🚤 Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers

👩 Rain Wilmont goes back to her family’s lakeside cottage after losing her husband. She is expecting solitude and tranquillity, and instead, she finds the body of a murdered man beside the library that her mother used to run. Rain immediately starts playing detective with her friend Julia, and her brother Jace, a police officer.

❤️ I loved:⁠
🌊 The setting. What’s better than a cottage by the lake.? A cottage with an adjacent library by the lake. It must be a sort of bookish Heaven or something. I loved the community of Lofty Pines as well, and their attachment to the cottages and the lake.
👴 Rain’s grandfather. I enjoyed reading about his life and his passion for writing. I also loved the fact that his family treasured so much his manuscripts.
✍️ The style. It’s been a quick read for me, it took a 2 hours flight and a night in to finish it. It flows smoothly, and the pace is quite fast, there is no time to get bored, you just want to arrive at the end, discover who the culprit is, and if it’s true that Rain’s family is involved.

🤔 I wasn’t so sure about:⁠
👩 The characters. They were not completely developed and a bit 2 dimensional for my liking. But maybe it’s because it’s the first book of a series and we’ll get to know them better in the next episodes.
🏖️ It’s not cosy enough. Maybe it’s because it’s set in summer, but it didn’t make me want to snuggle on the sofa with a cup of tea.

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5⁠ A cosy mystery set in a stunning location with an intriguing whodunit. Thanks to #netgalley and #crookedlanebooks⁠ for the preview of the book.⁠

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