A Dose of Death

A Dose of Death

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by Gin Jones

From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones comes a clever new sleuth in the traditional cozy genre…

As the former governor's wife, Helen Binney is used to being in charge. So when illness and two pushy nieces force her to take on a visiting nurse, Helen uses every trick in the book to slip away from the annoying woman. Only someone must have disliked


From USA Today bestselling author Gin Jones comes a clever new sleuth in the traditional cozy genre…

As the former governor's wife, Helen Binney is used to being in charge. So when illness and two pushy nieces force her to take on a visiting nurse, Helen uses every trick in the book to slip away from the annoying woman. Only someone must have disliked the nurse even more than Helen, because the woman's dead body shows up the next day in Helen's yard! Now it's up to Helen to prove that not only is she perfectly capable of taking care of herself, she's also perfectly capable of solving one cold-blooded murder. Between the nurse's shady past, an elusive "Remote Control Burglar," and an unlikely partnership with a handsome lawyer, Helen finds herself being drawn into the killer's carefully crafted web. The only question is, can Helen survive a little dose of death?

Helen Binney Mysteries:
A Dose of Death – book #1
A Denial of Death – book #2
A (Gingerbread) Diorama of Death – holiday short story
A Draw of Death – book #3
A Dawn of Death – book #4

"Lethally clever! Gin Jones's Helen Binney Mysteries will have you laughing, smiling, and on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. I can't wait for more from these characters!"
~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

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Gin is a lawyer who specializes in ghost-writing for other lawyers. She prefers to write fiction, though, since she doesn't have to worry that her sense of humor might get her thrown into jail for contempt of court. In her spare time, Gin makes quilts, grows garlic and serves on the board of directors for the XLH Network.

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A Dose of Death 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor Helen just wants to be left alone and retire in peace, but 2 loving, annoying neices and 1 dead nurse just will not let that happen! It looks like the only way she will get any peace is to solve the murder of her mean nurse that she has been trying to fire! You will not be able to put this book down just like Helen cant keep away visitors!!! I can't wait for Helen's next dose of aggravation!!
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was a quick, funny, romantic story that pulled me in instantly and I couldn’t stop reading until I was completely finished. I loved just about everything about this story, especially the characters. This was definitely a great book to pass the time and I am very glad that I read it. I will definitely be on the look out for more from this author.
rasmomAD More than 1 year ago
Helen Binney is a mature lady, a former state first lady, and now a recently divorced woman. She also suffers from lupus and the limitations it puts on her body. Her nieces decide she needs some part time help and with Helen’s consent hire a nurse. The nurse turns out to be the nurse from hell. She ends up dead in Helen’s backyard. It is then she decides to find the murderer. The book has interesting characters, twists and turns with a surprising ending making it an interesting read. A very enjoy first novel by Gin Jones. I hope there will be many more mystery books about Helen Binney and her friends. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I hope this works since I can not edit the one I accidentally posted under the second book in the series.  I adore Helen in spiite of her snarkiness or maybe because of it since I know that she really cares about people, especially her nieces.  After of having a life with impact, now her nieces want to treat her like an invalid.  There concerns are valitd: she has advanced Lupus which among other things causes damage and pain in her joints.  Unforunately the compromise they reach doesn't turn out to well when the visiting nurse they hire becomes a passive aggressive tyrant who actually frightens  Helen, who naturally would never admit being afraid of anybody or anything.  So guess whose body Helen finds in her front yard; the nurse for whom Helen has tried to take out a restraining order the previous day.  When the police totally ignore Helen, she is upset enough that she decides to make her retirement hobby investigating the murder.
jef71 More than 1 year ago
A Dose of Death by Gin Jones: Helen's to niece's think she needs a nurse to check on her three days a week. But Helen dose not think she needs any help. Helen did not like Melissa her nurse and was trying to get her out of the house. She found Melissa the next morning dead in her back yard. The police would not pay Helen no mind so she was going to find the killer herself. I enjoyed the book very much.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
A Dose of Death is an amazing read that includes humor along with a wonderful mystery. The story is so well written that it kept my interest from start to finish. I was so engrossed in trying to figure out who the culprit was that I stayed up all night reading, and each time that I thought I’d figured out who it was something else would happen to prove me wrong.  Helen Binney was used to being in charge and always knew how to handle any circumstance. She may no longer be the Governor’s wife, but she still wants things done her own way. Her nieces try to take over her life when her illness gets worse, but no matter how much she loves them she does not need anyone bothering her when she only wants to be left alone, so she finally agrees to allow a visiting nurse come a few days a week. When she finds the nurse dead in her yard and the police blame the murder on the burglar who is stealing remote controls from local residents Helen decides to find the real killer with the help of her new lawyer who wants nothing more than to retire and enjoy his woodworking dream. Will Helen uncovering the identity of the killer? Or will the killer take care of her first? I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
Helen Binney, former Governor's wife wants to be left alone. No matter that she's divorced, no matter she has Lupus, no matter that she's not as young as she used to be, she just wants to be left alone in her cottage. Her nieces, however, don't see it her way. Lily and Laura worry about her, so they suggest full-time help (No), coming to live with one of them (N0, no), and finally a visiting nurse ( Well,reluctantly, OK). Melissa, the visiting nurse is really abrasive, and gets on Helen's nerves. so Helen develops strategies to escape the house leaving Melissa there without a patient. When she turn's up dead in Helen's yard, it seems that someone hated her more than Helen. Helen is not only insulted that the police don't consider her a suspect, she suspects that they have decided on a suspect "the remote control burglar" without any real evidence, so she launches her own investigation. I really liked this book. All of the characters were entertaining and believable. For the FTC, I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Froggiejc More than 1 year ago
An absolutely good read. Hele may old but the mind is young. Despite her nieces overbearing but loving concern, she is independent. Her interactions with her renter/lawyers is a wonder. Buying the rest in the series. In fact I think this is my second review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never gave up on this book, but it was slow and boring and I found nothing at all to like about any of the characters.
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cks-MO More than 1 year ago
 I loved it!  It had great characters, an interesting plot, and descriptions. I could totally relate to the heroine, and was immediately drawn into the story. Can't wait for the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most books I figure out. This one was a nice change. Funny in parts. Looking forward to net one
kmamom1 More than 1 year ago
A Dose of Death is a highly entertaining mystery that is realistic, funny and really makes you wonder which character is guilty. I can feel what Helen is going through with wanting everyone to leave her alone and she ends of meeting interesting people along her journey to find justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For Mystery Lovers A Dose of Death is great mystery from start to finish. This book is for mystery lovers who love a great who done it, it will keep you guessing to the very end. KimA
tarryn55 More than 1 year ago
This story is very well written, it was hard to put down once I started reading it. It was entertaining and humorous, and kept me guessing who the culprit was. Good start to a series that I just can't wait to keep reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not lay this one down after the first few pages.  Looking for much more from Gin Jones!
Atkins79 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Helen just wants a quiet life with no one to bother her but bless her heart people just keep getting murdered all around her. The police just laugh at her and pat her on her head. She decides it's time to take things into her own hands. I can hardly wait for the next book!
j2dlessor More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a *gift. It's a very unique book with an older woman who suffers from Lupus. Helen Binney, was the Governors wife who is now divorced and living on her own. Her 2 nieces are worried about her living by herself in her cottage which is in the country and because of the lupus, her health hasn't been the best. Against her wishes, her nieces decide to hire a visiting nurse to check up on her but this nurse is NOT someone you want to take care of you! Helen Binney doesn't have many friends because "everyone irritates her" but manages to make several during the course of the book while trying to solve the murder of her visiting nurse. The book is funny and you don't know who did it until the very end. The characters are well developed and interesting. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to the next one in the series. *This book was given to me from the publisher for an HONEST review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for a terrific book.  Keep them coming!  
Momma_Moltar More than 1 year ago
Gin Jones weaves a  great story. Her characters jump off the page and her plot is very well defined and flows smoothly from beginning to end.  I enjoyed watching Helen come to terms with the limitations of her illness and then realize that it could only hold her back if she allowed it.   She believed that she was a strong woman before her illness, and it was hard for her to come to terms with her new reality. As the story progresses, and Helen realizes that her body may have weaknesses,  her mind has a great aptitude for research and problem solving. This story made me laugh and cheer and loudly encourage Helen to smack the next person who tried to tell her she  was incapable of living alone. My hat goes off to Gin Jones. I am eagerly awaiting the next story.
Banshieboy More than 1 year ago
Helen will have to show the power of the mind of an elder to solve a murder in her own backyard. She reminds me of some of my more abrasive elders that exasperated me as much as made me love them. You will love to follow her on her journey.
RDFink More than 1 year ago
Comedy and drama together in this book make for a very enjoyable read. Helen is slowed down because of her illness physically but never mentally. I did not want to stop and put this book down.
lorijandreau More than 1 year ago
Great read!!  I can. to wait to read more by Gin Jones!!
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
Wonderful start to a new series!!! This was a great book - lots of fun, too. I definitely enjoyed this one from the very first page - and it had me guessing whodunit, and that's quite a feat. So I look forward to the next in this series. Bring it on, Gin Jones.