"Death Waits in the Dark" By Julia Buckley: Review/Giveaway

by Sandra Murhpy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Lena London has a dream job as assistant to suspense novelist Camilla Graham, gets to live-in, enjoys wonderful meals from Camilla’s cook, and can have her cat with her. If that’s not enough, she has a new love interest as well. Things are just about perfect— except for the dead bodies that keep turning up.

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When a stranger arrives on Camilla’s doorstep and threatens to tell long-kept secrets about Camilla’s late husband unless old wrongs are righted, Camilla is at a loss to know what the woman is talking about. The woman is Jane Wyland, a local teacher, someone Camilla only met a few times, many years ago. She has no idea what secrets Jane is talking about.
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Camilla and Lena visit Jane’s cottage in order to straighten out the confusion. On their arrival, the house is surrounded by police cars and Jane is dead. Normally, Camilla would be a suspect, but since she has Lena for an alibi, that’s not a problem. There’s still the mystery of Jane’s obsession to solve.

When Lena has an accident, things are brought much closer to home. It’s obvious, Jane wanted to reveal the past, someone else wants the past to stay buried — along with anyone who tries to expose it.

This is the fourth book in the series. Lena’s personal life is one to envy: good friends, a wonderful employer, and a loving boyfriend. Camilla takes the forefront in this tale, and it’s interesting to find out more about her late husband, her current relationship, and how she moved to America. The mystery is a good one, dating back to 1971. I particularly like the way Camilla and Lena’s friends rally around to help. The questions are: why now, what is the secret, who was involved then, and who’s behind the chaos now? In the end, all the questions are answered in a most satisfactory way.

A mystery short story of Julia's is featured in one of our Mysteryrats's Maze Podcast-you can check it out here.

To enter to win a copy of Death Waits in the Dark, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "waits,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 18, 2019. US residents only. If entering via comment please include your email address. And if entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.


  1. Death Waits in the Dark is a book I hope I win a copy of!!! I LOVE this series!!!!!

  2. New author to me. Would really like to read.

  3. Thank you for the contest. This looks like a great series. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. This series is great! I look forward to reading the latest installment, Death Waits in the Dark1 bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

  5. This looks like a great series thanks for the chance angelcake12 at optonline dot net

  6. I'm in the middle of reading this now. I love this series. I recommend everyone check it out. May suggest reading the previous books first if you haven't already- there's a couple mentions of something that may be confusing/spoilers if you're not familiar with the others. Enjoy!

  7. Sounds great.


  8. Looks like a great series. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com


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