Book Review: Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection by Barbara Venkataraman
Jaime Quinn Mystery Collection
Box Set Books 1-3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publication Date: December 17, 2015
Ms. Venkataraman weaves her mysteries with intricate relationships of friends and family. Her stories feel real, with hard core details and interesting twists. ~Ocean Pearl Books Blog~
ABOUT THE BOOK:
‘Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:
“Death by Didgeridoo”-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 preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, “Engaged in Danger,” can be found at the end of the book.
What scared me the most, starting out as a new lawyer, was that I couldn’t begin to fathom the depths of my ignorance. The more I learned, the more I realized how much I didn’t know. I’ve heard law schools actually teach students how to practice law these days, and not just about research and writing. Well, it’s about damn time, I say. Now that I’ve been practicing law for ten years, I know what to do and where to stand, how to dress and how to negotiate and, if I’m not sure about something, I can usually bluff my way through. I’ve also learned how to size up my opponents: the nervous ones with shaky hands, the blustery ones with something to prove, and the cool, confident ones I longed to emulate. But, as my first boss used to say, half the battle is just showing up. The other half is preparing the best you can with the information you have.
Mysteries make the mind think! Mysteries make everyone look suspicious, like they have some ulterior motive or something to hide. This collection of books by Barbara Venkataraman is entertaining and will keep readers immersed into the mystery time and time again. Jamie Quinn is a family court lawyer, so criminal cases are absolutely out of the question…until someone calls in a favor. Then, everything changes.
“Death by Didgeridoo” is the first installment within this collection. Jamie is called by a family member after her cousin, Adam, has been arrested for the murder of his music teacher. Since Adam has Asperger’s, Jamie knows that it is only a matter of time before Adam has a complete meltdown. With the clock ticking away, can Jamie learn everything that she needs to know about criminal defense so that she can prove her cousin’s innocence to the detectives on the case? With the help of a private detective, can they find the real murderer in their desperation?
“The Case of the Killer Divorce” is the second installment within this collection. Jamie Quinn is back at family court practice with a divorce case and it is a dicey one. Her client is suspected of murder after she loses the case against her now ex-husband. With joint custody now mandated by the judge, Jamie gets the call soon after that the father has been killed. Her client is seemingly innocent until some of the evidence against her is laid out on the table. Jamie decides to investigate, asking for assistance from her private investigator friend, Duke. All while she gets a tip on the whereabouts of her long lost father and runs into an old boyfriend. With so many leads and new information, Jamie has no way of getting out of this one.
“Peril in the Park” is the final installment within this collection. After finding her father and discovering that he doesn’t know that she even exists, Jamie has to start from scratch with him. With two murders solved, she feels like she can finally go back to family court and that is all of the drama that she could ever want! Then, her boyfriend goes missing! Someone is very upset within the park system because Kip was hired to be their new director. Can Jamie save Kip from what looks to be revenge? With the help of private investigator Duke Broussard, she feels helpless because everyone looks guilty.
Venkataraman has a superb collection and story-line, chalked full of exceptional character development and originality. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. There were little to no errors that could be heard within this audiobook, which make it that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first three installments in the Jamie Quinn Mysteries, you are able to jump right on in.
A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.
She is the author of the Jamie Quinn Mystery series; “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award. “Engaged in Danger” was chosen as Book of the Day by www.bookoftheday.org and won first place in the Amateur Detective category of the Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Mystery Writing Competition.