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Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery (An Accidental Lady Detective, A Private Investigator Crime, Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • "The author did an excellent job weaving the suspense and mystery throughout the story...I would recommend Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery to fans of mystery, chick lit, and drama genres." -- Readers' Favorite rates it 5 Stars!
  • "This is a great first mystery to begin a series." -- Audiobook Monthly
  • "Just when I thought I had figured out the plot, the author threw in some intriguing twists & turns that kept me turning the pages....I liked Ronnie. She is a funny, nosy, cool woman who drives a Mustang, loves her family devotedly, & has a wonderful German shepherd sidekick called Warrior. I want a dog like that! This is a fast-paced, humorous, mystery romp." -- Library of Clean Reads    
  • "Fifty-something Ronnie Lake is full of grit & determination, a persistent amateur detective with a black belt. Ronnie is ever protective of her family, particularly her brother Frank, so when Frank brings home mysterious Juliana Wentworth, Ronnie's radar goes on high alert. As Ronnie digs deeply into Juliana's past, she finds herself getting into trouble at every turn, with every shift in Juliana's identity. As Ronnie follows the clues, narrator Judith West ratchets up the tension with subtle shifts in intonation and pacing." -- AudioFile magazine
  • "Danforth did a great job developing the main character, showing how Ronnie went from a very inexperienced investigator to a seasoned one making her very likeable to the reader as she messed up over & over but kept trying & improving herself. Danforth's writing style is impeccable & fun, making this adventure easy to read....A five star book--worth reading for sure!"  -- Reader Views

From the Author

Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery is my debut novel as an author. With several decades of working in television production under my belt with talented teams of co-workers, I welcomed a new chapter of settling into the more solitary life of a writer. After two years of writing and creating mystery detective Ronnie Lake, I felt ready to publish. Because I so enjoy mystery and suspense, I knew from the start that would become Ronnie Lake's world.

One of the advantages of writing in mid-life is the wealth of experience we have to draw upon. In Stunner, Ronnie Lake is like many Babyboomers these days--a fifty-something, divorced empty-nester who was downsized out of her corporate career. She's trying to figure out her next act when her niece comes to her in a panic that her recently widowed father (Ronnie's brother) may want to marry again. It's not only that his intended is a much younger woman, but that strange events have been happening ever since they've come home. Her niece suggests they hire a private investigator, but Ronnie decides to see what she can find out first. After all, how hard can it be? Bottom line--this is a story with a universal theme of betrayal and family loyalty with a protagonist who is not afraid to jump into the new endeavor of amateur woman detective.
 
Whether it's as a Kindle eBook, paperback or audiobook, I hope you enjoy Stunner!

Product Details

  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pancora Press (August 31, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F029810
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Niki Danforth, daughter of a Cold War covert intelligence officer, has the "thriller/adventure" gene in her DNA. After a career as a successful TV/video producer and director in New York, this empty-nester is picking up her first love of suspenseful mystery books and recreating herself as an author in the genre. Danforth lives in the New Jersey countryside with her husband and two drama-queen dogs. She is hard at work writing the next Ronnie Lake book, this time a murder mystery.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William P. Moran on November 8, 2013
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Thought I had this one figured out several times only to find I was off the mark. One of those books you plan to read in short bursts only to get caught up in the suspense and screw up your time schedule. Author's description of male losers is classic. Highly recommend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By karen on November 1, 2013
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A mystery with a charactor that you actually would like to get to know. Wasn't sure if Terry,Julie etc was the good gal or not and had to keep reading till I found out. Looks like this will make a greatg series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pamela M on February 5, 2014
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This is certainly a well thought-out storyline, written with style and skill. I can understand why other reviewers have given it four or five stars. The heroine's relationship with her dog was entertaining, the martial arts aspects were interesting, and there was enough suspense to keep mystery readers happy.

However I just couldn't connect with the heroine who I found arrogant, overbearing and at times simply stupid. Many, many times I found myself muttering "just ask" when she wanted information and chose a convoluted path to minor characters in underhand sleuthing mode rather than simply asking one of the main characters first. Consequently marked down for annoyance factor.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By foxes 1 on November 24, 2013
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I made Stunner by late night treat, reading it each night before I went to sleep. I would put it down before nodding off but always turning over in my mind the new twists and turns in the chapters I had just read. I looked forward to picking up where I left off until, sadly, it came to an end. Very good first attempt at the mystery genre by the first time author. Can't wait to see what she writes next!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ikwo on April 29, 2014
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I found Niki Danforth's "Stunner" very interesting.. The introduction of Ronnie Lake as an ordinary woman turned private eye, the subtle pointers to her inquisitive-analytical mind, her beginner detective troubles and the maintenance of this role throughout the book was realistic, effective, fun and engaging. Ronnie is a loveable character people can relate to.
The story is original, flows smoothly, nice twists, good scenery/location descriptions, solid continuity, nice unusual ending. I did feel there was not enough obvious attraction from the dashing Will Benson towards Ronnie before they became an item but that's just my opinion. Overall "Stunner" is a really good read for lovers of detective fiction series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LINDA NILSSON on January 21, 2014
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Fast paced mystery with Ronnie Lake, an active 50 something heroine that with her faithful German Shepherd stops at nothing to protect her family. A must read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miral Sattar on December 23, 2013
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It's been ages since I picked up a good mystery novel. I started to read Stunner and before I knew it I had finished the whole thing. Stunner is a fun, light hearted and great to read while you're on vaca, going to bed, or just looking to relax with a good book. The only reason I give it a four and not a five is bc some of the martial arts descriptions went over my head.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Walt Wagner on November 23, 2013
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Very simply, a great read, especially for a first effort. It was captivating from the very beginning, exceptionally well written, creating strong images throughout. While written from a woman's perspective, there's enough action and suspense to appeal to men, even some martial arts detail. I also enjoyed the nuances and details which abound in geographical, entrepreneurial and even fashion contexts. Highly recommended.
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