Dark Lake, by Louise Gaylord, is part of something called the Allie Armington Mystery series. I've never heard of it, so this was my first introduction to Allie and the series. You don't need to have read the previous books in order to understand what's going on, which is good news.
This is a slim, quick read, and as mysteries go, it isn't bad. It isn't great, but it isn't bad.
Allie heads back to her extended family's summer cottage in the Adirondacks, only to discover her Aunt Sallie dead. Who killed her? Could it be her cousin, Arlene? Arlene's fiance? Or what about Liam Witcher, a cop who appears to be helping her? And why don't the local police seem interested in pursuing Sallie's death as a murder?
There isn't much else to say, because to do so risks giving away some spoilers. As far as the characters go, Allie is interesting. Smart, very intuitive when it comes to crime solving, yet she makes mistakes and is not perfect. She and Liam enjoy a few outings of rocking the headboard, which Allie worries might cloud her vision when it comes to Liam's culpability. You want him to be innocent, but is he?
This is a quick, pleasant read. It won't keep you up long, because it is brief. But it's fun.
Published by Little Moose Press and available on Amazon.com.
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!