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Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery (An Accidental Lady Detective, A Private Investigator Crime, Book 1) by [Danforth, Niki]
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  • "Fabulous suspenseful story! The minute I started reading this book I couldn't put it down! Niki Danforth is the new James Patterson!" -- 5 Stars from an Amazon reader
  • "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!
  • "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
  • "This is a great first mystery to begin a series." -- Audiobook Monthly

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: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pancora Press (August 31, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F029810
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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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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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Fabulous suspenseful story! The minute I started reading this book I couldn't put it down! I started reading it one afternoon and stayed up as late as I could keep my eyes open and then resumed reading it the next morning until I had finished it! Niki Danforth is the new James Patterson!
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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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I really enjoyed Stunner. It is a fun, light-hearted read despite the mystery of Ronnie’s brother, Frank’s new girlfriend, Juliana. Ronnie, in her mid-fifties, downsized and living alone, with the exception of her dog, Warrior, has already faced losing one brother, Peter, since his wife practically whisked him away and didn’t want much contact with his family. Her other brother, Frank, has not long been made a widower since the death of his wife, Joanie, but now he has a new girlfriend in Juliana who doesn’t appear to have much of a past. Ronnie simply can’t allow her only close sibling to be distanced from her.

The opening scenes of Chapter One instantly grabbed my attention and made me smile as Ronnie is taking an Aikido class. I particularly love how the author has taken small Japanese phrases used in the appropriate manner and explained them to the reader. These little details make reading all the better for reining in the reader.

Being a mystery thriller I did question, after reading the first page, if the author was going to use the Aikido to make Ronnie’s character be an ass-kicking heroine, which would have been unbelievable. However, the author twists the idea on the following page, making it clear that of course being in her fifties, Ronnie is using Aikido as self-defence. The way in which it is written did amuse me; whilst taking control of her opponents power, in mid-stance with the opponent on her back:

“Hold that image! Hey, the decade of my twenties with my body feeling immune to injury was ages ago. So why would I even consider acting like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan and stack an aggressive attacker onto my fifty-five-year-old aching back? Commmme onnnn.”

Stunner is written in first person from Ronnie’s point of view.
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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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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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The book definitely kept me reading and wondering, and it was well written. The final plot twist (no spoiler here) was just too much for me. And even allowing for the contentions of the "cozy" mystery Ronnie Lake's life and actions were too implausible for me. In the end I felt like I had literary indigestion from reading too much, too fast, and without sufficient attention to the ingredients.
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