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Grime and Punishment (A Jane Jeffry Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380764008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380764006
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 826,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When an unpopular cleaning lady is strangled to death with a vacuum cleaner cord, Jane Jeffry, a single mom with an eye for mysteries, finds time between PTA meetings and car pools to do some sleuthing.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This first in the series of Jane Jeffry mysteries is an introduction to this delightful character and is a perfect beginning. Jane never ceases to amaze me how she can be a mother of three children, two of them teens, work on countless committees and still keep a carpool schedule in her head and run it smoothly! This first in the series is a must of collectors of the Jane Jeffry mysteries. It is a great whodunit and whydidthey delight that is delightfully funny with non-stop, page-turning interest. Don't be surprised if the person you think did the murder turns out not to be; and the "friend" turns out not to be!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan. 1998
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Jill Churchill is a prolific writer, which is a good thing. Once you start reading her books, it's easy to become addicted to them. Jane Jeffry is a great character and, while the mysteries are not intricate, the business of solving them is a lot of fun.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Too Close For Comfort 15 July 2002
By Peter Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Jeffry is a full-time mother whose life is filled with three children, two cats, a dog, PTA and carpools. Her husband Steve is killed in an auto accident on the night he leaves home for another woman. In the midst of her grieving, Jane's life is jolted by the murder next door of Happy Helper cleaning lady Ramona Thurgood. Jane's motivation to solve the crime is if a murder can be committed in another house in the neighborhood, it can also happen in her house.
Jane is helped by her friend Shelley and old family friend Uncle Jim. Together with the local police a trap is set to catch the murderer in the act.
The neighborhood and the characters are believable. The plot is easy to follow. I understand why the book got both the Agatha and Macavity Awards for Best First Mystery.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Mystery with a humorous flair! 26 Oct. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was browsing at my local bookstore when I came upon Jill Churchill's books. Having never heard of her before but interested in mysteries, I picked up this book and now plan to read every one in the series!
"Grime and Punishment" is written with a very comical touch. Jane Jeffry is a widowed mother of three who lives in suburban Chicago (as do I, and enjoyed the familiar nuances of the area that she brought up). Between neighborhood potluck suppers, juggling her kids' schedules and trying to get over the death of her husband, Jane now adds "crime solver" to her ever-growing list of personal demands. She is determined to figure out who killed the neighborhood cleaning lady, even if it means alienating (or even suspecting!) those she knows, including her best friend! And trying to play detective gets her in hot water with the real (and single and hunky) detective working the case!
I found myself laughing out loud while reading this, and it was hard to put down. I can't wait to read all of the Jane Jeffry series!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and entertaining! 3 Dec. 2001
By Ruth A. Caldwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first in a series, we find Jane Jeffry, single mom with hardly a single moment to spare. She is irresistibly drawn into the investigation of the murder of the neighborhood cleaning lady and even more (eagerly) drawn into a relationship with the hunky investigative Detective VanDyne! Her neighbor and best friend Shelley attempts to keep Jane from involving herself in both aspects, and also not believing that Jane herself could be the murderer... or is she? Excellent!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Very Good Cozy Mystery 24 Jan. 1998
By N. Sausser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jill Churchill is a prolific writer, which is a good thing. Once you start reading her books, it's easy to become addicted to them. Jane Jeffry is a great character and, while the mysteries are not intricate, the business of solving them is a lot of fun.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Delightfully funny with non-stop page-turning interest 14 Mar. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This first in the series of Jane Jeffry mysteries is an introduction to this delightful character and is a perfect beginning. Jane never ceases to amaze me how she can be a mother of three children, two of them teens, work on countless committees and still keep a carpool schedule in her head and run it smoothly! This first in the series is a must of collectors of the Jane Jeffry mysteries. It is a great whodunit and whydidthey delight that is delightfully funny with non-stop, page-turning interest. Don't be surprised if the person you think did the murder turns out not to be; and the "friend" turns out not to be
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