Book Review - Searching for Gatsby Niki Danforth | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Searching for Gatsby by Niki Danforth

Searching for Gatsby by Niki Danforth | Blushing Geek

Searching for Gatsby by Niki Danforth
Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery, #3
Published November 20, 2016 by Pancora Press
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
320 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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He’s handsome, wealthy, and oh so mysterious…but you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?

A fifty-something divorcée turned private eye, Ronnie Lake turns the pages on her current case with her beloved German shepherd at her side. Adultery, betrayal, and romance are the main characters until murder steals the scene and plunges her into the exclusive world of rare book collecting.

When a priceless first edition vanishes, everyone becomes a suspect…and a target. But a literary shocker speaks volumes about an historic book series – curiously lost to time – that holds the key to it all.


To be honest, I was really skeptical when I decided to read this book. Why’s that? Well, the reason why I love reading in the first place was because of the suspense/thriller/mystery genre. What’s the connection? Well, because of that reason, I tend to get picky in this genre that I don’t easily get impressed. But man!!!! This book surprised me.

I’m already intrigued just by reading the first chapter, it was also narrated from a third person so it was kind of nostalgic since it’s been quite a long time that I have read one. The story started when this “guy” entered a private property to steal something valuable. I thought at first it’s just a simple burglary but all of the guests inside the house were surprised to hear a gunshot and saw the burglar fall from the roof and was on the verge of dying. Before his last breath, he said something that really intrigued me. And that my dear was the start of my favorite who-dun-it part. I always love Mary Higgins Clark’s who-dun-it and I was really hoping that this one will give me the same experience. And surprise, suprise! It sure did. 

What I like

Aside from making me feel intrigued, what I like about this story is that it only introduces a few number of characters unlike what I’m used to with MHC’s books. That’s great news since it’s going to be easy-peasy pointing out the real culprit right? Well, that was what I thought haha. But for this story, I really had a hard time sticking up with my guesses lol. And btw, my first guess was wrong again. Man! I really don’t have any Sherlock blood in me.

Searching for Gatsby was just a short read but it felt like it was longer. There’s a lot of things that happened in this story that made me believe that I was right with my guesses so imagine my surprise when the culprit was finally named. Now that’s what I call a good mystery/suspense book.

Another reason why I like this story was the terms and words used. As a non-native English speaker, it really is a big deal for me that a certain book doesn’t just have a good story but also on how it was being delivered or executed. And Searching for Gatsby is a very easy to read story.

And lastly, I love love love the little romance this story contains. I’m always a sucker for romance especially if it’s incorporated in a suspense story and this one just perfectly blended those two together. I was honestly surprised about the romance part though since the main character was already in her fifties, and I was already expecting it to be just…well, just fine. But another surprise, haha, I find myself grinning like crazy. 

What I like the least

I don’t think I have any complaints about this story, maybe about Ronnie’s HEA? hehe.


While I did enjoy this story, I think I’ll be giving it a 4 star rating for now. Besides, I’m pretty sure there’ll be more mystery Ronnie will be solving soon.

For this story, I really like Ronnie. She’s already in her fifties but still as sharp as ever that I really find it remarkable whenever she discovers some new clue. I also love it that she’s a dog lover and owner. She had quite a not-so pleasant past but it was great to know how she’s doing fine with her life. Also, didn’t I tell you how badass she was fighting the culprit in the end of the book?! Also, I adore her relationship with his brother.
Searching for Gatsby is the 3rd book of the Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery but it can be read standalone. If you’re looking for a cozy suspense/mystery read this summer, you may want to consider this book.


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6 years ago

This sounds wonderful. I agree sometimes reading a genre you love by a new to you author is nerve wracking.

6 years ago

Yeah it is, I’m just lucky I was to spot the best story 🙂

6 years ago

I haven’t seen this series. It has a lot to like, including the suspense and the romance. I will have to look this series up.

6 years ago
Reply to  Heidi

Yay! I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it too Heidi 😉

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

I love when you have to keep guessing the identity of the villain. Great review.

6 years ago

Yes, that’s what I always love about suspense/mystery too and this one definitely has it 🙂

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB
6 years ago

This does sound good! I love being surprised with the big reveal.

Great review. 🙂

6 years ago

Hehe, it sure did in my case too. Thanks Angie 🙂

Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Hey, I didn’t know about this series and I love mysteries. Ronnie sounds like a good detective and the case very interesting. Thanks for the review, Vanessa!

6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Since you love mystery, I’m pretty sure you will like this one too Sophia Rose. The lead Ronnie is a badass 🙂

6 years ago

I’m not a huge mystery fan but I do enjoy the occasional cozy mystery, especially when there are pets involved lol

For What It’s Worth

6 years ago
Reply to  Karen

This one kind of highlight the dogs. Yep, there’s two of them. Hehe, and I really really like that.

Carole's Random Life
6 years ago

I do enjoy a good mystery. I haven’t read this author before but it sounds like a really great read. I like the the main character is a bit older. Great review!

6 years ago

Yep, plus she’s a badass too. Thanks Carole 🙂

6 years ago

I love a good whodunit 😀

6 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Then you’ll absolutely enjoy this one too 🙂

6 years ago

I read quite some cozy mystery, but very few thrillers. I like it best when a mystery keeps me guessing, those are the best ones! I am glad to hear you enjoyed this book so much and it was intriguing. Sometimes those side plot line romances are the best! I am actually currently reading a thriller and the romance side plot is so well done. I don’t mind it when heroines in mysteries are a bit nosy, else they would never figure out what’s going on, but it does depend a bit on how it’s written. Great review!

6 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I totally agree. They are nosy heroine’s that are great, but there are ofcourse annoying. And fortunately, I haven’t encountered any annoying nosy heroine so far. Thanks Lola 🙂

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