Rain Wilmont has just returned to her family’s waterfront log cabin in Lofty Pines, Wisconsin after the untimely death of her husband. The cabin is peaceful compared to Rain’s corporate job and comes with an informal library that Rain’s mother, Willow, used to run. But as Rain prepares for the re-opening of the library, all hopes for a peaceful life are shattered when she discovers the body of Thornton Hughes, a real estate buyer, on the premise.
The community of Lofty Pines starts pointing fingers at Willow, since she has been unusually absent from the library this summer. A fishy rumor surfaces when Rain learns that Willow had been spending a lot of time with Thorton. The town even thought they were having an affair.
While theories swirl about the Thorton’s death, Rain takes it upon herself to solve the case to exonerate her mother. As more clues surface, Rain will have to piece together the mystery. But if she isn’t careful, she may be the next to end up dead in the water in Murder at Lakeside Library the first in Holly Danvers’ new Lakeside Library mysteries.
Source: NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books Rating: 3/5 stars
The Bottom Line: I’m not entirely sure where I fall with this read. In some ways – setting, the main character – I really should have loved this book. In other ways – the oddness of the plot and some of the minor characters – I couldn’t really get behind this story. The setting really is idyllic and when you add in a library, I am generally hooked. However, the things that would normally suck me in were overshadowed by the very odd nature of the plot, the identity of the big bad, and the qualities of some of the minor characters (the next-door neighbors!). Normally, I would be willing to give a new series a second chance, but I think I may take a pass on this one. I just don’t feel there is enough in this book to allow it to stand out from the pack – this is a packed genre – and hold my interest for the long run.