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Death by Didgeridoo: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by [Venkataraman, Barbara]
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  • File Size: 2606 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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Death By Didgeridoo is the first novella in what is currently a series of four. It is narrated in the first person by our Florida family-law heroine, Jamie Quinn, who suddenly finds she has to up her game to criminal lawyer to help her Asperger's cousin, Adam, when he becomes the main suspect in a high profile murder case. I liked the character of Jamie. She is forthright, but able to admit her weaknesses, professionally and personally, and we never found her put into unbelievable situations for the sake of the plot. I like her taste in sandwiches too! Other characters aren't so well defined and I would have liked to know more about Aunt Peg and Adam particularly.

As the Jamie Quinn series are cosy mysteries, I knew I would be safe from encountering any gruesome murder details and Venkataraman concentrates her tale primarily on the different investigative steps required in order for Jamie to solve the crime. At just 93 pages that approach makes Death By Didgeridoo a very fast paced read which is exciting, but I would have been happy for it to slow down here and there to allow us to appreciate more detail of the Florida setting. However, the denouement is nicely thought through and ultimately satisfying. I look forward to spending more time with Jamie in the series' second book.
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"Death by Didgeridoo" by Barbara Venkataraman is the first entry in the delightful Jamie Quinn mystery series. This a light read that doesn't fail to entertain and will bring a smile to your face. I immediately fell in love with Jamie and look forward to reading more of her stories. This series is akin to watching an episode of "Murder, She Wrote" or another nostalgic mystery series that you fell in love with and miss seeing. It fills the void those old shows left behind and will brighten your day.

I loved the secondary characters, especially Jamie's friend Gracie, who was the most fleshed out in the story, along with Duke. He's definitely a character I'll want to see more of. I even look forward to more interaction with the suave and confident Nick Dimitropoulos. I just know Jamie is going to have more run-ins with him.

If you haven't read anything by Ms. Venkataraman, I definitely suggest you do. This author, and her wonderful stories, were unknown to me prior to reading this book, but I'm definitely planning on checking out the rest of the series and anything else she may write.
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As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. This time it was directly from the author. Despite that kindness I give my scrupulously honest thoughts below.

So the key bit of information in this review will probably be simply categorizing the book. For a book with 'Death' in the title, this one is very airy and light. It's about as hard-boiled as a wad of cotton candy. This book features all the usual components of a murder mystery: death, blood, jealousy, some interested party on a quest for truth and a sleazy private investigator but they all come together in a way that makes them completely lacking in the grittiness you tend to expect from a murder mystery. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is a judgment call for the reader but you at least know what to expect.

To the positive side, you could give this book to your teenagers and not have any fear that they'd pick up any new vocabulary or life-changing ideas. As an example of just how tame this is, the protagonist at one point goes off on a half-page discussion of how delicious peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches are. Whether said sandwiches are indeed delicious or not not is irrelevant but the fact that this interrupts a serious murder investigation is a sign of just how much this book follows a sometimes random stream of consciousness in the main character.

To the negative, I have to judge any book based on the genre that it seems to be aiming for. This seems to want to be a serious murder mystery and I think that the typical reader for that genre will be rather annoyed. I won't prolong this review on that point because everything I've said before now is example enough but just know that this is no noir.
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Death by Didgeridoo (A Jamie Quinn Mystery) by Barbara Venkataraman is the story of Jamie Quinn, a family practice lawyer in Hollywood, Florida who is on sabbatical after her mother’s death. When Jamie Quinn gets a frantic call for help from her Aunt Peg, she learns that a man has been murdered, and her cousin is in deep trouble.

The murdered man is a former rock star - once named drummer of the year - and current teacher and owner of the Screaming Zombies music store where he gives lessons. His name is Spike. He is a liar, a cheater, an egomaniac, a bona fide bastard. Spike is loathed by most. He gives many reason to want him dead. When word of his death spreads, celebrations break out.

The murder weapon is a six pound Australian wind instrument called a didgeridoo. The didgeridoo is owned by one of Spike’s students. The police find a man standing over the body, uttering incriminating statements.

Adam is one of Spike’s students. Adam is the owner of a didgeridoo. Adam is the one that spoke the incriminating comments. And, Adam is arrested by the local police. Did Adam kill Spike?

Aunt Peg wants Jamie’s legal help, for Adam. Jamie is not that kind of a lawyer. She handles divorces and paternity suits, adoptions and custody cases. Jamie is not a criminal defense lawyer. But, Aunt Peg and Adam are family. Adam is Jamie’s cousin; a cousin who has Asperger’s syndrome - a developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction. It looks like Adam may have done it. But, could he? Would he? Who else has motive? Who else could be a suspect? Can Jamie work the clues? Can she find another suspect? Or, will Jamie be forced to defend Adam in court?
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