Deadly Charm: An Amanda Bell Brown Mystery

Deadly Charm: An Amanda Bell Brown Mystery

by Claudia Mair Burney
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Deadly Charm: An Amanda Bell Brown Mystery by Claudia Mair Burney

When the ominous Thunders roll into Dr. Amanda Bell Brown's town, the sassy sleuth sees a storm brewing. Disgraced playboy preacher Ezekiel Thunder and his seductive first lady, Nikki, are on the comeback trail, but Bell is less than charmed by the pair. When their toddler, Baby Zeekie, is found dead from an accidental drowning, forensic psychologist Bell suspects foul play in the fatal family, especially after the mama in mourning flirts with Bell's estranged husband, Jazz. Bell is sickened by the woman's behavior and the thought of someone murdering an innocent child -- or is it morning sickness that's plaguing her? Between babies and bodies, she pushes past the limits to discover the deadly truth.

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ISBN-13: 9781439158456
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 03/24/2009
Series: Amanda Bell Brown Mystery
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 959,645
File size: 326 KB

About the Author

Claudia Mair Burney is the author of the Amanda Bell Brown mystery series and the young adult Exorsistah books. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, five of their seven children, and a rabbit. Visit her blog at

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Deadly Charm (Amanda Bell Brown Mystery Series) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Psychologist Amanda Bell Brown has lost the two men she loved most in her life. Her husband Jazz walked out on her after seeing her kiss her Pastor Rocky shorty after making love on their wedding night. Rocky who loves Bell told her not to come to his church any longer because he is heartsick and feeling betrayed as she failed to mention she was married. Six weeks later Rocky arrives at Bell¿s home to ask her to accompany him to the revivals meeting of Ezekiel Thunder who fell off his pedestal when the media revealed his affairs with several women.

At the meeting in a run down building, Bell meets Ezekiel¿s little son Zeekie, who has an effect on her as she falls in love with him. When he dies while taking a bath, Bell immediately believes he was murdered. Jazz, who wants to reconnect with his wife, pleads with her not to investigate as she is carrying a miracle that her doctor said was medically impossible; he fears she will ignore him and her pregnancy as he knows her history (see MURDER, MAYHEM AND A FINE MAN and DEATH, DECEIT AND SOME SMOOTH JAZZ). Bell seeks evidence to nail a killer whom she believes is not finished murdering.

An Amanda bell Brown amateur sleuth is always a special treat as she is a fascinating character. She has a strong belief in God, but with free will deems some will choose the darkest path including the predator who killed Zeekie; thus she seeks proof though that places her in danger. Bell is an interesting person filled with inner strength yet is also very vulnerable to those she loves. Jazz is her perfect match as he fearlessly displays his love for her. Inside a terific whodunit is a fabulous family drama.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny Good reading
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kymie63 More than 1 year ago
Bell is back and better than ever. She is knee-high in trouble as usual and with the help of her astranged husband,Jazz, works on solving a murder. Bell is like a modern day Nancy Drew only in the "sista" form. If you thought the first two books in this series then you will adore this third installment. It hits on so many important issues and can relate to any and everybody. However it leans toward young women and helps with so many things that they can relate to. Bell is a strong young woman of God and that helps show many young woman that it can be done in these days and times. Point blank, this entire series is a must read and this third book will leave you wnating more. Read and you will enjoy.
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OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
It's been five months since Bell turned thirty-five. Since, she's had two attempts on her life, met, fallen in love and married Lt. Jazz Brown, separated and is hiding a secret that threatens to end her life. The drama is brewing in Bell's life as usual. Despite her estranged marriage and loyalties, Bell doesn't know how to resolve any of her own issues, though she's a gem when it comes to others problems. When Rocky shows up at her door, she's excited to have any semblance or normalcy back, even if it means going to see Ezekiel Thunder, a fallen Pentecostal pastor on the comeback trail. Trying to bounce back, an intervention in her office leads her to her husband, who's recently befriended Jack Daniels. Uncertain about their future, Mr. and Mrs. Brown are trying to find a way to make amends as they find themselves trapped in the middle of yet another murder. Bell is uncertain how to relate to Jazz and vice versa. The two obviously love one another, but with so much baggage from their pasts, they both need to learn to love and live together. Will they be able to get over this hurdle or has enough happened to get them to part ways? An obvious fan of the Amanda Bell mystery series, I have to agree that book three is not as mysterious as the others. Still, it didn't distract from the storyline. I laughed, cheered and relished in the love that the characters share. A few editing issues, but the story is so amusing, inspiring and refreshing, that you can easily overlook them. Reviewed by: Crystal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book and the series. It was very refreshing to have Christian principles imbedded in the characters lives. The story was realistic and I could relate to some of their challenges. I hope the author continues with the Amanda Bell Brown mystery series. I would like to read more about Bell and Jazz and their new blooming family. I absolutely loved the series, I've read it three times!
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of the other books in the Amanda Bell Brown mystery series, I have been looking forward to the long awaited released of the third book in the series. My eagerness was not in vain as this was another outstanding book from Burney . I don't think she's written one that I haven't liked yet. What I've always liked about the author's books is her boldness to take Christian fiction in places it's scared to go. Subjects like questioning religious practices, interracial dating and sex are brought up in this book with no sense of shame or timidity. Edgy is the word to describe most of this book and if you're looking for tame, meek Christian fiction, you won't find it here. The mystery storyline in this book mainly deals with the death of the young son of a famous TV preacher and the suspicious nature surrounding the events. I will admit, if there's any fault with the book, it's that you have a feeling you already know what happened, you're just not 100% sure about it. However even more interesting than that, is the evangelist's teachings and his so called practices that don't mirror what he preaches. The methods used by his followers are scary to say the least. I don't blame Bell and Jazz one bit for being freaked out. I'm also not quite sure why in the world Rocky, Bell's ex and still a good friend, is friends with this guy and why he wanted to bring her there. Another plot line is the turbulent relationship between Bell and Jazz as they try to patch things up but keep bumbling along the way. I really liked it because it's very real and honest, with pain and hurt feelings that come along due to actions the two have made in the past. Once again I really enjoyed this book and it's ability to push things to the edge. It's very refreshing to read about events that really happen in real life and to face and confront them without hiding them away. Plus, this book is also a really fun read. I have always loved the chemistry between Bell and Jazz and it's very evident in this book. I really hope we'll see more adventures from them in the future. If' you're looking for a really good multi-cultural series to read and like a bit of mystery in your books, this is the perfect series for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited for this book to come out and it was worth the wait. I liked how the story picked up where it left off and continued smoothly to the end. I missed the characters after I finished reading the book.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
You all know how much I loved the first two books in the Amanda Bell Brown Series (they made it on my Most Entertaining of 2008 list) and so I was thrilled to see that a #3 was coming out! I was glad to see Bell back in action and Jazz returns as her separated husband that is going through an emotional break down without her. She needs Jazz's help when someone dies and her gut says it's murder. So the cast of supporting characters returns with a few new faces thrown in for good measure, the writing is crisp and the wit is still sharp. This is not my favorite of the three books (the first two are really hard to top) but it is a great addition to a wonderful series.
chickey More than 1 year ago
Dr. Amanda Bell Brown is back, and neck deep in trouble. Again! When Evangelist, Ezekiel Thunder's baby is found drowned in the bathtub, Amanda is certain is was no accident and turns her attentions on the little boy's mother. Admidst babies, illness, and trying to repair her own marriage, Amanda goes head-to-head with the woman. When everything Amanda holds dear is threatened, she "steps it up" to solve a murder and save her marriage. Claudia Mair Burney has done it again! Amanda Bell Brown is back and sassy as ever. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the Amanda Bell Brown mysteries and wasn't disappointed in the third. Burney has the reader, laughing, crying, and gasping through one page-turning escapade after another. Bravo!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Deadly Charm by Claudia Mair Burney is the third book in the Amanda Bell Brown series. It was my introduction to the series, and while I definitely wish I had read the first two, they aren't necessary to fall head over heels in love with Bell and her friends. Bell, as she is known by her friends, is not a good place. Her new husband, Jazz, caught her kissing her best friend, Rocky, and left her flat, and her family stages an intervention to try and get the couple back together. Their plan isn't working when Rocky brings Bell to a revival by Ezekiel Thunder, a fallen televangelist. When Ezekiel's charming little boy dies under mysterious circumstances, Bell has to get to the bottom of things. Throw in a possible pregnancy, projectile vomiting, and a exorcism, and Bell has more than enough on her plate! I have an enormous amount of respect for Burney's writing; it just doesn't get any better than this. Bell loves the Lord with a deep and passionate love, but she still struggles with sin and doesn't always listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. This makes her a woman I can fully relate to. Lisa Samson coined the term "sassy mystery" to describe this series, and it is so apropos! Bell and Jazz have a spicy, sassy relationship that is also filled with pain and heartache, and Burney mixes those to create a combustible mixture. As I reached the end of the book, my husband looked at me and said, "You look like, I don't know, something awful is happening." I was so involved with the story I only stopped reading long enough to tell him what was going on and then shot him updates as I turned each page before sighing with relief at the end. I can't say enough good things about this book! I've been telling everyone I talk to about it since I finished it, and that is the sign of a top notch book.
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
Dr. Amanda Bell Brown, or Bell to her friends, has been pretty lost without her husband Jazz. He had left her the day after they got married when he found her kissing her ex-boyfriend Rocky. Well, actually Rocky had kissed her. He did not know that she had gotten married and she was trying to let him know without causing more hurt. Rocky was the pastor of the Rock House. Ezekial Thunder and his family were staying with Rocky while Ezekial was trying to jump start his ministry again. He had made a shambles of it a few years back when he had an affair with an intern. Since then his wife had passed away and he had married the intern, Nikki. Together they had a little boy, almost 3, by the name of Zeke or Little Zeekie. Ezekial had other children - all of whom were named some form of Ezekial. Bell does not really care for Ezekial and Nikki, especially after her "exorcism" of her "interracial dating and adultery" demon at Ezekial's Crusade. It had ended badly with her vomiting right at the feet of Ezekial. This episode made it on CNN when they began covering the Thunders after Little Zeekie accidentally dies while taking a bath at Rocky's. Or was it an accident? Bell decides that it is up to her to find out. She teams up with her detective husband, Jazz, whom she is still separated from, to try to find out the truth. I really enjoyed reading this book. Bell was full of quick wit and a sarcastic tongue which brought a smile to my face quite often. I loved the banter between Jazz and Bell. They clearly loved each other but were both very proud and independent. Here is an excerpt of that banter: What if I've had enough of you for one day?" "Oh, I happen to know you can take more of me than that." He said this with a wicked grin. "Is your head always in the gutter?" He leaned toward me, his arm resting on the top of the Love Bug. "Get out of the car, baby." "No." "I know you're mad. We can talk inside." "I don't want to talk to you." "You asked me to look into this for you, and that is what I did. Will you get out of the car so I can tell you whatI accomplished this evening?" I took a peek at him. "You were just working?" "I was." "You're not attracted to that Cruella De Vil stick figure?" "Hardly" "And you don't think I'm too fat?" "Bell, get out of the car. It's cold out here." "You were supposed to say something romantic that made me believe you don't think I'm fat." "Bell, if you don't step out of the Love Bug right now, I'm going to drag you upstairs." "That fell way short of romantic, not to mention you still haven't said I'm not fat." He sighed and rake his fingers through his hair. "You're not fat. I think you're stunning. You're so hot that I can hardly resist you, even though I'm still mad at you." I grinned. "You think I'm hot?" "Perhaps you should focus on my saying I'm still mad at you." "You'll get over it. About me being hot. . ." "You'll be hotter inside your apartment." "Do you want to ravish me?" "No. I want to throttle you. Please get out of the car." I stepped a leg out. "I'm only letting you inside so you can report what happened with your girlfriend Nikki." He moved back, took my hand, and helped me out of the car. "