A Dark and Stormy Murder

A Dark and Stormy Murder

Julia Buckley / Oct 20, 2020

A Dark and Stormy Murder An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries Lena London s literary dreams are coming true

  • Title: A Dark and Stormy Murder
  • Author: Julia Buckley
  • ISBN: 9780425282601
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries Lena London s literary dreams are coming true as long as she can avoid any real life villains Camilla Graham s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries Lena London s literary dreams are coming true as long as she can avoid any real life villains Camilla Graham s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla s new assistant, she can t believe her luck Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she ll get to live rent free in Camilla s gorgeous Victorian home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana But Lena s fortune soon changes for the worse First, she lands in the center of small town gossip for befriending the local recluse Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without a dead body, found on her new boss s lakefront property Now Lena must take a page out of one of Camilla s books to hunt down clues in a real crime that seems to be connected to the novelist s mysterious estate before the killer writes them both out of the story for good

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      • Julia Buckley

        Julia Buckley is a Chicago area writer Her first mystery, THE DARK BACKWARD, was published in 2006 since then she has published the Madeline Mann mysteries and the first in the Teddy Thurber series on Kindle.She writes two series for Berkley Prime Crime, with debut titles THE BIG CHILI and A DARK AND STORMY MURDERBuckley is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Chicago Writers Association She blogs about writing and mysteries at Mysterious Musings, where she has interviewed almost 200 other mystery writers about their work.She teaches high school English and enjoys reading, playing Words With Friends on Facebook, and spending time with her husband and two sons, along with their menagerie of animals.


    1. A Dark and Stormy Murder ( A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley is a 2016 Berkley publication. This first book in the series sets the tone for future installments with a solid base, interesting characters, and an ongoing investigation that will bleed over into the next release. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and enjoyed living vicariously through Lena. She lives out every reader or aspiring writers dream. No doubt about it, I am definitely on board for the next installment. I ca [...]

    2. It was a dark and stormy nightAspiring author Lena London lands her dream job as assistant to her most favorite writer, Camilla Graham. Lena never dreamed that she'd be pulled into a real murder mystery, but that's exactly what happens when she spots a dead body not far from Camilla's Victorian home.I enjoy books about books, and this one in particular was a delight because it was all about classic Gothic romantic suspense, and the main character getting to live inside one. Lena went full on fan [...]

    3. I just finished A Dark and Stormy Murder by Julia Buckley Saturday night, not only did I not want to put it down, I did not want it to end. This was one of the best books I have ever read. When I put the book on my table Saturday morning I had no idea what I was in for! The cover art perfectly captures the feel of the book and I so love it when that happens! The title is also a perfect fit, if ever there was a book that called to me based on sight alone it was this one. The double mysteries, set [...]

    4. There are many things I can say about this first book in the new series by author Julia Buckley. The first thing that comes to mind? That would be . . . WOW!A DARK AND STORMY MURDER is a brilliant mix of the feel of Agatha Christie, Caroline Keene, and also a little bit Hitchcocky, but wonderfully balanced by Julia Buckley. This extraordinary story is cozy in all senses of the word, but with a certain something that makes it stand apart. From the third page I had already clicked with protagonist [...]

    5. Aspiring novelist Lena London has been given the change of a lifetime, helping her idol, best-selling author Camilla Graham, polish up her newest novel. But Lena has hardly arrived in town when she finds the dead body of a young man near Camilla’s house. What is going on?There is a strong element of wish fulfillment in this novel, and I must admit I enjoyed that real life fantasy. Camilla writes gothic novels, and there are elements of those here as an homage to the genre. Even though I’m no [...]

    6. As a vacation book, i.e. fast and not too demanding, A Dark and Stormy Murderis pretty good. I liked the clear cut story of an aspiring writer who got the chance to work with her idol. I loked the setting of a small town. I liked the red herrings the author subtly used. I think the character of her idol Camilla is too perfect, a sort of what you'd like to think about authors, but is rarely the case, but I still liked them together.I didn't like a couple of tstl moments, but I understand that at [...]

    7. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Berkley and Netgalley. This title will be released on July 5. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.*If A Dark and Stormy Murder is any indication, you'd better get ready because Julia Buckley is soon going to be a common name in the cozy mystery world. I loved this book so much, I absolutely couldn't put it down and I was honestly disappointed that it ended so soon.Lena was an absolute joy t [...]

    8. First in a series.I had high hopes for this book, looking at all the 5 star reviews (though frankly there are some reviewers out there who seem to give everything 5 stars), so I am kind of disappointed.What I liked: The main characters. I like Lena and Camilla. They clicked for me. What I didn't like: We were threatened with a love triangle.What I did like: It was resolved at the end of the book, rather than left to drag on, and on, and onWhat I didn't like: This was a big one. Enough that I bum [...]

    9. WOW!!! I won an early copy of this book, and what a treat it was. This is one of the best mysteries I have ever read. It grabbed me from page one, and didn't let go. The whole book is absolutely perfect! I loved the characters, the setting, the mystery. I hated to see it end! I hope this is one series that keeps going. This first book is so great, I could, and eventually will, read it again!

    10. Aspiring writer, Lena London, receives the job offer of a lifetime--bestselling author, Camilla Graham, Lena's idol, is looking for a ghost writer to help her plot her newest manuscript. Lena and her cat, Lestrade, travel to beautiful Blue Lake, Indiana and move into Camilla's home. Les becomes quick friends with Camilla's two German Sheperds, Rochester and Heathcliff. Lena and Camilla immediately bond--two great minds think much alike and compliment one another making a great team.This clever, [...]

    11. A Dark And Storm Murder is the first book in the A Writer's Apprentice Mystery series.Lena London has just gotten her dream job. Her friend, Allison, called to let her know that Camilla Graham, one of Lena's favorite authors was looking for an assistant. Lena immediately called and a week later is heading for Blue Lake, IN to start a job she had only hoped to have.The day after arriving, Lena decides to take Graham's two German Shepherd for a walk and to take a look at the town of Blue Lake. As [...]

    12. A very meaty cozy mystery! What I mean by meaty is the characters and plots, and even the subplots are very good. You can certainly get your teeth into them.Lena London goes to work with her all-time favorite author, Camilla Graham, who writes gothic thrillers a la Phyllis A. Whitney. Of course, strange things happen in little Blue Lake as soon as Lena gets there. Lena also meets two single men who are interested in her as soon as she arrives. There's also 2 dogs and a cat and a house with secre [...]

    13. Who doesn't love two mysteries for the price of one? That's exactly what you get with this story. The body found on the beach definitely felt secondary to the missing wife storyline but they both flowed and commingled together nicely. The ending left you begging for more and had me running to get the next book in this awesome series. I hope Mrs. Buckley keeps this series going for years to come.

    14. This didn't work for me.1. The heroine has met a suspected murderer four times and the first time he was an obnoxious ass. Now she believes he's innocent because he's so sincere and honest, because no one can *act* sincere, right? Then a Cop does this suspect a favor and heroine goes nuts and throws pecans at the REALLY NICE COP. Really?2. They find a picture of someone smiling. They cover up everything but the eyes. The eyes show FEAR. Really? If you took a picture of my eyes right now, could y [...]

    15. First in a New series.And WOW, what a start!She introduce us to Lena London, an aspiring novelist who gets a job as assistant to the International bestselling romantic suspense author Camilla Graham, and Lena's idol. She also plunges us straight into a couple of mysteries in the quiet town of Blue Lake, Indiana.After stumbling on a murdered mans body on Camilla's lake front property, Lena also meets the local recluse Sam West, who is being hounded about the disappearance of his wife back in New [...]

    16. This was a fantastic read! Definitely one of the best cozies I have ever read It kept me on the edge of my seat, bed, wherever I was reading--I was enthralled. Mysteries within mysteries and the ending leaves some parts finished while others leaving me waiting for the next installment in the series If I could give this more than 5 stars, I would!!

    17. What a great book! There was so much going on, but it was easy to keep up with; I didn't get lost, at all. I liked that Lena didn't give up on Sam; even after he was arrested. She made sure that Sam knew that she believed in him. Some people wanted Lena with Doug, the police officer; but I think Sam is better for her. She saw something that wasn't right and she made sure the police knew about it; and in the process helped Sam. I recommend this book to mystery lovers, everywhere. I can't wait to [...]

    18. openbooksociety/article/a-A Dark and Stormy MurderA Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #1Author: Julia BuckleyISBN13: 9780425282601Author website: juliabuckleyBrought to you by OBS reviewer KaytSynopsis: An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries.Lena London’s literary dreams are coming true—as long as she can avoid any real-life villains…Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels [...]

    19. This book started well. I was really enjoying it, but somewhere along the way I started to question the protagonist's sanity. I was convinced that the explanation for her unhinged and abrupt behavior would be that the book was a novel within a novel. I thought, this must be the novel she's writing and all will be revealed in the book's final pages. What else could explain everything that happened in the span of a few short days? What else could explain a plot so unbelievable that it literally le [...]

    20. I liked the idea, and am planning on reading the second b00k in this series when it comes out but I did have problems with the story. I liked the main character, Lena and loved that she was a big fan of Camilla Graham--this I could really understand as I also loved reading gothic novels and would read anything that I could get my hands on from Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney (but also from Dorothy Daniels and Willo Davis Roberts!) It is just that Lena kept saying things that pushed me out of t [...]

    21. Julia London arrives in Blue Lake, Indiana to begin a dream job with mystery writer Camilla Graham. On arrival, Julia finds the residents not very welcoming as settled in the town. Making friends with the neighboring man she appears to have made enemies. Looking out the windows she sees someone lying on the beach who is not moving. On further investigation, the man has been shot dead. The next few nights the behavior of Camilla's German Shepherds indicated prowlers around the house. The writing [...]

    22. I just read this one at the recommendation of Booktrader of Hamilton. I loved it! The marriage of cozy mystery and romantic suspense works so well here. The theme concerns a young writer, Lena London, who is chosen to be the apprentice of her life long favorite romantic suspense author, Camilla Graham. A young man is killed not far from Camilla’s home and so the investigation begins. There is a subplot involving the neighbor and his missing ex-wife and other storylines involving Lena’s frien [...]

    23. I'm hookedWhat an incredible story. Meeting her favorite author is all Lena London dreams about. When an opportunity strikes, she sets off to embark on a wild adventure.Not only is Lena living her dream, but when a true mystery presents itself, Lena and Camilla collaborate to fill in the missing pieces.This was written with such style and flair that I felt as though I was right there alongside them.All the characters are portrayed in a very realistic manner.I am looking forward to reading the ne [...]

    24. Bravo! Bravo!Julia Buckley's debut book in her Writer's Apprentice series is absolutely the best written cozy mystery that I have read (and I've read hundreds of them)!From the characters to the storyline all is so engaging and entertaining.I advise anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery to invest the time in reading A Dark and Stormy Murder and see for yourself what a literary genius Julia Buckley is.

    25. This book is fantastic. I loved it. I was quickly sucked into the characters and the plot. I figured out the one mystery fairly early on, but the other eluded me until closer to the end. I fell for a red herring. It happens.

    26. The story read like a wonderful mystery novel from a bygone era. It is wonderfully well written, flows and ebbs with perfection. I cannot wait for the next installment. Truly a delightful read that satisfies all you could want in a mystery!!

    27. So, this one was a pleasant surprise in the cozy genre.I won't summarize because I'm sure that several hundred of you good fellows have already done it for me (It finally occurred to me that people do this because they post their reviews on their blogs, as well. Is that what's happening there?).If you've read any of my other reviews (you haven't because I've been doing this for, like, a week), or if you know me (you don't), then you'll already know that no matter how much I liked this book my re [...]

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