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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
Treasure hunting and rare books lead to murder in the exciting sleuthing mystery, Searching For Gatsby (A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery) by Niki Danforth. Ronnie has newly received her private investigator's license and Marilyn, her closest friend, hires her to investigate the relationship between her husband, Win, and a local rare book merchant. While Ronnie is attending a fundraiser for the local animal rescue shelter being held at Win and Marilyn's mansion, a man falls from the roof onto the lawn below. His mysterious dying words and the book he took from Win's library inspire Win to hire Will, another investigator and close friend of Ronnie's. Will is occupied with another case and promptly turns it over to Ronnie. Because it is a conflict of interest, she has to set Marilyn's case aside. However, the femme fatale is soon the primary person of interest in both of Ronnie's investigations. When bullets start flying, Ronnie is shocked. Who wants her out of the way? Is it the sultry book merchant, or could it be the sexy and wealthy new stranger in town? Whoever it is, they mean business.
Searching For Gatsby (A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery) by Niki Danforth is a marvelous sleuth mystery novel with a unique protagonist. Ronnie may be in her fifties, but she proves that life isn't over once you hit the infamous "over the hill" mark. Quite the contrary, her character is admirable and inspiring. After experiencing grief and loss, Ronnie's character, despite her age, picks up the pieces of her life and, using her natural deductive skills, begins fresh. I love this aspect of her murder mystery series. I am looking forward to reading more of her sleuthing exploits. This novel is a fantastic choice for those who are fans of cozy mysteries and is age appropriate for young adults on up.