Barbara Venkataraman comes to the blog today with the first three titles in her Jamie Quinn Mystery series, a box-set anthology. Please read on for my review of
Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection
Comprised of three titles, Death by Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce and Peril in the Park, these three stories follow lawyer turned investigator Jamie Quinn in these character-driven stories that feature our main character, Jamie and her intriguing ways of getting to the truth.
In Death by Didgeridoo we start our introduction to Jamie and the series, with a slightly lighter tone, even as the author sought to bring some grit into play, the category for this book would solidly sit in a cozy category, more intriguing for the characters and the issues they faced, rather than the actual mystery itself. While Jamie’s cousin Adam is the prime suspect in the murder, we have some moments to explore Jamie’s personality and how she came to investigate crimes, a major step away from her own work as a family lawyer. Told in first person, Jamie is solidly presented, even if she isn’t presenting us with a ton of her own history. The mystery here was easier to solve, with some secondary characters including family, friends, a PI and the suspects that kept it moving forward and built interest to see just how far her personality and skills develop. A solid three stars, bordering on four.
In The Case of the Killer Divorce, at least from a legal perspective, Jamie is closer to her own wheelhouse, her client in the divorce is also the prime suspect. Making that even more difficult, the client is also her friend, and the clues seem to all point to her: just Jamie can’t believe it. She’s still dealing with the grief of losing her mother, and she’s found a need to discover her father, and the questions there, and the search, just seemed to muddy things up. Interesting but at the tipping point between full and focused or overfull and more than a bit scattered, it tended to lean to the scattered for me, this one was more a three star read.
Lastly there is Peril in the Park where Jamie’s new boyfriend Kip is in need of her help. Along with her two friends Grace and Duke, this story manages to walk a nice balance between mystery, personal journey and series. Kip and Jamie’s relationship adjusts and builds throughout the story, and the twists and turns that bring politics and agendas into the story added a solid background in which the growth we’ve seen from Jamie is clearly presented. Still short and quick, the character and the focus for the plot has improved from the last, and the growth in the writer’s skills are showing clearly. A bordering on 4 star read, this was my favorite of the three.
As a collection, these are good ‘starter’ sets for the budding young adult or teen mystery fan – clean, quick and bereft of language and imagery that may prove troublesome to parents, these are easy to escape with stories.
Title: Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set
Author: Barbara Venkataraman
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Published by: Self-Published
Published on: 17 December, 2015
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 7 minutes
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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 copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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