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Murder at the Lakeside Library

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This is the first book in the cozy mystery series about Rain Wilmont, who returns home to her family's waterfront cabin in Lofty Pines after the death of her husband. Attached to the cabin the family has a small informal library, normally run by Rain's mother. This summer Rain will have to do this job, but before she can re-open the library a dead man is discovered outside.

This was such a good summer cozy mystery, a real easy read set in lovely surroundings. The mystery was not very complicated, but I still enjoyed the book, and will look forward to the next one in the series.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book.
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Rain retreats to her family’s summer cottage when her husband dies. She is shocked to find people want her to open the library room from the original family cabin. This is book 1 in the Lakeside Library series and it’s a great beginning. Old childhood friends help ease her sorrow and help solve the murder of a real estate agent found outside the cabin. I received a copy of this arc in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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This was a cute story. For the most part the main characters were likeable and their plotlines fathomable. While the ending seemed rushed as compared to the rest of the book, the revelation of the whodunit part of the mystery was very good. I definitely see where this could be a good series with the characters and relationships that have been introduced with this debut book. 

I received an advance copy of this title via NetGalley.
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This is the first in the Lakeside Library mystery series. I loved the informal library, the quaint lakeside community and the relationships that Rain has with the "Lakers." Rain has returned to Lofty Pines after the untimely death of her husband. She has decided to come back to time some time to mourn and be away from people, but is immediately met by the news that she will have to open and run the library that is attached to the cabin. She is a little put off by the responsibility, but is enjoying spending time with her childhood best friend, Julia. She is working on reopening the library when she and her friends stumble upon the body of Thornton Hughes, clutching a book written by her grandfather. 

This one started off a little slow for me, but picked up not far in to the novel and I was hooked. There were a lot of twists and turns, which I loved. Family secrets were discovered and I loved Rain's persistence in proving her family's innocence. I could picture the setting and would have loved to be sitting lakeside by the library reading a good book!
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This novel is Holly Danvers’ series debut for Lakeside Library Mysteries, and the book starts slow, eventually picking up. There are a few interesting elements to the murder mystery, but the story is easy to put down. The resolution is unexpected and finally evokes an emotional touch.
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Danvers initiates a new series about an upper Midwest lake town. First, I like the setting since I hail from the Midwest. Second, I like the main character, Rain. She’s transitioning to a new life and I hope there is a spark with Jace. Julie was a good sidekick for her as they chased down clues. It was almost like Cagney and Lacey. I liked the mystery plot. Family secrets, a library, and books are all topics I’m interested in. The cover makes me want to dive into it and explore. I think the series is off to a stellar beginning.
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Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers is the first book in this author's A Lakeside Library Mystery series. I really enjoyed this story. The characters are very likable and realistic. The storyline flows well. The author describes Northwood in such a way I'm sure I'd enjoy a visit there. I especially enjoyed the surprise twist at the end of the book. The next book in the series, Long Overdue at the Library is on my TBR list.
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If you are looking for a book to read by the lake this summer, here it is!

Our main character, Rain, is newly widowed and decides to move back to her childhood lakeside summer home for some time away from the big city. Upon arrival there is a dead body discovered and Rain is wondering what the dead guy's connection is to her family. This of course leads to uncovering family skeletons and a little danger to herself.
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The premise of this is great - a more remote setting than usual in a cosy mystery, being a lakeside community in northern Wisconsin, which sounds quite idyllic - but I struggled to make it to 40% and then skimmed to the end. Standard ARC issues aside, I struggled with the dialogue and found it generally a clunky and awkward read. All the weird descriptions of people's hands grated, as did all the details, descriptions and comparisons throughout, which came across as so much filler rather than contributing anything towards the story and/or mystery and slowed the pace tremendously.

Not a series for me, although it will appeal to many who want a simple summer escape read.
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Rain comes to the family summer cabin of her childhood to recharge after the death of her husband.  Thinking to find her mother waiting, she is troubled to find no mother, an unwanted task of running the library housed in the cabin and a body near the outhouse.  This would be great for someone interested in character studies more than the mystery.  It felt bogged down in places and solving the crime seemed secondary.
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Sometimes we all just need to get away and solve a little mystery! And that is what Rain does with a little help from her friend Julia. Rain has come to the family lakeside home and community library to regroup after the death of her husband. Little does she know that she will be greeted by the new local dead man! Join Rain as she tries to solve who the dead man is and spend some time with the hunky sheriff, Jace!
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I haven’t read a cozy mystery in a while and it was great to reconnect with that genre. 

It took me too longer read at the beginning for personal reasons and not because I wasn’t liking the book, under normal circumstances I would have binge read it.  
All in all I’ve finished reading it and loved it!  Great debut cozy serie.  4⭐️

After a tragedy, Rain decides to go to her family’s cottage at Lakeside to be by herself during the hard times.  Little did she know, she would have to take care of the Library her family open every Summer, or that a body would turn up on her property.  Looks like the Summer will not be as quiet as she planed on. 


Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers will be out on July 13, 2021


Thanks you @netgalley and crooked lane books for the ARC for an honest opinion.  Can’t wait for the next book in the serie
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Murder at the Lakeside Library is the first book in a new library cozy mystery series by Holly Danvers. Due out 13th July 2021 from Crooked Lane Books, it's 336 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

It's always fun to find a new library cozy, and this one is off to a promising start. Protagonist Rain has only been at the lakeside summer cabin community less than 24 hours before she stumbles (almost literally) across a body. The usual pool of small-town-oddball characters are present, there's skullduggery and hidden motives to be unearthed, there's even a handsome law enforcement officer, and Rain is motivated to establish her parents' innocence, as well as her own. 

Some of the plot developments are admittedly a bit over the top and there are some twists which require a healthy suspension of disbelief, but all in all, it's a pretty good example of why the librarian cozy subgenre is so popular. I found the denouement and explanation out of sync with the majority of the rest of the novel and there were a few continuity problems, but nothing truly egregious. The language is squeaky clean and the violence is off-page and not graphic. 

Three and a half stars. This would be a good light summer read for fans of cozies. It would be perfectly safe for work/commute reading. I'm interested to see what comes next for Rain and co. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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An easy to read cozy mystery debut set at a lake in the North, with a library which sadly doesn´t appear much.

The main character Rain returns to her family´s lakeside library after having lost her husband, and doesn´t only find friends from childhood and other "Lakers", but also a body on her property. Her friend Julia helps to follow several tracks to the murder, though the police are the ones who puzzle the thing together, among them Jace, which whom Rain develps a good relationship.

The setting is nice and summery, and the non-mystery story about love, friendship and family is well written, but the mystery isn´t the main point. There are too many unnecessary descriptions and too many suspects, but the twists and turns lead to an end that´s not really relatable. A chance to develop more in this series.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a free ebook in return for an honest review.
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Newly widowed Rain is back to her family lakeside cabin, where she used to spend her summers, to get some peace away from her corporate job. But getting in touch with her old friends isn't gonna be all the fun in this story, because not long after she arrives there is a body found at her's family property, and Rain doesn't know who the man is. When she and her friend Julia start to investigate who the man was. And who is his killer?


This book is a good pick for a light summer read. The place- lakeside cottage (with a library nonetheless) is the perfect spot for this cozy mystery and there are some surprises in the twist of this story. Even though at some parts the book seems to have some unnecessary dialogue and descriptions one can still find it highly enjoyable.


Thank you to the author Holly Danvers, publisher Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for this free e-book.
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What a debut! I loved everything about this book! 

The characters were all brilliantly introduced. I loved Rain's character and how humble and honest the author portrayed her to be. Her developing friendships, with old and new friends alike, was heartwarming and fun to see. The plotline was excellent and had me guessing until the very end. The descriptiveness had me feeling like I was lakeside, sipping some iced tea watching everything unfold around me.

I had a hard time putting this book down once I got started. This is one book cozy mystery fans should add to their to-be-read stacks this summer.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an early copy of this book in exchange for my review!
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Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers is more than just a mystery. It's a story about loss, family, family history and secrets and a mysterious death of a newcomer to Lofty Pines, Wisconsin.

The story is smoothly paced with family secrets that provide many of the twists, very few suspects with motivations to murder the victim, an idyllic setting along a beautiful lake and strong characters who are developing organically throughout the book. A strong beginning to a new series.
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This is the first book in this series.

Rain has just moved back to Loft Pines, Wisconsin after the death of her husband.
She was looking for some peace and quiet, instead she finds a Thornton Hugues the real estate buyer on her property dead.

Everyone is pointing fingers at Willow her mother and someone spotted her father who is supposed  to be in Japan.  It’s up to Rain and her friends to figure out what Thornton was up to and why they wanted him dead.

It’s a great first read, and I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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This was a very good debut and a great start to a new series. I like the characters and feel they have great potential to develop further. There are plenty of twists and turns with wit sprinkled throughout. 
Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This book is the first in a new series (I always love being introduced to new settings, characters, murders, etc.) and is a quick, fun read. 

Rain is a great character with her own past to contend with as she ventures home to the Northwoods for the first time in a long time. Her quirky, pink-haired friend, Julia, always has her back and is very loyal to Rain. When they stumble upon a dead body on Rain's property, they decide they need to find the killer ASAP. 

Of course, there is a hunky lawman who is in charge of the murder (*gasp*) investigation and there are minimal sparks between him and Rain, but I'm hoping for more as the series continues. 

4 stars. 

I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
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