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Book Review – Searching for Gatsby by Niki Danforth

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Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery, #3
Published November 20, 2016 by Pancora Press
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
320 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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He’s handsome, wealthy, and oh so mysterious…but you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?

A fifty-something divorcée turned private eye, Ronnie Lake turns the pages on her current case with her beloved German shepherd at her side. Adultery, betrayal, and romance are the main characters until murder steals the scene and plunges her into the exclusive world of rare book collecting.

When a priceless first edition vanishes, everyone becomes a suspect…and a target. But a literary shocker speaks volumes about an historic book series – curiously lost to time – that holds the key to it all.


To be honest, I was really skeptical when I decided to read this book. Why’s that? Well, the reason why I love reading in the first place was because of the suspense/thriller/mystery genre. What’s the connection? Well, because of that reason, I tend to get picky in this genre that I don’t easily get impressed. But man!!!! This book surprised me.

I’m already intrigued just by reading the first chapter, it was also narrated from a third person so it was kind of nostalgic since it’s been a quite long time that I have read one. The story started when this “guy” entered a private property to stole something valuable. I thought at first it’s just a simple burglary but all of the guests inside the house was surprised to hear a gunshot and saw the burglar fell from the roof and was in the verge of dying. Before his last breath, he said something that really intrigued me. And that my dear was the start of my favorite who-dun-it part. I always love Mary Higgins Clark’s who-dun-it and I was really hoping that this one will give me the same experience. And surprise, suprise! It sure did.

What I like

Aside from making me feel intrigued, what I like about this story is that it only introduces few number of characters unlike what I’m used to with Mary Higgins Clark’s books. That’s great news since it’s going to be easy-peasy pointing out the real culprit right? Well, that was what I thought haha. But for this story, I really had a hard time sticking up with my guess lol. And btw, my first guess was wrong again. Man! I really don’t have any Sherlock blood in me.

Searching for Gatsby was just a short read but it felt like it was longer. There’s a lot of things happened in this story that it made me believe that I was right with my guess so imagine my surprise when the culprit was finally named. Now that’s what I call a good mystery/suspense book.

Another plus why I like this story was the terms and words used. As a non-native English speaker, it really is a big deal for me a certain book isn’t that just have a good story but also on how it was being delivered or executed. And Searching for Gatsby is a very easy to read story.

And lastly, I love love love the little romance this story contains. I’m always a sucker for romance especially if it’s incorporated in a suspense story and this one just perfectly blended those two together. I was honestly surprised about the romance part though since the main character was already in her fifties, and I was already expecting it to be just…well, just fine. But another surprise, haha, I find myself grinning like crazy. Man! I was really affected haha, sucker I know. Niki Danforth should write a romance story and if that happens, I’ll be number one in line. *wink

What I like the least

I don’t think I have any complaints about this story, maybe about Ronnie’s HEA? hehe.


While I did enjoy this story, I think I’ll be giving it 4 star rating for now. Besides, I’m pretty sure there’ll be more mystery Ronnie will be solving soon.

I’m used to some nosy heroines and that they will end up solving the crime in every suspense/mystery books that I read and I don’t remember a time that I hate them, maybe I did once or twice but mostly I like them. For this story, I really like Ronnie. She’s already in her fifties but still as sharp as ever that I really find it remarkable whenever she discovers some new clue. I also love that she’s a dog lover and owner. She had quite a not-so pleasant past but it was great to know how she’s doing fine with her life. Also, didn’t I tell you how badass she was fighting the culprit in the end of the book?! Also, I adore her relationship with his brother, it’s just so touching. My! That is why I always wanted to have a big brother hehe.

Another thing I noticed in this story was I think the author is a fan of Veronica Roth? The full name of the main character was Veronica Rutherford Lake. Well, that’s definitely a good thought. *wink

Searching for Gatsby is the 3rd book of the Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery but it can be read standalone. If you’re looking for a cozy suspense/mystery read, you may want to check out this book.





Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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