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Lost Lake

(Detective Gemma Monroe #3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  132 reviews
An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

On a bright Saturday in early spring, Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. With its sapphire waters and abundance of wildflowers, the lake is a popular cam
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Minotaur Books
I've been following Emily Littlejohn's Det. Gemma Monroe series ever since I was mailed an arc of her debut novel, Inherit the Bones in 2016. I really enjoyed book 1, felt that A Season to Lie (book 2) was ok but left a good bit to be desired, and that that this one (book 3) was a significant improvement from installment #2. All that to say, even though the individual cases that are investigated have been a hit or miss for me, I've consistently enjoyed the personal development with the reoccurri ...more
Diane S ☔
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Four friends go camping at lost lake. When one friend goes missing durin the night, Gemma is called to investigate the disappearance. Little does she know that this will be the beginning of something much larger.

Wasn't sure what rating to give this, and I may have gone a little high. I do, however, really love the character of Gemma. She is easy to relate to, a new mother trying to juggle career, motherhood and s relationship with her fiance. Her grandparents who raised her after her parent
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

What a wonderful feeling it is when I have just finished reading a book with a new author and I only want the story to continue into another mystery starring the magnetic characters who captured my interest in this tasty, suspense filled thriller.

The story revolves around a small-town detective (Gemma Monroe) who is engaged to be married and has a new 6 month old baby. Gemma wears many hats yet she gives 100 percent to every duty she takes upon herself.
This book has a missing beautifu
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Within the space of two days, a young woman camping with friends goes missing, an antique diary disappears from a museum where the woman works and the head of the museum is murdered. Are the events connected or random? Is there really a curse involved with ownership of the diary?

This is the third in the Detective Gemma Monroe series. I have not read the prior two books but didn't feel at a loss for not having read them. There are plenty of suspects here and each seems to have some dark secrets.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, upon requesting this title I didn't realize that this was a.continued series. I was a tad nervous since I don't like reading series out of order.

Lost Lake is the third book in the Gemma Monroe series. I really enjoyed Gemma's character and felt that she was a very strong and confident female detective. This is a typical police procedural novel with a chilling mystery on Gemma's hands.

Gemma responds to a call about a missing woman named Sari Chesney at a Lost Lake in Colorado. I fell in love
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: If they'd been alone at the lake, and if Sari's death was ruled a homicide, then one of them was a killer.

Ally. Mac. Jake.

Best friend. Boyfriend. Third wheel.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: On a bright Saturday in early spring, Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. With its sapphire waters and abundance of wildflowers, the lake is a popular camping destination in the summer. But for now, ice still grips the lake and sno
It's a bright May day when Cedar Valley Detective Gemma Monroe is called to Lost Lake. Sari Chesney, who was camping with her boyfriend, his brother, and her best friend, has gone missing. Sari hated the water, and the group is convinced she would never go missing on her own so near the lake. Sari was scheduled to work at a big gala at Cedar Valley's museum later that evening--a huge event she had been working on for months. Her friends insist she would never miss it. It's still chilly in Colora ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A young woman goes missing at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. Detective Gemma Monroe is called in and at the lake, she meets the camping party who is missing its fourth member, Sari Chesney. Sari seems to have disappeared without a trace. But, would a woman who is a dedicated assistant curator at the local museum just take up and leave, or is it foul play?

Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A young woman goes missing while camping, an antique diary is stolen from the local museum and a murder starts off the third in the Gemma Monroe series. I haven't read the first two in the series but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of this one. Overall an easy read and a decent mystery.

Thank you St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for an ARC.
Nov 02, 2018 added it
A stolen historical diary, a missing girl and a murder victim -- Detective Gemma Monroe of the Cedar Valley Police department has her hands full. Along with her current partner, Detective Finn Nowlin, and Detectives Moriarty and Armstrong and their intern, they begin a painstaking and complex investigation into these 3 cases. It soon becomes obvious that they have no shortage of suspects, plenty of motives, and lots of opportunity. Can they sift through the red herrings to find the clues that wi ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I so enjoy reading this series! Though the killer’s motives may strain credulity, the plot is well paced and the characters are intriguing. Lost Lake is an intricately plotted police procedural, with a number of possible (and even probable) suspects. Watching Gemma untangle all of the knotty relationships in her town to find the murderer is fascinating. Lots of plot twists! Better book than the second one, in my opinion.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gemma Monroe is a detective with the Cedar Valley, CO Police Department. Gemma is called in to investigate the disappearance of a camper. Sari Chesney was camping at Lost Lake with 3 friends. She disappeared overnight without a trace. Her friends say they have no idea what happened to her. Sari is assistant curator at the local historical museum. With a big gala event at the museum celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Cedar Valley coming up in just days, it's doubtful Sari disapp ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cedar Valley Colorado - - Beautiful country with plenty of mountain trails and Sparkling Lost Lake. Museum in town boasts having the Rayburn Diary which is an accounting of the early settler days by one of its early pioneers. Question is if it holds a curse for those that have it. Camping and enjoying the natural terrain is shattered when the assistant curator of the museum Sari Chesney and her boss Betty Starbuck meet with tragedy. Detective Gemma Monroe is the mother of Grace and is building a ...more
Chris Conley
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As I have hoped, each new book is a great read. Gemma is becoming stronger and more complex.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a report of a missing woman Sari Chesney at Lost Lake in Colorado. The woman apparently left in the middle of the night and her three friends don’t know where she has gone.

Gemma is a new mother to her daughter Grace. Her partner Brody is very helpful and accommodating.

After checking at her apartment, Gemma and Sari’s boyfriend Mac go to the police station to fill out a missing person’s report. Apparently Sari worked for a local museum who is putting on
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had no idea that this was the third in a series when I received a copy of this book. However, Lost Lake worked as a stand alone and had me intrigued enough to add the other two books to my TBR. In Lost Lake, Colorado police officer Gemma is called to an isolated lake on a chilly spring day. Four friends went camping but one of the girls has gone missing. By the end of the book you will suspect everyone and there will be a surprising murder. I was completely caught up in the mystery and was lef ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
May in Colorado at Lost Lake brings melting ice in the spring-like days but still cold nights. Four friends went camping in what is still off-season and one, Sari, is now missing. Detective Gemma Monroe is assigned the case. She learns that Sari worked for the museum which is having a big gala tonight and Sari would never have missed it. A few hours later, the museum notifies Gemma that a priceless artifact is missing and Sari had the combination to the safe. After the gala, the museum director ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars for the 3rd book in this series. It was ok- kept my interest -but that is about it x
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for a digital ARC of this book.

This was a solid read for me. I read it without having read the first two in the series (something that I never, ever do!), but the good news is that this read well as a stand-alone. I'm a little unsure of how to categorize the genre. It seems to be somewhere between a police procedural and a cozy mystery (which I didn't expect). I think I was expecting something a bit more nuanced, though now that I know what the tone is,
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked Gemma and the plot was intricate yet clear. I don't care for her partner's rudeness and hard to believe she wouldn't request a change since partner's operate as one on a case. I don't think she and fiance should marry since there seems to be little passion. I would have enjoyed a little more of her personal life but getting to know the relationship with her child and Clementine was a good start. Tying everything up at the end made sense yet was unexpected for its motive ...more
Stacie  Haden
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This one didn't grab me as much as the first two in the series. It was missing the bits of humor (there were a couple near the end) and it was a little too "procedural" this time. Still, I like Gemma and the wonderful Colorado setting, so I look forward to the next one. ...more
We should count the number of times I've said start at the beginning of a series. You don't have to with Emily Littlejohn's Gemma Monroe series, but that doesn't mean I really like starting with the third book. Lost Lake, set in a small town in Colorado, is an atmospheric mystery. Those who appreciate mysteries that emphasize the natural setting will enjoy this one.

Gemma Monroe is a police detective who responds to a call about a missing person. Four people had been camping at Lost Lake, and whe
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this, the third Det. Gemma Monroe police procedural, Gemma is dispatched to the eerily disturbing and foreboding Lost Lake. When she arrives, she is told that a young woman named Sari, has gone missing after camping overnight with her three friends. Sari works in a museum, where coincidently or not, her boss is killed, and an artifact stolen.
The story is involving and well-written. We get a glimpse of life in a small town, interpersonal relationships, and how a murder is solved. My advice is
Patricia Romero
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lost Lake. A beautiful hidden gem close to the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. The history of the lake and the history of the town are closely linked. A beautiful place, popular with campers and hikers in the summer. In the winter it's a very different and unsettling place.

It's early spring now and Detective Gemma Monroe has responded to a missing person report at the lake.

Two couples have camped overnight and in the morning one of the girls is missing. Sari Chesney is also the assistant c
Colleen Maclennan
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty decent read about a female detective who manages to solve a mystery involving hikers at Lost Lake, a missing diary , three connected deaths and a mole in her department. Lots going on but gets connected at the end. Characters are typical in a murder mystery in that they all have secrets and are deceitful. Gemma , the detective seems to be super human as she solves this fast paced complex mystery with a six month baby and a grandmother dealing with Alzheimer’s.
Illustrious Illusions
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compelling with it's twisted secrets, lies, lies and twists. A good read that keeps you turning the pages. ...more
Diane Hernandez
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Another engrossing Gemma Monroe mystery begins at Lost Lake in Colorado.

Sari is reported missing during a camping trip with her boyfriend Mac, her best friend Ally, and Mac’s cousin, Jake. Detective Gemma Monroe is called to investigate. After questioning the three she concludes, “one of them is lying. Which one, and about what, I don’t know...but I was sure of it.”

Sari is an assistant curator at a local museum, where a recent theft has occurred. When another museum staff member is murdered, Gem
Minotaur Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Lost Lake. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Detective Gemma Monroe is back, trying to solve cases while juggling a home life with a baby and a fiance. Responding to a missing person at Lost Lake, Gemma has the feeling that this is no ordinary disappearance. When the investigation uncovers that the young woman has ties to a local museum, which has something missing themselves, will the
Donna Hines
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Silence is Golden!
Sari Chesney is missing at Lost Lake Cedar Valley Colorado which is a popular camping spot tucked away in the mountains.
Detective Gemma Monroe is on the complicated case as it's winter and the lake is now frozen.
The curator at a local museum was the 4th of the group of three friends who went out for a good time with Sari to never return, not even for her most important event that evening.
The still waters are beginning to churn as the friends silence speaks volumes.
There aren'
David Veith
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
So I got this book out of the give a book/leave a book thing near my house (love those, and so do my kids!). Reminds me of the Womens Murder Club books I have read (from my mother in law) by James Patterson.
This was an ok version of those. Decent story and plot, but sort of lacking pazaz. Wrtting was done well, story was easy to follow. Sort of hints and the paranormal but there is nothing there, just empty ideas. This is part of a series and I have not read any of the other books, and unless s
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