Book Review “The Lake Templeton Murders” by HS Burney

Fast paced Thriller based in Vancouver


The Lake Templeton Murders

A body washes up on the shores of Lake Templeton, a small town on the coast of Vancouver Island. Sharon Reese, the victim, was a dedicated government employee. Everyone liked her, but no one knew much about her. Was she hiding something? Maybe a questionable past riddled with scandal. And did it lead to her plunge to death, in a drunken stupor, off the dock outside her secluded lakefront lodge?

Was it an accident? A suicide? Or cold-blooded murder? Private Investigator, Fati Rizvi, is determined to find out. 

Fati arrives in Lake Templeton to find secrets that run as deep as the City’s sewers. Everyone is hiding something and nothing is as it seems. A cult escapee. A corrupt politician. A struggling airline. A multi-million dollar public-private project to revitalize the Lake Templeton waterfront. How are they all connected? 

As Fati valiantly unravels the knots, another body is found on the shore. Is it the same killer? And can Fati stop them before they strike again?

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I found The Lake Templeton Murders refreshingly different. The setting was beautiful and the main protagonist Fati made a delightful change. I loved her no nonsense style. She tells it how it is and somehow manages to get people to tell her things that they wouldn’t tell anyone else. I thought the fact that she was a Private Investigator was a great alternative to the usual stroppy detective story. Fati is feisty and obviously a strong independent woman. I felt very endeared to her, admiring her greatly.

The book is written with intellect and it goes at a pace that keeps you turning the pages and you’ll definitely find yourself in that “oh just one more chapter” phase. I particularly enjoyed that we, the reader seem totally involved. At times it felt like Fati was actually talking to me, sharing her questions as if my opinion mattered. I loved this style completely. We are not left out of Fati’s thought process at all.

The Lake Templeton Murders is the debut whodunit by HS Burney and its hard to believe it’s her first foray into the murder thriller genre. It’s totally brilliant. There are many red herrings along the way. I thought I’d worked it out, felt so sure then, oh no it’s not that/them at all. All the characters are written exceptionally well. You get to know what makes them tick almost immediately. I much prefer books that get to the point, no faff getting to know each character in a round about way. You know instantly each characters little foibles and it creates a utterly compelling read that I really found hard to put down. If you’re looking for a new author, new series and absolutely not cosy murder mystery then this is the one for you.

Author Bio –

HS Burney writes fast-moving, action-packed mysteries set against the backdrop of majestic mountains and crystalline ocean in West Coast Canada. She loves creating characters that keep you on your toes. A corporate executive by day and a novelist by night, HS Burney received her Bachelors’ in Creative Writing from Lafayette College. A proud Canadian immigrant, she takes her readers into worlds populated by diverse characters with unique cultural backgrounds. When not writing, she is out hiking, waiting for the next story idea to strike, and pull her into a new world. 

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With Thanks for the Advance Copy to ….

Rachel Gilby

HS Burney

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