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Delilah: A Ronnie Lake Cold Case: Short Story

(A Ronnie Lake Mystery #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  40 reviews
What happens when the music dies...
Steve Lyla wants nothing more than to grant his elderly father's dying wish, to find his sister's killer. Is 50-something, student-sleuth Ronnie Lake ready to take on a cold case more than forty years in the making? As a divorced, downsized empty-nester, Ronnie must follow the trail of undiscovered clues in this short story to get inside
Kindle Edition, 78 pages
Published January 11th 2016 by Pancora Press
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Viga Boland
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got an hour you need to fill? Grab this engaging cold case mystery and enjoy watching Ronnie Lake piece together clues the original police search missed as she wonders who had the best motive to brutally murder a pretty, popular 24-year-old schoolteacher. Her arrival at the killer's identity is so clever it left me smiling. ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I give this 3.5 stars.

Entertaining short story read in the author's Ronnie Lake mystery series. As per other reviewers, this does need to be read after the debut novel "Stunner" to fully appreciate it. Fun, light hearted and definitely recommended.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Ronnie Lake Mystery series and is a short story of less than 80 pages, which is a bit disappointing considering the first and third books in the series are each over 300 pages long. As a short story it was fine and the rest of the book is taken up with preview chapters of the first book, which I presume set Ronnie off on becoming a Private Investigator (P.I.). She is a recently divorced woman in her mid-fifties, wealthy and doesn’t really need to work. She is also ...more
James W
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second installment in the ongoing ‘Ronnie Lake’ series, ‘Delilah’ is a clever, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will undoubtedly leave readers guessing until the very last page.

In the wake of a life-altering divorce, Ronnie Lake decides to take a crack at the P.I. game. But when Lake stumbles upon a decades-old cold case, her seasoned partner has little interest in dredging up the past. Undeterred, Lake and her ever-faithful dog, Warrior, leave no stone unturned as they attempt to administer
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one's a really short read. I love that it didn't beat on the bush and gave us suspense as early as the first chapter. Well, what do you expect, this is a short story after all haha.

But seriously, I love that I instantly got hooked with this story and was curious what's the case Ronnie is going to take this time. Oh, by the way, Ronnie was the heroine from the previous book that I've read, Searching for Gatsby. And back then, I'm already eyeing her character because she's the most badass
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book from Hidden Gems Books in exchange for a voluntary and honest review.

A few things first. This is the first material I have read by this author. I also do not like - and that's putting it mildly - novellas. This 'book' does not even reach the criteria of a novella. It is a short story. The story goes for only approximately 2/3 of the published/advertised number of pages. The rest is purely a preview of the 3rd segment of the series.

Although the storyline has so
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received a free copy of this book from Hidden Gems in exchange for an honest review.

A cute, short mystery, Delilah, A Ronnie Lake Cold Case (2) wraps up quickly like a half hour episode of Dragnet. Hired to solve the cold case murder of the sister of a dying man, Ronnie Lake (haha, like Veronica Lake, I get it) is on the case in a hurry. There’s not much time for a lot of character development, but the characters were decent and likable.

They only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the so-called r
Lily mooze
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of the Ronnie Lake series by Niki Danforth. The story follows Ronnie Lake, a criminal investigator who is going through training under the supervision of Will Benson, her boss, and friend. He assigns her a homicide case to solve that happened years ago that led to the murder of a client's sister, Doreen Lyla. Detectives had since closed the case due to a lack of evidence.
The book was such an easy and fast-paced read. The editing was almost flawless and the entertainment v
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written in the 1st person we journey closely with a mature, female, independently minded, Pinot Noir drinking detective Ronnie and her dog Warrior the German shepherd, into solving this case but it's only her feminine intuition that finds the vital clue. I won't say what clue exactly but reading this mystery I remember that era well, the fashions which thrilled us, innocent attitudes in a world whose values seem to have gone. Like a film set the book brings it all back into focus while we piece ...more
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy a good Ronnie Lake mystery. The strong female protagonist is awesome to follow along and the mysteries that the author weaves together are engaging and fun.

This short story was no different in that sense. However, I do find it strange that book two of the series is a short story whereas the other books in the series are full-length novels. While this short story was complete with a satisfying beginning, middle, and end with plenty of suspense, I felt as though there was a lot more potent
Samah (The Nerdy Blogger)
*Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Even tho this book is a short story, it is enjoyable enough and rich with details.
The plot has potential because it was short story and the author rushes to the conclusion. Solving of the case was a little far unrealistic for me and the scenes in leading up to the apprehension of the culprit just didn't ring true for me.

They know something is wrong, but they don’t know what and they don’t pursue it. Ronnie not only listens, but exam
Timea Tokes
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, but fun read

This short story started great and it had a lot of potential. Personally I would have preferred it to be longer, or I could imagine it as the first part of the series as a perfect introduction to who Ronnie is and what she does.

Having said that, I did enjoy the way she went against what others her, showcasing her 'hidden' talents. She definitely has more going for her than meets the eye.

All in all, the story is exciting and keeps you entertained, but the pacing keeps changin
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a Ronnie Lake short story and in my opinion it is too short. I would have given it more stars if there had been a bit more time taken to flesh out the story a little and not rush the ending. I understand it was written for an anthology and probably had a limit imposed on it. Even with the rushing it is a good story and it is nice to see how Ronnie is when she is at the beginning of her PI career. I will definitely read more of this series. I thank the author for this short story and am h ...more
Janet Graham
Jul 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short P.I. Murder Mystery
This is a short novella that is #2 in the Ronnie Lake Series. While it is always best to read a series in order, this one can be enjoyed anytime. Our main character is tasked with solving a cold-case murder which fills her with nostalgia for her teen years. This is a fun story that is so short the reader can't even decide on a suspect and it is solved. I have enjoyed this series and am off to read the next book in the series.

Donna May
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It’s a quick read that you can get through in an hour or so. Definitely more mystery than romance. Too many times, people ignore their intuition. They know something is wrong, but they don’t know what and they don’t pursue it. Ronnie not only listens, but examines it to figure out what is wrong. If you are looking for a good, short book, I highly recommend this one.
Pat Eroh
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting story about a very likable character. Love her name - Ronnie Lake. I enjoy shorter stories but this one is long enough - yet not too long. It appears to be the second book as there are references to something happening previously. Either way, it was good on its own but I'm ready the 2nd book (or the first actually) and I love it too. ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Hidden Gem for providing this book to me in exchange for my honest review.

As far as short stories go, this one is top of the line. The author was true to the short story format: there was no unnecessary filler, the story pulled me in from the start and moved at the perfect pace. I look forward to reading more from Niki Danforth.
Kristin Scearce
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I rather enjoyed this short story. It's a quick read, but there's still a lot included, and I love the ending. It's nice to see a "detective" story where the main character is learning on the job and finding out just how to deal with the desire to do something vs. the proper protocol to follow.

4.5 stars

*Received a free copy from Hidden Gems, which I voluntarily chose to review*
Patty Vigorita
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun quick mesmerizing read. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. I loved how all age groups could relate to the characters. The time and place are so well researched. Each scene can be pictured in your mind. Niki is a beautiful writer ; her passion for life shines through on every page. ...more
Debbie Benson
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of an ARC review. While short it is well written. I liked how Ronnie uses her instincts and old music to solve a cold case to bring closure to the victim's dying brother. I like Ronnie's guts in how she forced the killer to confess. ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very good, good characters and the story was very good. It was nice to read a book with an older main character (if 55 is older.) The author also included a couple of chapters from her next book which is also very good. I will have to search to see if I can find it also.
Belinda Earl  Turner
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Niki Danforth has written a well researched story of a cold case. Her characters are believable. She mentions past cultural events which resonate with babyboomers and fans of old rock and roll.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: woman-sleuth, mystery
I received my copy of this eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This was a fun read! If you've read Stunner, I think you're a little bit better prepared for the story (lots of allusions to things that happened on her "last case" that you don't get real clarification on) and maybe it explains more of the Ronnie Lake character than you get here (I didn't know any more than the blurb about her) but this was a fun read! It can stand alone, but it's better following the first book in the s
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read Stunner and really enjoyed finding out what Ronnie Lake was up to next. She's a likable character and the writing is well done. It's a really short mystery both satisfying and enjoyable. ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Delilah is a story about a cold murder case. Ronnie Lake is a PI-in-the-making (private investigator). Steve Lyla wants to grant his old father's wish to find his aunt's killer. The cold case is assigned to Ronnie. Will she be able to solve the murder that happened about thirty years ago?

Ronnie Lake's character reminds me of my favorite senior citizen spy Mrs. Pollifax. Mrs. Pollifax is a character created by the late Dorothy Gilman. They are both very resourceful and have very strong intuition.
Niyati Em
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book a while ago and then it took me quite a while to get down to writing a review for it!

I read Niki's book, Stunner, when I was in a bad place, mentally. And that book was light and Ronnie was such an amazing character, that reading about her somewhat helped me tide over that time.

And now comes Niki's second book. And I get to read more of Ronnie. Although, after having read the book, I'm miffed! I'm miffed that the book is so short and that I don't have more to read.

I think the e
Jennifer Thompson
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a quick read, yet, it does have enough detail to be a good book. The details give the main character a personality that is relatable. In still more ways, the details are what she's all about.

Ronnie Lake is a middle-aged woman studying to be a private eye. Will is the man who is teaching her the profession.

Learning this job can be an overwhelming task. Especially when starting with a decades-old cold case. Ronnie is quick to learn. Yet, she still holds the personality traits that t
Ashley D
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Even though this story was super short, it was really good. It had amazing imagery, so much so that I felt I could actually picture everything that was being talked about. I almost felt like I was right there along with all the characters as things happened. I think that this story could have been longer and it would have been just as good. Having more back story on all the characters would only add to the story. I thought it was interesting
Tom MacCasarlaigh
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-3-star-reads
I received a free copy of this book (for Kindle) in return for an honest review.
*may contain spoilers*

This book being a short story is enjoyable enough but as with all short stories (I.M.O.) in this genre, it tends to rush to a conclusion. The plot has potential, the "accidental" detective is a likable character but the storyline falls a little short for me. The manner in which the solving of the case is achieved is a little far unrealistic for me and the scenes in leading up to the apprehensio
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

As a great short story, this one doesn’t disappoints. While the main character, Ronnie, takes you through a murder case and the author manages to picture detail imagines in your mind that illustrated the story. Along with it, you get the feeling of being in the past, since is a cold case, while the crime happened and get the feeling of the present while the case is being solve. The music of the book is something that surprised me in a great way.
Although this is just a short read, you get some i
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Niki Danforth, daughter of a Cold War covert intelligence officer, has the "thriller/adventure" gene in her DNA. After a career as a successful TV/video producer and director in New York, this empty-nester is picking up her first love of mystery books and recreating herself as an author in the genre. Danforth lives in the New Jersey countryside with her husband and two drama-queen dogs. ...more

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