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Writer's apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home... It's summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when Jane Wyland pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and Writer's apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home... It's summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when Jane Wyland pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and gives her an ultimatum: reveal Camilla's husband James's family secret, or she will. Lena assures Camilla that nothing will come of the woman's threats, since the family has no secrets to hide. When Jane Wyland is later found dead, they're convinced that whatever secret she was planning to expose led to her death. With Lena's assistance, Camilla is determined to solve the case before the finger points at her...


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Writer's apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home... It's summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when Jane Wyland pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and Writer's apprentice Lena London is back and better than ever when her friend bestselling suspense novelist Camilla Graham needs help solving a town murder that hits a little too close to home... It's summertime, and Lena and Camilla are busy working away while a town vandal runs amok. Things get even more complicated when Jane Wyland pays Camilla a not-so-friendly visit and gives her an ultimatum: reveal Camilla's husband James's family secret, or she will. Lena assures Camilla that nothing will come of the woman's threats, since the family has no secrets to hide. When Jane Wyland is later found dead, they're convinced that whatever secret she was planning to expose led to her death. With Lena's assistance, Camilla is determined to solve the case before the finger points at her...

30 review for Death Waits in the Dark (A Writer's Apprentice Mystery #4)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Death Waits in the Dark by Julia Buckley is a 2019 Berkley publication. I always love dropping in on Lena and Camilla in the scenic Blue Lake!! In this fourth installment in the series, Lena needs to find out why Jane Wyland made a visit to Camilla, making ominous threats about exposing Camilla’s deceased husband’s secrets. It becomes especially urgent when shortly after issuing what basically amounted to an ultimatum, Jane is found dead, making Camilla a possible suspect… This is such a terrific Death Waits in the Dark by Julia Buckley is a 2019 Berkley publication. I always love dropping in on Lena and Camilla in the scenic Blue Lake!! In this fourth installment in the series, Lena needs to find out why Jane Wyland made a visit to Camilla, making ominous threats about exposing Camilla’s deceased husband’s secrets. It becomes especially urgent when shortly after issuing what basically amounted to an ultimatum, Jane is found dead, making Camilla a possible suspect… This is such a terrific mystery series! I enjoyed getting to know more about Camilla in this episode. She's always remained a bit mysterious up to this point. But I think what really appealed to me about this installment was that it was a cold case, an old mystery that needed to be solved- which is one of my favorite crime tropes. While this series definitely fits into the cozy genre, it doesn’t use the typical format and should appeal to anyone who enjoys pure mysteries or crime fiction. This installment was especially perplexing, keeping me on my toes from start to finish, and had a heart racing finale! Naturally, the recurring characters are always the biggest draw in a cozy series, and the ending of this chapter in the series was also rewarding. While I have enjoyed all the books in the series, this installment was one of the strongest installments to date. I’m looking forward to touching base with these terrific characters again soon!! 4.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 STARS An cozy mystery set in the quiet town of Blue Lake. This series features a novelist, Camilla and her apprentice, Lena. It is #4 in the Writer's Apprentice Series. I read it as a stand-alone and it worked out just fine. Jane Wyland shows up at Camilla's house and threatens to spread rumors about her late husband if she doesn't reveal his secret past. Jane is murdered soon after and .... the ladies team up to help solve this small town murder mystery. Enjoyed the setting, mystery and the sw 3.5 STARS An cozy mystery set in the quiet town of Blue Lake. This series features a novelist, Camilla and her apprentice, Lena. It is #4 in the Writer's Apprentice Series. I read it as a stand-alone and it worked out just fine. Jane Wyland shows up at Camilla's house and threatens to spread rumors about her late husband if she doesn't reveal his secret past. Jane is murdered soon after and .... the ladies team up to help solve this small town murder mystery. Enjoyed the setting, mystery and the sweet dogs and kittens that made an appearance. There were a few too many suspects in my opinion and I had trouble keeping some of the clues straight. I can't say that I solved this one. The pace was good and this was an enjoyable, light read. I would definitely read more cozies from this series/author.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Nothing cools off a summer heat-wave in Blue Lake quite like a chilling murder! In Julia Buckley’s fourth installment of her Writer’s Apprentice cozy mystery series, a long buried secret surfaces and murder soon follows. With a menacing presence looming over the novel, readers will find this suspenseful cozy to be a perfect weekend mystery! Bestselling author Camilla Graham and her apprentice Lena are avoiding the heatwave when an old acquaintance of Camilla’s Jane Wyland shows up unexpectedly. J Nothing cools off a summer heat-wave in Blue Lake quite like a chilling murder! In Julia Buckley’s fourth installment of her Writer’s Apprentice cozy mystery series, a long buried secret surfaces and murder soon follows. With a menacing presence looming over the novel, readers will find this suspenseful cozy to be a perfect weekend mystery! Bestselling author Camilla Graham and her apprentice Lena are avoiding the heatwave when an old acquaintance of Camilla’s Jane Wyland shows up unexpectedly. Jane is threatening to reveal an old secret about Camilla’s late husband James, and she won’t be reasoned with. Things only get more bizarre when Jane Wyland is found murdered not one day after this mysterious visit. The most troubling part (besides the murder) is that Camilla has no idea what secret Jane was threatening to reveal! But someone doesn’t want them to get to the truth… I found Camilla to be such an intriguing figure in this novel. She’s reserved, talented, and distant. Yet she seems to be charmed by the most simple of life’s pleasures—pizza, for instance, is a novelty to Camilla. A party with friends is another novelty Camilla seems to not let herself experience. I loved seeing her wonder as she branched out a bit! Lena herself has a fascinating storyline this book. When an accident occurs and it appears it may not have been so accidental, mysterious events follow. Lena finds herself hovering just on the edge of the answers she seeks, and she begins to doubt herself. Was it a memory or a fabrication? This was ultimately a slightly different, but no less engaging, type of cozy. The murkiness of memory and the past seem to cast a shadow over the characters, giving it a somewhat ethereal feel. The mystery, though firmly grounded in reality, had a haunting feel to it made more prominent by Lena’s accident and reaction to her medication. And then there is a secret long buried in the past threatening to come to light. A fresh twist on a cozy mystery that left me delighted!! Thank you to Berkley for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    If you’re looking for spine-tingling events in a cozy mystery, the Writer’s Apprentice series satisfies in all ways. It’s summertime in Blue Lake, Indiana, and someone starts a killing spree. Both Lena London and Camilla Graham possess excellent instincts and they’ll need every nuance when life actually mirrors the fiction they write. I opened the pages and settled down to read this amazing plot where a murderer attempts to silence two of my favorite cozy mystery protagonists. A woman from the pa If you’re looking for spine-tingling events in a cozy mystery, the Writer’s Apprentice series satisfies in all ways. It’s summertime in Blue Lake, Indiana, and someone starts a killing spree. Both Lena London and Camilla Graham possess excellent instincts and they’ll need every nuance when life actually mirrors the fiction they write. I opened the pages and settled down to read this amazing plot where a murderer attempts to silence two of my favorite cozy mystery protagonists. A woman from the past surfaces and threatens to expose a huge secret about Camilla’s deceased husband, James. Someone doesn’t want the secret revealed. My heart began pounding as Author Julia Buckley ambushed me chapter after chapter with unexpected plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. The wonderful men in Lena and Camilla’s lives work overtime to keep them safe until a madman is caught and put behind bars. These men are great secondary characters and heroes for their ladies. I tried to decipher all the clues in hopes of figuring out the assailant’s identity, however, I was stymied right up to the author reveal. Relatable, flawed characters; dogs and kitties; intense suspense; and a swooner of an ending make this fourth book in the series a top-notch reading experience! I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Berkley Publishing. Thank you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Summer has come to Blue Lake, Indiana, and with it the heat. Lena London and her mentor, bestselling author Camilla Graham, are trying to finish their latest manuscript, but the heat is making it hard to concentrate. However, a visit from Jane Wyland doesn’t prove to be a welcome distraction. Jane and Camilla were acquainted when Camilla first moved to the United States from England, but the two haven’t spoken in decades. Jane arrives to tell Camilla that she knows the secret the Graham family h Summer has come to Blue Lake, Indiana, and with it the heat. Lena London and her mentor, bestselling author Camilla Graham, are trying to finish their latest manuscript, but the heat is making it hard to concentrate. However, a visit from Jane Wyland doesn’t prove to be a welcome distraction. Jane and Camilla were acquainted when Camilla first moved to the United States from England, but the two haven’t spoken in decades. Jane arrives to tell Camilla that she knows the secret the Graham family has been hiding, and Jane is going to share it with the world if Camilla doesn’t step up and acknowledge it first. The trouble is, Camilla doesn’t know what secret Jane is talking about even when Jane implies that it is something from Camilla’s husband’s past. The next day, Camilla and Lena go to try to get more information from Jane so they can figure out what has the woman so upset. However, when they arrive, they discover that Jane has been murdered. What was this secret from the past, and did it get Jane killed? As much as I enjoyed the first three books in this series, it was nice to see the plot move away from Lena’s boyfriend and focus on another character. This change also allowed the book to have even more of a gothic feel to it than the first three. While I’m not super familiar with that genre, I was definitely able to recognize elements of it as the book unfolded, and I enjoyed seeing how it was combined seamlessly with elements of a cozy mystery. The result works and we get a story that drew me in each time I picked up the book and made it hard to put down. The usual cast of characters are still here, and it was great to see them. The suspects didn’t get much page time, but they work perfectly for the story as it is told here since the main drive was to figure out what secret from the past upset Jane so much. This is a fun twist on the cozy mystery, and if you are looking for something slightly different, be sure to pick it up. NOTE: I received a copy of this book. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and each one continues to deliver a well plotted mystery full of artfully crafted characters. This installment is my favorite one yet. Ms. Buckley has crafted characters that are genuine, relatable, flawed and mature. The relationship between Lena and Camilla is one that continues to grow and evolve which is part of what keeps me coming back. I like that as the series continues we are getting to know the secondary cast of characters as the myst I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and each one continues to deliver a well plotted mystery full of artfully crafted characters. This installment is my favorite one yet. Ms. Buckley has crafted characters that are genuine, relatable, flawed and mature. The relationship between Lena and Camilla is one that continues to grow and evolve which is part of what keeps me coming back. I like that as the series continues we are getting to know the secondary cast of characters as the mysteries are no longer centered on Sam West, Lena's boyfriend. The mystery was well done and grabbed me from the start. This author knows how to wind clues throughout the plot to keep her readers guessing. The mystery in this story involved something that happened in the past, causing Lena and Camilla to revisit the time when Camilla first came to Blue Lake and married James. This is a terrific series and if you haven't given it a try I would highly encourage it. It is well written with smart characters that pay an homage to the Gothic genre and mysteries that keep the reader engaged and interested until the final reveal. This series is an automatic pre-order for me and I look forward to many more hours of enjoyment from this author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    With the Writer’s Apprentice Mysteries, author Julia Buckley continues to show that a cozy mystery can be a little more intense without going too far. It’s almost as if she has channeled the great traditional mystery authors who have come before her. DEATH WAITS IN THE DARK is by far my favorite story in this series to date. That’s saying something considering how much I enjoyed the first three. Julia Buckley just seems to have pulled out all of the stops with this one. I was so caught up in ever With the Writer’s Apprentice Mysteries, author Julia Buckley continues to show that a cozy mystery can be a little more intense without going too far. It’s almost as if she has channeled the great traditional mystery authors who have come before her. DEATH WAITS IN THE DARK is by far my favorite story in this series to date. That’s saying something considering how much I enjoyed the first three. Julia Buckley just seems to have pulled out all of the stops with this one. I was so caught up in every aspect of the story. It’s a wonderfully plotted mystery for sure, but it was so much more than that to me. I was enthralled with the past correspondence between James Graham and Camilla Easton at the beginning of each chapter of DEATH WAITS IN THE DARK. I honestly could read an entire book of nothing but that. (Hmmm…Ms. Buckley, what do you say? “THE LETTERS OF JAMES GRAHAM AND CAMILLIA EASTON”. I’ll be the first to pre-order it!) I could go on and on with my review of DEATH WAITS IN THE DARK. I have so much I want to say! But I think it’s best to just say this . . . Read this book! If you are a fan of the series already, you are in for such a treat! If you haven’t read any of this series yet, please, get them all now and read them back to back. There’s an excerpt from book five in the series, DEATH WITH A DARK RED ROSE at the back of the book that will leave you feeling tortured waiting for its release. With every Writer’s Apprentice book better than the one before, it’s sure to be amazing!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Lena and Camilla are writing together when Camilla gets a visit from Jane telling Camilla to tell her family secrets or she will. Camilla doesn’t know what she is talking about and thinks nothing will come of it. Jane is found murdered and Lena is on the case looking for who did it. Lena and Camilla have a bad ‘accident’ so the danger is mounting.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Death Waits in the Dark is book four in the A Writer's Apprentice Mystery series by Julia Buckley. While Lena London and her boss Camilla Graham is working in the study, they had a visit from Jane Wyland. Camilla was quite confused about what Jane was demanding for her to do about her husband, James. After Jane murder, Camilla decided to find out the truth. The readers of Death Waits in the Dark will follow the twists and turns in Lena and Camilla investigation into the murder of Jane Wyland. Dea Death Waits in the Dark is book four in the A Writer's Apprentice Mystery series by Julia Buckley. While Lena London and her boss Camilla Graham is working in the study, they had a visit from Jane Wyland. Camilla was quite confused about what Jane was demanding for her to do about her husband, James. After Jane murder, Camilla decided to find out the truth. The readers of Death Waits in the Dark will follow the twists and turns in Lena and Camilla investigation into the murder of Jane Wyland. Death Waits in the Dark is the first book I have read of Julie Buckley, and I was impressed with the plot and the way she describes her settings. Death Waits in the Dark is a lovely cozy mystery you would enjoy to read on a cold winter day sitting near the fire with a cup tea and your favourite biscuits. I love Julia Buckley portrayal of her characters and the way they intertwine with each other throughout the book. Death in the Dark is well written and researched by Julia Buckley. I like that Julia Buckley uses animals in her story allowing you to laugh while you read Death Waits in the Dark. The readers of Death Waits in the Dark will learn about obsession, mental illness, and revenge. Also, the readers will see that you can find love second-time. Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishers for my free ARC for an honest review. I recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    Death Waits in the Dark is the fourth book in the A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series and this book follows a different path than the previous books. In this story, Lena and Camilla are adjusting to life together as roommates and things are settling down very nicely. There has been some random vandalism taking place around town but it was nothing that really concerned either of them. Although, when a blast from Camilla’s past confronts her about a supposed secret but then ends up dead, Camilla Death Waits in the Dark is the fourth book in the A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series and this book follows a different path than the previous books. In this story, Lena and Camilla are adjusting to life together as roommates and things are settling down very nicely. There has been some random vandalism taking place around town but it was nothing that really concerned either of them. Although, when a blast from Camilla’s past confronts her about a supposed secret but then ends up dead, Camilla and Lena take it upon themselves to try and discover what possible secret Camilla’s late husband could have been keeping that was worth killing over. Solving the mystery in this story was spearheaded by both Lena and Camilla but truly all the supporting characters in this story had a part to play in the process. I loved that the story was layers of history that had to be peeled back layer after layer to bring the events that took place decades before to light. There were many characters to suspect in this murder mystery and it was fun to follow the clues to try and eliminate the suspects until only one remained. Although I did have my suspicions, I was not truly sure until the reveal and what a reveal it was. The ending was not what I was expecting but it was truly a swoon inspiring ending and it captured my interest in continuing this series. Death Waits in the Dark was one heck of a whodunit and I would definitely recommend it to lovers of cozy mysteries. This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Penguin Random House. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    The fourth book in this gothic cozy mystery series is a real page turner! The story picks up from where the last book left off so I strongly suggest you read them in order. A murder and secrets from the past threaten Lena and Camilla. I love reading about Blue Lake and the inhabitants. The small town and characters I have grown to love are a winning combination. The writing is first rate and this book is one I highly recommend. I look forward to reading the next book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    I have read and enjoyed the first three books in this series. I love Lena and her relationship with Camilla. The secondary characters are well-written and likable. I have to say, though, that this book is the best in the series so far. It definitely has the feel of a Mary Stewart or Phyllis A. Whitney story. Also, once I started the book, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Berkley Publishing Group. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Graham House was a respite from the late-June heat, especially in the air-conditioned office of me collaborator and hero, Camilla Graham. Lena London works with Camilla Graham in small town Blue Lake, Indiana. Camilla is the author of numerous suspense novels and Lena is her eager apprentice. A former classmate of Camilla's late husband, James, appears one day with threats to tarnish the Grah I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Berkley Publishing Group. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Graham House was a respite from the late-June heat, especially in the air-conditioned office of me collaborator and hero, Camilla Graham. Lena London works with Camilla Graham in small town Blue Lake, Indiana. Camilla is the author of numerous suspense novels and Lena is her eager apprentice. A former classmate of Camilla's late husband, James, appears one day with threats to tarnish the Graham name. The woman is found dead soon after and James' friends join with Lena and Camilla to discover what happened. I rarely start a series somewhere other than the beginning. However, I was able to get into the storyline and figure out who the characters were. The characters are well written and likeable. There is a bit of history between Lena and her boyfriend, Sam, that I will need to go back and read to fully understand. There is enough information given for me to understand how their relationship evolved. One of my favorite things was the letters that James had written to Camilla while she was still in England after their engagement. There is just something so special about the written word. It was touching that she had kept all of his letters. This gave the book an almost Edwardian feel. Lena and Sam seem to have a solid relationship. I love his tender side that had him stop to rescue a lost kitten. Gotta love a man that loves cats! Sam is someone that I want to delve into further which means I will be reading the previous books. Camilla and Adam are quite a pair as well. I'm happy that her late husband's old friend is there for her with obvious adoration. I always enjoy when an author incorporates animals into a storyline. The lovely names of Heathcliff and Rochester for Camilla's German Shepherds makes me smile. The mystery is solid with a few twists and turns. You begin to suspect everyone of James' old friends. The letters paint a vivid picture of the group when they were in high school and later. It eventually leads to the killer. There are crazy crashes, an artistic vandal and good friends to round out the book. This is a lovely book to read while sipping a cup of tea with a dozing cat or dog on your lap. I look forward to reading the previous books and the next one in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @netgalley and @berkleypub for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Death Waits in the Dark is book 4 in A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery. It’s midsummer in Blue Lake, Indiana. Folks are gearing up for the Fourth of July celebrations while Lena and Camilla are hoping to make progress on their next novel. Everything comes to a halt when a mysterious lady suddenly shows up on their doorstep threatening to reveal a secret about Camilla’s late husband. A secret that woul Thank you @netgalley and @berkleypub for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Death Waits in the Dark is book 4 in A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery. It’s midsummer in Blue Lake, Indiana. Folks are gearing up for the Fourth of July celebrations while Lena and Camilla are hoping to make progress on their next novel. Everything comes to a halt when a mysterious lady suddenly shows up on their doorstep threatening to reveal a secret about Camilla’s late husband. A secret that would definitely tarnish his family name. Before they can confront the past, the lady is found murdered and it’s quite clear someone is trying to hide something. I really enjoyed this mystery as well as Buckley’s writing style. The characters and storyline have a mature feel to it. Their interactions and even the circumstances they find themselves in seem incredibly realistic and not something that they just lightheartedly stumbled upon. Digging into the past was a wonderful way to learn more about Camilla, her husband and their friends. The mystery kept me guessing until the very end because there were quite a few questionable suspects. I was hooked the moment the accident happened and a main character got seriously injured. Usually in cozies this happens towards the end so it was interesting to see how those extra challenges became a big part of the storyline. This is the first book I’ve read in this series. After a few chapters, I had no problem distinguishing who they were and I never felt lost or confused. I will definitely go back and read the previous three books though so I can learn how a few relationships came to be. I’m especially intrigued by the new romances and the stepbrothers. There was also a side story including vandalism that I’d like to get more information on the background on the people involved. I look forward to returning to the charming town on Blue Lake soon. The cast has left me intrigued and I can’t wait to see these new, adorable pets make more appearances in future books. A sneak peek is included for book 5: Death With a Dark Red Rose.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gwyneth

    I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I don’t know the author personally. I’m just a fan of her work. I have read the first three novels from the Writers Apprentice series and have enjoyed all of them immensely. This novel is no different. It started out lighter than the previous three, so much that I noticed outright, but that didn’t last very long. I was soon thrust into suspense that left me on the edge of my seat. Julia Buckley has taken thes I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I don’t know the author personally. I’m just a fan of her work. I have read the first three novels from the Writers Apprentice series and have enjoyed all of them immensely. This novel is no different. It started out lighter than the previous three, so much that I noticed outright, but that didn’t last very long. I was soon thrust into suspense that left me on the edge of my seat. Julia Buckley has taken these characters and personified them in writing to be very real. There’s all the classic whimsy of a cozy mystery that I’ve read in series after series but Ms. Buckley has a way of making these characters very personal and intricate like real life. When Lenas accident happened I was completely blindsided (I didn’t read the synopsis on the back cover beforehand) I found myself holding my breath and scared for her. The fear that Camilla and Sam express was palpable. There’s a depth that you don’t usually find in cozy mysteries, nothing too intense but just the right amount to make it feel more real. And Death Waits in the Dark was the strongest of this sense out of the series. I found it an absolute delight to get a bit of a different atmosphere in compared to the last three novels, to get to know the characters intimately and learn their history and of their nature and character. The ending was beautiful and I very nearly cried. I really don’t want to give away any spoilers so I find myself at a further loss for review. Just know that Death Waits in the Dark will not disappoint. A wonderful addition to the series and cannot wait for the next one! 5/5 stars!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ferne

    I love this series as mentioned in my review of the third novel in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series but sometimes a series is so wonderful to read that you just want to say it again and again! In the previous novels of the series, there have been a few sentences at the beginning of each chapter from the new writing collaboration by Camilla and Lena. It's been absolutely amazing how the few sentences as the lead italicized heading of each chapter also seem to simultaneously reflect the day-t I love this series as mentioned in my review of the third novel in the Writer's Apprentice Mystery Series but sometimes a series is so wonderful to read that you just want to say it again and again! In the previous novels of the series, there have been a few sentences at the beginning of each chapter from the new writing collaboration by Camilla and Lena. It's been absolutely amazing how the few sentences as the lead italicized heading of each chapter also seem to simultaneously reflect the day-to-day adventures of Lena and Camilla as they write mysteries there is also a real life mystery to solve. In "Death Waits in the Dark" there are again a few sentences at the beginning of each chapter but this time they are "from the correspondence of James Graham and Camilla Easton, 1971," prior to Camilla's arrival in the United States to become the bride of James Graham. There is definitely a real-life mystery to solve and with each passing day Camilla and Lena become more dependent on the old letters to provide the clues to solve the mystery and return their lives to "normal." Author Julia Buckley also provides a special surprise to delight not only her beloved main characters of this series but especially for her pet loving readers. I've pre-ordered Mystery 5, "Death with a Dark Rose" in Mass Market Paperback due February 25, 2020. Have you? If you can't wait, it is available on the Kindle now. I still like to read paperbacks so I'm going to consider it a Valentine to myself in February.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Death Waits in the Dark is the fourth book in the Writers Apprentice series. If you haven't read the other three books yet, I HIGHLY recommend that you do so. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Lena and Camilla are at home (Camilla's house) in Blue Lake, Indiana when an angry woman appears at Camilla's door. After she has left, Camilla explains that the woman (Jane) is someone from Blue Lake who knew Camilla's late husband James years ago. Jane claims to know a secret from the past t Death Waits in the Dark is the fourth book in the Writers Apprentice series. If you haven't read the other three books yet, I HIGHLY recommend that you do so. This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Lena and Camilla are at home (Camilla's house) in Blue Lake, Indiana when an angry woman appears at Camilla's door. After she has left, Camilla explains that the woman (Jane) is someone from Blue Lake who knew Camilla's late husband James years ago. Jane claims to know a secret from the past that could "ruin" James' and his family's reputation. The next day, the woman is found mysteriously dead in her own home in Blue Lake. Lena and Camilla now want to get to the bottom of two different mysteries: how and why was Jane murdered, and what was the "secret" she claimed to know? We meet several suspects, some of whom appear in the previous books and some of whom are new to the story. Clues are revealed through old photos and letters. Lena's faith in her friends and other townspeople is shaken, but the truth will be revealed for better or worse. On a side note, I am friends with this author on Facebook, and she sometimes asks her readers questions and posts polls on our opinions. I was very flattered and surprised when I opened this book and found my own name in the acknowledgments!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This is the exciting fourth in the Writer's Apprentice series, each one progressively better than the prior. The author weaves a multifaceted mystery that is beyond compare - the lovely little town in Indiana (despite summer humidity), the seasoned author, and her helper and now collaborator. Camilla Graham is originally from England, moving to the US in 1971 to marry her beloved James Graham who passed away several years ago. Lena London is her assistant and co-author of the most recent of her s This is the exciting fourth in the Writer's Apprentice series, each one progressively better than the prior. The author weaves a multifaceted mystery that is beyond compare - the lovely little town in Indiana (despite summer humidity), the seasoned author, and her helper and now collaborator. Camilla Graham is originally from England, moving to the US in 1971 to marry her beloved James Graham who passed away several years ago. Lena London is her assistant and co-author of the most recent of her suspense novels. One day a woman named Jane came to see Camilla; it had been several decades since seeing her last. They had never been considered friends, Jane is not even cordial during this visit. She told Camilla she would be back the next day to learn her choice - either Camilla would reveal the deep, dark secret of the Graham family or Jane would. Camilla has no idea what she is talking about, and Jane is so upset that she won't say anything more. Nobody will know what Jane's accusations are now, as she was murdered during the night. What seems to have triggered the distressing visit from Jane is that she had recently been to her younger sister's funeral in Chicago. Little sister Carrie had left suddenly the year that Camilla and James were wed, but nobody ever knew why. Now James and Carrie seem to be part of a rumor mill that Camilla refuses to believe. She and Lena state they will get to the bottom of the situation, at least until Lena's life is almost lost in a car crash that sends them off the road. Most of the characters are delightful, from the hardware store owner's wife, Marge, to Lena's boyfriend Sam, and Sam's half-brother Cliff. They are ready to step out of the pages into the beautiful area of Blue Lake, Indiana. This complex mystery drew me in from the beginning, and held my attention throughout. It is hard to narrow down the suspect list to just one person, and I finally gave up to simply enjoy the read and find out who the bad guy or gal really is. And there is much to enjoy, including the wildlife and beautiful scenery! The end is full of surprises, some very pleasant and others will see justice done. I highly recommend Dead Waits in the Dark! I received a copy of this ARC from the publisher, and this is my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Lena London and Camilla Graham are working on their latest book when Camilla gets a visit from Jane Wyland, someone she and her late husband knew years ago. But this isn’t a friendly visit – Jane insists Camilla revel her late husband’s secret but Camilla says she has no idea what Jane is talking about. However, before Camilla can find out, Jane is murdered. Lena and Camilla decide to investigate the murder and find out the secret Jane referred to but doing so will put them both in very real dan Lena London and Camilla Graham are working on their latest book when Camilla gets a visit from Jane Wyland, someone she and her late husband knew years ago. But this isn’t a friendly visit – Jane insists Camilla revel her late husband’s secret but Camilla says she has no idea what Jane is talking about. However, before Camilla can find out, Jane is murdered. Lena and Camilla decide to investigate the murder and find out the secret Jane referred to but doing so will put them both in very real danger. “Death Waits in the Dark” is the delightfully done fourth book in Julia Buckley’s Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. I love everything about this series – the characters, the setting, Lena’s job (I want her job!), and especially the atmosphere. There is a wonderful gothic feeling about this series that Buckley does so well. It is especially well done in this book as Lena starts being mistrustful of everyone – so believably done by Buckley. The mystery itself is well done – I loved reading the book as Lena and Camilla investigated past events – Camilla’s husband may be dead but he came to life as a character in this book. There is plenty of suspense in this book especially as Lena and Camilla come closer to the truth. The identity of the killer came as a surprise to me which is exactly what I want when I read this type of mystery. I enjoyed “Death Waits in the Dark” so much, I almost reread it right after I finished reading it! Well done!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A retired schoolteacher visits, and confronts, famed romantic novelist Camilla Graham and demands she admit her husband's family's crimes--but Camilla doesn't know of anything wrong that they did. Before Camilla, and her apprentice Lena London, can find out what's happening, the teacher has been murdered. The dead woman was part of a group of high school friends who included Camilla's now-deceased husband, but there's more to the group than Camilla ever realized. After Lena is badly hurt in a ca A retired schoolteacher visits, and confronts, famed romantic novelist Camilla Graham and demands she admit her husband's family's crimes--but Camilla doesn't know of anything wrong that they did. Before Camilla, and her apprentice Lena London, can find out what's happening, the teacher has been murdered. The dead woman was part of a group of high school friends who included Camilla's now-deceased husband, but there's more to the group than Camilla ever realized. After Lena is badly hurt in a car crash, she and her friends know they must find out the secret of the group before a murderer strikes again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This fourth book takes us back into Camilla's past when a woman appears at her door, claiming that Camilla's dead husband did some terrible thing that she is going to expose. From reading some of James letters to her, the gang narrows it down to something that happen in "their group" shortly before Camilla arrived from England. After stating to the group that she and Lena will figure out what happened, a car runs them off the road, breaking Lena's arm badly. The pain pills she is taking cause he This fourth book takes us back into Camilla's past when a woman appears at her door, claiming that Camilla's dead husband did some terrible thing that she is going to expose. From reading some of James letters to her, the gang narrows it down to something that happen in "their group" shortly before Camilla arrived from England. After stating to the group that she and Lena will figure out what happened, a car runs them off the road, breaking Lena's arm badly. The pain pills she is taking cause her to have paranoid thoughts about everyone...but are some of those thoughts correct?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    4.5 stars Julia Buckley’s A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I've said this before, I don't read this series to try and figure out who the killer is. I read it to simply enjoy where Julia and the story takes me. I love the main and secondary characters. Every time I open a book, it's like hanging out with old friends. In the course of less than a year, Lena London has moved to a new town. She’s met Camilla Graham, mystery author and her childhood idol. 4.5 stars Julia Buckley’s A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I've said this before, I don't read this series to try and figure out who the killer is. I read it to simply enjoy where Julia and the story takes me. I love the main and secondary characters. Every time I open a book, it's like hanging out with old friends. In the course of less than a year, Lena London has moved to a new town. She’s met Camilla Graham, mystery author and her childhood idol. Lena is living out a dream, by co-writing books with Camilla. She even lives with Camilla, in Camilla’s large castle like house. More importantly, Lena has found love with her neighbor Sam West. Death Waits in the Dark is the fourth book in the series. But it is the first book that isn’t about Sam and him dealing with his past, thus making it a standalone read. Death Waits in the Dark deals with Camilla’s past. Or more accurately, the past of her late husband James and his friends, including Adam, Camilla’s new beau and James’s best friend. The story chronicles the love James has for Camilla through letters. In fact, this story is about love, friendship, courage, strength, and humanity. I love the way the mystery played out. Julia has written this story in such a way that you can’t help questioning everything you read. For me, there were definitely some heart pounding, heart stopping moments. I loved the ending of the book. But at the same time, I didn’t want it to end. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. **Received a copy from the author and reviewed voluntarily.**

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    In this story, Lena London and her employer and friend, Camilla Graham get involved in a mystery that has its beginnings in the past. There is murder, a car accident and other happenings. The book was a quick easy read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    4.5 stars. Another wonderful book in this series. Blue Lake is very much a town I would love to visit. The characters are well rounded and I love the pets. Being mystery writers is a bonus. If you like cozy mysteries, pick this series up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Despite being half again as long as Killer Green Tomatoes, I read this in a considerably shorter time. Despite being half again as long as Killer Green Tomatoes, I read this in a considerably shorter time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Marshall-Clupper

    The 4th in the author, Julia Buckley’s, Writer’s Apprentice series, reunites us with Lena London, her mentor Camilla Graham, her handsome boyfriend Sam West as well as the rest of the quirky characters that populate the fictional town of Blue Lake, Indiana. This volume moves us away from the trials and tribulations of Sam West and his wayward ex-wife that monopolized the first three books. With Death Waits in the Dark we move into the past of Camilla and her late husband. Plenty of twists, turns The 4th in the author, Julia Buckley’s, Writer’s Apprentice series, reunites us with Lena London, her mentor Camilla Graham, her handsome boyfriend Sam West as well as the rest of the quirky characters that populate the fictional town of Blue Lake, Indiana. This volume moves us away from the trials and tribulations of Sam West and his wayward ex-wife that monopolized the first three books. With Death Waits in the Dark we move into the past of Camilla and her late husband. Plenty of twists, turns and peril still await our heroine and we meet one or two more of the towns colorful citizens. Ms. Buckley is adept at creating characters we want to get to know in places we wished we lived. They have a warmth and an underlying since of goodness that carries them through some dark events. If you are looking for a good quick read to while away a rainy afternoon I highly recommend picking up this book when it comes out. If you haven’t read the others yet do pick them up so you can be ready to resume the saga of their lives.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Oh gosh, oh gee, oh golly. I swear I was ready to wall bang this book. How can a character come across anymore immature and naïve than Lena London? I understand the need for wholesome characters, but Julia Buckley is taking this one over the top. Lena has been an apprentice to gothic suspense novelist Camilla Graham for a while now, but still has a problem with living her life on her own. Caught somewhere between the pretend world of Camilla’s characters and the real world, which includes boyfrie Oh gosh, oh gee, oh golly. I swear I was ready to wall bang this book. How can a character come across anymore immature and naïve than Lena London? I understand the need for wholesome characters, but Julia Buckley is taking this one over the top. Lena has been an apprentice to gothic suspense novelist Camilla Graham for a while now, but still has a problem with living her life on her own. Caught somewhere between the pretend world of Camilla’s characters and the real world, which includes boyfriend Sam West, Lena spends her days dreaming, creating, and sleuthing when bodies tend to find their way to her doorstep. When Jane Wyland, an old acquaintance of Camilla’s threatens to expose a 40-year-old secret (which honestly no one would care about today) is later found dead, Camilla automatically thinks that she will be considered a suspect. Lena, wanting to protect her friend, decides that they must find the killer, but other ideas are going on when they are run off the road and Lena is left with amnesia and Camilla is no help at all. This convoluted story of secrets, outdated morals, and likely town gossip, leads nowhere other than to an old-fashion who done it with a less than exciting conclusion.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie Fitzgerald

    This is my favorite of this series so far (and I have loved every installment , so that's really saying something!) I like that, after three books essentially focused on the same storyline, this one branches out a little bit and starts to take Lena and Camilla in a different direction. Events of the story that lead Lena to question her own judgment and understanding of what is happening work especially well and give the author lots of creative ways to leave red herrings in the path to the true c This is my favorite of this series so far (and I have loved every installment , so that's really saying something!) I like that, after three books essentially focused on the same storyline, this one branches out a little bit and starts to take Lena and Camilla in a different direction. Events of the story that lead Lena to question her own judgment and understanding of what is happening work especially well and give the author lots of creative ways to leave red herrings in the path to the true culprit. I can't wait for the next book, Death with a Dark Red Rose.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    Oh I loved this book, this is a great series, I love the atmosphere, the characters and the mysteries. Each book builds on the last and we learn more and more about these characters by what they go through. This book contains an old mystery, someone Camilla hasn't seen in 40 years comes to the door threatening to tell everyone something terrible her husband did years ago, before she can really confront the person and get more details the person is murdered. When Camilla and Lena let it be known Oh I loved this book, this is a great series, I love the atmosphere, the characters and the mysteries. Each book builds on the last and we learn more and more about these characters by what they go through. This book contains an old mystery, someone Camilla hasn't seen in 40 years comes to the door threatening to tell everyone something terrible her husband did years ago, before she can really confront the person and get more details the person is murdered. When Camilla and Lena let it be known at a service for the victim they are run off the road and Lena has a serious injury. What is going on, inspite of everything that is going on, can the ladies figure out what happened then and now. You are in for a wild ride.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jason Heath-Fitzgerald

    Recently, thanks to Julia Buckley, I was able to take my fourth trip back to Blue Lake. A trip that was a little early because of the kindness of the Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. Book Four: “Death Waits in the Dark” was not a disappointment! Blue Lake continues to be full of mystery and suspense! Lena London is on the scene to help her literary idol, Camilla Graham, with a mystery from the past! Book four is another captivating story with characters that are now like family. The release dat Recently, thanks to Julia Buckley, I was able to take my fourth trip back to Blue Lake. A trip that was a little early because of the kindness of the Writer’s Apprentice Mystery series. Book Four: “Death Waits in the Dark” was not a disappointment! Blue Lake continues to be full of mystery and suspense! Lena London is on the scene to help her literary idol, Camilla Graham, with a mystery from the past! Book four is another captivating story with characters that are now like family. The release date for “Death Waits in the Dark” is April 2019. Wonderful book! Even better mystery series! Check out Julia Buckley’s Writer’s Apprentice Mystery novels!

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