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Death Waits in the Dark
Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #4
BY Julia Buckley

Berkley Prime Crime
April 1, 2019/ ISBN 978-0-451-49191-6
Mystery / Cozy

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Lena London and her friend, Camilla Graham, are both talented writers. Camilla is a well-known author of numerous bestselling books, and Lena is her apprentice. They enjoy collaborating, and their writing skills complement each other perfectly. Lena has been living in Camilla’s home, Graham House, at Blue Lake, Indiana.

The women have forged a friendship and have been through some difficult times of late, but things start out peacefully during the hot summer. It isn't long before that peace is shattered. A local teacher, Jane Wyland, arrives at Graham House for a confrontation with Camilla. Jane demands that Camilla reveal her late husband, James’, secrets. Camilla has no idea what secrets the woman is talking about.

Before Jane can expose whatever secrets she is so upset about she is murdered. Lena and Camilla are determined to find who killed her and why before the killer strikes again.

Not only is this a clever mystery, but the whole book is also finely tuned as the women search out the truth from both the past and the present. The setting is rich with detail and atmospheric nuances, and the characters are interesting with differing histories, blossoming romances, friendships, family secrets, and adoring companion animals.

Death Waits in the Dark is an excellent cozy mystery and I highly recommend it. It’s great as a standalone read, but I intend to go back and read the prior books because I like Julia Buckley’s ability to weave several interesting stories into one book.

A Myshelf colleague, the late Linda Morelli, reviewed previous books in this series. Before writing this review, I read Linda’s reviews and her words imparted how impressed she was with each of the books. While I still miss Linda and think of her daily, I am happy to review this mystery with the sense that my friend Linda would have loved this book too.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Dark and Stormy Murder
Death in Dark Blue
Dark and Twisting Path

Reviewer’s Notes: Julia Buckley also writes the Undercover Dish mysteries and has a new series which will debut this summer.

Reviewed 2019