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Death in Dark Blue (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – May 2, 2017
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Top Customer Reviews
“Death in Dark Blue” is the wonderfully done second book in Julia Buckley's Writer’s Apprentice cozy mystery series. While this book certainly be read on its own, I highly recommend reading the first book in the series – “A Dark and Stormy Murder” - for some much-needed background on the characters and situations. Author Julia Buckley has done a wonderful job with writing this book which is part gothic romance (just like Camilla's books - excerpts of which appear at the beginning of each chapter in this book) and part mystery. I was caught up in the lives of these characters from the moment I read the first book - especially the story of Sam and his missing wife. Truthfully, while the mystery of who killed Taylor is well done with plenty of suspects, it does get overshadowed a bit as Lena and Sam hunt for Victoria. That didn't bother me all that much, however as the story of the search for Victoria is a compelling one (as are the hints that there are other secrets in Sam’s life – some that he doesn’t know about). The book – just like the first one - ends with quite a cliffhanger and I can't wait for the next book to find out what happens to these characters!
“Death in Dark Blue” is a great mystery.
Previously, Lena and Camilla had been the only friends that Sam had as he was wrongly suspected of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife, Victoria. Lena through diligent seeking found Victoria to be still alive.
In this episode we watch both Lena and Camilla forge strong romances and yet still seek the missing wife. The divorce can't go through until Victoria is found, yet, Lena and Sam are truly worried for Victoria's welfare.
The tale ends with another mystery appearing. Will Lena ever find quiet happiness? I don't know but the second novel of collaboration between the two authors is going great.
This book read as a romantic suspense tale to me. I had a wee bit of difficulty getting into the tale as for some reason, I didn't have an instant recollection of the previous book and that is quite unusual for me. As I continued reading I read the book as a 'stand alone' and that worked.
Here we have star crossed lovers, who's lives have been blighted by an unjust accusation of murder. In last book our hero was vindicated by proof that his estranged wife is still alive. Here the would be lovers are still kept apart by the attentions of the press, who are fueling the story.
When they finally get together the results prove somewhat disappointing. While I am fine with the authors tell not show version of romance, her characters version of sexual banter comes off a little bit icky. With a book and a half of build up the reader wants to feel like it was worth the wait. Centuries of novels prove that you don't have follow lovers to the bedroom to know if the passion was grand. Just look at the number of women longing for their own version of Mr. Darcy.
Even the secondary characters seem colorless here. Perhaps the most vividly described being in the novel is the main characters cat.
This is not a bad book. It just fails to provide the substance needed to make a reader care.
I can't wait to see what the author has in store for the next book.
I highly recommend both books in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series.
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