Searching for Gatsby, a Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery

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–and unlikely–world of rare book collecting.

When a first edition valued at half a million dollars goes missing, everyone becomes a suspect…and a target in this stand-alone mystery in the Ronnie Lake series.

Be sure to enjoy the eBook bonus prequel to Ronnie Lake’s story in the first several chapters of “Stunner” and the beginning of “Delilah!”


“A middle-aged private investigator looks for romance—and a murderer—among the moneyed in this mystery novel.

In Danforth’s (Delilah, 2016, etc.) new series installment about detective Ronnie Lake, the born-to-money but down-to-earth protagonist…In addition to plenty of intrigue and a whiff of scandal, Danforth offers readers lots of engaging information on collectors’ books, rare coins, and Birkin bags. Readers of a certain generation may also feel nostalgic as songs by such artists as the Beach Boys and Sade serve as the soundtrack while Ronnie traipses from parties to polo matches in her red Mustang ragtop. Overall, the mystery isn’t too difficult to figure out, but the writing is breezy in tone and characters are unconventional—particularly Ronnie, who has a black belt in aikido, looks great in a sleeveless dress, and hasn’t succumbed to many challenges in her life, including a divorce and a son’s recent death in Afghanistan.

Readers may guess the killer before the big reveal, but they’ll also find that the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating cast of characters, which includes an aged cat burglar, a dashing sportsman and a mysterious romantic interest, all inhabit Ronnie’s rarefied and fully realized world. Like Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, this new Gatsby book evokes the splendor, but also hints at the corruption behind the American Dream of mansions and millionaires.”
– Amazon customer

Searching for Gatsby A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery by Niki Danforth

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