Book Review: Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman

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Jamie Quinn is a divorce lawyer from Hollywood Hills, Florida who often finds herself handling cases out of her career field. In these three edgy, fast paced books we saunter into the world of Jamie as she battles snarky prosecutors, wine and dines with private investigator/self proclaimed Lothario Marmaduke Brossaud, and rekindles an old love.

Death by Didgeridoo (Jamie Quinn Mystery #1)

Synopsis

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

This is our introduction to Jamie Quinn, a divorce attorney still going through the motions of life after her mother’s death. In this novel Jamie is pulled way out of her element as she acts as her cousin Adam’s criminal defense lawyer. Throw in a little bit of detective work and Jamie is on her way to becoming the next Hercule Poirot. This is a fast paced cozy mystery and while the plot is simplistic and the murderer easy to figure out, the writing and characters absolutely make the book. Jamie is relatable and her interactions with her friends (especially Duke) are great. I have to admit my favorite character has to be Nick Dimitropoulous, a gorgeous hot shot lawyer . I absolutely get Miles Edgeworth vibes from him and I love it.

Overall, I liked the story and the cohesion but I do feel as though the story could be fleshed out more. It seemed somewhat rushed and the end wasn’t as climatic as it could have been.

My rating: 3/5 πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

The Case of the Killer Divorce (Jamie Quinn Mystery #2)

Synopsis

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. 

This was a rollercoaster from start to finish. We’re in Jamie’s world as she has a client in the middle of a fierce divorce. Wife cheats on husband with husband’s best friend? Hell yeah, it’s about to go down. And it does. Her client’s husband mysteriously dies and Jamie once again is there to help solve the murder.

Out of all 3 book this was my favorite and again, it has a lot to do with the myriad of characters we encounter. The mystery is easy to figure out and it is very fast paced. You’re hit with one thing after another at lightning fast speed. Sometimes it’s too fast and the plot seems to putter out quickly. A nice build up would be great just to keep us on our toes. We are also on a mission to find Jamie’s long lost father and that is perhaps the best part of the book. It’s touching and really makes this read so much better.

My rating: 3.5/5 πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ ✨

Peril in the Park (Jamie Quinn Mystery #3)

Synopsis

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.

What is a cozy mystery without some romance thrown in? Awww yes, in this installment Jamie has a boyfriend although he’s not her boyfriend but he totally is her boyfriend.

When Jamie and her ex chance upon one another in the park one afternoon she didn’t know that sparks would fly.

I enjoyed this novella for what it was. Again, it’s fast paced and well written and we are introduced to some new characters that I liked a lot. My only critique is that I wish we saw more of these characters and that the story went by so fast I felt as though I was lost. This is a fun case with hints of romance and tons of drama. And by drama I mean murder and almost murder. I admit I do wish Jamie would end up with Nick instead. Kip is nice but Nick…Nick is what’s up.

My rating: 3.5/5 πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ ✨

Overall, I enjoyed this series and will be checking out more of Jamie Quinn’s adventures. I only wish that the stories were longer and fleshed out because they would be even better.

This is a nice set of cozy mysteries which you would enjoy for the zany characters, fun setting, and hot lawyer Nick. I’m excited to go on more murderous adventures with Jamie and crew!

Rating for all 3 Books: . πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ ✨

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About the author: Barbara’s Website

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; and three books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” and “A Smidge of Crazy”, from her series, “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”Β 

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July”. All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

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