Jamie Quinn Mystery Series
By Barbara Venkataraman
Genre: Mystery, Cozy mystery, chick lit
“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.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I listened to the series on Audible. As a side note, I really liked the narrator of the audiobook. It was very pleasant to listen to.
I really enjoyed these books! 4 out of 5 stars overall. Jamie was a relatable and good-hearted main character. Even though she’s a divorce lawyer, she somehow keeps getting roped into helping solve murders. I thought the first book had a really interesting premise because her cousin who has autism is accused of murder. He’s unable to really communicate what happened and accidentally makes himself look guilty. The character of Duke was hilarious and entertaining. I would love to have him as a friend. Jamie met him when she handled his divorce case. His wife found out he was cheating and blasted his name all over social media, the internet, and even hired a billboard. Although Duke is a hilarious womanizer, he’s also a private investigator who is very good at what he does. I also liked the character of Jamie’s best friend, Grace. She is that supportive BFF that everyone wants.
In the second book, we meet Kip, Jamie’s romantic love interest. I really liked him in book 2, but not as much as in book 3. He was too secretive and irritable in the third book. In book 2, Jamie starts searching for her father. That storyline in book 2 and 3 is really wonderful and heart-warming. As for the mysteries, they were pretty well-though-out. I wish that the solutions to the mysteries would have been something the reader could have guessed or figured out on their own. Instead, an event or a confession happened that revealed the murderer. The mystery plots got more intricate as the books went on, so I think the author will only continue to improve in this area. Overall, I liked these stories a lot! The plots were interesting and the characters were really likeable. I definitely want to keep reading about them and it looks like book 4 will be out soon!
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Book summaries and picture provided to me by the author.*