Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3

by Barbara Venkataraman

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Overview

Books 1-3 of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Series! Including:

"Death by Didgeridoo"-Winner of the Indie Book of the Day award. Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit.

"The Case of the Killer Divorce"-Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It's business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie's client becomes the prime suspect. When she can't untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client's name. And she's hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father.

"Peril in the Park"-There's big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn's boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can't figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there's a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it's too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, "Engaged in Danger," can be found at the end of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781522804994
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2015
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of "Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person"; "The Fight for Magicallus," a children's fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, "If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place"; and two books of humorous essays: "I'm Not Talking about You, Of Course" and "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities," which are part of the "Quirky Essays for Quirky People" series. Both books of humorous essays won the "Indie Book of the Day" award.

Her popular Jamie Quinn Mystery Series includes: "Death by Didgeridoo," "The Case of the Killer Divorce," "Peril in the Park," and "Engaged in Danger",

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Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Comprised of three titles, Death by Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce and Peril in the Park, these three stories follow lawyer turned investigator Jamie Quinn in these character-driven stories that feature our main character, Jamie and her intriguing ways of getting to the truth. In Death by Didgeridoo we start our introduction to Jamie and the series, with a slightly lighter tone, even as the author sought to bring some grit into play, the category for this book would solidly sit in a cozy category, more intriguing for the characters and the issues they faced, rather than the actual mystery itself. While Jamie’s cousin Adam is the prime suspect in the murder, we have some moments to explore Jamie’s personality and how she came to investigate crimes, a major step away from her own work as a family lawyer. Told in first person, Jamie is solidly presented, even if she isn’t presenting us with a ton of her own history. The mystery here was easier to solve, with some secondary characters including family, friends, a PI and the suspects that kept it moving forward and built interest to see just how far her personality and skills develop. A solid three stars, bordering on four. In The Case of the Killer Divorce, at least from a legal perspective, Jamie is closer to her own wheelhouse, her client in the divorce is also the prime suspect. Making that even more difficult, the client is also her friend, and the clues seem to all point to her: just Jamie can’t believe it. She’s still dealing with the grief of losing her mother, and she’s found a need to discover her father, and the questions there, and the search, just seemed to muddy things up. Interesting but at the tipping point between full and focused or overfull and more than a bit scattered, it tended to lean to the scattered for me, this one was more a three star read. Lastly there is Peril in the Park where Jamie’s new boyfriend Kip is in need of her help. Along with her two friends Grace and Duke, this story manages to walk a nice balance between mystery, personal journey and series. Kip and Jamie’s relationship adjusts and builds throughout the story, and the twists and turns that bring politics and agendas into the story added a solid background in which the growth we’ve seen from Jamie is clearly presented. Still short and quick, the character and the focus for the plot has improved from the last, and the growth in the writer’s skills are showing clearly. A bordering on 4 star read, this was my favorite of the three. As a collection, these are good ‘starter’ sets for the budding young adult or teen mystery fan – clean, quick and bereft of language and imagery that may prove troublesome to parents, these are easy to escape with stories. I received an eBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
JT1969 4 months ago
The first 3 books in the Jamie Quinn mystery series featuring FL lawyer who finds herself in situations where people have died under mysterious conditions. The 1st book, "Death by Didgeridoo," involves the death of her cousin's music teacher. Jamie was very involved in solving this mystery and the use of the didgeridoo was interesting. In the 2nd book, "The Case of the Killer Divorce," the murder seemed to take a backseat to Jamie's personal crisis. And the 3rd book, "Peril in the Park" showed a lot of promise but wrapped up very quickly with minimal action. Overall I enjoyed the characters and the writing, but found the actual mystery part of the books very superficial. (I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.)
AdrianaB 6 months ago
First of all, I want to thank the authour for this splendid cozy mystery adventure. I love the writing style too, so nice to read a good book. Jamie is such a cutie, solving mysteries and help around. The adventure will definitely continue for me.
0urtownbookreviews 8 months ago
You know, I read the complete set of 3 mysteries (Books 1-3) of this series titled “Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery” and although each could easily stand on its own, they also flowed really well; almost like a mini-series. And…I just really like this Jamie Quinn. She’s a lawyer and I love her smart aleck, sarcastic sense of humor that we only hear inside her head, of course. After all, you can’t keep clients if you really say what you think out loud, can you? I think Jamie’s boyfriend Kip is cute and well-defined but it’s her pal the private eye, Duke, that wins the prize. What a funny character, tough but sweet all rolled into one person. One thing Venkataraman did was to make you know the side characters as well as the main characters. It painted a much better picture for the story and helped give you an overall picture of the action. While I’ve said each story flows from one to the other, it’s like each story is a case of its own. No differently than if you had a practice and took cases. Of course, though, Jamie sort of gets cases she never planned on getting. Wouldn’t be much of a story otherwise would it? They are all different and all good stories. Well-written and fun. Unless I’m not up to date there are 5 books in this series, and all have good reviews. Hope Barbara Venkataraman is working on Book 6. P.S. I am not about to tell you what a digeridoo is. Read the book :)
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
The Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection is a set of books that reads like one continuous book-smoothly moving from one to the next. Jamie Quinn is a lawyer practicing family law in her hometown of Hollywood, Florida between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. When the story starts out, she is in a state of depression because her mother died recently after a battle with cancer. But when Adam, her autistic cousin, is taken in to be questioned for murdering his music teacher, Jamie is shaken enough to work to release him. With help from her best friend, Grace, her former client and now her PI, Marmaduke (Duke) Brussard III, and a great public defender, Susan Doyle as well as Adam's therapist work to clear him of the charges. In the next book, she ran into an old boyfriend, Kip, at one of Broward County's parks when she is out trying to get rid of some stress from her current case. She is handling a divorce case for a couple that turns nasty and deadly. As she and Kip rekindle their friendship, she and Duke work on the divorce case. Gracie is always ready for a quick meal and support and is also helping Jamie investigate and find the father that she never knew. Kip is having trouble at work in the last book and it involves corruption in local politics that turns deadly. Thanks to Jamie and Duke, Kip gets a little help in the situation. Gracie continues to work on the case of Jamie's missing father. This is an enjoyably fast read with a great cast of likable and funny characters in the setting of lovely south Florida. I was gifted with an e-book copy of the set of books by the author in exchange for an honest review-thanks to her. I am planning to check out other books to continue to follow Jamie's adventures.
WLRagan More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Barbara Venkataraman. This is a fun cozy mystery series. Jamie Quinn is a family practice lawyer who has taken some time off after the death of her Mom. In the first story she is pulled back to work when her Aunt calls her in a panic that her son has been arrested for murder of his music teacher. Jamie knows nothing about criminal law so calls her best friend Grace, also an attorney. Jamie also enlists a previous client who is a PI, Duke, to help solve the mystery. The second story is about one of Jamie's current clients going through a divorce. Her husband turns up dead and she is the prime suspect. Again Jamie calls on her friends Grace and Duke to help. While all this is going on Jamie is also searching for her father who she has never met and starting a new relationship with Kip, her childhood love. The third book finds a mystery at the parks where Kip is director. The park vandal is making his life miserable on a daily basis. Duke again helps Jamie find some clues. I really enjoyed this fun series. They are light, easy reads. If you enjoy a good cozy mystery then this series is for you.
Dmaxtownsend More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to have been introduced to Jamie Quinn and her small, but very interesting circle of friends. This collection of her first three adventures is a real treat! While labelled as a cozy, these mysteries go beyond the usual format. I tend to tire of formulaic cozies; thankfully this writer gives us more: she has taken the genre to a new level. The writing is brisk and smart and top-notch. We look for romance in our cozies, and this one delivers without the usual awkwardness of “does he really love me” and “should I or shouldn’t I?” when we all know he does and she should. None of that immature stuff for our hero! Jamie is a smart woman, a family law attorney, who finds herself solving crimes and mysteries. The character is well drawn, mature, and caring. I really enjoy visiting her world. (I am an attorney who has spent years as a volunteer family law mediator!) She watches Monk reruns, owns a cat, and is one sassy lady. What’s not to like? Read this collection for the characters and mysteries. Like me, you’ll want to read the next in the series, because, by golly, you want to know what the gang is up to. I hope to read many more adventures of this modest lady lawyer.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I was provided a copy of this book by the author, and was not required to give a positive review. Once I turned the first page of the first book I was hooked and each of the books built on what was presented in the first. So, we really get to know the characters as they build from each of these reads. The author gives us a taste of a mystery in each of these quick pages turning stories, and we get to know our heroine up close and personal. Be ready for sad moments, and also for some really great chuckles. You don’t want to miss these, you can pick it up and read for a few minutes, but if you’re like me you will be quickly engrossed and you will read to the end, and then on to the next. I also notice that there are two more books in this series.
Bobbie Kirkland More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Books 1-3” by Barbara Venkataraman in exchange for an honest review. This collection contains the first three books in the Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series: “Death by Digeridoo,” “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” and “Peril in the Park.” At the beginning of “Death by Digeridoo,” Jamie is hiding from the world while trying to come to grips with her mother’s death. Jamie is lured from her hermitage when her sweet disabled cousin is arrested for the murder of his music teacher. This book, refreshingly, veers in parts from the cozy mystery formula. For instance, there is no incompetent detective insistent on pinning the murder on her cousin. Jamie is smart and seeks the help of professional assistance when needed. Additionally, she doesn’t confront the murderer, so there is no need for her to get rescued at the end of the book. The second book, “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” occurs after Jamie has returned to working as a divorce attorney and is centered around the murder of her client’s husband and the search for Jamie’s own father. While the third book, “Peril in the Park,” focuses on finding out who is trying to sabotage the career of Jamie’s boyfriend. Interesting, entertaining, and engaging. Box set binge reading!
Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this set directly from the author in exchange for an honest review. This box set includes the following stories: “Death by Didgeridoo” “The Case of the Killer Divorce” “Perils in the Park” Jamie Quinn is an attorney who is still grieving from the loss of her mother. Each story follows her as she moves on and attempts to live a quiet life of family law, TV and couch lounging. Too bad bodies keep turning up instead. This box set contains three tales that could be classified as short stories. Each coming in at around 100 pages or so, these books were a fast paced and enjoyable ride. Even though they can each be read as a standalone as the author does a good job of keeping up you to speed, I recommend reading them in order so you can really get to know the characters. Especially Jamie. She is a great protagonist and I really enjoyed her character and all the chaos that seems to surround her….much to her dismay. Her and her bff, Grace, seem like a fun pair and I enjoyed their friendship, but I think my favorite pairing was her and Duke…the not so professional PI. Their friendship was odd yet endearing and I looked forward to them working together on the cases that seemed to fall into Jamie’s lap. The stories were well written and engaging. I found myself unwilling to stop but had to in order to do mundane things like sleep or go to work. I’d go into detail about each book but I really think you should read them for yourselves. You won’t regret it. Thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to get to know Jamie Quinn and her friends and family. I look forward to reading more about her adventures.
anneinaz More than 1 year ago
The Jamie Quinn Mysteries by Barbara Ventkataraman which includes three books: Death by Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce, and Peril in the Park, is a delightful cozy mystery series featuring Jamie Quinn, a family law lawyer, practicing on her own, renting an office which shares facilities including a receptionist; one who cries at the drop of a hat (kind of annoying). Jamie has been on vacation for the past few months following the death of her mother from cancer. She gets called in by her aunt Peg (her mother's sister) whose autistic son, Adam, is being looked at for a murder: he owned the murder weapon. Not really her kind of law but she has friends who can help, including her best friend, Grace Anderson, who is a corporate lawyer with loads of contacts, and a former client, Marmaduke "Duke" Broussard, an "interesting" who Jamie had represented through a difficult divorce and coincidentally is a private investigator. She also has Mr. Paws, her dead mother's cat, who she inherited. He doesn't like her; she doesn't like him. Jamie is a mess, just like many of us. She manages to keep it hidden from her clients but struggles on a daily basis with the same kind of problems many people have including poor self-esteem and self-centeredness. She doesn't eat well or sleep well, adding to the problem. She is a decent lawyer and smart as a whip. She does a good job representing her clients in divorces and adoptions. She especially enjoys mediating divorces, although it takes it out of her. She's gutsy and direct and has a great sense of humor. She's a gem and I really like her. The second and third books are about a client in a divorce who gets charged with who soon-to-be-ex-husband's murder and a mysterious someone who appears to be after Jamie's boyfriend Kip's job and maybe even his life (or Jamie's). This is a delightful series. Decent mysteries with plenty of intrigue and good foreshadowing. Additionally, Ventkataraman appears to have a good grasp of English grammar, which may not matter to many readers, but is a huge plus for me. I recommend it. You won't be sorry!
The_Brats More than 1 year ago
Book 1 - Death by Didgeridoo Jamie Quinn is a civil lawyer, but when her cousin, Adam, is accused of murder, she is more than ready to step in and help. Adam, suffers from Asperger's Syndrome (autism) and is suspected of killing Spike, a former member of The Screaming Zombie band. Spike was also the owner of the music store of the same name. Jamie asks for help from her friends, Grace, and Duke Brossard (his full name is Marmaduke, so you can see why he goes by Duke). Duke is a PI Jamie helped with his divorce and together they work to clear Adam. Who actually killed Spike? Can Jamie and Duke clear Adam? Book 2 - The Case of the Killer Divorce Jamie is back in Divorce Court with her new client, Becca Solomon. Becca is seeking full custody of her children. After court, Becca's husband Joe threatens to take the kids away from her. Meanwhile, Duke has been working to locate Jamie's father. Jamie learns that Joe is dead as a result of alcohol and an overdose of sleeping pills. When Becca is asked to come to the DA's office to give a statement, she arranges tor Duke to investigate the case. Was Joe's death an accident? If not, who was responsible? Can Jamie help Becca with her problems? Where is Jamie's father? As in life, nothing is easy and straight-forward. Jamie has her hands full trying to juggle multiple events, all of which can impact her life. An enjoyable story that is a quick and easy read. Book 3 - Peril in the Park Somebody is vandalizing the parks and Kip, Jamie's boyfriend, is getting a lot of pressure about it at work. To add to Kip's stress, a man named Benjamin Wolf, who has powerful political connections, has being causing trouble over a proposed construction project in the wetlands. Then somebody using the name I-C-U sends Jamie an email with pictures of her with Kip and warns her to have Kip back off. With Duke's help, Jamie starts to search for I-C-U and the Park Vandal. Duke discovers who took the pictures, only to have the man found dead at the Renaissance Faire. Who is vandalizing the parks? Is this related to the threats to Kip and Jamie? Who happened to the guy who was taking the pictures? Was his death murder or natural causes? Can Duke, Jamie and Kip unravel the mess in the parks department? What is happening with Jamie's dad? Will he get his visa approved? These stories have some very interesting and unique characters. Like many people, Jamie has a tendency to speak before thinking things through. Each book in the series has multiple story lines, which makes it more like real life. The short chapters make reading quick and easy, but at the same time makes them hard to put down. I am looking forward to more of the Jamie Quinn adventures.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
Mysteries make the mind think! Mysteries make everyone look suspicious, like they have some ulterior motive or something to hide. This collection of books by Barbara Venkataraman is entertaining and will keep readers immersed into the mystery time and time again. Jamie Quinn is a family court lawyer, so criminal cases are absolutely out of the question…until someone calls in a favor. Then, everything changes. “Death by Didgeridoo” is the first installment within this collection. Jamie is called by a family member after her cousin, Adam, has been arrested for the murder of his music teacher. Since Adam has Asperger’s, Jamie knows that it is only a matter of time before Adam has a complete meltdown. With the clock ticking away, can Jamie learn everything that she needs to know about criminal defense so that she can prove her cousin’s innocence to the detectives on the case? With the help of a private detective, can they find the real murderer in their desperation? “The Case of the Killer Divorce” is the second installment within this collection. Jamie Quinn is back at family court practice with a divorce case and it is a dicey one. Her client is suspected of murder after she loses the case against her now ex-husband. With joint custody now mandated by the judge, Jamie gets the call soon after that the father has been killed. Her client is seemingly innocent until some of the evidence against her is laid out on the table. Jamie decides to investigate, asking for assistance from her private investigator friend, Duke. All while she gets a tip on the whereabouts of her long lost father and runs into an old boyfriend. With so many leads and new information, Jamie has no way of getting out of this one. “Peril in the Park” is the final installment within this collection. After finding her father and discovering that he doesn’t know that she even exists, Jamie has to start from scratch with him. With two murders solved, she feels like she can finally go back to family court and that is all of the drama that she could ever want! Then, her boyfriend goes missing! Someone is very upset within the park system because Kip was hired to be their new director. Can Jamie save Kip from what looks to be revenge? With the help of private investigator Duke Broussard, she feels helpless because everyone looks guilty. Venkataraman has a superb collection and story-line, chalked full of exceptional character development and originality. All of her characters have such depth that will intrigue the reader and allow them to feel emotions like sympathy and determination. This review is complimenting the audiobook. The pace was absolutely terrific; it was fast-paced and the narrator was entertaining. She changed pitch and vocalization for every character and added sounds for special effect. There were little to no errors that could be heard within this audiobook, which make it that much more enjoyable for the reader. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and women’s fiction, you may want to pick this one up. Since this is the first three installments in the Jamie Quinn Mysteries, you are able to jump right on in. A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
The first three cozy mysteries with a protagonist who is at times funny, at times professional, and always wholly real are in the “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection Box Set, Books 1-3”. I appreciate Jamie’s open monologue through each cozy: ‘Death by Didgeridoo’, ‘The Case of the Killer Divorce’, and ‘Peril in the Park’. An excellent start to what might be a stellar series, I enjoyed them immensely. Jamie Quinn is a family law attorney with no training or experience in criminal law. At least, not until ‘Death by Didgeridoo’ when her cousin Adam, a young man with Asperger’s, was wrongly accused of killing his music teacher, a former rock star. Adam was in the music room with blood on his hands and instrument, a didgeridoo. Jamie had become a hermit, paralyzed with grief after her mother’s death. When her aunt called her, Jamie called her friend Grace, formerly a public defender. Jamie snapped from grieving daughter to working with PI / former client Duke to keep her cousin from being charged by the State Attorney’s golden boy. ‘The Case of the Killer Divorce’ finds Jamie with a blonde beauty for a client who wanted a divorce because she met someone else. She and her almost-ex were arguing over custody of their children, and Becca wanted to keep hubby from having them. When he didn’t show up to get their daughters, Becca hoped it would show him unreliable. He was then found dead of an overdose of pills that Becca took. Jamie and PI Duke tried to find out how he really died, how he got her meds. Then Jamie’s aunt gives her a letter from her late mother, revealing who her father is, and who never knew about her. Jamie and her high school sweetie Kip ran into each other, and their romance is rekindled in ‘Peril in the Park’. Someone has it in for Kip, as the parks he oversees are vandalized, Jamie receives a threatening email with pictures of her and Kip. Duke, her best PI investigates and joins them at a Renaissance Fair, where the phantom e-mailer, fellow PI and friend of Duke’s is found dead. As if things could get crazier, there are challenges posed by a commissioner who want a new development approved and Kip is expected to give a positive recommendation for it – or else. Jamie and her friends are endearing; while I could enjoy any protagonist who likes to watch Monk, it is rare that I find someone, even in the wonderful world of fiction, with whom I share similar altered sleep hours. She is tough where it counts, loyal, and loving. From the start, I felt she was well-defined. As the series proceeds, I find Kip, Duke, Grace, and her family becoming familiar friends. They are described perfectly for their roles. The plot of each novel is complex as there is more than one mystery occurring at any given time; some are interrelated. Throughout are the underlying challenges of family situations and looking for Jamie’s father. There several suspects yet no easy solutions to any of the mysteries, perhaps because we get the clues and see the plot twists when Jamie does. Each is well-written with resolutions that leave no loose ends with the exception of seeking Jamie’s dad. Putting the first three stories into a collection is a great idea as they go together well. I highly recommend the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection, and am looking forward to reading number four in the series. , From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by the author and here is my honest review.
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent box set to get well introduced to Jamie Quinn and her cast of friends. This is the first three books in the series and I must say the author did an excellent job of developing characters that you can connect with as well as root for. Book one is really more of a short story, but it is well developed and brings the mystery to the surface without it seeming forced or rushed. The second book in the series is definitely my least favorite, but still worth the read. While it was a longer story than the first, it was very light on the mystery and heavy on the character development as well as filling in Jamie's life story. I think it is a great info to have, but I'm thinking books one and two combined could have made a much stronger storyline. The third book in the story shows us that the author is really getting her feet under her and has developed a well plotted mystery, actually a couple of mysteries layered over each other, with ample twists and turns to keep you turning pages with anticipation and excitement. The author also takes the personal storyline of Jamie's life and develops it even further in this book. This is truly the best of both worlds. I was hooked on the characters in the first book, but the third book guarantees that I'll be looking for the 4th book in this series to be on my must read list!!!
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I got the set because I read through all three books one after another. The writing style is free and easy to read without detracting at all from the stories. Jamie and her friends are unusual but very real people. The books are more about the interactions between Jamie and her friends, and less about the action taking place, which is often just reported as something that happened offstage. The stories seem to slip by quickly when you want them to slow down so you can savor them. After finishing the collection, I felt as though I had been watching a soap opera, as one episode moved into the next. I'm looking forward to many more episodes.
BookloverUT More than 1 year ago
Jamie Quinn, a reluctant family lawyer, lives in Hollywood, Florida where many mysterious and exciting events seem to happen around her. In “Death by Didgeridoo,” Jamie’s cousin, Adam, gets accused of murdering his music teacher, a former rock star. Can Jamie find the truth before Adam is sent up the river? In “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” Jamie’s client is accused of killing her soon-to-be ex-husband. She asks her old friend, PI Duke Broussard, to assist her in finding the truth. Lastly, in “Peril in the Park,” Jamie’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, is a park’s supervisor who is getting harassed at work. Threatening correspondences have even shown up on Jamie’s email account. When Kip goes missing, Jamie and Duke pull out all of the stops before he is found dead. I love this cozy mystery series. It’s crazy fun with a snarky, laugh out loud main character. Each mystery has enough excitement to make any reader interested to find out what happens next. Because they are quick reads, the plot lacks any boring, or slow moments. I will definitely read the next Jamie Quinn Mystery. A free copy was given to me by the author for an honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a 3 box set of the first 3 books in the Jamie Quinn mystery collection. These were the first books I have read by Jamie Quinn and I really enjoyed all three. Jamie is a divorce lawyer who solves some small mysteries. These are fun stories. These are easy reads but lots of fun. I received a copy of this ebook from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
This box set contains 3 fun, short mysteries that follow the exploits of Jamie Quinn, mild-mannered family law attorney, who just happens to get involved in a series of murders. The stories are told in first-person, so they seem upbeat and personal. Jamie is a down-to-earth character with a lot going on in her life that many people can relate to. I enjoyed the mysteries and would recommend them to anyone who wants a quick mystery without much graphic violence. Jamie's friends are a great supporting cast, and we learn more about her long-lost father as the series continues. In Death by Didgeridoo, Jaime becomes involved with criminal law for the first time as she has to help her autistic cousin who has been accused of murder. The Case of the Killer Divorce follows Jamie as she tries to help her client when she is accused of murdering her estranged husband. In Peril in the Park, a vandalism spree, corruption in county government, and a death in the park have Jamie's boyfriend Kip pulling his hair out. As the park system director, he's supposed to clear this whole mess up. Good think Jamie and her trusty P.I. Duke can lend a hand in solving the mystery.
Clabe More than 1 year ago
Jamie Quinn is a South Florida Family Lawyer who frequently finds herself in hot water, usually because of a situation involving a friend or a family member. Jamie is a bit timid and becomes easily rattled when things go wrong, however, she is bolstered by a law school friend, Grace, an unconventional private detective, named Duke, and (eventually) a boyfriend named Kip. Together, they are able to figure out the strange occurrences that plague them. In Death by Didgeridoo, Jamie’s handicapped cousin, Adam, who is a music lover is accused of killing his music teacher, a drummer that everyone loved to hate, by hitting him over the head with an Australian Aboriginal musical instrument, a didgeridoo. In The Case of the Killer Divorce, a client’s ex-husband dies unexpected of an overdose of medication; medication that belonged to his ex-wife. Who gave it to him, or was it a tragic accident? In Peril in the Park, Jamie’s new (old) boyfriend Kip is having political problems at work; problems that cause the death of one of Duke’s private investigator colleagues. What’s at stake, and more importantly, who’s behind it? Jamie Quinn is a likeable complicated character who is almost too simple and trusting for her role. Grace, is a much more sophisticated character whose role is to have friends, contacts and other resources and to save Jamie from herself. Duke is convenient private eye whose forte is pulling informational rabbits out of his hat at opportune moments. I would have to classify the Jamie Quinn mysteries as ‘cozy’ mysteries; they do have dead bodies but little violence and more anxiety than actual fear. To that end, that almost any lover of a quiet cozy mystery should love them.
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
Ms. Venkataraman is a new author to me and I read The Jamie Quinn Mysteries book set as my first of her books. The more I read, the more I couldn’t wait to read. I enjoyed the background in the first book, getting to know Jamie and her story. Reading about her family, especially her nephew, was touching and heartbreaking, considering this young teen was accused of murder! And in book 2, Ms. Venkataraman really created characters that will make you laugh (again), and sniffle, because they will break your heart. In book 3, Jamie meets up with an old boyfriend and gets involved in yet another mystery! I was so invested in Jamie that I was thrilled with how her life was moving forward. Really liked these mysteries and am so happy I read them.
rumisshuggs More than 1 year ago
I was contacted by the author asking if I would like to read her book. What an enjoyable read I am looking forward to continue reading this series. The stories are medium length and cover a lot. Each book starts out with Jamie, who is an attorney settle up one of her cases but her client ends up being charged with murder. The author takes you through the list of characters that could of done the deed and some that couldn't. It is up to you to figure out which one did it. The main characters are likeable and some are even loveable. My favorite is the PI Duke. He makes me laugh. They are quirky mysteries and definitely worth the read.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Many thanks to the author who provided a digital copy of this box set in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The set includes the first 3 books featuring Jamie Quinn - DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO - THE CASE OF THE KILLER DIVORCE - PERIL IN THE PARK. DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO - Jamie Quinn is a lawyer, not practicing at the moment because her mother has just passed away. She's just lost without the rock her mother has always been. Getting a call from her Aunt pole vaults her back in action. Her cousin, Adam, is accused of murder. Doesn't help that he confessed to the murder .. although he has Asperger's and may not comprehend what guilt might actually be. Jamie is determined to find the real killer. THE CASE OF THE KILLER DIVORCE - Jamie has returned to her family law practice and is back to handling divorce cases. It feels good to be back at work until a murder occurs and her client is the person the police are looking at for the crime. This book introduces Duke Broussard -- private investigator. As a side issue, Jamie has recruited Duke to help find her father - a man who was gone before she was born. PERIL IN THE PARK - Jamie has a boyfriend, Kip Simons, with whom she had a fling back in their college days. Kip is the new director of the County Parks and there are some big problems involved. There's a dead body in one of the parks and Kip can't be found. Once again she calls on Duke Broussard for his help. The issue of her long-lost father becomes a bigger issue for Jamie and she meets her husband's wife. A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, "Engaged in Danger," can be found at the end of the book. Jamie is a wonderful series character. She seems to always wind up in trouble somewhere. The state's attorney hates dealing with her and Jamie thinks of him as an oily snake salesman. Kip seems to be a nice guy ... maybe a tad too nice from time to time. Duke is my favorite character of all. He seems to have no lines he won't cross. In helping Jamie, she never wants to know how he finds his information. He's a real ladies' man .. been married and divorced three times. He likes Jamie -- he's never had a female friend. I really enjoyed being along on Jamie's adventures. I'm thinking there's an Amazon shopping trip coming up in my near future ... I would love to know what happens to her next.
Tarri More than 1 year ago
This set includes the first three books in the Jamie Quinn mystery series and I found them unique, amusing, and a great way to spend an afternoon. Since there are three complete books in this Audible collection, I will give an overview of my impressions and then review each book separately on Goodreads, Amazon, and B&N for interested listeners. I will say I enjoyed each book equally. Jamie Quinn is a 30 something family practice lawyer, who is still recovering from the death of her mother. She works with a thrice divorced PI named Duke, has a great boyfriend named Kip, and a best friend from law school named Casey. These are the main characters in the book. In between her cases, boyfriend, and caring for her late mother's cantankerous cat, Jamie is looking for her father. The narrator is great, with one exception, her characterization of Duke's voice was like nails on the chalkboard. Of course it is possible that this is the way the author pictured Duke, he is a tad bit flaky. I would definitely listen to more books she narrates.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(3.5 Stars) I went to Florida for the first time last year and stayed near Hollywood, so it was fun to visualize some of these places and the area. These cozy mysteries are unique to the kind I've read before. There's more language in them, as well as more flamboyant and quirky characters. Jamie Quinn is a lawyer, but almost become one by chance. She's very inexperienced. She has run-ins with her arch enemy, who is very slick and almost nasty, and often uses the help of a shady, flirty, inappropriate private investigator--Marmaduke, aka Duke. There are situations that result in non-graphic affairs, but the murders and violence aren't detailed. I do like the way the story naturally progresses, especially in regards to relationships and Jamie's confidence, as the series continues. There is a gentle flow to the series. The story is told in first person and the way Jamie speaks is very informal, almost as though she's a close friend and telling me the story over the phone, or even in person. I like to form a connection to the characters, but these stories are so short and they're told in a way that's hard to find that bond and depth. This would be a good series for those who enjoy a gentle mystery and don't mind language and mildly suggestive content. Content: mild violence; vague talk of relationship cheating/affairs; some innuendo; moderate language. Appropriate for an older reader. *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*