Category Archives: Detective/Mystery – Contemporary

Peril in the Dark by Barbara Venkataraman

Peril in the Dark by Barbara Venkataraman

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection (Book III)

Bushra Zia

Jamie reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Kip. Kip as the new Director of Broward County Parks  finds his career threatened by politically driven commissioners, a park vandal, and a psychopath. When Kip refuses to discuss the matter with Jamie, she takes the matter in her own hands.

Ms. Venkataraman brings about a vivid imagery of the different parks and tourist attractions to her latest mystery. With elephant rides, butterfly sanctuaries, and water parks the plot meanders its way dubiously through the interlaced mysteries.

This book is available at https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Quinn-Mystery-Collection-Books-ebook/dp/B00NB78KDS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8.

Rating 4/5

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The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman

The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection (Book II)

Bushra Zia

Becca Solomon, with two daughters, wishes for a divorce with all the benefits of alimony and marital home. Jamie takes up her case, only to feel her sympathy with the husband. The family case turns into a criminal one, when Becca is convicted of her husband’s murder. What’s worse, Jamie believes that her client did the deed!

The struggle of morals, child abuse during a divorce, marriage sanctity, and drugs are questioned in Jamie Quinn’s new mystery.

This book is available at https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Quinn-Mystery-Collection-Books-ebook/dp/B00NB78KDS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8.

Rating 4/5

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Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman

Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman

Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection (Book I)

Bushra Zia

Jamie Quinn, a family law practioner, is coping with her mother’s death. She cuts herself from work, family, and friends. However, when her austictic cousin, Adam, is charged with murder of his music teacher, Spike, Jamie’s loyalty kicks in. She musters up her courage and sharpens her advocacy skills to battle her cousin’s innocence and her aunt’s sanity.

Ms. Venkataraman weaves her mysteries with intricate relationships of friends and family. Her stories feel real, with hard core details and interesting twists.

This book is available at https://www.amazon.com/Jamie-Quinn-Mystery-Collection-Books-ebook/dp/B00NB78KDS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8.

Rating 4/5

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Postern of Faith by Agatha Christie

Postern of Faith by Agatha Christie

A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

Bushra Zia

Christe’s two famous detectives, Tommy and Tuppence, are now in their seventies. They move into a new retirement home, hoping for peace after their long detecting career. However, Tuppence’s curiosity gets the best of her in solivng a new mystery.

A short detective story where the mystery isn’t intriguing enough. The two famous detectives are not so dashing when they actually talk like an old couple. The old couple’s repeated lines and silly ways of solving the mystery leads more on the side of dry humor than a serious mystery.

This book is available at https://www.amazon.com/Postern-Fate-Tuppence-Mystery-Mysteries/dp/0062074342.

Rating 2/5

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Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

An Inspector Hercule Poirot Mystery

Bushra Zia

Christe’s hallmark detective, Poirot, is summoned to a house party. The party’s main attraction is a staged murder hunt. Soon, Poirot finds himself in the midst of a real murder mystery. His suspects are Sir George Stubbs rich and confident, Mrs. Stubbs an idle, young wife, various house guests, a jealous secretary, and residents nearby.

An intriguing story that keeps the interest up with many suspects.

This book is available for at https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Mans-Folly-Hercule-Mysteries/dp/0062073885.

Rating 5/5

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The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

Bushra Zia

Christe’s two famous detectives, Tommy and Tuppence, are introduced in this mystery. In the aftermath of the Great War, jobs are scarce. Both, Tommy Beresford and Prudence “Tuppence” Cowley, unite to start their own business as The Young Adventurers. As a young couple, they meet dangers and aid in internationally critical matters.

A dashing detective story with the young couple to boot!

This book is available for FREE at http://manybooks.net/titles/christieetext98secad10.html

Rating 5/5

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Maigret and the Wine Merchant by Georges Simenon

Maigret and the Wine Merchant by Georges Simenon

An Inspector Maigret Mystery

Bushra Zia

A rich, wine merchant is dead. Detective Maigret must sift through the suspects for the cause of his murder.

A short detective story. Simenon brings an emphatic perspective of the young mistresses kept by the merchant.

This book is available at https://www.amazon.com/Maigret-Wine-Merchant-Georges-Simenon/dp/1579125794/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474873901&sr=1-1&keywords=maigret+and+the+wine+merchant.

Rating 5/5

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