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Lost Lake

Lost Lake

A Detective Gemma Monroe Mystery

Detective Gemma Monroe Novels (Volume 3)

Emily Littlejohn

Minotaur Books

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An enthralling, atmospheric new novel from Emily Littlejohn, the author of acclaimed debut Inherit the Bones, featuring Colorado police officer Gemma Monroe.

"Recommend to fans of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels." Booklist

On a bright Saturday in early spring, Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. With its sapphire waters and abundance of wildflowers, the lake is a popular camping destination in the summer. But for now, ice still grips the lake and snow buries the flowers.

When Gemma arrives at the shore, she meets three friends who have been camping there: the fourth of their group, Sari Chesney, has disappeared in the night without a trace. Sari is an assistant curator at the local museum, which is set to host a gala that night—a project she’s worked on for months and would never intentionally miss. As Gemma begins to understand the complex dynamics of the supposedly close-knit friendship group, she realizes that more than one person is lying to her—and that the beautiful, still waters of Lost Lake may hide more terrible secrets . . .

Chapter One


I stood at the edge of Lost Lake and raised a hand to my forehead to shield my eyes from the bright sun. Accustomed to the gloomy overcast skies of March and April, I’d left my sunglasses at home. But this, the second...

Praise for Lost Lake

Praise for Lost Lake:

"This well-developed novel will appeal to fans of Deborah Crombie's "Gemma James" series." Library Journal (starred)

"Readers who enjoy a steadfast cop who also has a caring side will find Littlejohn's latest an inviting read. The mysteries involved, one of which hints at the supernatural, are satisfying and wrapped up in a way that readers won't see coming. Recommend to fans of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels." Booklist

"Lyrical prose, a well-paced plot, and intriguing characters make this entry a winner." Publishers Weekly

"When four friends go camping at a lake, only three return, igniting a string of mysteries connecting a missing person to a web of crimes...Littlejohn remains adept at the "show, don't tell" narrative style." Kirkus Reviews

Praise for A Season to Lie:

“Colorado author Emily Littlejohn follows up her successful “Inherit the Bones” mystery with a nicely written sequel about Cedar Valley detective Gemma Monroe.” Denver Post

“Lively…Readers will look forward to seeing more of this insightful and likable character.” Publishers Weekly

“For readers who crave eccentricity, there is much to enjoy in the interactions of oddball teachers who can’t get along, old friends whose relationship is a puzzle, even gangsters who land in the country and bring big-city headaches to Monroe’s backwoods jurisdiction. The ending includes an unpredictable twist.” Booklist

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Praise for Lost Lake:

"This well-developed novel will appeal to fans of Deborah Crombie's "Gemma James" series." Library Journal (starred)

"Readers who enjoy a steadfast cop who also has a caring side will find Littlejohn's latest an inviting read. The mysteries involved, one of which hints at the supernatural, are satisfying and wrapped up in a way that readers won't see coming. Recommend to fans of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novels." Booklist

"Lyrical prose, a well-paced plot, and intriguing characters make this entry a winner." Publishers Weekly

"When four friends go camping at a lake, only three return, igniting a string of mysteries connecting a missing person to a web of crimes...Littlejohn remains adept at the "show, don't tell" narrative style." Kirkus Reviews

Praise for A Season to Lie:

“Colorado author Emily Littlejohn follows up her successful “Inherit the Bones” mystery with a nicely written sequel about Cedar Valley detective Gemma Monroe.” Denver Post

“Lively…Readers will look forward to seeing more of this insightful and likable character.” Publishers Weekly

“For readers who crave eccentricity, there is much to enjoy in the interactions of oddball teachers who can’t get along, old friends whose relationship is a puzzle, even gangsters who land in the country and bring big-city headaches to Monroe’s backwoods jurisdiction. The ending includes an unpredictable twist.” Booklist

“Littlejohn revisits beloved characters… [and] she indicates clear potential for further development in Cedar Valley.” Kirkus Reviews

“A satisfying procedural with colorful supporting characters, Littlejohn’s second outing establishes her as a skilled plotter who keeps her story engaging.” LitHub (Five Crime Must-Reads November 2017)

"A Season to Lie features a variety of quirky, colorful characters. A second murder complicates the plot and keeps readers guessing to the very end." Mystery Scene


Praise for Inherit the Bones:

"Small town Colorado police detective Gemma Monroe is a human and fallible heroine. I can't wait to meet again, and Littlejohn's prose is lyrical and gripping." Deborah Crombie

“In her well-crafted debut, Emily Littlejohn skillfully captures life in a small town—and the insidious secret keeping that can come with it. Inherit the Bones is the perfect fall page-turner.” Real Simple magazine

“Emily Littlejohn creates a colorful mix of circus lore, town intrigue, class privilege and police procedural. Add in a pregnant detective, always a favorite for me, and we have a definite winner.” Raleigh News & Observer

“Monroe, a fantastic, fallibly human and fierce protagonist, soon realizes the case may even have roots as far back as the unsolved Woodsman child murders that have haunted the town for decades. Here's hoping this excellent debut from Colorado writer Emily Littlejohn is the first of many.” Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Littlejohn writes with assurance and skill. The story’s plotting is sure-footed, and the characters are well developed and believable…Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review, Debut of the Month)

“Engrossing…Littlejohn effectively captures the tensions of a community struggling with its demons while seeking to attract tourist dollars, and Gemma—six-months pregnant with her first child, uncertain of the future with her partner, and paired with a charming bad-boy cop she doesn’t trust—is a compelling lead.” Publishers Weekly

“If you read only one debut mystery this year, make it this one. Inherit the Bones is that good. Compelling writing, a stunning setting in a Colorado ski town, a plot that twists with surprises, and a police deputy who happens to be six-months pregnant—I loved all of it.” Margaret Coel, author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky

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Emily Littlejohn

EMILY LITTLEJOHN was born and raised in southern California. A former librarian, she now spends her time writing, raising a family, and working in city government in the Denver metro area. Inherit the Bones was her acclaimed debut novel, followed by A Season to Lie, and Lost Lake.

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