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Dark Lake by Louise Gaylord

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Allie Armington's Back. Trouble's Right Behind Her.

This time she's in the Adirondacks, and it's really personal.
A long time ago Allie was summarily ordered away from her extended family's summer enclave. Her return is nothing like what she expected. Instead of the tranquil retreat she remembers, the place is a murder site. From the very beginning she's confronted with everything from cover-ups and corrupted cops to covert meth labs and cousins in distress. Allie really has her hands full.

Visiting Hotanawa was always a dream to remember. This visit turns into a nightmare she'd rather forget.
Populated with neighbors you love to hate, childhood ex-crushes you'd hate to love, and family and friends who promote more problems than solutions, Dark Lake brings us an up close look at summer life in the Adirondacks and Allie at her best.

Amazon Summary

Ready for another Allie Armington Mystery novel?  This book is no less exciting than the first.  Allie returns to a vacation home in the Adirondacks at the request of her cousin, she is supposed to receive exciting news when she arrives.  The first moment Allie steps through the door she can tell something is off, that feeling only grows as Allie awaits her relatives' arrival to the house.  After awhile, she decides to search on her own.  What she finds shocks her.  The story takes off from there.

As a character, Allie reminded me a bit of Nancy Drew.  She was inquisitive, intelligent, and possessed a quick mind.  She is a likable character and the reader will enjoy following her through the novel.  The secondary characters are just as interesting, maybe more so because the reader will always be guessing who the bad guys are.

The events were interesting, the reader will like following Allie's logic as she makes decision and uncovers clues.  The ending was perfect.  This book is recommended to mystery lovers.

4 Stars

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