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Jeopardy in July (Jamie Quinn Mystery #5) by Barbara Venkataraman


I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Jamie Quinn is back! And she’s getting bored with family law. When a friend gives her the opportunity to do monthly seminars at La Vida Boca assisted living facility where she would be teaching residents about living wills, she jumps at the chance. Anything to break up some of the monotony in her life…but just like her frenemy Nick always tells her, trouble follows her everywhere and an assisted living facility is no exception.

I really shouldn’t tell myself that it’s ok to read “a chapter or two” of this series while on my break at work. One chapter turns into two chapters, two into three and so on. I’d get back to work, have a lull and wonder what Jamie was up to now. Then I’d pull the story back up so I could read “one more chapter.” At least that’s what I kept telling myself. Good thing I’m the boss. Reprimanding myself is so much easier than reprimanding other people. I know going in that I’m not listening.  Anywho, needless to say, I finished the book in a few hours so I figured why not kill a bit more time and tell you what I thought about it.

This installment, just like previous ones, was fun and fast. Jamie is a hoot and I love her snarky attitude and quirky friends. I do admit though, I was a bit taken aback when she thought beer that tasted like coffee was, in her words, yuck. For the record, it’s not. It’s delicious….but I forgave her lack of taste in beer and moved on. She’s too entertaining to stay mad at. I really enjoyed the addition of the assisted living facility residents and I especially liked the more lengthy banter between her and Nick. I’m honestly in a bit of a conundrum. I can’t decide which character I like best. Jamie is a given of course and Grace, well, she’s like Jamie but then isn’t. She’s Ethel to Jamie’s Lucy. Or maybe she’s Lucy to Jamie’s Ethel. No, pretty sure Jamie is Lucy. Anyway, I like them both. Then there’s Duke. He was initially my guy but the back and forth between Nick and Jamie put him firmly on my radar. So as you can see, I’m stuck. Oh wait! Then there’s the cat! Hmmm, maybe I just shouldn’t have a favorite and go with: I like them all. For the record, before anyone asks “What about Kip?” I haven’t forgotten about him. I just feel like in some ways, I’m still getting to know him since he wasn’t around as much in this book. I do think him and Jamie are a good match though. Her with her lack of adventure and him with his lack of sitting still hopefully means they will be able to balance each other out.

Back to the story….as with previous books, this tale was well written and engaging (obviously). Jamie always seems to find herself in trouble…or trouble finds her. Sometimes I’m not sure which it is. Either way, she always ends up with cases that are connected to other cases and even though you know they will end up being connected, you can’t seem to figure out how. I spent a lot of time with this story pointing my finger at every single new character only to find I was wrong. Or maybe I was right once, but then I changed my mind and was wrong again. Regardless, these stories keep me guessing and make it so that I need to know what is coming up next. In a short period of time, Jamie Quinn has become one of my favorite people even though she’s fictional. To be honest, sometimes that’s how I prefer my people to be. Here’s hoping that the Jamie Quinn adventures continue! I just need to make sure I read them at home from now on. Who am I kidding? I’ll read them wherever I’m at.

Total pages: 220, PDF copy

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Jeopardy in July

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Jeopardy in July


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