Welcome to Mystery Monday. Today’s feature is the second book of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection by Barbara Venkataraman. The first of the series, Death by Didgeridoo, was reviewed here and while each is a standalone story, the first fills in a lot about Jamie, her situation, and the people who make up her circle of family, work associates, and friends.
The Case of the Killer Divorce centres around a woman Jamie is representing in family court, Rebecca, who has left her husband Joe for the new boyfriend, Charlie. After winning the first battle, the right of access to the girls, Joe’s smug announcement that his next step is to get custody of the girls elicits a threat from Becca in front of a witness besides Jamie. When Joe is found dead the following Friday, Becca becomes the prime suspect.
Meanwhile, as Jamie is easing back into a work routine following grieving for her late mother, she has her PI friend, Duke, searching for the father she never knew. When his leads and a letter her aunt has been keeping for her from her mother reveal the information that someone local has a connection that could lead her to her father, Jamie begins to have second thoughts. An old love comes back into her life as well and helps Jamie to explore new insights into herself.
This is a pretty cozy mystery story that is easy to read and perfect for a day best spent indoors with a fun book. There’s lots of interesting settings around Jamie’s small town in Florida and lots of tension as Jamie learns that Becca is on drugs and has been lying to her as well as the fact she’s getting closer to finding the father who has no idea he has a daughter. Fast-paced, lots of misdirection and fun. * * * 1/2
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