Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth

Stunner: A Ronnie Lake Mystery by Niki Danforth
ISBN: 9780615882314
Published by: Pancora Press
Published: September 2013
Paperback, 378 pages

Ronnie Lake, a 50-something divorced, well-to-do-woman is “an AARP broad,” “an accidental detective” as she styles herself. When her much-loved brother becomes involved with an almost-too-perfect, beautiful, mystery woman, risking his happiness, fortune, and possibly, his life, Ronnie rushes in to get to the bottom of things. Ronnie (Veronica Rutherfurd Lake) takes Aikido (martial arts) training and threaded throughout the story are techniques that she eventually gets to use in the real world.

Just when I thought I had figured out the plot, the author threw in some intriguing twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. And she is imaginative in including Ronnie’s fantasies about James Bond. “Good evening, Mr. Bond. I ease into the warm tub with my glass of pinot noir, looking up at the large picture of Sean Connery hanging on the bathroom wall. The candles are lit, and the lighting is low. The mood is just right for a conversation with my favorite spy.”

I liked Ronnie. She is a funny, nosy, cool woman who drives a Mustang, loves her family devotedly, and has a wonderful German shepherd sidekick called Warrior. I want a dog like that!

This is a fast-paced, humorous, mystery romp.

Note: This book is rated P = profanity (mild).

About the author:

As the daughter of a Cold War covert intelligence officer, Niki Danforth has the thriller/adventure gene in her DNA. After a career as a successful TV/video producer and director in New York, this empty-nester is embarking on the next chapter of her life, returning to her first love, mystery books, and reinventing herself as an exciting new voice in the genre.

For more information, you can check out Niki Danforth's website.

Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Reviewed by Sandra

Disclosure: Thanks to Stephanie Grossman for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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