A Day in Blue Lake with Lena London by Julia Buckley

A Dark and Stormy MurderThe scenery is always compelling in Blue Lake. My employer, Camilla Graham, calls it “relentlessly beautiful,” and she’s right; it’s the sort of town that a person would be reluctant to leave because you just don’t walk away from what seems like paradise.

Initially I was excited to come to Blue Lake. Camilla Graham has been my idol since I was thirteen years old and I stumbled across one of her suspense novels in my school library. After that I read everything she ever wrote and decided that she was the best writer in the world. I even wrote to her once to invite her to my fourteenth birthday party. Since I was in Chicago and she was in London, she politely declined, but she wrote back, which is evidence of how great Camilla is as a person.

When I was twenty-six and just out of grad school, my friend called me and said that Camilla Graham lived in her town: Blue Lake, Indiana. I laughed and told her Camilla lived a cosmopolitan existence and clearly had a residence in London, not in some tiny American town no one had ever heard of.

My friend Allison insisted: Camilla lived in Blue Lake, and she had met her. Not only that, but Allison had showed her my own attempt at a book, and Camilla wanted to talk to me.

After that, a serendipitous chain of events happened in rapid motion: I talked to Camilla, she offered me a job, and I came to Blue Lake. It did seem like a little fairy tale town, and I drove in during a Shakespearean storm.

Then, at the height of my joy at meeting Camilla, things started to go wrong. I found a dead body on the beach. I heard a rumor that there was a criminal in town, living on the very bluff where Camilla and I now shared a home. And it seemed we had to keep calling the police to Graham House, Camilla’s family home.

In all of the chaos that is the byproduct of crime, Camilla and I decided that we needed to work together, not only on a book, but on solutions to the mysteries of Blue Lake.

And that is how I, Lena London, came to be living with the great Camilla Graham in her house at the top of the bluff in Blue Lake.

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And how we ended up working together to solve mysteries.


A Dark And Stormy Murder is the first book in the NEW Writer’s Apprentice mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime, July 2016.

An aspiring suspense novelist lands in the middle of a real crime, in the first in a captivating new series by the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries.

Lena London’s literary dreams are coming true—as long as she can avoid any real-life villains. . .

Camilla Graham’s bestselling suspense novels inspired Lena London to become a writer, so when she lands a job as Camilla’s new assistant, she can’t believe her luck. Not only will she help her idol craft an enchanting new mystery, she’ll get to live rent-free in Camilla’s gorgeous Victorian home in the quaint town of Blue Lake, Indiana.

But Lena’s fortune soon changes for the worse. First, she lands in the center of small town gossip for befriending the local recluse. Then, she stumbles across one thing that a Camilla Graham novel is never without—a dead body, found on her new boss’s lakefront property.

Now Lena must take a page out of one of Camilla’s books to hunt down clues in a real crime that seems to be connected to the novelist’s mysterious estate—before the killer writes them both out of the story for good. . .

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About the author
Julia Buckley is a Chicago area writer. Read more about her two cozy mystery series at JuliaBuckley.com.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of A Dark And Stormy Murder. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end July 10, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

51 responses to “A Day in Blue Lake with Lena London by Julia Buckley

  1. Linda Herold

    Thanks for offering this! I would love to win this mystery!!

  2. Marilyn Watson

    Wow…sounds great and boy am I up for a mystery. I can take it and a long cold drink to the porch. Perfect summer reading… Thank you for the chance…
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

  3. Jan Johnson

    Oh, this sounds intriguing! Would love to win it! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. this sounds like will be a great new series to read, with interesting characters and setting. Would love to add this book to my bookshelves filled with cozy mysteries

  5. What an interesting scenario: Young person writes to an adult she admires and as a an adult, comes to work and live with this person. Looking forward to reading this book.

  6. Donna Gantt

    I’m hooked! I would like to read this book! Thanks for a chance to enter.

  7. Another series to add to my t-b-r list.

  8. Thank you for the chance to win. This looks like a great book. I love the cover. Storm clouds are my favorite.

  9. Sounds like a great mystery. Have to check this author out. Thanks for the chance

  10. Doward Wilson

    Thank you for a great review & chance to win this start to a new series.

  11. Love the cover! Good ready for a stormy day or night.

  12. wendynewcomb

    Great title! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  13. Sounds like a great story. Would love to get a chance to read it.

  14. Not very often that I find a book set in my home state. I have to look up and see if Blue Lake, IN really exists. LOL! Sounds like a wonderful story and new series. I’d love to read this! Have an awesome week.

  15. Thanks for hosting me, Dru! Donna Rinckel, it only exists in my imagination. 🙂

  16. elainehroberson

    This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  17. cheltgirl60

    Well this sounds interesting. An intriguing premise, new characters to explore, and a new series. Sounds great to me!

  18. I too think it sounds like a book I would enjoy and I look forward to reading it. Happy July 4th everyone! Read a book before enjoying fireworks and hot dogs!

  19. Happy 4th of July everyone. Dru, this book’s story line is grabbing me real hard. I hope I can be your extremely lucky (and happy) winner.

  20. Sounds like a great read.

  21. Emilie Davis

    Have a happy and safe 4th everybody! This sounds like a great book! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of it!

  22. Fascinating. Living with my favorite author. Hmmmm. Could be great. Could be disappointing. But it’s a super premise for a mystery!

  23. Patty Allen

    A Dark And Stormy Murder sounds wonderful, I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  24. Looking forward to giving this one a try! Sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th!!!

  25. Barbara Hackel

    Wow! It sounds like a dream come true to me too! Thank you Dru for the great introduction to a new series! Thanks Julia for the chance to win a copy. Either way I will be reading this soon!

  26. Celia Fowler

    I would so love to win a copy of this book – it sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  27. This sounds like it would be a great start to a new series. I have it on the top of my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Mary Jane H.

    I’m blown away by this story! Sounds too good to be true…oh but it really is, isn’t it.

  29. Captivating and intriguing giveaway.Thanks.

  30. I would love to win this book!

  31. Loving the sound of this one, thanks for the chance to win.

  32. I love the title and the cover is just perfect. Thanks for introducing me to another new-to-me author. The back story makes the book sound very interesting.
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  33. Love the snoopy style name for the book. sounds like a great read, would love love love to win, ty for the chance

  34. I would love to read this book.

  35. I really like the plot of this.

  36. I love the cover of this book! I can’t wait to tead, it sounds like a great read for the summer. Adding to my TBR list.

  37. A mystery written about a woman writing a mystery sound perfect.

  38. Ruth Nixon

    Enjoy new to me authors and first in series. I like the subject too.

  39. Gail Arnold

    Sounds like a fascinating premise. Hope I win!

  40. Sounds like a fantastic new series! And man, it sure looks like that gorgeous house has stories to tell. Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Thanks for the chance to win! You review the neatest books!

  42. Thank you for the chance to win! Sounds interesting!

  43. Jess Dimovski

    This sounds like a really good read!

  44. What a great premise for a book! And Blue Lake sounds like a great place to visit. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. Peggy Hyndman

    Sounds like a good read. Thank you to win a print copy of A Dark And Stormy Murder.

  46. Candy Kennedy

    I would love to win this book.

  47. I can so relate to her level of admiration for an author/hero. I know you guys are people who live normal lives. My favorite authors may not fly or star in movies but they have a much greater super power; writing might not come easy but I am in awe of what you can do. Would love to read A Dark and Story Murder. I don’t read much print because it hurts to hold books open for long but for this one, I would be glad to do it.

  48. what an interesting sounding series. Would enjoy reading it

  49. Sounds like I must read this!!!!
    Thank you for the giveaway…..

  50. Great post! Really appreciate learning of a new author/book. Lena’s excitement at meeting her inspiration I can relate. This is a must read! Thanks for the chance to get it.