Appraisal for Murder

Appraisal for Murder

by Elaine L. Orr


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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 from her embezzling ex-husband, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie finds work as a real estate appraiser, but a low-life named Joe Pedone demands that she 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. Jolie appraises Michael's mother's house and finds his mother dead in bed. Soon the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the ten-year high school reunion are 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 balances her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and sometimes uneasy friendship with long-ago friend Scoobie. She plots ways to prove both friends innocent, but someone would rather see her dead.

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ISBN-13: 9780986338007
Publisher: Lifelong Dreams Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Appraisal for Murder 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
cwjmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have been more enjoyable without all the typos
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, the characters are likable. Jolie comes to live with her aunt while trying to deal with her soon to be ex who has a gambling problem and seems to have taken money from everybody, including Jolie. She is trying to start her life over, things start to look up when she finds a job until she also finds a body. Not only is she trying to find answers but she has to deal with a low life who wants money that her husband borrowed. The mystery was good and I have to say that I figured it out a little sooner than Jolie, but it was fun waiting for her to find the answer. I will definitely continue on with this series, I love the interesting mix of characters. *I won a copy of this from the author and this is my honest opinion.
lovemynookgb More than 1 year ago
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.