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Murder at the Lakeside Library

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I thoroughly enjoyed this first book of a new series set at a northern Wisconsin lake. The author did a great job describing the surroundings I really would like to visit this lake!  The characters are also realistic, as is the plot. There were buried (literally) family secrets revealed in this book that many did not know. The plot seemed to move along a steady pace as the amateur sleuths found new clues. I received an arc of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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After I finished reading this book, I immediately felt the desire to read its sequel.  Murder at the Lakeside Library tells a story with many twists and turns, with a surprising end, which makes it a page-turner.  I loved this book, and recommend it to all to read as I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did.  I am very glad for having received an advance copy, it was a delight to read this book.
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Love this book!  I have never read anything by this author but was intrigued by the title and the cover.  How can you go wrong with a mystery taking place at a lakeside library?  I was immediately drawn to the characters, very likable and relatable.  Interesting plot in a well developed setting.  I have never been to the northern lakes area but the author's descriptions made it sound just beautiful.  I do hope there is more to come in this series.  I'm a fan already!
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The only thing on Rain’s mind was to get to the cabin, close the door behind her and shut out the world, and hopefully deal with the betrayal she suffered and the death of her husband.  She packed her entire life in Milwaukee and now needed the time to heal, reflect, and recover.

However, Lofty Pines had something else in store.  Rain’s first day back at Lofty Pines was packed full of memories, raw emotion, and a shocking discovery. Julia, her long-time friend, and neighbor invaded her privacy upon arrival and immediately started on Rain to reopen the community library.  Until the body was discovered … and life took a 90-degree turn.

The plot unfolded at a steady pace throughout with a “Murder She Wrote” type feel as Rain and Julia interfered in the investigation, more than once, in an attempt by Rain to understand her parents’ involvement in the murder.

Although an easy, relaxed read, I was disappointed by the lack of character development, and the book required some polishing as the descriptive words got a tad overwhelming and took away from the flow of the story.

I received an ARC from #Netgalley.
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Rain is a young widow traveling to her family's lake front home to get over her husband's death. Her parents are both away. Rain arrives and meets her neighbour Julia who was her best friend in her youth. Julia tells her that she and another neighbour are anxious to open the family's lending library and is holding a meeting that evening to discuss it. Rain is a little tired and anxious, wanting to have a quiet time with lots of rest and reading, but agrees to go ahead with it. One of the older library friends arrives with her dog, who gets off his leash and runs to back of the property where an old outhouse stands. As they run after the dog, they find a man's body outside the outhouse. Julia knows he's renting a house on the other side of the lake. Her brother is a police officer and arrives with his partner, and crime scene officers are on their way.

Over the next few days, Rain and Julia try to find clues to why the man was killed on her property and what they discover surprises them. The story had some good scenes and surprises, but I felt there was too much repetition of what happened, told to each character a couple of times. But I enjoyed the parts about driving the pontoon boat around the lake and going into the deceased's home to find clues. Thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy of this cozy mystery.
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I had a hard time getting into this book. The characters are likeable enough and there are some good twists to the story. The ending was abit anticlimactic.  #MurderattheLakesideLibrary #NetGalley
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This is a lovely light read, when Rain leaves Milwaukee to go to her Families Cabin Lakeside Home , to recover from the loss of her husband , who she discovered had also cheated on her, all she wanted was Peace & quiet to heal & recover . However a an early point on the day of her arrival she finds a dead body on her Families Property. Then this leads her & a best friend from childhood with whom she strikes up again then play Nancy Drew who had been one of their joint literary hero's.
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Rain Wilmot returns to her family's cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the death of her husband.  Shortly after she returns, a body is found on her property and her cabin and her neighbors has been broken into. Rain and her friend, Julia start to investigate especially when her cabin is broken into.

This book, in my opinion, is ok.  I had a hard time staying interested in it and read it between another book.  Since this is a first book of a new series, I will probably give the next book in the series a try.

Please note:  I was given a copy of this book by the publisher through Netgalley.com.
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Although the characters were likeable,  the plot was intriguing with some good plot twists and I drooled over the beautiful lakeside location, it was a struggle to get through this one.  I was put off right from the start when main character Rain was ambushed within seconds of getting to the cottage by her neighbor steamrolling her to open the library.  As it went on, there was just too much filler; at times the story would lose momentum as it took a backseat to Rain's constant hashing and rehashing, the weird descriptions of what everyone's hands were doing and all of the internal dialogue. I found myself doing more skimming than reading, which is a shame because at the heart of it all was a great story. I think a bit more editing and polishing is needed to bring all the elements together into more of a cohesive story.
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Good book! I liked the plot of the book. The main character was a full and well characterized. Her loss was heartbreaking and gave her a good backstory. The plot was interesting and kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed the writing and the author’s nuances. I would like to read more by this author and hope that this series continues!
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A quick read on a snowy day.  Probably be good as a paperback read.  Young woman relocates to her family summer home after her husband is killed in an accident.  Her first day back a man is found murdered in her back yard.  Many characters, any who could be the murderer, including her parents.  Good description of the North Country in Wisconsin,
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This was a great first book in a new series.  I liked the characters and setting.  The mystery kept me guessing.  I look forward to the next one.
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The story is set in a lakeside town during the summer. I did enjoy reading the descriptions of the cabins, the woods, and the lake. The main character, Rain, comes back to her family's lake home for the summer to recover from her husband's death as well as all the life changes she will be making. Her lake home also houses a small, neighborhood library in the original cabin portion which was built by her grandfather.  While at home, a man is murdered on her property by the library cabin. The story centers around Rain and her childhood friend and neighbor, Julia, as they investigate the murder. Julia's brother, Jace, is on the police force and repeatedly asks them to quit investigating, but it wouldn't be a cozy mystery if they did that.

I really struggled to get through a lot of the dialogue in the story and found that I couldn't connect with most of the characters. Although her parents were both key to the story and were both out of the country for the summer, she never actually talks to either of them. I found it really strange that she didn't call her dad more and didn't try to contact her mom other than one email.  The whole story felt as though we were just being introduced to the town and characters to set us up for future series titles, which made the mystery feel shallow and rushed.  

Thanks to NetGalley, Holly Danvers, and Crooked Lane Books for the advanced eBook in exchange for my honest review.
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👩 Rain Wilmont goes back to her family's lakeside cottage after losing her husband. She is expecting solitude and tranquillity, and instead, she finds the body of a murdered man beside the library that her mother used to run. Rain immediately starts playing detective with her friend Julia, and her brother Jace, a police officer. 

❤️ I loved:⁠
🌊 The setting. What's better than a cottage by the lake.? A cottage with an adjacent library by the lake. It must be a sort of bookish Heaven or something. I loved the community of Lofty Pines as well, and their attachment to the cottages and the lake.
👴 Rain's grandfather. I enjoyed reading about his life and his passion for writing. I also loved the fact that his family treasured so much his manuscripts.
✍️ The style. It's been a quick read for me, it took a 2 hours flight and a night in to finish it. It flows smoothly, and the pace is quite fast, there is no time to get bored, you just want to arrive at the end, discover who the culprit is, and if it's true that Rain's family is involved.  

🤔 I wasn't so sure about:⁠
👩 The characters. They were not completely developed and a bit 2 dimensional for my liking. But maybe it's because it's the first book of a series and we'll get to know them better in the next episodes.
🏖️ It's not cosy enough. Maybe it's because it's set in summer, but it didn't make me want to snuggle on the sofa with a cup of tea.

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5⁠ A cosy mystery set in a stunning location with an intriguing whodunit.
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Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers is the first book in the Lakeside Library Mystery series. The plot is interesting, but there is so much backstory to the main character that the mystery seems secondary. For me this is not a negative as long as there are more books so I can enjoy the journey with the characters and get to know them better. I truly hope this series continues. 

***** I received an ARC from NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my honest review. *****
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Such a great read. I really enjoyed the plot of the story. I felt like I was a character interacting within the story. New author for me and I cannot wait to read another book.
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Rain Wilmot has retreated to her family’s cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after her husband’s death.  She is grappling with grief and the fact that he had cheated on her.  Rain’s mother, Willow, ran a small library out of the cabin.  Since Willow isn’t planning on going to the cabin this year, Rain is charged with opening the cabin.  The opening is stalled by Rain’s discovery of the body of Thornton Hughes on the property.  Thornton was rumored to be looking to develop land on the lake – something the locals are opposed to.  When Willow’s name comes up in the investigation, Rain takes it upon herself to solve the murder mystery.  
I enjoyed the book.  It was easy to read and follow.  I’m looking forward to more books in the series.
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Excellent story!  The author does an excellent job with character development and creating the supporting characters in Pine Lake.  The plot is credible and you can identify with the characters.  I didn’t notice any disconnects in the story, no conflicts in locations or in characters.  The title character surprised me a time or two, she was timid and vulnerable and then suddenly she does a brave or reckless act that seems out of character I.e. not comfortable with people but, walks up to a total stranger to pump for information.  This was minor and it made the story more enjoyable but, it did surprise me.  I would definitely recommend this book and I will be looking for future stories in the North woods by Holly Danvers..
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Murder is not supposed to happen in a close knit summer escape town.  But crime has come to this lakeside town.  Rainn is so caught up in her own grief she jumps here and there trying to make sense of the death on her family property.  She drags her childhood friend along as she searches for answers. She questions her parents and grandparents life choices while trying to make sense of her own. I liked the friendships and how they help unravel the mystery.  And how cool to have a library right there on the property.  I liked the story.
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Murder at the Lakeside Library is a nice start to a brand new series and I look forward to reading more. Perhaps some of the scenes were a little wordy and overdone for my tastes but the author did a wonderful job at setting the scene and making the murder a head scratcher!
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