Series: Jamie Quinn Mystery

Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman

Posted November 2, 2017 by karenbaron in Cozy, Guest Post, Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Peril in the Park by Barbara VenkataramanPeril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman
Series: Jamie Quinn Mystery #3
Series Rating: five-stars
on 6/3/2013
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Pages: 136
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
five-stars

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.

Secrets, jealousy, ex-wife returns, dad was married before….what the?

Peril in the Park is the third book in the Jamie Quinn series by Barbara Venkataraman.

We are back with Jamie Quinn and her friends in Hollywood, Florida. It has been three years in Jamie’s time, she is still with her boyfriend Kip, awaiting her father’s return to Florida, and she is still practicing law. Jamie is doing fairly well, she is keeping up with her practice. I have to say that I love when she tells herself its ok to go into work late as her boss won’t mind since she works for herself.

The mystery centers on Jamie’s boyfriend Kip and his job at the park district. There are a few things happening there and Jamie loses contact with him a couple of times. Shall we say she is a little jealous of one of his co-workers? I thought her jealousy was endearing, Kip handled it great.

Duke is back to help Jamie and Kip figure out what is happening at the parks. What for his pirate costume, loved it.

Ms. Venkatarman that is 3 in a row that I have liked. Great job. The mysteries were good, I loved the characters, and will be looking forward to the next book.

My rating is 5 stars, I recommend the Jamie Quinn series it got a little of everything.

**Where to find Peril in the Park**

Goodreads

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Barbara Venkataraman

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; 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 an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July”. All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

Taken from her Goodreads Author page.


The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman

Posted October 23, 2017 by karenbaron in Cozy, Guest Post, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara VenkataramanThe Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman
Series: Jamie Quinn Mystery #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 15, 2014
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Pages: 136
Format: Kindle
five-stars

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.

There are always at least 2 sides to each story…

The Case of the Killer Divorce is the second book in the Jamie Quinn series by Barbara Venkataraman. We return to Hollywood, Florida, where Jamie Quinn a divorce attorney has a better handle on her life now. She is back to work and seems to be involved in another murder.

Jamie’s client is having a terrible divorce. She is struggling for custody of her children and it looks like her husband may have the upper hand. Jamie is doing what she can from the attorney’s stand point but divorce is messing, especially when one of you has moved on. We really get to see how Jamie handles herself professionally. Jamie has this way about her that makes people tell her their secrets.

Duke is back, investigating for Jamie’s client (much to my delight). He is still his playful flirting self. Jamie and he still have the quirky and joking conversations. I really like the friendship that these two have, it’s more than professional and you can see that their past have made them care for each other.

Jamie’s best friend Grace. I like Grace. She is a no nonsense type, she is a successful attorney, but she also likes to have fun. You can see the connection that she and Jamie have. Grace pushes Jamie forward when Jamie wants to crawl under the covers and stay. Grace takes some matters into her own hands with regards to Jamie’s family and luckily it works out.

We also meet Jamie’s high school boyfriend, Kip. It looks like Jamie’s love interest has been set. I knew it wouldn’t be Duke. Kip seems like a really great guy, hopefully we will see more of him.

Ms. Venkatarman has another great book, I think she is doing a great job mixing it all together. One of the things that I found I really like is that Jamie doesn’t put herself in danger. She uses Duke’s expertise and things work themselves out. I look forward to reading her next book in the series, Peril in the Park.

My rating is 5 stars, I recommend the Jamie Quinn series, and it is a great cozy mystery series.

**Where to find The Case of the Killer Divorce**

** Goodreads **

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Barbara Venkataraman

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; 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 an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July”. All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

Taken from her Goodreads Author page.


Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman

Posted October 23, 2017 by karenbaron in Cozy, Guest Post, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara VenkataramanDeath by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman
Series: Jamie Quinn Mystery #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on December 17th 2015
Genres: Cozy, Mystery
Pages: 107
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
four-stars

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.

Rock Star Zombie murdered with what kind of instrument?

Death by Didgeridoo is the first book in the Jamie Quinn series by Barbara Venkataraman. It takes place in Hollywood, Florida, where Jamie Quinn a struggling divorce attorney is taken out of her element when she receives the call that her cousin Adam has been arrested for murder. Can she figure it out with the help of her friends?

Jamie must pull it together and step back into her life after the death of her mother devastates her. This case gives her something to focus on other than losing her mother. I like Jamie, she isn’t afraid of hard work. She is smart, she’s got some attitude and she can speak for herself. I like the way she carries herself and I like the way she has tissues with her at all times. She plans a head when possible.

Marmaduke Broussard is my favorite character. He is the private eye that helps Jamie investigate this murder. Duke as he goes by is personable and fun loving. He is a bit of a flirt (really he is a total flirt and hits all women in the vicinity). He likes to drink down at the “Big Easy.” He wears alligator boots and he has been married three times. That is how Jamie met him. She was his attorney for his third divorce.

The two of them carry on, with Duke flirting with her and Jamie staying professional. They have this whole working relationship, but I can see that they are becoming friends. They complement each other well.

The characters are believable. The mystery is well paced, complete with red herrings and the clues play out well. I truly enjoyed the story. I like the way that Jamie stood up for her cousin Adam, and helped him and her aunt through the system. Ms. Venkatarman did a fabulous job, melding the story with the character, setting and the mystery. I look forward to reading her next book in the series, The Case of the Killer Divorce.

My rating is 4 stars, I recommend Death by Didgeridoo, to all those cozy mystery lovers out there..

**Where to find Death by Didgeridoo**

** Goodreads **

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book for your site. ~Jen

four-stars

About Barbara Venkataraman

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; 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 an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.”

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July”. All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

Taken from her Goodreads Author page.