Rome Un-Holiday Book Review

Rome Un-Holiday (Samantha Stone Mystery Book 3)

By Katie Bloomstrom

4 out of 5 stars! I was given this book and am voluntarily reviewing it. This series is what would happen if Becky Bloomwood decided to become a detective! As a thank you for her work in Las Vegas, Leah is taking Sam to Rome with her to relax, see the sights, and attend a movie career. Their time of pampering is quickly ended when Vitale’s (Leah’s grandfather) bodyguard is shot and then Vitale and his ambulance disappear! Sam’s search for Vitale gets more complicated as the case continue.

I, again, love the blog format! It’s so funny to read comments from Sam’s friends back home and random trolls. I love Sam’s mission solving style. It just seems so realistic how she often gets “stuck” and needs help. Luckily, she has hot FBI agent, Eddie, around. I liked seeing their relationship progress, even though the book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger for them.

The characters in here are funny and enjoyable. The plot moved along at a good pace and the mystery makes logical sense. This is a fun read!

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Engaged in Danger Review

Engaged in Danger: Jamie Quinn Mystery Series #4

By Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Cozy mystery

In November, I reviewed the first three books in the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series hereI was given a copy of book #4 and am voluntarily reviewing it. I really enjoyed the latest Jamie Quinn mystery! Jamie is a divorce lawyer who keeps finding herself engrossed in more complicated mysteries than who gets the house. In this one, Jamie and her best friend, Grace, eventually agree to represent the wife of the most powerful man in town. She wants to divorce him, but doesn’t know what assets they have. Jamie’s neighbors also ask her to look into who owned the plane their sister and brother in law were in when it crashed. Jamie gets caught in the middle of scandal and corruption and her life and reputation hang in the balance. 

I feel like every Jamie Quinn book that is released has a more elaborate and well-thought-out mystery plot. The books just keep getting better and better! Jamie and her friends are likeable characters with quirky personalities. I like the fact that we get to see characters from old books here and there, like Adam and Jayashree. All in all, this was a great book for fans of cozy mysteries!

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Jamie Quinn Mystery Series

Jamie Quinn Mystery Series

By Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Mystery, Cozy mystery, chick lit

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Book Descriptions

“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. 

My Review

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!

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*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Book summaries and picture provided to me by the author.*

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For Rent Book Review

For Rent

By Erin Huss

Genre: Chick Lit, cozy mysteries, fiction

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was such a cute and funny book! I love that this book is based on Erin Huss’s real-life experiences as an apartment manager. You can check out more hilarious stories at her blog: http://managingapartments.blogspot.com/ . Main character Cambria is desperate for a job, a place, and a paycheck. She thinks her prayers are answered when she applies for a job as an apartment manager that includes an on-site apartment. When she meets Chase, the hot handyman, she’s even more excited. Cambria ends up getting the job, but it’s not quite what she expected! A series of car thefts occur when she starts the job, causing multiple residents to move out. She also has to deal with the apartment owner’s crazy son, who likes to swim in the nude, among other strange habits. There’s the elderly couple who makes too much noise in their bedroom, bothering their neighbor and her pet bird who goes with her everywhere. Cambria makes it her mission to solve the crimes, keep her residents happy, and get a little closer to the hot handyman.

This book was simply hilarious with all the crazy residents! I really felt bad for poor Cambria being thrown into a job where someone didn’t give her all the dirty details. The mystery was intriguing, especially some surprise stuff that is revealed right at the very end. There was also some romance in this story with the handyman and with Cambria’s ex, who is the father of her daughter. The only thing that could have improved this story would have been for the reader to see more of the relationship between Cambria and her daughter. This story really engaged me right from the get-go and I read it in just a few days. I would highly recommend this story to fans of humor, chick lit, and cozy mysteries!

*Book cover provided to me by the author*

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The Big Lead Book Review

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The Big Lead Book Review

By: Libby Kirsch

Genre: chick lit, mystery, cozy mystery

(Picture provided by the awesome author) I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed reading this exciting novel! It was chick flick meets romance meets mystery meets career girl looking for her big break! Stella Reynolds is headed to tiny Bozeman to start her first journalism job after graduation. She ends up meeting some interesting characters, like a permanent motel resident named Janet. She also meets the handsome and charming John, who works for a competing news team. In the midst of getting settled, Stella discovers a huge corruption scandal and she and her partner, Vindi, must expose it quickly, as they are becoming targets!

I liked Stella a lot and could relate to her wanting to do big things and get her big break. I loved all the detail about working in news and that made sense when I saw the author’s background (she was an investigative reporter). I thought the secondary characters, especially the quirky ones, really added to the story. Life can get crazy in a small town! I liked John, although he seemed a little too love-at-first-sight to be real.

The mystery in this story was great as well. I liked following it along with Stella and figuring out some things before her (but nothing was too obvious). As I got near the end of the story, I had to keep reading to find out what happened next! When I read the preview to the sequel, I knew I had to pick that book up as quickly as possible! I am definitely attached to Stella and her little news station and would highly recommend this story to fans of chick lit or mystery, and especially to fans of both!

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