Saturday, February 12, 2022

Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers

 Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library

Book Summary

An icy cold murder and a library patron collide in Holly Danver’s second Lakeside Library Mystery.

A glowing wood stove, a cozy log cabin, and shelves full of books are all Rain Wilmot needs to ride out the Wisconsin winter, now that she’s made her family’s Lofty Pines library her year-round home. But the warm-hearted librarian’s blood runs cold when local man, Wallace Benson, is found dead during the annual Ice Fishing Jamboree. 
After Benson’s body is found in his ice shanty, Rain recalls that she recently saw the victim in her library, borrowing a few cookbooks to prepare for the fishing tournament’s communal “chili dump.” She later finds these same books returned to the library’s drop box, with an enigmatic note from Benson to Rain.
As Rain seeks to understand the message, the prime suspect becomes Rain’s friend Nick, who was the last person to see Wallace alive and who returned to the Jamboree with a nasty cut on his hand. The knife found in his tackle box only makes Nick’s troubles worse. But Rain keeps fishing for other suspects. Was the killer Danny, who lost his arm to a logging accident involving Wallace? Or Danny’s bitter father, whose dreams of retirement were dashed by his son’s accident?
With the help of her friends Julia and Jace, Rain sets out to hook the real culprit and clear Nick’s name. But can her sleuthing skills protect her from a killer who’d like to take her out of circulation?
About the Author
Holly Quinn is both an avid reader and crafter. Holly sells her artistic creations locally and dreamed of one day opening a gift shop to sell local artist’s handiwork. Instead, she began writing about it and thus her journey of the Handcrafted Mystery series (as Holly Quinn) was born. Holly grew up devouring every mystery novel on the shelf of her local library.  She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three chickens.  You can visit her

My Thoughts

Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers has Rain trying to prove her best friend’s husband did not kill a fellow competitor at the fishing competition.

Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library is the second A Lakeside Library Mystery.  I suggest reading Murder at the Lakeside Library before embarking on Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library.  I like the premise of this series.  A cozy cabin that has been turned into a library on the shore of Pine Lake in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin.  The author brought the scenery to life with her vivid word imagery.  I could see the cabin by the lake with the snow falling and inside it is cozy with books and a new Franklin stove.  Rain is a likeable and relatable main character.  I like her friends, Julia and Marge as well.  Julia was a little off in this book.  Her husband is accused of murder which I can understand would make her a little touchy, but she goes off on people (Rain should have known better than to bring her along).  The ladies spend their time at the cozy library helping people find the right book as well as chatting with their friends.  I liked how the murder took place in an ice shanty.  I thought this was unique for a cozy mystery.  There are limited suspects, though, and the investigation plods along slowly.  For the first third of the book, there is little to no sleuthing.  Rain’s snooping is mixed in with spending time with Julia, taking care of the library, and flirting with Ryan, the stove guy.  I would like to see Rain and Julia be more responsible when investigating.  I know cozy sleuths skirt the law on occasion, but most of them try to stay on the right side of it.  You do need to suspend your disbelief at times at things that Rain and Julia do.  There are limited suspects so solving this whodunit is a cinch.  I did not appreciate a love triangle being thrown into the mix.  I am not a fan of them (as you can tell).  Rain finds herself torn between Jace and Ryan, the wood stove installer.  I was glad to see less repetition in this book.  Readers who enjoy charming cozy mysteries set in picturesque settings with friendly characters will enjoy Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library.  Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library is a cute cozy with a welcoming library, a friend from Florida, a fish shack clash, a chili cookoff, and a bothersome blizzard.

Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library is available from Amazon*.  The first novel in A Lakeside Library Mystery series is Murder at the Lakeside Library (digital version currently $1.99 on Amazon--as of 02/08).    You can find Holly Quinn's A Handcrafted Mystery series here.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope that you have a fun weekend.  Do not forget to pick up something special for your Valentine.  Valentine's Day is on Monday! I am taking the day off to spoil my Valentine--my fur baby, Doozy.  I have a special gift coming for him that I know he will enjoy. I will return on Tuesday with Murder on the Menu by Fiona Leitch.  It is the first A Nosey Parker Cozy Mystery.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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1 comment:

  1. I love the cover! And the book sounds like a great read! What an interesting name for a character...Rain