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Searching for Gatsby

(A Ronnie Lake Mystery #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  57 reviews
He’s handsome, wealthy, and oh so mysterious…but you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?

A fifty-something divorcée turned private eye, Ronnie Lake turns the pages on her current case with her beloved German shepherd at her side. Adultery, betrayal, and romance are the main characters until murder steals the scene and plunges her into the exclusive world of rare book
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published November 20th 2016 by Pancora Press
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Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a 4.5 star read.

As I have a few sniffs and wipe away the tears I must say that Searching For Gatsby has been the best Ronnie Lake novel that I've read so far.
A P.I. murder mystery that has leanings towards the cosy mystery genre but with far more bite, the book was a mesmerising read that held a little bit of everything - a murder, mysteries surrounding missing and stolen 1st Edition books, mysteries surrounding the backgrounds of various characters and, yes, a bit of chaste
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! I received a copy from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say I am really sorry it took me a while to finish it but, once I got into it I wanted to savor it and I regret not knowing there were two books before it. One good thing is that despite there being two books that precede Searching for Gatsby: A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery I did not feel lost and the characters were still engaging and I still felt like I got a good feel for them. I know I ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of feisty female sleuths and all-action thrillers
Shelves: murder-mysteries
Searching for Gatsby - a review by Rosemary Kenny

What starts as a little sleuthing for a worried wife and friend soon turns into an intriguing hunt for two editions of Scott F Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and with danger at every turn and a murderer on the loose, PI Ronnie Lake, with her trusty war-dog Warrior at her side and her PI pal Will Benson as a sounding-board, has to stay alive and find the truth before it's too late!

Who are Marilyn and Win Winston - and who is
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ronnie Lake is a divorced 50-something private investigator. At a party that her rich friends Win and Marilyn host, a thief is murdered and a new investigation starts. Ronnie figures out who the thief is and with the help of her friends she is able to uncover what he was really after. Once she figures out what he was after, she still has to piece all the clues together and figure out who killed him and why.

It was interesting to read about first edition books - I had no idea how valua
Vanessa Kay
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I was really skeptical when I decided to read this book. Why's that? Well, the reason why I love reading in the first place was because of the suspense/thriller/mystery genre. What's the connection? Well, because of that reason, I tend to get picky in this genre that I don't easily get impressed. But man!!!! This book surprised me.

I'm already intrigued just by reading the first chapter, it was also narrated from a third person so it was kind of nostalgic since it's been
Janet S
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

Niki Danforth adds a surprising and welcome new twist to Gatsby-flavored stories. At the outset, it looks as though her heroine, the 50-ish divorced empty-nester with the glamorous old-Hollywood name of Veronica (“Ronnie”) Lake, might wind up with the role of the beloved and beautiful Daisy. Lake has already made her mark in a demanding career. Romance is not out of the question. But one of the delights of the “Accidental Lady Detective” series is watching Ronnie figure out what parts of her old
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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It has been a while since I have read a first person classically written private detective novel and this was a great one to remind me of my love of this genre!

SEARCHING FOR GATSBY: A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery by Niki Danforth is the third book in this series. It can be read as a standalone, but I will definitely be going back for more character backstory and new mysteries in the first two books.

This is a new to me P.I. that I should have al
Heather McNamara
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fresh out of training as a private investigator, Ronnie Lake’s first big case falls right into her lap when a cat burglar is murdered while attempting a robbery during her friends’ dinner party. The key to solving the mystery of what the thief was looking for, and who killed him, is a rare edition of a beloved American novel. With the aid of her best friend/mentor and her faithful former military dog, Ronnie dives into the labyrinth of rare book collecting to crack the case. As she puts her rook ...more
In the story’s first two paragraphs the word ‘yawn’ doesn’t make much sense in context. I think the author meant ‘yips’ or ‘yelps’. And why would anyone pay $40 to $100 to have someone else's Jack Russell professionally groomed when it's a short haired breed that doesn’t require such extensive care? It would much cheaper for her to wash and comb the dog herself, after all. It's only later that readers learn Ronnie is well-off and is only working to have something to do with her time. Until that ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Searching for Gatsby is the third book in the series about Ronnie Lake, a fifty something divorcee who becomes a Private Investigator.
She’s asked to investigate for her friends when a burglar is shot during a dinner party, and ends up on the back lawn. However, he’s no ordinary burglar, and seems to be searching for a rare book - or part of one.

What I really enjoyed about Ronnie was that she was in her mid-fifties and was not super gifted. She was a woman making a change in her
Teri Davis
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Searching for Gatsby
A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery
Niki Danforth
Pancora Press
Amazon Digital Services
ISBN: 978-1946403001
$ 13.99
320 pages

Ronnie Lake is a fifty-six-year-old woman beginning her new business as a private investigator. While at a party sponsored by some wealthy friends, she listens to her friend, Marilyn's suspicions about whether her husband Win, is having an affair. She is a little hesitant accepting the p
T.J. Green
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Searching for Gatsby is the third book in the series about Ronnie Lake, a fifty something divorcee who becomes a Private Investigator.
She’s asked to investigate for her friends when a burglar is shot during a dinner party, and ends up on the back lawn. However, he’s no ordinary burglar, and seems to be searching for a rare book - or part of one.
As well as rare books, the story is about hidden treasure, and a mysterious photo that links a group of people to the second world war.
John McAllister
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
To say this book is interesting is denigrating it. Intriguing is a better word. Intriguing in many ways. Ronnie Lake is or was an ultra-rich lady with her own backstory of sorrow. She is now a private eye (fully qualified or still training, the book left me unsure) and is at a party when a shot man falls out of a tree. Ronnie of course takes it upon herself to discover why this dead man had come to burgle the house, carrying with him one-third of a wartime edition of The Great Gatsby. Between hu ...more
Mrs Rj
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love crime mystery books, and this was certainly worth a read. The central character, a rookie private investigator Ronnie Lake, happens to be attending a party when a murder is committed. The rest of the story is spent unravelling the lives of all those involved, throwing up suspects and suspicious activity amongst her friends along the way as all good crime story’s do.

The story revolves around the finding of a mysterious third of a copy of The Great Gatsby, having been torn apart from the r
Teri Donaldson
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Niki Danforth. While it was good to read as a stand alone, I look forward to starting with the first book in the series so I understand Ronnie Lake's story.
This was a good mystery surrounding the classic The Great Gatsby. As I have always loved that book, I was intrigued with the title and description of this book.
Being of about the same age as Ronnie, the central character, I especially enjoyed that she has reinvented herself as a private investigator. She also h
Judy Johnson
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick fun read that was a real page turner up until the end! Ronnie Lake is an amateur sleuth, in her 50s who just has a knack for finding a mystery. This story is centered around a rare edition of the classic "The Great Gatsby." This is my first book by Niki Danforth and I had no problem picking up right here, without having read any of the previous Ronnie Lake Murder Mysteries. The characters are well developed as is the story which makes everything flow so well. NO SPOILERS here, j ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like thousands of people, I grew up enthralled by F. Scott Fitzgerald's'The Great Gatsby' book and later lived on the north shore of Long Island visiting a beautiful area where the mansions and horse farms were built overlooking the Long Island Sound water towards NYC. The title, the cover and the association was enough to draw me in but Niki Danforth's book grips on another level. It's about Ronnie, a red Mustang driving mature woman detective with a German shepherd looking into the theft of th ...more
Randi Robinson
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the Reading Deals Review Club in exchange for my honest review. At first I wasn't sure how well I would like it. How exciting can a book about searching for an old book be? It sounds like Nancy Drew,but I had heard good things about it so I decided to give it a try and I am glad I did. I instantly liked Veronica "Ronnie" Lake, the 50-something divorcee and newbie Private Investigator, a rather unlikely heroine. The story begins with a robbery at a dinner party ...more
Chesterfield Books
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars and rising. Overall: easy read, interesting style, unusual voice. The book is written in a style reminiscent of the classic older noir crime books: think Nick and Nora or the Maltese Falcon. I find this a fresh interesting approach. (I am a fan of this vintage style and love seeing inventive recreations. I'd read more of the series for the enjoyment of this aspect.) On the downside, the style of writing and large cast resulted in a slower paced plot that sagged a bit with too man ...more
sophie clark
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Searching for Gatsby follows Ronnie, a 50-something newbie detective, as she works to uncover the truth behind the mysterious death of a burglar with connections to her old friends. Searching for Gatsby is an entry in a series and Danforth sets up a fun story world that many readers will want to return to for future entries. I really appreciated how this book gets right into the action and that Ronnie is a relatable protagonist. Danforth does a good job peppering the plot with unexpected develop ...more
Roo MacLeod
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here's a good old fashioned cozy mystery with romance thrown in. And there is a hook included at the end, making us want to read the next Ronnie Lake mystery. This wasn't fast paced, but well paced. The characters well developed. I liked the fact that Ronnie is no spring chicken, but full of life and smarts. The clues are well placed, the antagonist vaguely hidden, but guessable. So a man is murdered, a cat burglar shot in the act of robbing a house of a necklace, but in his death he drops a num ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
First, the good: Ronnie is an unconventional, intensely likable, and realistic heroine. It was refreshing to see a strong, intelligent, and driven female lead who wasn't in her teens or twenties. Additionally, the murder mystery was complex enough to hold my interest. Plus, the literary references (including a character who is essentially a real-life Jay Gatsby) were great.

However, the romance really frustrated me. It's very sudden and the chemistry between the couple is lacking. ...more
Laura Ruetz
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very enjoyable and intelligently written mystery. Ronnie Lake is a great character, she is older, having left her prior job to be a private investigator. She has strength and depth and is very relatable. The author has crafted a great set of characters that all compliment each other, such as Ronnie's mentor and her friends. The mystery at the heart of this book is about books, which, for any book lover, is an instant plus. I found this to be a solid read and I was wholly engaged in the ...more
Jay Williams
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and exciting story that wraps many elements together to make a satisfying murder mystery. A tinge of romance, a suspicious wife and rare books keep the story engrossing as Ronnie Lake tries to balance cases for a husband and his wife when a mysterious burglar is murdered after searching a library while a big party is in process. All of the characters are realistic, and the plot involves much imagination. Violence is limited, and the action is fun and entertaining. A bonus is two m ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received this book from Amazon free book month. Really enjoyed this read. I remember growing up wanting to be a private investigator and then taking martial arts classes but not completing. Ronnie Lake brought back memories from the past but overall the concept of the story was great. I love the dog Warrior, what a good companion. I also had a Shepard when I was a teenager. Without spoiling anything, I was so looking for the long term love connection . I hope he returns to her someday.
I w
Linda Romer
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Searching for Gatsby A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery by Niki Danforth

I loved it! Searching for Gatsby has so much charm, a very entertaining Murder Mystery. I fell in love with Ronnie Lake an aspiring Private Detective. The plot, the clues and the whodunit are brilliant. I even cried at the end. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters they were well thought out, relatable and memorable. Jamie Gordon/mystery man, loved! I hope to learn more about him in any future books.

Ruth E. Horner
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book by Niki -I am an animal lover, especially dogs, Warrior is a nice addition to this book. Great research done for this one - Niki should continue to write as she is an excellent 'story teller' with a touch of romance but a great attention giver with the mysteries involved with old books and coins. Looking forward to more of her books. She e-mailed me to read and review this book and I am very glad that I accepted her gift of this free book in exchange for this honest ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book. I was a little nervous thinking about "The Great Gatsby" and would this book want me to remember my English classes in school. I was pleasantly surprised to see that although the focus was on the book "the Great Gatsby," there were no flashbacks to high school. This was about antique books and booksellers and was definitely a murder mystery. It kept me in suspense and I really enjoyed how the characters interacted with each other. I would like to read more books b ...more
Amy Shannon
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Thrilling!

First, I love that the main character, Ronnie Lake, is an older PI. It brings a different perspective to investigations, that sometimes are over run by middle aged men or younger women. The characters all had a great depth to them, and were intriguing. I didn't read the first two books in the series, but Danforth just found a fan in me, and I will definitely go back to read the first two books when I have the time. This is one of those perfectly-fast-paced storie
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun mystery!

This book captivated me from the start. It ended up being a really fun mystery and I loved the dynamic between all the characters. The author really knew how to put me in the heart of the scene and I immediately felt connected to Ronnie, the lead character. Also, it wasn't until I was done with the book that I even realized there were others before it, so this works fantastically as a standalone. Fun, entertaining mystery that I would highly recommend.
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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.

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