Death in Dark Blue

Death in Dark Blue

by Julia Buckley

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - Reissue)

View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Wednesday, September 25


An aspiring suspense author finds herself writing mysteries by day and solving them by night in the second Writer’s Apprentice Mystery by the author of A Dark and Stormy Murder and the Undercover Dish Mysteries.

In the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana, Lena London is settling into her dream job, but someone is making her life a nightmare…

Things are beginning to go right for Lena. She’s got a new job assisting suspense novelist and friend, Camilla Graham. She lives rent-free in Camilla’s beautiful, Gothic house. She even has a handsome new boyfriend, Sam West.

After being under attack by the media and his neighbors, Sam has recently been cleared of suspicion for murder. Journalists and townsfolk alike are remorseful, and one blogger would even like to apologize to him in person. But when she’s found dead behind Sam’s house, Lena must dodge paparazzi as she unravels the many mysteries that threaten to darken the skies of her little town and her newfound love with Sam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425282618
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 75,502
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Julia Buckley is also the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries, including Cheddar Off Dead and The Big Chili. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, as well as the Chicago Writers Association. Julia has taught high school English for twenty-eight years. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two sons, four cats and a dog.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Death in Dark Blue 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant believe how easily these books just suck you in. All of the characters have great chemistry and the story is fast paced enough that you cant put it down. I seriously cannot wait until her next one comes out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an engaging and charming story, but ended too soon. Perhaps the second book in the series will answer some questions.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Below average would be too harsh of a rating for this book, so I had to give it the 3 stars. I would rate it as average. Book 2 did continue the storyline from Book 1 of the Writer's Apprentice. Unfortunately, part of the mystery is solved but it immediately transitions into what will be in the next book or perhaps book4. That is not a good thing for this reader, especially since I am finding it difficult to even like the main characters.
Anonymous 7 months ago
The majority ofthis book is very good but then suddenly turns unrealistic. This is disappointing as it is a frequent error of writers. It rushes to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
**4.5 Stars** Julia Buckley’s Death in Dark Blue is a riveting page turner that will have you saying just one more page, only to realize you are done. One thing I love about Julia Buckley is her ability to draw me into a story in such a way that I read and enjoy the story for what it is. I don’t consciously attempt to solve the murder(s). I don’t spend my time second guessing the characters. I simply read and enjoy where she and the story takes me. Death in Dark Blue continues where A Dark and Stormy Murder ends, and can be read independently. Lena London’s boyfriend, Sam West may have been cleared in the murder of his wife, Victoria, but her whereabouts still remain a mystery. Federal agencies, the NYPD, and Sam’s private investigator are all looking for her. For the most part, Sam’s life is finally returning to “normal”. That is until Taylor Brand, a blogger, one of Sam’s main accusers of murdering his wife, and his wife’s best friend writes a blog post apologizing for her actions against him and vowing to see him in person soon. Taylor wasn’t really one of Sam’s favorite people and he doesn’t know why she would insist on seeing him in person when she’s already apologized on her blog. Unbeknownst to Sam, Taylor arrives in Blue Lake, Indiana and is ultimately murdered in his backyard. Already being accused of murder once, Sam is potentially an easy person to pin the murder on. It’s going to be up to Lena, mystery author Camilla Graham, and Detective Doug Heller to catch a killer before another victim is claimed. Julia has written a straight-forward mystery. There wasn’t any twists and turns in discovering who Taylor’s killer was. The surprising part is why Taylor was killed. But don’t be fooled into thinking Julia didn’t add twists, turns, and surprises to this story, because she did. The mystery of Victoria West is still going on and this mystery within a mystery will leave you reeling. I’m looking forward to the next book in Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. I know it will be another page turner. **Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next please. Next please.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Death in Dark Blue by Julia Buckley is the second novel in A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. Lena London lives with famous author Camilla Graham in Blue Lake, Indiana. She is happy that her boyfriend, Sam West is returning to town after being gone for the last month. Sam has been in New York searching for his missing wife, Victoria with the help of a private investigator. Taylor Brand, a friend of Victoria’s and a blogger, stated on her blog that she would be coming to Blue Lake to apologize to Sam in person for her accusations (she accused him of harming Victoria). Lena is on her way to Sam’s to drop off a copy of the book she co-wrote with Camilla when she comes across a person in a blue coat in the snow. Lena has discovered Taylor and she will not be making that apology. Once again, Sam is a suspect in a murder and the press are out in full force. Lena needs to find Taylor’s killer and clear Sam from suspicion. She also wants to find a clue that will lead them to Victoria. Lena enlists the help of Belinda, research librarian at the Blue Lake Library. Can they finally discover what happened to Victoria West? The paparazzi are making it difficult for Sam and Lena to spend time together since they are trying to keep their relationship under wraps. Can Lena unravel the clues and uncover Taylor’s killer? Death in Dark Blue is packed full of action. Lena is busy solving two mysteries, spending time with Sam, and working on Camilla’s latest novel. I thought the book contained good writing and it has a good flow. The pace is medium level. The murder mystery was child’s play to solve. I identified the killer before the body made it to the morgue. The suspect pool is very limited. I give Death in Dark Blue 3.5 out of 5 stars. I suggest that you read A Dark and Stormy Murder before Death in Dark Blue. The first book sets the stage for what occurs in Death in Dark Blue. There is some repetition of information (especially regarding Victoria). I wish the author had not put so much focus on the romance between Lena and Sam. Their relationship has moved too quickly (aka they are already cozy between the sheets) especially since he is technically married and his wife MIA. The story ends with a cliffhanger that will have me reading the next book in the series. I admit that I am curious to see what happens next in the Sam and Victoria saga. Let us hope, though, that Sam does not end up suspected of murder again in the next novel in A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KittyCalico More than 1 year ago
Wonderful from beginning to end! I so wish I had the words but I am not a writer, just a thrilled reader and very thankful for Ms. Buckley's talent. Thank you!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Death In Dark Blue is the second book in the A Writer’s Apprentice series. Another enjoyable visit to Blue Lake, IN and chance to spend some time with Lena and her employer and author Camilla Graham. Sam West, their neighbor, is back in Blue Lake after having been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife. Lena had been instrumental in getting his release. Lena and Sam continue their quest to find gather more information as to where his wife might be. Then mysteriously Taylor Bland post on her blog that she wants to apologize to Sam for accusing him of killing his wife and that she also want to come to Blue Lake and do it in person. Bland arrives and the next day Lena finds her lifeless body in a snowdrift in West’s side yard, she had evidently fallen from a bluff. With this event, the reporters and paparazzi once again come crawling out of the woodwork and Sam are now both in the limelight. Then with the help of Belinda Frailey, a research librarian, and with help of postcard that Bland had with her and which was recovered from a reporter who had stolen it from the cottage she was staying in. Now Lena and Sam feel they have the clue that they have been hoping for. Then Lena and Sam get help from an unexpected source-a reporter-Jake Elliott. He writes a couple stories for the AP which takes some of the pressure off Lena and Sam from the hounding press. The book finishes with an exciting and surprising ending. Overall, it’s a well-plotted and well-written story. There aren’t a lot of characters to get bogged down with and they all are believable and enjoyable. I can see a couple of direction the next book can take and am anxiously waiting for the next to see what happens next in Blue Lake.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
DEATH IN DARK BLUE, is wonderful follow up to the first book in this series, A DARK AND STORMY MURDER. Author Julia Buckley has penned a cozy with a bit of a Gothic feel. The house, and the surroundings could be straight of a Poe novel. The characters are deeper than most in this genre. They are wonderful, and have that cozy element, but they are a little more dramatic, maybe even a little more intense at times. It totally works. Julia Buckley started each chapter off with a snippet of the novel, DEATH ON THE DANUBE, which is a novel written by, Camilla Graham, one of the main characters in the Writer’s Apprentice Mysteries. I found myself looking forward to each new chapter just to see what was happening in that story. It really was like reading two books at once, and I loved it! DEATH IN DARK BLUE was so well done. Planned out brilliantly by the author, there were parts in this whodunit that made me shiver. And there is a twist at the end that left me with a dropped jaw. Seriously, I never saw it coming. Well done, Ms. Buckley. Brava!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her Writihh