Monday, June 20, 2016

Jamie Quinn Mysteries (Box Set 1-3) by Barbara Venkataraman {Review}

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection (Box Set Books 1-3)
by Barbara Venkataraman
Published (first published September 3rd 2014)

Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:

"Death by Didgeridoo"-Winner of the Indie Book of the Day award. Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit.

"The Case of the Killer Divorce"-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It's business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie's client becomes the prime suspect. When she can't untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client's name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

"Peril in the Park"-There's big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn's boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can't figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, "Engaged in Danger," can be found at the end of the book.


My Review: 3.5 Stars

I went to Florida for the first time last year and stayed near Hollywood, so it was fun to visualize some of these places and the area. 

These cozy mysteries are unique to the kind I've read before. There's more language in them, as well as more flamboyant and quirky characters. Jamie Quinn is a lawyer, but almost become one by chance. She's very inexperienced. She has run-ins with her arch enemy, who is very slick and almost nasty, and often uses the help of a shady, flirty, inappropriate private investigator--Marmaduke, aka Duke. There are situations that result in non-graphic affairs, but the murders and violence aren't detailed.

I do like the way the story naturally progresses, especially in regards to relationships and Jamie's confidence, as the series continues. There is a gentle flow to the series. The story is told in first person and the way Jamie speaks is very informal, almost as though she's a close friend and telling me the story over the phone, or even in person. I like to form a connection to the characters, but these stories are so short and they're told in a way that's hard to find that bond and depth.

This would be a good series for those who enjoy a gentle mystery and don't mind language and mildly suggestive content.

Content: mild violence; vague talk of relationship cheating/affairs; some innuendo; moderate language. Appropriate for an older reader.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*


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About the Author:

Barbara VenkataramanAward-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of "Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person"; "The Fight for Magicallus," a children's fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, "If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place"; and two books of humorous essays: "I'm Not Talking about You, Of Course" and "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities," which are part of the "Quirky Essays for Quirky People" series. Both books of humorous essays won the "Indie Book of the Day" award.

Her popular Jamie Quinn Mystery Series includes: "Death by Didgeridoo," "The Case of the Killer Divorce," "Peril in the Park," and just released, "Engaged in Danger"--the fourth Jamie Quinn mystery! 

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