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Murder at the Lakeside Library

(A Lakeside Library Mystery #1)

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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  75 reviews
In this series debut perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Miranda James, Rain Wilmont must discover the killer, before the book closes on her life.

Rain Wilmont has just returned to her family's waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain's corporate job and comes with an informal library th
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Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Crooked Lane Books
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Jen
Nov 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy
A summer cozy cottage mystery series is a cool concept and it was very atmospheric, taking me back to many summers spent lakeside up North. It was a fun easy read. The mystery was original and there were a few tense scenes where I wanted to yell at Rain to be more careful!

Rain goes back to her family's lakeside cottage after losing her husband and instead of solitude, gets an onslaught of old summer friends, an on property library to open and .. the body of a murdered man on her property! As wi
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A great debut cozy that flows steadily along and is absorbing. The lakeside setting of Pine Lake, WI sounds lovely and relaxing. Widow, Rain Wilmot returns to the family’s summer cabin hoping for some peace and quiet to heal her battered emotions. Opening up the part of the house that was turned into a library for the locals to use isn’t on her bucket list; however, with her friend Julia’s help, Rain agrees to try.

Things rapidly shift into high gear when a lifeless body is discovered a few feet
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Micky Cox
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Life hands you lemons so you pack up and head to the lake! A great new series that finds our main character having to start her life over from scratch as she is widowed and lost so she retreats to her family's lakeside retreat to try to figure out what comes next. Unfortunately, her mom left a few details out like that the family had started a makeshift library for the locals and tourists to use and she would need to run that, that there is something odd about her family history and then of cour ...more
Mystereity Reviews
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Although the characters were likeable, the plot was intriguing with some good plot twists and I drooled over the beautiful lakeside location, it was a struggle to get through this one. I was put off right from the start when main character Rain was ambushed within seconds of getting to the cottage by her neighbor steamrolling her to open the library. As it went on, there was just too much filler; at times the story would lose momentum as it took a backseat to Rain's constant hashing and rehashin ...more
Judy
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good debut cozy mystery. Rain has gone to her family's lakeside cottage to attempt to heal after the death of her husband. The quiet she craves doesn't happen as she is immersed back into the community of year round lakeside residents, finding both old friends and new. The community is anxious for her to open the library that her mother has opened each season for the small town. Then there's a murder on her parents' property.

The characters were well developed. I liked the rekindling of the fr
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Paula
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did like that the murder happened quickly in Murder at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers. The plot was good, but I struggled to really get into the story. When there is too much unnecessary details and dialogue that feels like it’s just thrown in there to fill up space, I get pulled out of the story and find myself skimming information. For me, the book had too much detail in describing things.

Murder at the Lakeside Library is an okay start to a new cozy series. I do like the cover; it’s
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Lisa Morin
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting addition to the cozy mystery genre. Rain returns to her family home, hoping to heal after the loss of her husband.
Upon her arrival, she finds the residents eager for her to open the small library her family owns, but unfortunately, she also finds a dead body, which leads to a whirlwind investigation.
I like the idea of this series, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Gem ~Zero Shelf Control~
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher, in return for an honest review. This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings.

Overall rating : 3*
Writing skill : 4*
Setting:4*
Plot: 4*
Characters: 3*
Cute cozyness: 3*

This is a very strong 3.5* read, but I don’t round up because I’m mean. This was a super cute and cozy who done it murder mystery that made me long for a summer holiday, minus the murder. The characters were good, but not great, Ive forgotten nearly all the charact
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Shruti Z
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ready to curl up with a cozy murder mystery off season?

This one is perfect!

Murder at the Lakeside Library coming up in July 2021
(keep your eye out for it cozy lovers! Need for our winter reading of course!)

Rain has a tough times. Recently widowed and carrying a burden, enclosed around her bubble of misery. Northwood was supposed to be her escapse from all her problems, the mountain air, the childhood memories coming back to her, the enchanting lakeside library her family have owned.
Until a bod
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Lorraine
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley, mystery, cozy
Rain is a young widow traveling to her family's lake front home to get over her husband's death. Her parents are both away. Rain arrives and meets her neighbour Julia who was her best friend in her youth. Julia tells her that she and another neighbour are anxious to open the family's lending library and is holding a meeting that evening to discuss it. Rain is a little tired and anxious, wanting to have a quiet time with lots of rest and reading, but agrees to go ahead with it. One of the older l ...more
Vintagebooklvr
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
4 1/4 stars. A very satisfying premiere entry to a new series. I would love to meet Rain and the other Lakers. It is just as I would imagine a lakeside summer community would be like (or I would like it to be like). Sometimes the first book in a cozy series is overwhelmed with the creation of the community and introduction of so many new people and the mystery is neglected or there isn’t enough buildup and the community and characters feel flat. That is not the case in this book.

The mystery was
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Karren Hodgkins
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure why, but I didn't connect strongly to the lead or the circle of friends featured in the novel. Perhaps, considering the circumstances of Rain's return to the family holiday home at the Lakeside and length of time that had passed, it all felt just a little too unrealistic for me. Even the actions taken by the friends to get to the bottom of things jarred at times.

However, I'm sure there will be many who enjoy this cozy, murder mystery series going forward.

With thanks to #NetG
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Lisa Morin
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting addition to the cozy mystery genre. Rain returns to her family home, hoping to heal after the loss of her husband.
Upon her arrival, she finds the residents eager for her to open the small library her family owns, but unfortunately, she also finds a dead body, which leads to a whirlwind investigation.
I like the idea of this series, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Ilona
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, and I hope more will follow.

Rain heads to her family cabin on the lake for a new start. Before even getting her stuff out the car a body is found outside the outhouse. Rain, together with her childhood side kick, will lend the local police a helping hand to find out who the murdered man was, and at the same time unravels some family secrets.

Perfect cozy read!

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for a chance to have an early read for my honest opinion..
FMSWarrior
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rain Wilmont has left her life in Milwaukee behind her and heads to her family cabin on the lake. She’s trying to recover not only from the loss of her husband in an accident, but from his betrayal. Hoping to remove herself from life and just hunker down and try to come to terms with things, she finds that life has a different plan for her when she reestablishes old friendships from her childhood.

The first evening at the cabin a body is found outside her home and Rain soon finds that there are l
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Laura
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and found myself completing it in one sitting. The story is fast paced with a protagonist that you will root for the entire way. The characters are just like the next door neighbors that you enjoy visiting and the plot is well worth the time invested to read and find out the ending. I had no idea what to expect as this was the first by this author but I must say I was thrilled to find myself enthralled totally in the book. This is one I highly recommend.
Tammy
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
A lakefront family home "up north" in Wisconsin, a small-town vibe, and a community library operated out of the original log cottage part of the house: what better place could there be to relax, reflect and reconnect with oneself after losing your husband? Rain is in her early 30's and reeling from her husband's untimely and tragic death soon after she discovered that he had been unfaithful. She is an only child and goes to spend the summer at the lake house she loved growing up, but had not spe ...more
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Murder at the Lakeside Library (A Lakeside Library Mystery #1)

By Holly Danvers


Lucy and Conner are celebrating their engagement on the beach on the Outer Banks with friends and family. All is going well. But Lucy has two unexpected guests. Her ex-fiance Ricky and his mother, Evangeline.

 Lucy soon finds out that Evangeline wants her son, Ricky to get back with Lucy.

There is another unexpected visitor but this person shows up dead behind Jakes restaurant. 

Lucy being Lucy is soon investigating.

I lov
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Ilaria
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
👩 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
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Dave
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#MurderattheLakesideLibrary #NetGalley

Cozy mysteries aren’t my favourite genre, but I make exceptions if they revolve around cats or libraries. This one fit that latter category, so I decided to give it a try.

This is the first book in a new series and the author really paints a lovely picture of lake-side cottage life. The premise is that after losing her husband, Rain moves back to her family cabin (out of which they run a library). She meets up with her childhood friend, Julia and the two of t
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Brenda
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Murder at the Lakeside Library is the debut of the A Lakeside Library Mystery series set on the shores of Pine Lake in the small town of Lofty Pines, Wisconsin. Rain Wilmot is recently widowed and looking to gather her life back together escapes to her family's lakefront cabin. On arrival at the cabin she reconnects with her childhood friend and neighbor, Julia.

Rain hasn't been to the cabin in years and wasn't aware that her mother, Willow had been keeping the family library started by her autho
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Kerri
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story is set in a lakeside town during the summer. I did enjoy reading the descriptions of the cabins, the woods, and the lake. The main character, Rain, comes back to her family's lake home for the summer to recover from her husband's death as well as all the life changes she will be making. Her lake home also houses a small, neighborhood library in the original cabin portion which was built by her grandfather. While at home, a man is murdered on her property by the library cabin. The story ...more
Namrata Ganti
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I requested for and received a copy of this book from NetGalley. The below review is my honest opinion.

Murder at the Lakeside Library follows Rain, the protagonist as she arrives at her family's log cabin in Lofty Pines. Dealing with personal loss, Rain is emotionally unstable, but feels that this break will do her good. As we follow Rain while she re-discovers friendships, deals with having to run the library connected to the cabin and tries to find some peace in general, a dead body is found n
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Liette
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is the first in a new series by a new author, at least she is to me.

In this first instalment, we meet Rainmaker who’s coming to spend the summer at her family’s cabin in some small lakeside community in Wisconsin. Barely arrived, her plans for a quiet summer are thwarted first by her friend and neighbor, Julia & an old lady from the town named Marjory who want her to reopen her family’s private library to the inhabit
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Kathy
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the setting in a lake community in Wisconsin and liked that the murder happened immediately with the rest of the story dealing with finding the motive and the murderer. I thought it was unusual that two of the characters were talked about a lot, the main characters mom and dad, but never actually appeared in person during the timeframe of the story, even though it took place a ...more
Leonie Stanley
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The only thing on Rain’s mind was to get to the cabin, close the door behind her and shut out the world, and hopefully deal with the betrayal she suffered and the death of her husband. She packed her entire life in Milwaukee and now needed the time to heal, reflect, and recover.

However, Lofty Pines had something else in store. Rain’s first day back at Lofty Pines was packed full of memories, raw emotion, and a shocking discovery. Julia, her long-time friend, and neighbor invaded her privacy upon
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Annie
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely light read, when Rain leaves Milwaukee to go to her Families Cabin Lakeside Home , to recover from the loss of her husband , who she discovered had also cheated on her, all she wanted was Peace & quiet to heal & recover . However a an early point on the day of her arrival she finds a dead body on her Families Property. Then this leads her & a best friend from childhood with whom she strikes up again then play Nancy Drew who had been one of their joint literary hero's.
It's a very
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Lena H.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
The good: the setting is fantastic! I love the lake, the surrounding cabins, the peaceful atmosphere, it’s all very cozy and reminiscent of childhood vacations camping in the woods at the lake. The two main characters are nice, I like that the main character is taking advantage of her new surroundings and using the opportunity to change her life in other ways.

The not-as-good: the dialogue was kind of awkward in places, which slowed the story down. There was also a bit more description than I lik
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Betsy
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a new series and it's nice to get in at the beginning. That said, there is a lot of time spent on providing background on the main character and her grief and angst over the death of her husband. I think there may be a bit too much detail, especially at the beginning, and it takes a bit to finally get to the mystery

The mystery is a good one with plenty of red herrings but there is a lot of distracting noise about Rain's marriage, the state of her parents marriage etc. While
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Darlene
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies
The title and cover of this cozy mystery caught my attention, the setting on a lake with books sounds like heaven to me. It was anything but for Rain who returns to her family cabin after being away for so long. Rain is still mourning the loss of her husband and has unresolved issues with several of her relationships. Her need for peace and quiet is disrupted by the discovery of a dead body on her property. This leads Rain and her friend Julia on a mission to uncover clues about the mysterious v ...more
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