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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Murder at Mistletoe Manor Review

Murder at Mistletoe Manor

By Holly Tierney-Bedord

Genre: Christmas novella, mystery, chick lit

4 out of 5 chickadees singing! This was a fun Christmas mystery that reminded me of the great novel- And Then There Were None. Klarinda owns Mistletoe Manor, an inn that never seems to have enough guests or enough money. Klarinda is shocked when the inn is full on a Tuesday evening by people who don’t seem to be traveling together. Soon, she finds out they all got mysterious envelopes inviting them to the manor and that almost all of them know each other from boarding school. One by one, guests mysteriously die and Klarinda tries to investigate. 

I thought the story moved at a very good pace and I liked all the mysterious happenings. There was a lot of humor interspersed with the deaths, which made it more entertaining than macabre. I wish there had been more clues along the way so that the reader could have figured out the mystery ahead of time- I guessed at who it was, but there wasn’t a lot of hard evidence presented until after the murderer had been revealed. Overall, it was a very entertaining mystery story!

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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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The Big Overnight Book Review

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The Big Overnight

By Libby Kirsch

Genre: Mystery, Adventure, Chick Lit

Summary:

Sometimes The End is just The Beginning.
When the suspect in a Knoxville shooting confesses on camera, police say the case is closed. But then TV reporter Stella Reynolds gets an anonymous email that changes everything.
As she picks her way through a minefield of untruths and half-lies, she discovers everyone has secrets they’re desperate to keep—including the people closest to her. With the body count rising, Stella won’t stop digging until she lays all the secrets bare. Friendships, romance, and even her own life are all on the line.
Her work and personal lives collide in The Big Overnight, the thrilling third installment of the Stella Reynolds Mystery Series. Find out if Stella can track down the real killer before she reaches her final deadline.

Book Review

A huge thanks to Libby Kirsch for sending me her latest novel! I am reviewing it voluntarily. I have loved Stella Reynolds from book one and this latest installment was no exception. We get to see the return of many fun, big personalities like Janet, John, and Lucky. Stella catches a suspect’s confession on camera, but an anonymous email convinces her to keep digging. While she tries to figure out the case, she discovers the FBI has taken an interest in her. Meanwhile, a third party is threatening Stella if she doesn’t drop her investigation. The more Stella digs, the more layers she uncovers and she finds that corruption goes deeper than she ever expected. I love how Kirsch’s novels really lay out the investigation clearly, while still leaving some surprises until the end. The danger and mystery is interspersed with hilarious antics. Stella feels like a real person with flaws who makes mistakes, but she still kicks booty. The book ended with an idea of where Stella will be in the next story and I can’t wait to read it and find out what happens!


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