Humour, Mystery

Jamie Quinn Mystery #1-3 by Barbara Venkatraman


I have been blogging for more than a year now, and a couple of months ago I had an author contact me for a review for the first time. I was really excited about this new turn of events. This one followed close behind that book,  I received a copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a box set of the first three books of the series. We are introduced to Jamie Quinn, initially mourning her mother (without losing her sense of humour) and who later becomes more of a part-time sleuth as the series progresses.

The first book is ‘Death by Didgeridoo’, where Jamie’s cousin is accused of a murder he could not have committed. The second is ‘The Case of the Killer Divorce’ where a divorce case she is handling takes a new twist and the last book is ‘Peril in the Park’ where the national and state parks in Jamie’s neighbourhood look like they are being targeted by a vandal. These fall under the cosy murders genre and therefore the case itself does not have much of a bearing on how you feel about the story. The personal lives of the people involved, and the narration itself plays a more pivotal role. Jamie Quinn is a smart mouth, and most of her responses to almost all of her experiences are very pat. Her interactions with her friend and old client Duke are fun to read.Revealing anything further would take away from the experience of reading the series. It does not take long to read the three books and I almost did it in three separate enjoyable sittings.

This is a light series with some emotional quotient. I liked the first book best of the three but will definitely look out for the other books to complete the series.



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