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Reviewed by Charity Tober for Readers' Favorite
Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth is a fun and suspenseful mystery fiction read. The story follows a divorced, fifty-something woman named Ronnie Lake, who resorts to her own sleuthing when things are not quite what they seem with her brother’s new lover. Ronnie suspects that Juliana has ulterior motives, and she’s determined to discover what exactly her true intentions are before it’s too late and her brother loses his money, or worse, himself. The story features numerous twists, turns, “who did it” moments and suspenseful scenes. Readers will enjoy following along with Ronnie and tracking down clues, forming theories, and ultimately discovering the truth.
I thought Stunner was a fun read. I do think, however, that Ronnie is one of those characters that readers will either love or hate. She was a fairly likeable protagonist, but she came across at times as haughty and self-centered, as well as lacking in judgment on several occasions. Her loyalty and drive to protect her family was a positive aspect of her character though, and I think readers will appreciate that side of her. The author did an excellent job weaving the suspense and mystery throughout the story. I enjoyed trying to figure out the clues and discover who was good, who was involved in shady endeavors, and who had hidden agendas. I can easily see the author turning this character into a series of mystery books. I would recommend Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth to fans of mystery, chick lit, and drama genres.