Publication Date: September 3, 2014
Jamie Quinn is a lawyer based in Hollywood, Florida. The three short stories in this volume are Death by Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce, and Peril in the Park.
Death by Didgeridoo: Jamie’s cousin, Adam, is accused of killing one of his teachers with a Didgeridoo. Jamie must find the real killers but with a man so disliked as the deceased, narrowing down the suspects may be an endless task.
The Case of the Killer: Divorceé Jamie is struggling to get back to her family’s law practice after a great personal loss. When a divorce case she’s handling turns into a murder case with her client as the suspect, she brings in a private investigator to try to find the true killer and to handle a personal lost relative problem for her.
Peril in the Park: When there’s a murder in the park and the park director, who is Jamie’s new boyfriend, disappears. Jamie must call in her investigator friend to help her solve the case and find her boyfriend.
The author gave me a copy of these tomes in exchange for my review.
What is it about lawyers that make them such good writers? Lisa Scottoline, Alafair Burke, Erle Standley Gardener are only a few of the wonderful writers to spring from a legal background. Add Barbara Venkataraman to the list of outstanding lawyers turned authors. Venkataraman’s series of cozy mystery stories are a delight to take to the beach, backyard or to enjoy during a long soak in the bathtub. They are delightfully fast moving and well written with interesting characters and plotlines. The novel is written in the first person, which doesn’t usually thrill this reader, but Jamie comes across as an authentic reporter of events. The three tomes are individual stories but the ongoing story of the ever-evolving Jamie Quinn.
In order not to spoil the novels, they must be reviewed as a whole. Jamie starts the series on the heels of a seemingly insurmountable loss. Jamie has inherited her lost loved one’s pet. She’s just trying to normalize her life and do what she thinks is right. It’s a foregone conclusion that when Adam is in trouble, she’s going to help him. Adam is autistic and has admitted to the crime adds an extra level of interest to the case. Despite Jamie’s troubles, she’s not a woman to feel sorry for herself. Along with a great loss, Jamie is looking for someone important to her personal life adding an extra dimension to their already interesting main character. Jamie is imbued with a remarkable wit. She is a woman with whom you’ll want to have a beer.
Venkataraman’s characters are well rounded and well thought out. Duke, Kip and Jamie are people you either know or will know by the end of the trio of stories. The dialogue is natural. Duke and Jamie especially seem to have a fast and easy rapport.
Each story is well crafted, expertly edited and flows easily into the next. There’s no quick fix for grief and sometimes mystery hits home. Jamie is never going to be the character to whom the story happens, she is an active part of her journey. The continuing story of Jamie’s loved one is engaging. Life may be consumed by the mystery of the story but it doesn’t stop because that wouldn’t be the way life works.
If you’re looking for a quick and enjoyable series of cozy mystery short stories, pick Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 up today. Take a bath or sit outside in the lovely sunshine. Soak up relaxation while you soak in the adventures of Jamie Quinn.
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