, I do believe this is the best one to date. I could not call the writing anything less than masterful. I think the latent humanity of each of the characters in this book is what makes me find them so endearing. Nothing comes off as too far-fetched or unbelievable, and all is revealed in due time. Well, there is one thing... but for that, you will need to wait and see! The cast of characters includes affectionate friends and family members, snobby elitists with secrets of their own, and, of course, a budding chemistry with the most eligible and mysterious man in town. There are still others who might not be what they seem. Even the dogs in this story have their own personalities and history. I couldn't help but love them both. I simply adore the main character of this series. She is down to earth and caring, yet she isn't young and naive. Her life is well rounded. She does things, yet she doesn't obsess over any of it. She is inexperienced enough in her craft to make some mistakes, yet intelligent enough to piece through and find even the most elusive clues. Yet, the act of putting them all together is what makes this story strong. One of the things I found interesting about this book is that the mystery is themed around books. It is a book lover's kind of book. It is the mystery, though, that makes it. Filled with twists and unexpected turns, there is one surprise after another. The details are tremendous. I love a good mystery, and this one grabbed me. I have become a big fan of this author and the Ronnie Lake series. I can't wait for the next one!