Appraisal for Murder [NOOK Book]

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If your name translates to "pretty nice" in French, you've probably gotten used to teasing. It doesn't prepare you to find out that your soon-to-be-ex-husband has a gambling problem, raided your assets, and embezzled from his bank. Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge’s bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get ...
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If your name translates to "pretty nice" in French, you've probably gotten used to teasing. It doesn't prepare you to find out that your soon-to-be-ex-husband has a gambling problem, raided your assets, and embezzled from his bank. Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge’s bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated.
Jolie settles into the rhythm of late fall in a beach town and finds a work as a real estate appraiser with Aunt Madge’s friend Harry Steele. But a low-life named Joe Pedone demands that Jolie repay some of her husband’s gambling debts and she runs into Michael Riordan, her high school crush -- she's not sure which one is more trouble. Michael's good-looking but arrogant, and when she appraises his mother's house and finds Mrs. Riordan dead in bed she's not sure what to think. His mother's death leaves him as owner of the house, adding greatly to the wealth of the estate he is to inherit. After the funeral they arrest Michael.
Soon, the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the 10-year high school reunion become mixed with calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone, and requests that she help the local busybody with First Presbyterian's social services work. Jolie also runs into Scoobie, the high school friend she hung out with most. With his blue jeans and longer hair, he’s the antithesis of oil company executive Michael, and much easier to be with. His haunting poetry reflects how different his life has been since Jolie knew him.
Scoobie cuts Michael no slack. Still, with Aunt Madge upset that her late best friend's son stands accused of murder, Jolie looks for indications he's not guilty. Michael, out on bond, insists that Jolie leave his defense to his lawyer. If only she could.
Jolie balances her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and sometimes uneasy friendship with Scoobie. Her growing list of other possible murder suspects includes Michael's soon-to-be-ex wife and a couple other beneficiaries of Mrs. Riordan's will. Those suspicions don't include Scoobie, but he makes it to the police department's list. Jolie plots other ways to prove both friends innocent. But will Pedone's plans leave Jolie alive to find the truth?
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Editorial Reviews

LL Book Review - Susan Anderson
APPRAISAL FOR MURDER is a snappy read, with all the ingredients of a first class mystery including a sleuth who will engage your heart and mind...Themes include the healing power of humor, the success, if slow, of honest labor. Lucky Jolie, to have her sense of humor and an aunt like Madge; lucky us, to have an author like Elaine Orr.
Amazon - Jeffrey Harlowe
Compelling characters and a smart, quick plot. A fun, fast read. Can't wait for the next in the series!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014094795
  • Publisher: Lifelong Dreams
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 107,719
  • File size: 167 KB

Meet the Author

Elaine L. Orr is the Amazon bestselling author of Trouble on the Doorstep, fifth in the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. She wrote plays and novellas for years and graduated to longer fiction. Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. She is a regular attendee at conferences such as Muncie's Midwest Writers Workshop and Magna Cum Murder, and conducts presentations on electronic publishing and other writing-related topics. Her nonfiction includes material on caring for aging parents and carefully researched local and family history books. Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.
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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Highly Recommend! Fun Read

    Loved this first book in what I think will be a great series of Jolie fun. I have visited the Jersey shore dozens of times and the details of the town, the boardwalk and the small shops made me think fondly of my trips there. Great detail. Looking forward to seeing what trouble Jolie gets into in her next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 4, 2013

    This kickoff book starts the series with a bang, creating a terr

    This kickoff book starts the series with a bang, creating a terrific town and unique cast of characters. The setting almost becomes a character, and supplies plenty of threads for future development. Jolie is a flawed and fascinating heroine, with plenty of good reasons to nose around the mysterious happenings in Ocean Alley. 

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

    Too young of a read for me. But did not give it a low rating be

    Too young of a read for me. But did not give it a low rating because it is well written and you will feel like your at the jersey shore.

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