on 4 July 2016
As soon as I read the first book I started the second immediately, it has been quite a while since a book has gripped my attention like this one did. The book picks up a year after the first one and Jamie is back practising law, working for herself she is able to work the hours she wants and choose the clients that she wants.
Jamie is representing a young woman who is going through a nasty divorce with her husband and they are trying to sort out the custody and arrangements for their two small daughters. So, when the ex-husband of the woman Jamie is representing turns up died, it is a shock for everyone involved even more so when the police change the cause of death from accident to murder.
Jamie decides to use her own methods and hires her good friend, Duke to look into the death and the people of interest, hoping to get to the bottom of this. Although it isn't long before lies come to the surface and everyone involved is pushed to the breaking point.
While this book is a mystery book, it has an added thing that the first one didn't have...romance. Jamie runs into her old flame, Kip whilst she is working and he asks her out of a date, I loved the connection that they have even though they have been apart for so long, it is still fresh and exciting.
The Case of The Killer Divorce is another great book in the Jamie Quinn series that makes you love the characters a bit more and fall deeper into their stories as the book progresses. With the mystery, romance and murder, it shows that combining all three makes one hell of a book.
on 13 November 2014
The key strength of the Jamie Quinn mysteries is the slightly unhinged nature of the continuing characters. When I worked construction, we used to call someone considered strange "a half-bubble out of plumb" meaning that they were not quite level. That is the best way to describe most of the characters in this book with Jamie being a little more out of plumb than the others.
Jamie is a she and a lawyer in family practice that would prefer to sleep late and do more goofing off than practicing. In general, she finds herself in a little over her head in most lawyer situations, relying on her good friend Grace and criminal attorney Susan Doyle, who was previously in the public defender's office.
Other than Jamie, my favorite character is Duke Broussard, PI extraordinaire with a giant-size ego and matching appetites for alcohol, food and the ladies. When Jamie wants to contact him she calls his favorite bar. Despite these faults and his propensity as a wisenheimer, Duke is good at the task of being a PI and it is clear that despite her apparent hostility, Jamie really does like Duke.
Jamie is representing Becca in a divorce and custody case that suddenly turns bad when her almost ex dies of the combination of prescription sleeping pills and alcohol. When it is revealed that the pills are Becca's she becomes a suspect and Jamie once again feels in over her head and calls for backup.
There are two other concurrent plot devices that raise the level of interesting of the story. The first is Jamie's search for her father, forced out of her life by circumstances he could not control and he is unaware of her existence. The second is the potential for a serious boyfriend for Jamie when she unexpectedly reconnects with one of her high school classmates that has grown up into hunkhood.
Given the short length of the story and the other plotlines, the murder mystery is not well developed, yet that is not a detriment. Since the deceased lived and died in an apartment in a gated community the suspect list is short, so it does not take long to solve the murder. The introduction of the "new men" in Jamie's life makes up for the weakness in the criminal act and provides a great deal of potential for future stories. Quite frankly that is the most interesting aspect of the book.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.
on 4 May 2015
The second entry in the Jamie Quinn mystery series by Barbara Vendataraman is just as entertaining as the first. With each book, I'm becoming more and more enarmoured of Jamie. This series is very reminiscent of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Malone books. The same things that initially drew me into that series are what make the Jamie Quinn books so good - a great lead character that feels like your best friend, a great cast of supporting characters, wonderful dialogue and interesting and amusing plots; however, these books have a slightly lighter tone and are the perfect read to relax with after a long day.
**I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review**
on 4 December 2014
The Case of the Killer Divorce (A Jamie Quinn Mystery, #2)
by Barbara Venkataraman
Jamie is back in book two of The Jamie Quinn Mysteries. She is representing a client in a divorce and soon her soon to be ex-husband is found. Jamie's client is the number one suspect. Not only is she trying to clear her clients name and find the murderer she has a strong lead on(finding) her father. She never knew him so the thought of finding him brings mixed feelings for Jamie.
A fast paced murder/mystery. Jamie is very likable, she is going through some personal issues, and is still a strong woman. She is able to handle her job, and emotions. The story line is light and fun, plus the possibility of meeting Jamie's father brings more excitement to the story. I feel murder/mystery lovers will enjoy The Case of the Killer Divorce.