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
Find on Goodreads
Get it on Amazon:

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.


Book Preview

Check out my book shelf for book suggestions and recommendations!


Subscribe To Blushing Geek


  • kimbacaffeinate June 9, 2017 at 11:06 pm

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

    • Vanessa June 9, 2017 at 11:25 pm

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

  • Heidi June 10, 2017 at 12:38 am

    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.

    • Vanessa June 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

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

  • [email protected] addicted 2 reading June 10, 2017 at 12:47 am

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

    • Vanessa June 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

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

  • AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB June 10, 2017 at 2:53 am

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

    Great review. 🙂

    • Vanessa June 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

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

  • Sophia Rose June 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

    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!

    • Vanessa June 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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

  • Karen June 11, 2017 at 6:21 am

    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

    • Vanessa June 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

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

  • Carole's Random Life June 11, 2017 at 6:41 am

    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!

    • Vanessa June 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm

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

  • LilyElement June 11, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I love a good whodunit 😀

    • Vanessa June 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Then you’ll absolutely enjoy this one too 🙂

  • Lola June 12, 2017 at 5:32 am

    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!

    • Vanessa June 16, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      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 🙂


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.