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 Danvers grew up devouring every mystery novel on the shelf of her local library. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and 3 chickens, where she's already plotting her next novel.
Praise for Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library: “The love of libraries, books, and reading permeates the story with its atmospheric Northwoods setting and a cast of richly drawn characters.” —Booklist
“Danvers’ writing is good; she brings the reader right into the story through her description and use of tension.” —New York Journal of Books
“Deftly crafted and thoroughly entertaining novels from one plot twist to another until the final reveal.” —Midwest Book Review
“A fast-paced, enjoyable read.” —Seattle Book Review
Praise for Murder at the Lakeside Library: "Delightful touches and twists with a nimble plot that will keep you turning the pages until the very end." —Denise Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of the Scumble River mysteries
“The perfect virtual vacation . . . A great read that features rekindled friendships, family secrets, a twisty mystery, and a hint of romance. —Victoria Gilbert, critically acclaimed author of the Blue Ridge Library mysteries
“A dead body, hidden family history, and a book written decades ago all lead to a plot twist bound to stun readers. Don't miss this one.” —Terrie Farley Moran, Agatha Award-winning author of the Read 'Em and Eat mysteries
“Cozy mystery fans will be charmed by the Lakeside Library series!" —Laurie Cass, bestselling author of the Bookmobile Cat mysteries
“You’re in for a fun read . . . Set against a vivid north woods landscape, Murder at the Lakeside Library is an enjoyable romp filled with old books, old friends, and just enough murder to keep you on your toes.” —B. B. Cantwell, author of the Portland Bookmobile mysteries
“This was a fast-paced, well-written, and an easy read. The mystery was nicely done with the right amount of intrigue and suspense to keep me in the game. A few red herrings were tossed into the mix to keep me entrenched in all that was happening. The backdrop of the lakeside setting, the character development, the engaging dialogue as well as snippets of humor enhanced my reading pleasure. I look forward to more adventures in this delightfully charming new series.” —Dru’s Book Musings
“The perfect start to a new cozy series . . . well paced and plotted.” —Fresh Fiction
"If you like small town murder mysteries with quirky characters and fun settings, this one is for you." —Red Carpet Crash
“Readers will instantly fall in love with this book!” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews