Friday, April 8, 2016

"Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection" Box Set Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman

Book 1: Death by Didgeridoo:

"Moving on to cause of death, the victim, Spike, who doesn't seem to have a last name, was killed by a blow to the head. The murder weapon was a didgeridoo, which was found at the scene." What the hell is a did-ger-i-doo?" "I had to look it up. According to Wikipedia, it's an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument."........

Jamie Quinn is a lawyer in Hollywood Florida. The kind of person everyone wants advice from, but one that doesn't have a whole lot of experience, except with family law. Family turns to her when her autistic cousin, Adam, is accused of murdering a rock star. Even if he didn't do it, he admitted to it. Can Jamie help him? Mom just passed away and things are hard on Jamie.

Adam was taking music lessons from Spike. He's found standing over his body. Is it as open and shut as it appears? Spike has a long list of those who won't miss him, but Adam will. They had a special connection. Maybe Adam can help figure out what happened to his friend, that's if he's not charged with his friends murder. 

We meet Jamie's friends and family in this first book. Helping Adam and her aunt may be what Jamie needs to pull her out of her grief and back into life. This is the first book in the three book box series of "Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection."
Book 2: The Case of the Killer Divorce:

In this book Jamie is back on her feet and practicing family law again. Becca and Joe are in the middle of a divorce. Becca and Joe can't seem to agree on much of anything. Jamie seeing the struggle over the children,  reminds her of her own father that she never met. With the help of her friend, Duke, perhaps she can have the private investigator track him down for her. 

Her friends Grace and Susan, along with her aunt are always there for her and ready to help with both personal and business things.

Tragedy strikes and Becca finds herself in a bad position. Was it murder or an accident? Can Jamie help Becca now? Can Jamie find her long lost dad? He was last seen being deported to another country. You'll have to read these stories and find out! What a great ending! I loved this story. My favorite of the three in this collection.
Book 3: Peril in the Park:

Jamie returns this time with a new love in her life. Kip is the director of the local parks, and an old high school flame rekindled. Kip is having some work issues with some disgruntled employees and vandalism. Kip disappears at the same time a body is discovered in the park. Is it Kip? Duke, her private investigator and friend is on the case to help her. Can they find him or is it already too late?

What is the current status on Jamie's dad? Has contact been made?

This was a fun read, and it was nice to have all 3 books to read at once. I like a good series. The characters were fun and entertaining. The story lines were equally interesting and quirky. Some days its good to read something with enough substance to interest you but not so dark that it drags you down. This is the kind of read you can get comfortable and enjoy. 

There is also a preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, "Engaged in Danger." I'm looking forward to continuing this series. 

Thank you Barbara Venkataraman