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Bell, Book, and Scandal (Jane Jeffry Series #14)

Bell, Book, and Scandal (Jane Jeffry Series #14)

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by Jill Churchill

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One would never guess to look at suburbanite homemaker Jane Jeffry that she would be interested in murder, but she's practically an expert on the subject. Which is why, with best buddy Shelley Nowack in tow, Jane's booking down to a nearby mystery writers' convention to mingle with the agents, publishing bigwigs, and famous authors ... and to maybe drum up interest

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Bell, Book, and Scandal (Jane Jeffry Series #14) 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadingRocksCA More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Jane Jeffry Series and love the books and the characters. I was shocked when I read this one. Who wrote this -- a 7-year-old? The writing is so short and choppy. What a disappointment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book some time ago, and I'd enjoyed most of the series up to this point. I can't remember what the one before this was like, but the series definately declines with this entry. The plot seems lacking, with not that much of interest. It furthers the ongoing story of Jane's life, but other than that, nothing special. It didn't seem to be as well written as some of her earlier books. Jane and her friend have a very minor argument, and it's treated as if they're nearly on the verge of destroying their friendship, and I think this was also the book where some minor dispute occurs between Jane & her boyfriend, and she's afraid it'll break them up... Sheesh! It wasn't a big deal, and the reaction to these things seemed overblown. I was quite disappointed, though I may give the next in the series a try, because I enjoyed the beginning. The others were light, but fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this series, light but entertaining. I enjoy seeing what's going on with the characters over time as well as the story. Unfortunately, this one seemed to fall a bit flat. There didn't seem to be much of a plot - or as much of a crime - as the other books. And some things seemed strangely blown out of proportion. I was surprised when Jane seems to feel that her relationship with Mel is in crisis - where did that come from?? He sounded no more irritated with her on the phone than he ever did with her involvement in crimes. And she feels that she's teetering on the brink of causing a rift between her and Shelley... with little provocation, and why over this rather than any case before? It felt quite odd. I will read the next book in the series, and hope it's stronger than this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bell Book & Scandal was a book, where the mystery was completely overshadowed by the characters who were shopping, socializing, eating and doing a variety of other activities. When the villian is finally revealed, its almost an afterthought. Definitely not Churchhill's best work. There is a need for more substance to the plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all Jill Churchill's books in both the Grace and Favor series and the Jane Jeffrey series and have been a big fan. However, this book just isn't up to Churchill's usual standards. The writing is elementary and the plot is predictable. It's as if Churchill went on auto pilot when she wrote this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I figured out the culprit before I finished even half the book. I prefer a bit more substance. The story is cute, but not page-turning. Read this if you don't want to have to think too much while you read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When aspiring novelist Jane Jeffry gets a brochure in the mail about a writing conference coming to her town, her best friend and neighbor Shelley Novacks persuades her to go. Shelley also decides to attend. She and Jane register for the plush free suite that is available to the Novacks at all times. Jane is so motivated that she finally completes the mystery she has been working on for years.

On the opening day of the conference, Jane meets one of her favorite writers who turns out to be a very sweet and friendly person. At the opening ceremony the speaker editor Sophie Smith falls ill and is rushed to the hospital where she has her stomach pumped. A little while later, Zac Zebra, writer turned reviewer, is found unconscious in the hotel parking lot. In between agent and editor conferences and seminars, and costume parties, Jane tries to figure out the link between the two incidents and who is responsible.

It is always fun to read a new Jane Jeffry mystery and BELL, BOOK AND SCANDAL is strong evidence of why. The author captures the ambiance of a writers' convention to perfection, using it as the back drop for an enjoyable mystery. Fans of cozies and amateur sleuth who-done-its in which nobody is killed and no blood is shed will find this work charming and entertaining. The story line is lighthearted filled with humor and does not take itself too seriously.

Harriet Klausner