Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery (An Accidental Lady Detective, A Private Investigator Crime, Book 1)

Stunner

When Ronnie Lake gets a frantic call from her niece begging for help, she drives like hell to her childhood home to see how she can help her anxious niece. Her niece gives Ronnie a jumbled up story of a new and stunning woman in her father’s life and begs for help in investigating the woman. Ready to wave it off as nothing out of the ordinary, Ronnie sees for herself all the mysterious events that start to happen since the mysterious woman’s arrival: phone calls, a suspicious and smelly package that arrives on a door step, and cars being pushed off the road by scary tattooed strangers. She knows that she must do something to protect her brother and her family. Ronnie takes it upon herself to open up an investigation. The only problem, she’s not an investigator.

Divorced, in her fifties, and with lots of time and money on her hands, Ronnie starts digging into the questionable and nonexistent past of Juliana. A story begins to emerge, and she begins to realize that sometimes it’s just better to let the past lay dormant because Ronnie’s peaceful life could never prepare her for the world where gangs are formed by children, crimes are committed, and children just disappear. Unwilling to give up the hunt, Ronnie and Juliana begin to see that there’s only room enough for only one of them in her brother’s life and Juliana may just have the upper hand.

I was a little skeptic opening the book and realizing that the character was in her fifties, and wondered if it would be a silly and sappy mystery with an older woman trying to waste time playing detective. I actually was very impressed and found myself quite engrossed in the story. The characters are developed and strong, and the mystery that wraps itself around Juliana and how she presents herself to the world while secretly hiding a crime filled past. Did Ronnie make a few mistakes in her investigation, sure, but she handled herself amazingly and took the challenge head on and didn’t back down. Even when her life was in danger, Ronnie kept going, knowing she wouldn’t give up until she made sure her brother was making the right decision and would be keeping his family safe. This was a really fun mystery, kept you guessing the entire time, trying to find out what Juliana’s game plan was and who she was trying to help. Stunner kept a good steady pace and I never felt it drag on. It would be interesting to see what the other books in the series will be like.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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