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A Dark and Twisting Path

(A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #3)

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Writer's apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana...

Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier,
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Mass Market Paperback, 273 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Berkley Books
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Julie
A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley is a 2018 Berkley publication.

This is the third book in ‘The Writer’s Apprentice’ series and it pretty much picks right up where book two left off. The case with Sam’s ex-wife, and her missing daughter, continues, but meanwhile, Lena’s friend Allison discovers her mail carrier’s dead body in her backyard, and it looks as though he’s been stabbed with a letter opener- one that looks exactly like the one Lena gave Sam as a gift- putting Sam right back in
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I’ve stalked this cozy series. I confess. I’m a stalker reader reviewer. After dangling from an imaginary rope off the previous two stories’ cliffhanger endings, I was ready for a rescue, resolution, and major satisfaction of seeing Lazos brought down by the end of book three. Let’s just say I had a smile on my face at The End. 😊

I continue to be mesmerized by the main characters; famous writer—Camilla Graham; her talented apprentice—Lena London; and Sam West—an innocent, yet publicly misundersto
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Juli
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Dark and Twisting Path is the 3rd book in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery series. I have to admit that I haven't read the other two books in this series yet. I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read the first two books before this one. I was able to follow the story and enjoy it, but I would have understood past events that are very important to the plot and the characters a lot better. So, while it isn't completely necessary to read this series in order, it might be a good id ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not your typical cozy, more than your typical mystery, A DARK AND TWISTING PATH is a wonderfully written, heart pounding whodunit!

Author Julia Buckley once again brings thrills, some chills, and of course, twists and turns to this third installment of her Writer’s Apprentice series. I became lost in the pages of this modern-day tale with a gothic feel and found myself holding my breath more than once.

Readers of the first two books will see the continuation of a running ARC. Will you see a concl
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Mark Baker
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Lena London and Camilla Graham have just returned from their first joint book tour when Lena gets a call from her friend Allison. Allison has found a dead body on the edge of her property. Lena goes over to be with Allison only to recognize the letter opener sticking out of the victim as one she gave her boyfriend Sam. Who is trying to frame him for murder now?

After the second book in the series, I was anxious to see what would happen to these characters next and how the cliffhanger would be res
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Betty
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-books
The 3rd book in this series truly deserves the name. I highly recommend you read this series in order. All three books tell the Sam West story.
Sam West was arrested because his ex-wife was missing. Lena London meets him the 1st book and becomes his friend. She moved to Blue Lake to learn from her idol, Camelia and is now collaborating with Camelia to write a book.
This volume starts with the kidnapping of Victoria baby, Athena by her father. An attempt to frame Sam again is made when the body of
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Fred
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Dark And Twisting Path is the third book in the Writers Apprentice Mystery series.

I love this series that is set in Blue Lake, IN. I always try to start a new series, to me, with the first book and I feel that this is one that should be read in order. Readers will be able to see the character and story development as it takes place.

Lena London gets a frantic call from her friend Allison asking her to come over right away. When Lena arrives at her home, Allison takes her to the back of her prop
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Amy
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third installment in the Writer's Apprentice series set in Blue Lake Indiana. Lena London, the apprentice, is collaborating with Camilla Graham on a new book set in Greece. It is an eerie companion to the current mystery which involves the kidnapping of Sam West's ex-wife's daughter by her wealthy Greek father. While there is an international search for the child, everything seems to focus on Blue Lake when a seemingly innocent bystander is murdered. Sam West again becomes the focal ...more
Karen
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Julia Buckley's A Dark and Twisting Path. A read with all the feels, great suspense, mystery and ending. A favorite series for sure! Loved everything about it cover, title, characters and more.The idea of the writers apprentice series, really appealed to me from book one. From the first page of the first book to the last page of A Dark and Twisting Path, Julia captures the main character Lena perfectly, she is relatable, loveable, curious and calm. She is smart, creative and loyal. Throu ...more
Natalia  R
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would give this a 100 stars if I could!this is one of my favourite cozy mystery series of all time.
Taryn
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This book was my first foray into this series and I must say that it hooked me from the beginning and I couldn't wait to get to the end. When Lena's friend finds a dead body in her backyard she immediately calls Lena for help, you see the dead man was her mailman and her husband had been seen fighting with him the previous day. Allison is worried that her husband will be the only suspect in the mans death and she doesn't know what she should do. Lena rushes over to help and comes to find a lette ...more
Beth McCraw
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Best one yet!
Melanie
The third installment of "The Writer's Apprentice" finds Lena London and Camilla Graham collaborating on a new mystery that will be set in Greece. (Reading about two writers batting ideas around for plot points and clues is so delightful that, again, I wish THEIR mysteries would be published! The snippets that begin each chapter are so, so tantalizing...)

The very real mysteries of love, murder, and revenge swirl around their lives, as the central mystery of the first two books continues to rava
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Liz Jones
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ive waited a long time to read this and it did not disappoint. I can’t wait for the next book!
Patty
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book/series. I did not enjoy the narrator, I prefer the narrator from the 1st two books.
Betsy
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Love this series, but this not as much as the first two. Still love characters. 3.5 stars
Kristina
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A Dark and Twisting Path by Julia Buckley takes us to Blue Lake, Indiana. Lena London along with her employer, Camilla Graham have returned from England to Graham House. Lena is thinking about her father’s upcoming visit when she gets a call from her friend, Allison Branch asking her to rush over. Allison has found mail carrier, Eddie Stack dead at the back of her property with Sam’s letter opener in his chest. It looks like the killer is trying to set up Sam to take the fall for Eddie’s murder. ...more
Laura
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West.

Sam was cleared of his wife's murder when she was found alive, and now someone is trying to make him look guilty again. Surveillance v
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Bree
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this series from the start and I think that each new book in the series is better than the last. I found Lena to be truly delightful in this mystery and I was a bigger fan of her after I finished this book. Having friends and those to surround herself with help and sounding boards, Lena really worked hard at the solving of this mystery!
Sue Em
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic series. A blend of cozy and great gothic writing -- think Mary Stewart and Barbara Michaels. Blue Lake is still a hotbed of intrigue. Following the last book, there still is a young child missing and a villain manipulating in the background. Great book but I would recommend reading the series on order.
Lisa Morin
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting addition to the series

Lena London and Sam West are back in business in A Dark and Twisting Path.
This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and all the different twists kept the story exciting.
Annette
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fantastic well written suspenseful series, I just can not get enough of it. The characters, setting, plot, writing style, everything is all top notch. I can not wait for the fourth book to come out.
Trish
This one seems to finish the arc which spanned the first three books (Sa, Victoria, Athena and Lazos), and does so in a satisfying way.
K.M.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This third book in this gothic cozy mystery series is a real page turner!
The story picks up from where the last book left off so I strongly suggest you read them in order.
Intrigue, secrets, suspense and the big question, "Is anybody who they say they are?"
The small town and characters I have grown to love (along with some exciting new ones) are a winning combination.
I look forward to reading the next book!
Amber
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I'm so over the Sam West thing.... three books on him? He's not even that fascinating to begin with. 🙄
Gennielc
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Didn't keep my attention as much as the first one.
Good writing and i like most of the characters (i still think Sam's an ass)
Dantegideon
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Finding the Nikon thing tiresome rather than suspenseful.
OpenBookSociety.com
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A Dark and Twisting Path
A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #3
By Julia Buckley
ISBN13: 9780425282625
Author website: juliabuckley.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt

Synopsis:

Writer’s apprentice Lena London is happily working on a new collaboration with her idol and bestselling suspense novelist and friend Camilla Graham, but her joy is short-lived when a dark cloud descends upon the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana…

Lena’s best friend, Allison, is in a panic.
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Nicole
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to Penguin's First to Read for an advance digital ARC of this book.

This is the third book in Buckley's Writer's Apprentice series. When I won this book, I felt compelled to first go back and read the previous two entries in the series. So this is the third entry in the Writer's Apprentice series and the third that I've read in the past week. This series has many of the things I love in a cozy series, including a great setting and an attractive central theme. The central theme in this seri
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Caitlin Keely
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was one of my favorite mysteries of the year. Although I haven’t read the other books in this series, I didn’t feel disadvantaged. The author sums up the backstory just enough so I could figure out what was going on. This book could definitely work as a stand-alone too.

The main character, Lena London is living her childhood dream. She is co-authoring a book with her favorite author, Camilla Graham. She has a dreamy boyfriend, a circle of wonderful friends, and her dad and stepmom are about
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Julia Buckley is a Chicago-area writer. She has written three mystery series with Berkley Prime Crime, including the best-selling Writer's Apprentice Series, which Mystery Scene calls "engaging, enjoyable, and surprising," while Kirkus dubs it "pleasantly old-fashioned." The Library Journal called Buckley "a writer to watch."

Buckley is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and
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