Review of A Dark And Stormy Murder

A Dark And Stormy Murder

A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery, Book #1

Julie Buckley

5 Stars


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… (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Lena was a hard-working, smart and likable character.  She was very eager to work with her literary hero, as anyone would be. And Camille was a great character and she was very happy to mentor Lena.  They made a great combo and I enjoyed getting to know them better.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing.  Through much of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action take place around me in the old Victorian home.  The mystery was carried on well throughout the book.  And this book has the added bonus of having an extra mystery to solve, which I really enjoyed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written cozy mystery.  This is the first book in the series, and I cannot wait to see what will happen in further books.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.