Death with a Dark Red Rose (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #5)
Writer's apprentice Lena London is enjoying life in Blue Lake and being newly engaged, but is soon drawn into the terrifying disappearance of one of her closest friends....Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily plotting their next novel and she's got a brand-new diamond ring on her finger thanks to her fiancé, Sam West. The only blot on her Blue Lake life is a strange new corporation that has come to town called Plastisource. They seem to be intent on gobbling up prime real estate and changing the landscape of Lena's lovely adopted home.When she and Sam get a call from their good friend (and Blue Lake detective) Doug saying that his girlfriend--and Lena's pal Belinda--isn't answering her phone and missed a date with him, they all head out to her home. The trio is shocked to discover that Belinda's purse and phone are at her house, along with a single red rose on her countertop--but Belinda herself is missing. Has she been abucted? Could the strange new corporation play a role in her disappearance? Lena is determined to find out and rescue her friend because she knows that the truth can be stranger and much more deadly than fiction....

Death with a Dark Red Rose (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #5) Details

TitleDeath with a Dark Red Rose (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 25th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Romance

Death with a Dark Red Rose (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #5) Review

  • Linda 📚
    January 1, 1970
    Author Julia Buckley expertly sets the stage for murder with suspicions of environmental conspiracy in the fifth story of the Writers Apprentice Mystery series. I halfway expected Erin Brockovich to appear and give the adversaries what for! The plot is immediately immersing when Lena Londons good friend Detective Doug Hellers girlfriend, Belinda, disappears. From there, its a nail-biting merry-go-round as Lena and her fiancé, Sam, and Camilla Graham and her other half, Adam, join forces to solve Author Julia Buckley expertly sets the stage for murder with suspicions of environmental conspiracy in the fifth story of the Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. I halfway expected Erin Brockovich to appear and give the adversaries what for! The plot is immediately immersing when Lena London’s good friend Detective Doug Heller’s girlfriend, Belinda, disappears. From there, it’s a nail-biting merry-go-round as Lena and her fiancé, Sam, and Camilla Graham and her other half, Adam, join forces to solve a missing person’s case of a man who worked for a polymer materials manufacturer, Plasti-Source which has been accused of releasing toxic chemicals into the local community of lovely Blue Lake, Indiana.As the suspenseful mystery builds to a dire climax; Lena and Sam search for precious moments to plan their upcoming wedding. The ending scenes are tense as the conspiracy unfolds and the main characters’ lives are in grave danger. My heart was thumping right along with how fast theirs must have been pumping! Brava to the author for maintaining a tight grip on the storyline!Fast-paced, great characters, humor, a plethora of pets, smart people, and plenty of action combine to make this cozy Mystery a 5 Star read! I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishers. Thank you.
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  • Mark Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Life is going well for Lena London. Her latest collaboration with bestselling novelist Camilla Graham is doing well, she and her fiance, Sam West, are just starting to plan their wedding, and she enjoys spending time with her new friends in Blue Lake. The only shadow is the new factory that is being built just outside of town. It looks like the building is going to be an eye sore, and Lena is not happy about it and other ways it might change this area she considers home. However, a cold wind Life is going well for Lena London. Her latest collaboration with bestselling novelist Camilla Graham is doing well, she and her fiance, Sam West, are just starting to plan their wedding, and she enjoys spending time with her new friends in Blue Lake. The only shadow is the new factory that is being built just outside of town. It looks like the building is going to be an eye sore, and Lena is not happy about it and other ways it might change this area she considers home. However, a cold wind blows in when someone vanishes. Soon, Lena and her friends are caught up in another race to figure out what is happening before things turn deadly. Will they solve things in time?I thought this novel’s beginning was weak, but it was the weakest part of the story. Even then, that is a minor complaint since I was hooked from the very first page and could hardly put the book down until I reached the end. If real life didn’t interfere, I could have easily finished it in one sitting. I did see one or two twists coming, but there were plenty others I didn’t suspect, but they made perfect sense by the time we reached the end of the story. I love Lena and her friends, and we got plenty of time with them in these pages. Their relationships are fantastic. Each chapter starts with a quote from the projects that Lena and Camilla are currently working on, and I found they helped me better understand just how this series works Gothic elements into each book. Honestly, I’d love to read their books if they were real. It is best to read this series in order since some events of previous books are spoiled by necessity. That’s not an issue since all the books in this series are great. Set aside plenty of time when you pick up this book because you won’t want to put it down until you’ve read every thrilling page.NOTE: I received a copy of this book.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love this series. The characters are like my friends. I get very involved in the plot and enjoy what is happening to everyone. I cant wait for the next installment in the series. I absolutely love this series. The characters are like my friends. I get very involved in the plot and enjoy what is happening to everyone. I can’t wait for the next installment in the series.
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  • Minx
    January 1, 1970
    Death with a Dark Red Rose is the fifth book from the A Writers Apprentice Mystery series and this is a series enjoyed best by having read the previous books because the characters all have a long history together. With that said, the Author does a good job of catching a reader up to date with who is who and why they are important but it is just a brief background and some readers do enjoy a deeper understanding. Luckily, to enjoy the mystery there is no history needed because it revolves around Death with a Dark Red Rose is the fifth book from the A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series and this is a series enjoyed best by having read the previous books because the characters all have a long history together. With that said, the Author does a good job of catching a reader up to date with who is who and why they are important but it is just a brief background and some readers do enjoy a deeper understanding. Luckily, to enjoy the mystery there is no history needed because it revolves around a new company with a rather murky past, Plastisource, moving into the neighborhood. To say that Lena and friends were worried to see it moving into their territory would be an understatement. In fact, they were determined to do whatever they could to prevent the corporation from setting roots into Blue Lake, especially when the company was connected to a disappearance of a good friend.What a fun story! Lena’s life was moving right along in Death with a Dark Red Rose and hers was not the only one. Many changes were taking place for longtime Blue Lake residents and that was nice. I liked how the characters all interacted with each other and that they looked out for the well-being of not only themselves but for anyone associated with their friends. What a wonderful community feeling! Then there were the mysterious goings-on associated with Plastisource that were actually quite sinister and dangerous for the characters involved as well as their beloved lake. Definitely a mystery a cozy reader could sink their teeth into. This story would also appeal to readers who enjoy stories including authors because both Camille and Lena spent time hashing out plot ideas for upcoming books. Overall, Death with a Dark Red Rose was a fun cozy mystery that alternated between sweet and ominous as Lena and her husband-to-be tracked down clues in order to ferret out what was taking place in their community. This was a good read!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Berkley Prime Crime. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    There is nothing better than curling up on a snowy day with a new book by Julia Buckley.In Death with a Dark Red Rose, Lena London is beginning to settle into her life. She has a wonderful job working with talented author Camilla Graham, she's engaged to the handsome Sam West, and she has several close friends who she enjoys spending time with.It isn't until one of her best friends has disappeared and a strange new company plans on settling in her adopted town.When Plastisource begins scouting There is nothing better than curling up on a snowy day with a new book by Julia Buckley.In Death with a Dark Red Rose, Lena London is beginning to settle into her life. She has a wonderful job working with talented author Camilla Graham, she's engaged to the handsome Sam West, and she has several close friends who she enjoys spending time with.It isn't until one of her best friends has disappeared and a strange new company plans on settling in her adopted town.When Plastisource begins scouting the area for available land, residents become concerned over the rumors that the company doesn't dispose of their waste correctly.Before long, Lena and Sam become involved in a whirlwind investigation, putting them all in danger.I enjoy how the author brings each of her characters to life, coloring their personalities with different quirks, sending the reader right into the story.I highly recommend this book to any reader.
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    https://openbooksociety.com/article/d...Death with a Dark Red RoseA Writers Apprentice Mystery #5By Julia BuckleyISBN 9780451491930Authors website: juliabuckley.comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer JeanieSynopsis:Writers apprentice Lena London is enjoying life in Blue Lake and being newly engaged, but is soon drawn into the terrifying disappearance of one of her closest friends.Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily https://openbooksociety.com/article/d...Death with a Dark Red RoseA Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #5By Julia BuckleyISBN 9780451491930Author’s website: juliabuckley.comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer JeanieSynopsis:Writer’s apprentice Lena London is enjoying life in Blue Lake and being newly engaged, but is soon drawn into the terrifying disappearance of one of her closest friends….Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily plotting their next novel and she’s got a brand-new diamond ring on her finger thanks to her fiancé, Sam West. The only blot on her Blue Lake life is a strange new corporation that has come to town called Plastisource. They seem to be intent on gobbling up prime real estate and changing the landscape of Lena’s lovely adopted home.When she and Sam get a call from their good friend (and Blue Lake detective) Doug saying that his girlfriend–and Lena’s pal Belinda–isn’t answering her phone and missed a date with him, they all head out to her home. The trio is shocked to discover that Belinda’s purse and phone are at her house, along with a single red rose on her countertop–but Belinda herself is missing. Has she been abucted? Could the strange new corporation play a role in her disappearance? Lena is determined to find out and rescue her friend because she knows that the truth can be stranger and much more deadly than fiction.Review:This mystery is so good! The characters are a perfect blend of endearing, engaging personalities and are well-defined. The atmosphere reflects the drama at any given time, just as the gothic novels do that Camilla, and now Lena, write. The Midwest setting has a distinct beauty at any time of year, including either brilliant fall colors or foreboding, dark trees. The mystery is equally brilliant or foreboding.Lena London has, to me, one of the best jobs in the world. She has been in Blue Lake, Indiana for almost a year, having moved to work for her favorite author and now mentor, Camilla Graham. Camilla has a career spanning several decades as a best-selling Gothic mystery author. In one short year, Camilla has become like a family member, close friend, confidante, and partner in crime-solving. In turn, Lena is an assistant to Camilla and now her co-author. Lena lives in Graham House with her, has Lestrade, a cat who adopted her, and now, a fiancé.Sam, a neighbor of Camilla, and Lena met in her early days in Blue Lake. He blossomed from a grumpy guy to a homicide suspect to the love of Lena’s life. They are planning their wedding even as Lena and Adam, Camilla’s gentleman friend, are planning Camilla’s 70th birthday party.A panicked phone call has Sam and Lena racing over to close friend Belinda’s home. Doug, a local detective who Belinda dates, is going through her kitchen. He came to pick up Belinda for Oktoberfest. Her door was unlocked, her purse and cell phone left inside along with a long-stemmed dark red rose. Not only is leaving everything behind totally unlike Belinda, she would never blow off a date. It looks as though she has been abducted.It seems to be going around in Blue Lake. A young man, Luis, has gone missing from his place of employment and his home. Luis works for Plasti-Source in nearby Stafford. Those who know him well know he is a loyal, hard-working employee, but management claims he is unreliable. His wife claims they had a fight and she doesn’t expect him home any time soon.Plasti-Source has had a less than stellar reputation with the EPA at their various factories. They are having a new, ugly behemoth of a plant being built in Blue Lake, and the citizens are concerned about release of toxic chemicals used in their manufacturing process. When police in a nearby town find Luis’ car, empty, with blood inside, they fear the worst.Camilla is highly respected in Blue Lake as a best-selling author and beloved citizen. One of the best descriptions I’ve seen of her is that if Blue Lake were a kingdom, Camilla and Adam are the king and queen in the castle at the top of the hill. Lena and her friends are close in age, and all look up to and love them. Lena has also gained a reputation, together with Camilla, of solving various crimes in Blue Lake. It is no surprise that they are involved in finding the missing and the culprit(s).The characters are three-dimensional, so real one could almost see them stepping out of the pages into real life. Because of their multi-faceted talents and close relationship, Lena and Camilla are my favorites. Sam and Belinda are a close second. We meet Belinda’s complex brother, who is also well-defined; I enjoyed getting to know him and hope we see much more of him.This mystery has many components which may or may not be connected. Plot twists add to the suspect list. There are new faces in town because of the construction of the new factory, some look less than friendly. When a creepy face appears, peering in the window at Camilla’s home, all are on edge, especially after he gets away. There are lighthearted moments with some of the surprises for Camilla’s birthday and seeing Sam’s brother Clifford try to make up his mind about taking out one of Lena’s friends. I was unable to determine the bad guy(s) and had quite the surprise at the end regarding who and why. I was satisfied with the solutions, and no loose ends remained. I highly recommend this novel and its series!*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*
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  • Ferne
    January 1, 1970
    A Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series is a special cozy mystery series! As mentioned in previous reviews for novels in this series, the reader gets the gift of reading a preview of Camilla Graham and Lena London's latest writing collaborative efforts. In the 4th novel of the series, "Death Waits in the Dark" there were again a few sentences at the beginning of each chapter in the format of an italicized heading but they were "from the correspondence of James Graham and Camilla Easton, 1971," A Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series is a special cozy mystery series! As mentioned in previous reviews for novels in this series, the reader gets the gift of reading a preview of Camilla Graham and Lena London's latest writing collaborative efforts. In the 4th novel of the series, "Death Waits in the Dark" there were again a few sentences at the beginning of each chapter in the format of an italicized heading but they were "from the correspondence of James Graham and Camilla Easton, 1971," prior to Camilla's arrival in the United States to become the bride of James Graham. This time the italicized headings are either "from the notebooks of Camilla Graham" or "from Danger at Debenham Station, a work in progress." Camilla's publisher is urging Camilla to write some sort of memoir or writer’s advice book and upon hearing the update Lena makes an interesting suggestion so two (2) different writing collaborations are in progress. One of the many imaging delights while reading Camilla and Lena's interactions is to fantasize for a few moments being the reader fan that would be invited as the apprentice or writing collaborator with Julia Buckley. There's also a new real-life mystery to solve that brings the upcoming possibilities of water contamination to the precious water source of Blue Lake not only for the lake community but to neighboring towns that also use this water source. As always, Julia Buckley has a few surprises not only for her human characters but also the lovable furry faces.I hope there are many more novels to be written in this series as I'd like to keep reading them for years to come.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Lena is planning her wedding and has is plotting a new book with Suspense novelist. The only thing going on is a plant that is going to be an eyesore in her town. Their friends girlfriend is missing and when found tells the story of another man being missing. Finding him and what is going on at the plant is her goal.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    Another fun read in this mystery series!
  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first instalment I read in this series and I'm happy I got this ARC because it's an engrossing and entertaining read.The lovely setting, the great and likeable cast of characters and the solid mystery made me love this story that I read as fast as I could.The mystery is well crafted and the solution came as a surprise.I appreciated the friendship amongst the characters, and Lena, an interesting MC who is never tempted to do anything stupid.I can't wait for the next instalment and This is the first instalment I read in this series and I'm happy I got this ARC because it's an engrossing and entertaining read.The lovely setting, the great and likeable cast of characters and the solid mystery made me love this story that I read as fast as I could.The mystery is well crafted and the solution came as a surprise.I appreciated the friendship amongst the characters, and Lena, an interesting MC who is never tempted to do anything stupid.I can't wait for the next instalment and I'll surely read the previous stories.Strongly recommended.Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    I was so happy to step into the lives of Lena and Camilla again in Blue Lake, Indiana! The characters are defined with excellence through interesting, realistic dialog and decisive actions. Blue Lake is a wonderful small, Midwest town where the residents genuinely care for each other and their community. The mystery is engaging, keeping me guessing throughout.Lena has lived with Camilla Graham, her favorite author, jer employer and now mentor and dear friend for about a year. In that time, they I was so happy to step into the lives of Lena and Camilla again in Blue Lake, Indiana! The characters are defined with excellence through interesting, realistic dialog and decisive actions. Blue Lake is a wonderful small, Midwest town where the residents genuinely care for each other and their community. The mystery is engaging, keeping me guessing throughout.Lena has lived with Camilla Graham, her favorite author, jer employer and now mentor and dear friend for about a year. In that time, they have solved several real-life mysteries and Lena has become her co-author on the latest Gothic mystery. I envy Lena this outstanding opportunity and life! Lena has also become engaged to Sam, the neighbor she met through interesting circumstances. I have very much enjoyed watching Camilla and Lena work together, as well as Lena meeting Sam and their mutual friends in the area. Camilla and Adam have been in a relationship for quite some time. Adam was her late husband’s close friend, and he has been in love with her for more than forty years.Plasti-Source keeps showing up in the center of this novel. They have factories in several cities and are currently building an ugly, foreboding monstrosity in Blue Lake. They have a history of problems with the EPA for poor toxic waste disposal. A local man, Luis, who works at the Stafford plant goes missing. His wife doesn’t seem too concerned – they had a fight and separated, so she doesn’t know where he is. His employers, who previously loved his work, now claim that he isn’t reliable and are not concerned with his whereabouts. Only one person is concerned and comes to Lena and Camilla for help, the brother of Lena’s close friend Belinda, who had also gone missing. Luis’ car was found out of town with blood inside, enough blood to cause police to think Luis is seriously injured, or dead.This mystery is finely plotted and executed, with twists and turns that keep changing or adding to the suspect list. I love how the characters get together to help each other and work out the mystery. Camilla and Adam are always the calm voice of reason, yet equally adventurous when there is good cause. Whodunit was a real challenge; I was completely surprised at the end! I highly recommend this newest in series to those who love well-crafted cozy mysteries that include writers, complex situations, and good friends.
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  • Sapphyria
    January 1, 1970
    The Writer's Apprentice Mystery series just keeps getting better and better with each book. I've read all 5 so far and they are truly amazing. I love Lena's character and her love and affection for everyone around her. Her relationship with Sam has been taken to the next level and they are so cute together. Lena's relationship with her mentor, Camilla, is one of mother/daughter (at least to me) and there is genuine affection between them - and with Camilla's guy, Adam. The introduction of Cliff The Writer's Apprentice Mystery series just keeps getting better and better with each book. I've read all 5 so far and they are truly amazing. I love Lena's character and her love and affection for everyone around her. Her relationship with Sam has been taken to the next level and they are so cute together. Lena's relationship with her mentor, Camilla, is one of mother/daughter (at least to me) and there is genuine affection between them - and with Camilla's guy, Adam. The introduction of Cliff in a previous book also brings a nice, loving component to Sam's life and, in turn, Lena's. The mystery in Death with a Dark Red Rose begins with the abduction of Belinda, a friend and the girlfriend of local detective, Doug. What starts out as a missing person snowballs into a mystery full of missing, and presumed dead, employees of a plastics manufacturer who unceremoniously decides to set up shop in Blue Lake, shady characters, peeping toms, and danger no one saw coming. I was wholly engaged in this book and did not put it down unless I absolutely had to (I'm looking at you, day job!).The twists, turns, and red herrings kept my mind actively trying to put the pieces together of this mystery. I didn't feel like there were any dull or slow moments as we spent more time with Lena, Sam, Cliff, Belinda, Doug, Allison, John, and of course, Camilla and Adam. It wasn't until almost the very end that I was able to put the pieces together and have the "ah ha" moment right along with the characters. One of my favorite cozy series', I was a glad to be back in Blue Lake and can't wait to visit again.
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  • Drebbles
    January 1, 1970
    After a tumultuous few months, Lena London just wants to settle down and plan her wedding to Sam West. But shes not able to do that a new business is threatening the idyllic lives of those who live in Blue Lake, Indiana. When people start disappearing and the disappearances seemed linked to the nrew business, Lena finds herself investigating the new company. But she, and those closest to her, need to be careful or they may find themselves in real danger.Death with a Dark Red Rose is the fifth After a tumultuous few months, Lena London just wants to settle down and plan her wedding to Sam West. But she’s not able to do that – a new business is threatening the idyllic lives of those who live in Blue Lake, Indiana. When people start disappearing and the disappearances seemed linked to the nrew business, Lena finds herself investigating the new company. But she, and those closest to her, need to be careful or they may find themselves in real danger.“Death with a Dark Red Rose” is the fifth book in Julia Buckley’s Writer’s Apprentice mystery series. Buckley does a wonderful job of combing the aspects of a cozy mystery with a gothic novel – the gothic elements – not just Camilla’s novels (make sure you read the blurbs at the top of each chapter) – but the events in the novel – the book is delightfully atmospheric. I love Blue Lake, Lena, Same, Camilla, and their friends (and I would love Lena’s job – minus the danger!). While this book can be read on its own, I do recommend reading this series from the beginning to get a good feeling for the setting and characters (plus the series is so good it is well worth reading!). I can’t say too much about the book’s plot without giving anything away but I will say it is extremely well plotted with plenty of twists and turns. The end of the book is very exciting – a real page turner. All in all well done by Buckley.“Death with a Dark Red Rose” is another great mystery by Julia Buckley.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Sorry Julia Buckley, but you lost me with this title. By the time I finished the book, I could not see how the title matched what you had written. What begins with a new company building an eye-sore of a structure is pristine Blue Lake, quickly jumps to Lenas best friend Belinda missing and detective Doug going into panic mode not knowing where she is. This is where the whole red rose begins and ends. Which isnt much considering there is an easy answer and minimal reference to it again. This is Sorry Julia Buckley, but you lost me with this title. By the time I finished the book, I could not see how the title matched what you had written. What begins with a new company building an eye-sore of a structure is pristine Blue Lake, quickly jumps to Lena’s best friend Belinda missing and detective Doug going into panic mode not knowing where she is. This is where the whole red rose begins and ends. Which isn’t much considering there is an easy answer and minimal reference to it again. This is a fling it on the wall and see if it sticks plotting session where Julia Buckley is throwing everything she has, and some that she doesn’t, in hopes of keeping the reader engaged in a straight from Scooby-doo episode where the big bad guy is unmasked and the world is saved by the bumbling, and in the end a nice meal was prepared for all. If the author is going with the” oh gosh, gee golly” approach, she has hit her mark. If she is wanting to engage her readers with gothic suspense, she will need to up her game with darker twists and a bit more foreboding.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    Challenges: March Mystery Madness 2020 - Bingo: Fifth in series, celebration (milestone birthday), published in year divisible by 5 (2020), 5 plus word title; and MMM Cover Scavenger Hunt - tree (9,autumn), flower (11, red rose, title), animal (21, dogs and cat); also, Steeped in Books/Stacking the series - Level 1d/Book 5; also, RRRCs February 2020 - committed couple/s (2, violet). The pendulum between happiness and lives/way of life in jeopardy swings back and forth in Blue Lake, Indiana as it Challenges: March Mystery Madness 2020 - Bingo: Fifth in series, celebration (milestone birthday), published in year divisible by 5 (2020), 5 plus word title; and MMM Cover Scavenger Hunt - tree (9,autumn), flower (11, red rose, title), animal (21, dogs and cat); also, Steeped in Books/Stacking the series - Level 1d/Book 5; also, RRRCs February 2020 - committed couple/s (2, violet). The pendulum between happiness and lives/way of life in jeopardy swings back and forth in Blue Lake, Indiana as it does in real life. The relationships of couples, some beginning and some deepening, thrive in preparation for a milestone birthday celebration, amidst threats to the Blue Lake environment. Nice that the animals all play a part of scenes of everyday life. A common theme running through this series is people who are held against their will, sequestered, kidnapped, or disappeared. Includes stories within stories and tips on the writing process.
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  • Alicia Kozak
    January 1, 1970
    The best of the series yet! The book starts with an apparently missing friend and spirals off into a twisting plot the main characters must unravel to save themselves, their friends, and their town.The characters have such a rich history but the author gives just enough backstory to catch up new readers without bogging things down. I love how the interaction and relationships between every character has changed and grown throughout the series.I love the snippets of Camilla and Lena's latest work The best of the series yet! The book starts with an apparently missing friend and spirals off into a twisting plot the main characters must unravel to save themselves, their friends, and their town.The characters have such a rich history but the author gives just enough backstory to catch up new readers without bogging things down. I love how the interaction and relationships between every character has changed and grown throughout the series.I love the snippets of Camilla and Lena's latest work before each chapter. There's enough to give the reader almost another complete story but plenty of room to fill in the blanks with your imagination. In this installment, the suspense excerpts were also intercut with suggestions from Camilla's book on writing. I found this kind of an added bonus to anyone like me who enjoys and aspires to write themselves.This book is a wild ride with plenty of sweetness and heart. I can't wait for book 6!
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    Lena and Adam are preparing for Camillas 70th birthday when the gang finds themselves in the middle of a mystery involving a new Plasti-source manufacturing site, a missing man and a face at the window.There are lots of small things that go on: Belinda goes missing, Sam gets sick, Adam and Camilla come home from a weekend away with a surprise, Belindas brother Carl is a great cook and the actual culprit in the big storyline is not the expected.The book starts and ends with a text chain between Lena and Adam are preparing for Camilla’s 70th birthday when the gang finds themselves in the middle of a mystery involving a new Plasti-source manufacturing site, a missing man and a face at the window.There are lots of small things that go on: Belinda goes missing, Sam gets sick, Adam and Camilla come home from a weekend away with a surprise, Belinda’s brother Carl is a great cook and the actual culprit in the big storyline is not the expected.The book starts and ends with a text chain between the friends in Blue Lake. It adds a hint of hilarity to the mystery. This was a fun fifth book in the writer’s apprentice mystery series. I do think reading this series in order is called for to best get the inside scoop about all the characters.
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  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]I am a couple books behind in this series, but I was able to pick this up and fall right back into the characters and the story. I enjoyed the fact that the over-arching story about Sam from the early books has wrapped up, so this one stands a little more on its own. Terrific mystery in this one - lots of twists that kept me guessing all the way through. Love the ensemble [I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]I am a couple books behind in this series, but I was able to pick this up and fall right back into the characters and the story. I enjoyed the fact that the over-arching story about Sam from the early books has wrapped up, so this one stands a little more on its own. Terrific mystery in this one - lots of twists that kept me guessing all the way through. Love the ensemble in this series. Nice romantic side stories which never overshadow the mystery. And I found Belinda's brother's character completely endearing. I highly recommend this mystery series! I definitely have to go back and catch up on the last couple.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 5th book of the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series and it is a winner! This book and series has everything I like about cozy mysteries- likable characters, an intriguing cozy mystery, friendship and some romance! Lena London is co-author to Camilla Graham who writes mysteries. In this book, there is a new company Plasti-Source being built and it is not welcome in town. There are rumors that they aren't environmentally friendly. We meet Lena's friend, Belinda's brother Carl after This is the 5th book of the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series and it is a winner! This book and series has everything I like about cozy mysteries- likable characters, an intriguing cozy mystery, friendship and some romance! Lena London is co-author to Camilla Graham who writes mysteries. In this book, there is a new company Plasti-Source being built and it is not welcome in town. There are rumors that they aren't environmentally friendly. We meet Lena's friend, Belinda's brother Carl after Belinda goes missing. Carl is concerned about his coworker, Louis, who seems to be missing. The whole group gets involved to help figure out what happened to Louis. It kept me guessing until the end! Very enjoyable!
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    What's up with Plastisource? And what happened to Belinda, who disappeared leaving her purse and stuff behind. Blue Lake is a bucolic town and the corporation, for some reason, is trying to buy up land (when it isn't polluting). Lena's friend Doug is a police officer and Belinda is his girlfriend but he needs Lena, her fiance Sam, Camilla, and Adam to help find her. I'd not read the earlier books in this series and at times had challenges in sorting everyone out but Buckley does provide back What's up with Plastisource? And what happened to Belinda, who disappeared leaving her purse and stuff behind. Blue Lake is a bucolic town and the corporation, for some reason, is trying to buy up land (when it isn't polluting). Lena's friend Doug is a police officer and Belinda is his girlfriend but he needs Lena, her fiance Sam, Camilla, and Adam to help find her. I'd not read the earlier books in this series and at times had challenges in sorting everyone out but Buckley does provide back story that helps. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. The mystery isn't too complicated and it's quite good natured.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!I am happy to say, Lena, Camilla, Sam and friends are back in another mystery! And! Whenever I read one of these mysteries, it's like visiting friends. I have read every book in this series and enjoyed them all. Like the other cozies before it, I am happy to report that this mystery is a good one and a keeper also.Belinda is missing. I enjoy missing persons mysteries! Lena and friends work together to solve this mystery and we meet a new friend, Belinda's A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!I am happy to say, Lena, Camilla, Sam and friends are back in another mystery! And! Whenever I read one of these mysteries, it's like visiting friends. I have read every book in this series and enjoyed them all. Like the other cozies before it, I am happy to report that this mystery is a good one and a keeper also.Belinda is missing. I enjoy missing persons mysteries! Lena and friends work together to solve this mystery and we meet a new friend, Belinda's brother ~ Carl, he's a sweetie.There are a few surprises in this cozy.Everything seems to point to Plastisource. There is someone with nefarious purposes skulking around Blue Lake and Lena is determined to get to the bottom of it, with the help of her friends. I love how the characters in this cozy, support one another, brainstorm and work together to solve mysteries. Good story. Highly recommend this series! Please read them in order.
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  • S A R
    January 1, 1970
    Move to Blue LakeI think I want to move to Blue Lake. Everyone falls in love, no matter how old they are. But before the latest pair up, the Scooby gang need to solve another mystery. A friend goes missing and an ugly Plastics plant is going up in Blue Lake. Lena is making the rounds and making enemies while she's at it. Maybe it's her suspicious writer's mind, maybe there really is something nefarious going on. Don't worry, Lena will have it all sorted.out in the end.
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  • Deborah Almada
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this series, it has a great cast of characters, I love the book themes throughout and of course an interesting mystery or two!!This mystery surrounds a plastic plant being built and fears of contamination and the potential of the beautiful small town lake community, you can feel the menace in the background and of course it takes the whole team to figure out what's going on.Highly recommend!
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Simply could not get into this cozy mystery. Lena is a writer's apprentice, working for mystery writer Camille. Many, many characters and subplots. If you have not read the earlier books in this series, many of these characters will remain a puzzle. The author also seems determined to bring us up to speed on each character and these events probably were in earlier novels. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal read. Each and every book in this set is better than the last. I loved this mystery-it pulled me in from page 1 and didn't let up at all. I love the family these characters have created and how they work together to solve the mysteries that always seem to find them. This series is truly a joy to read and has become an auto buy for me. Can't wait for another adventure with Lena, Camilla, Sam and the rest of the crew.
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  • Gretchen
    January 1, 1970
    I like this series and the characters in it. I found this one a little slow to start. I had trouble getting into it, then it picked up. Maybe my self quarantine contributed to my distraction as i started to read. The plot was clever, and I did not guess the main part, only a small side part. I am ready to read more about Lena and Camilla.
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  • Donna Huber
    January 1, 1970
    It was okay. I thought the story was too wordy - it felt like it had a lot of filler. There are several characters but they don't have much of a purpose except to be the Scooby gang. Read my full review at Girl Who Reads
  • Nann Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Really great mystery. filed with twists and turns. I like how all the characters are important, and the reader cares what happens to all of them. The murderer was not obvious for reasons the reader will discover. I love this series and hope there are many more.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 5th book of the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series and it is a winner! This book and series has everything I like about cozy mysteries- likable characters, an intriguing cozy mystery, friendship and some romance! Lena London is co-author to Camilla Graham who writes mysteries. In this book, there is a new company Plasti-Source being built and it is not welcome in town. There are rumors that they aren't environmentally friendly. We meet Lena's friend, Belinda's brother Carl after This is the 5th book of the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series and it is a winner! This book and series has everything I like about cozy mysteries- likable characters, an intriguing cozy mystery, friendship and some romance! Lena London is co-author to Camilla Graham who writes mysteries. In this book, there is a new company Plasti-Source being built and it is not welcome in town. There are rumors that they aren't environmentally friendly. We meet Lena's friend, Belinda's brother Carl after Belinda goes missing. Carl is concerned about his coworker, Louis, who seems to be missing. The whole group gets involved to help figure out what happened to Louis. It kept me guessing until the end! Very enjoyable! I received an advance copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
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  • Sandybear76
    January 1, 1970
    set in Blue Lake, Indiana north of Indianapolis. Lena is a writer's apprentice for a famous author. Lena has a bunch of friends and together they seems like a Scooby Doo group, instead of the usual comparison of Nancy Drew.
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