I found myself arriving to my U. History class late because I wanted to get to the end of a chapter. The students appeared not to mind. Aug 02, Deb rated it liked it Shelves: I am continuing to enjoy this series. Good travel and summer reading. Nov 25, Jannelies rated it liked it. To begin with the weakest point of the book: I would never buy this book based on the cover alone. The good points of the book: I do not have to repeat the cover text here because other reviewers did so. Hillary Greene's character is evolving more and more, and that of her colleagues too.
What I liked about this story was that, contrary to Murder on the Oxford Canal, there were not too many people in it. I don't like books where you read names on every page, without knowing whether a person is to become important in the rest of the book or not.
Murder of the Bride has a good plot, with a very suprising twist, humor, interesting characters and it generally feels like the author is really in a flow writing this series. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series because by now I'm really getting curious about some of the things that seem to happen in Hillary's life ; Jun 29, Elizabeth Ducie rated it liked it. This time she's searching for the murderer of a beautiful woman, who goes to a fancy dress party as a bride.
There are lots of twists and turns; some interesting cases that may or may not be interwoven; and Greene's character and relationships are developing nicely. An easy read, great for relaxing on holiday. Perfect for fans of Midsomer Murders. Jun 25, Ted Tayler rated it it was amazing. The series has all the ingredients needed.
A strong female protagonist, with a colourful supporting cast for the police procedural elements, Each has their own story line to be explored, which means this type of series can run and run. Add in several red herrings and a hard to spot killer to complete the picture and you've cracked it. Bring on Book Four. I'm eager for more. Oct 30, Misfits farm rated it really liked it. A bride is found dead in a barn at a fancy dress party to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary. DI Hillary Greene is on the trail with her team and a new superintendent to get used to.
What is his real mission as to why he has been transferred and why was the bride strangled? There is an underthread or two along the way which keeps the flow between books and a little more interest to the mai A bride is found dead in a barn at a fancy dress party to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary. There is an underthread or two along the way which keeps the flow between books and a little more interest to the main storyline.
Characters are very likable mostly! A little humour and a little romance help make this a very enjoyable read. I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased Apr 22, Kathy added it Shelves: Mar 10, Rebecca Howie rated it liked it Shelves: The story took a while to get underway, but there were enough unexpected twists to keep things interesting, and the solution was different from the usual motives you find in mystery novels.
Dec 13, Amanda rated it it was amazing. Shockingly this is the first book by Faith Martin that I have read. I know, I know where have I been? I took to DI Hillary Greene from the start. She is one feisty female detective and then some. There are things from her past that she tries hard to bury and not let them affect her but some, like her slime ball, criminal ex-husband still get to her on a daily basis.
DI Greene has to cope with the whispers and the suspicion every day of her life. Saying that she tries not to let it get to her. Anything that would take her away from that is not high on her list of priorities. DI Greene has the support of most of those that she works with although I have to say that for me, there are question marks over a couple of her colleagues. DI Greene also has her admirers and I am not just talking about those that admire her work.
She knows that people are keeping quiet or telling her porkie pies lies but she just keeps digging. There was one member of her team that I could quite cheerfully slapped across the face with a wet flip flop followed by a wet fish and that is DS Frank Ross, who I think is a relic left over from the Seventies.
It was almost as if I had been hypnotised because all I focussed on was the book and I managed to shut out all other noise entirely. The pages were turning that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves and before I knew it I had finished the book, which I was so disappointed about. I was disappointed because I was enjoying the story and the writing style so much that I just wanted the book to continue. I soon cheered myself up with the thought that I have another couple of books in the series to read before any new ones are released. Reading this book was much like being on a rollercoaster ride with lots of twists, turns and occasionally stomach churning moments.
On more than one occasion I smugly thought that I had figured out who the murderer was, only to be proved wrong and sent down another road entirely. Whilst I wait for a new book, I will just catch up with the rest of the series so far. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book and indeed this series to anybody.
Nov 07, Joanna Larum rated it it was amazing. Once I started to read Murder of the Bride, I couldn't stop.source site
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I found Faith's characters to be well-rounded and believable and her knowledge of police procedure to be excellent. The book starts with a girl's body, dressed in a wedding dress, in a cow barn at a farm where a fancy dress party is in full swing. There are numerous suspects, which Faith introduces without any particular emphasis on any one and we follow DI Hillary Greene as she and her team set about the task of finding the murderer.
DI Greene is a wonderful character, intelligent, quick-witted, hard-working but with a 'human' side to her, making the reader want to find out more about her past. We are given clues to both the murder and Di Greene's past although I, for one, didn't come to the correct conclusions in either case.
This is a stand-alone book but I understand there are previous books in the series which I will have to read, if only to satisfy my own curiosity as to Di Greene's past history. As a crime novel, it catches you up and scoots you along until it spits you out at the end with a very unusual twist not foreseen and a new fact about Hillary which leaves you wanting more. If you like a fast-paced and intelligent crime story, then this is the one for you. Oct 31, Carole Gourlay rated it it was amazing. Another cracking tale by one of my fast becoming favourite authors.
Hillary Greene reminds me of a cross between Vera Stanhope and Miss Marple, her character develops more and more with each book I read. She is an extremely likeable character, with a razor sharp brain, but equally she is humorous too. She is the victim of a husband who was a crooked policeman, and is forced to live on her uncles barge, which, as the weather gets worse, is not much fun, but the lovely nature and flora and fauna w Another cracking tale by one of my fast becoming favourite authors.
She is the victim of a husband who was a crooked policeman, and is forced to live on her uncles barge, which, as the weather gets worse, is not much fun, but the lovely nature and flora and fauna which surrounds her leads me to think she quite enjoys it really. This story is about a girl who is dressed in a bridal outfit and gets murdered in a barn at a farm in the back of beyond at a party. People are hiding information. The plot is very well written and the motive for the murder I would never have thought of.
Very many thanks to Faith for such an entertaining book and to Joffe Publishers for sending me an advanced copy. Nov 05, Sheila Howes rated it it was amazing. A young girl who dressed as a bride for a party in the farmhouse has been found strangled in the cowshed. The team as always hit nothing but dead ends and red herrings along the way.
This is the third book in the series, but like the previous, can be read as a standalone. The author covers enough ground for you to understand what has happened earlier, but not so much that those returning to the series are bogged down with repeated text. If you like a cosy mystery with a splash of humour, this is the series for you. Nov 03, Susan rated it really liked it. This is an interesting story, honestly did not totally figure it out ahead of time although I should have! Character are well developed, unlike some books I have read lately, one can actually relate in some way to all of them.
I like Hillary Greene but don't care too much for the other characters although they do help round things out. At least romance is a side thought and not focused on. The interacti This is an interesting story, honestly did not totally figure it out ahead of time although I should have! The interactions of the team and the bosses are downplayed but still have a role in the actions of the characters. Focus is on the team members and how they work to solve the crimes, not their "back stories" so much. Obviously there will be another which I will probably read to see if loose ends are tied up.
Do read it for a light mystery that won't offend or give nightmares! Oct 31, Marion rated it it was amazing. This is the third book in the DI Hillary Greene series, it opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman, in a bridal gown, in a cow shed. She had been a guest at the anniversary party being held at the farmhouse.
The investigation throws up a few different suspects and its not until the end you finally discover the identity of the perpetrator and the reasons behind the killing. We also gain further insights into the characters and personal lives of DI Greene and her team, plus there is a This is the third book in the DI Hillary Greene series, it opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman, in a bridal gown, in a cow shed. We also gain further insights into the characters and personal lives of DI Greene and her team, plus there is a new superintendant, about whom there is an air of mystery, to get to know.
I am really enjoying this series and would definately recommend it. Each book has left me wanting to know more about not just the next case of Hillary and her team but about their personal back stories. Thanks to Joffe books for letting me read this as an ARC in return for an unbiased review.
Feb 22, Lorraine Webb rated it it was amazing. Read almost in one sitting, this book kept me interested and engrossed from beginning to end. I like the characters involved in the storyline and the fact that it is not a gritty detective novel with gratuitous descriptions of sex and violence. Some of the themes are a bit predictable and repetitive - such as stating that police work is not really like it appears in books and films, o. Heading back now to continue reading the second book in the series which I accidentally missed out. Jan 18, Deb Houser rated it really liked it.
Its good catching up with old friends again and this is how I felt when reading the third book in the DI Greene series. Her character is certainly being well developed and I enjoy her style and character traits. This book where Hillary Greene is investigating the murder of a girl dressed a a bride, leads you down some interesting paths and the offender is well disguised but you can't get too much past DI Greene.
I enjoy the other characters in the book as well which gives you some interesting si Its good catching up with old friends again and this is how I felt when reading the third book in the DI Greene series. I enjoy the other characters in the book as well which gives you some interesting side issues. Overall a good read and I will look forward to reading the 4th book in the series. Nov 11, Bev rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really "get into" strong female detectives and I must say that Hillary Greene is that without a doubt!
When she is called out to Three Oaks Farm because of a suspicious death, things are not as they appear. The bride to be is dead, but she is not exactly without fault. She had quite a few beaus and jealousy is a strong emotion that can lead to murder. You will need to read the book to find out how DI Greene figures out who did it. Get this great book, you will want more! I would like to thank I really "get into" strong female detectives and I must say that Hillary Greene is that without a doubt! I would like to thank Joffe Books for the copy of this book for me to read.
The review is voluntarily done. Sep 09, steve coster rated it it was amazing. Excellent Excellent example of the type The constant cast me never step out of caricature staying where we are comfortable with finding them whilst the new protagonists enter stage left, the villains side, in a series of cleverly crafted red herrings and blind alleys. While the murder ending is unseen and unlooked for the story ending had me almost rolling on the floor in hysterical laughter I loved it, already downloading the next episode DI Hillary Greene has been called to the scene of a murder - a beautiful, young woman has been found strangled in a cow shed and she's dressed in a wedding dress.
She hasn't been killed on her wedding day - she was attending a fancy dress party. No motive or suspect can be identified. There's a new DCI at the station too - transferred from the Met - and Hillary isn't sure whether his arrival is good or bad. Hillary is still dealing with an animal charity taking her to court to take her house off DI Hillary Greene has been called to the scene of a murder - a beautiful, young woman has been found strangled in a cow shed and she's dressed in a wedding dress.
Hillary is still dealing with an animal charity taking her to court to take her house off her as well as trying to decide whether to embark on a relationship with DI Mike Regis from the Vice Squad. Love this series of books - think Hillary is a great character and look forward to reading more about her and her team.
Feb 13, Diane rated it liked it. Interesting plot, even though the killer was not a surprise. Nov 12, Judy G Spivey rated it it was amazing. Never saw that ending. Tossing in scenes because they are things you see or read in every movie and book. This does nothing for me. It tells me nothing about your unique story or character, because it's not unique. The author seems to have just written a book comprised almost entirely of typical scenes from other stories because she thinks that's what you're supposed to do in this genre. It's uninspired, and tells me the author is more interested in recreating things they've liked then in creating something because they have a story inside of them just needs to be told.
Dark material that is written like a goddamn episode of Saved by the Bell. People are being murdered and raped and you're really going to stand there and say "gosh" or "where the blazes" or "where the devil"? You're going to call someone a jerk when you should really be calling them a fucking asshole or a piece of shit? But if you're going to write a book about serious, mature subject matter the characters can't sound like they're And if you insist on it, put up a warning so I can avoid the book all together. The feel of this book is purely unauthentic and disconnected.
If I had to read "you weasel" or "you buzzard" one more time Guaranteed you don't find too many homicide detectives calling murders jerk and buttface. Or too many twenty-somethings that think giggling at a guy's joke is "disgusting" enough to vomit, just because he happens to be seeking the company of an expensive escort.
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Jenna is in for a rude awakening about the kind of filth that flows through the head of every man on the face of the planet. Oh yes, your Joe. If you want to write about a serial killer, please just take a day to google the plethora of information out there about their vast pathology and motivations and then build something from there. I'm pretty sure the author was just regurgitating talking points she's heard or just assumed about serial killers.
Nothing about the killer in this novel was believable in terms of psychology. And given that Jenna is a psychology student I would have thought more attention would have been paid to this aspect of the story. I'd read that many killers, particularly serial killers, took trophies. That was a new one! Um, no it fucking isn't. The cat escaped so he murdered someone. Really just soak up the absurdity. B said the killer had a healthy dose of anger towards women. Did you hear that on an episode of Criminal Minds?
Here's a little serial killer If a killer has a "healthy dose of anger towards women" it's probably because his mother was an asshole to him in any terrible way you can think of and the already crossed wires in his brain were activated, so to speak. Not because he loved his mother more than anything, something that is made very clear about this killer.
If you love your mommy and sleep with her undies, you get Norman Bates. Not this e-Murderer who hates women and thinks they're all sluts and steals their underwear because "my mother had only white delicates and none of these disgusting bikini things. You'd think they'd never worked a case before. Jenna is constantly wondering where her police protection is because he just always disappears when things are getting dangerous.
The formation of a sting operation is made on a whim, and involves people hiding behind a couch hoping the suspect won't see them. The cops bring a civilian and their fast food lunch to the house where someone was murdered and eat it in the living room beside a blood stain. Also, a number of times I thought this novel was set in the early 90's, or right around the invention of the internet, because everyone in this book is completely technologically illiterate.
You'd think they'd just used a computer for the first time. There is a line where detail in a novel becomes condescending over-explanation and it was crossed multiple times by the author. If you don't really understand tech or killers or cops, why are you writing about those three things all at once? It's asking for trouble. Mild racism and sexism and a general sense of not knowing when something is inappropriate. Jenna has two cats. One is named Churchill. Okay, so she's a history buff. And one is name Stalin. As in Joseph Stalin? As in the tyrant communist dictator who's regime murdered literally millions of people?
Just a quick question though, do you also have a hamster named Hitler? Later she apologized and said she was having PMS. About a distressed white man He swayed and moaned. He'd be great at an African American funeral. Also, the killer makes a point of telling Jenna his mother's vajayjay smelled "clean and fresh. None of them smells clean and fresh. Vaginas smell like vaginas. Can we please stop with this insane idea that vaginas are supposed to smell like flowers and laundry detergent? A mystery that isn't a mystery at all. This is probably the biggest gear grinder when you're literally selling me something as a "mystery".
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The cops are stupid. The killer's pathology is thoughtless. Jenna is super annoying and the plot is meandering and lacks any suspense or climax, unless you count a cat disappearing or a bump on the head. If you've ever agreed with my reviews, just trust me on this - this isn't good. Netgalley in exchange for a review View all 13 comments. Dec 18, Carrie rated it really liked it Shelves: While clearing out emails at the psychiatrists office that she works in, Jenna Scali comes across a few that are a bit disturbing.
Someone has sent emails describing murdering someone but trying to reply only bounces back. Jenna tells her boss what has happened worrying that it may have something to do with him or the office. Finding out that a young woman has actually been murdered and Jenna coming to realize that the killer is actually sending to her she finally breaks down and contacts the po While clearing out emails at the psychiatrists office that she works in, Jenna Scali comes across a few that are a bit disturbing.
Finding out that a young woman has actually been murdered and Jenna coming to realize that the killer is actually sending to her she finally breaks down and contacts the police. Another body turns up and Jenna decides to begin doing some investigating on her own into these horrible crimes. Otherwise with this one the writing was good and the idea behind the story interesting. Also enjoyed the characters in the story. Jenna was and independent female with an ex that had done her wrong so was casually seeing a few people and not wanting to settle down.
She had some interesting friends as supporting characters in the book that I also enjoyed.
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I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews please visit https: Dec 18, Linda Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves: New author to me Jenna Scali is a wonderful character. She's smart, strong, and stubborn with a capital S. Working part-time for a psychiatrist and attending school part-time, one would think she had enough on her plate. But when she starts receiving emails at work describing a murder that took place the night before, she just can't help but get involved.
Her investigative techniques are quite uniqu New author to me Her investigative techniques are quite unique There are so many great personalities running through the pages. There's the controlling sort-of-boyfriend, her best friend who is gay, her best female friend whose husband is always trying to hit on her, he kind and loving boss with a witchy wife, the hunky cop in charge of the murder case, and of course, Stalin and Churchill, Jenna's well loved cats, who have a major role.
While not highly suspenseful, there is enough to keep the reader easily entertained and wondering who and why. There's just a touch of romance.. There are multiple bodies, but nothing graphic. A nice, easy read which I really enjoyed. I look forward to seeing more of Jenna's adventures in the future. View all 4 comments.
Dec 18, Vera GirlySunglasses rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Let me begin by saying this: I loved this book! I'm a very character-oriented reader, so one way to win my heart and attention is by writing relatable characters. Jenna Scali, the main character on e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery definitely is one. She feels like someone I could know and even be friends with. She's no super woman, no brilliant mind, but she is smart, and caring, and sometimes she acts before thinking things through.
Oh and she is a cat lover.
Jenn 4 and half stars. Jenna is also an office manager for a psychiatrist and a part time student. She is fun and have great friends, especially a great BFF named Quentin who is a college professor and belly dance instructor. He's funny and loyal and has a great taste in men. This is a mystery, a murder mystery to be exact, so it has to have a crime, right?
Coeds are being murdered, and the killer apparently is sending anonymous emails to Jenna. She has no obvious link to the murdered girls aside from studying at the same university. Eventually, Jenna contacts the police and we're introduced to Detective Watring who quickly became my brand new crush. More mysteries and discoveries surface until the truth comes to light, and it's a fun ride to try to figure everything out.
I gotta say a few clues were pretty obvious, others, however, only came to mind after a few important questions were answered. I figured who the killer was long before the ending, but it didn't make enjoy this any less. Every singe character Joan C. Curtis created rang true and was worth the ride. You can read it here. Curtis for providing me with a copy of e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery in exchange for an honest review. Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a psychiatrist, opens an email that describes the brutal death of a young girl.
On that same day the police uncover a dead co-ed two blocks from Jenna's house. But that death doesn't stop the tirade of untraceable emails and more deaths follow. I found it all a bit too predictable and had the killer sussed by half way through this book. There is no depth to the 2. There is no depth to the characters, and they are largely stereotypes. E-Murderer is in parts entertaining and amusing; but at other times is repetitive and drawn out. A few things irritated me - e. Dec 21, Petra rated it really liked it Shelves: Female students are being murdered in Athens, Georgia, and Jenna is receiving threatening e-mails with details of the crimes.
Are they from the killer? Why is she the recipient? As Jenna is pretty headstrong and inquisitive, she sets out to find some answers for herself. E-Murderer was a charming - what I would call - cozy mystery. There was nothing really gruesome as far as the murders were concerned, and it was pretty clean language wise. There was even a hint of romance, but it wasn't quite a Female students are being murdered in Athens, Georgia, and Jenna is receiving threatening e-mails with details of the crimes.
There was even a hint of romance, but it wasn't quite a romantic suspense novel. Although the identity of the murderer was pretty easy to solve, it was nevertheless a fun and entertaining story. The writing was very good. The book's strength was the group of colorful and very likable characters and their interactions.
Jenna and her best friend Quentin, her work colleague, the detectives involved and even Jenna's two cats were all great characters with interesting traits. I would definitely like to read more about them in future installments of this new series. Dec 23, Xxertz rated it liked it Shelves: Very cute, but predictable read. Are these emails from a disgruntled patient? Curious in nature, Jenna is driven to find the connection between her and the dead girl.
As bodies begin to pile up, Jenna finds herself in a race to unmask the killer before he kills his next intended target: This story is very cute, what I would consider cozy almost, the way the killer attacked the coeds may be a bit too much for cozy. It's a palate cleanser - a good read when you want to unwind and relax. Our main players are Jenna and her gay friend Quentin.
Jenna is a little headstrong - wanting to solve the case by herself and refusing protection or someone nearby even when she feels she needs it. Quentin is her bff. He's always around and available and happens to be her belly dance teacher. He's a good sidekick, really. I haven't read many books with such a good friendship. It's a nice change from hard-headed, loner detectives. After learning that somebody delivered a message to Jenna at home, her boss suggests that "Maybe someone heard about these anonymous e-mails and is trying to scare you" and advises her not to go to the police.
I get that he's trying to protect his business, but a psychologist of all people should have concerns over these types of threats. Sep 02, Sunshine Somerville rated it it was amazing. It was a bad idea to read this book three nights in a row before trying to go to bed. The wide cast of characters all are well-written with developed, full personas.
In the use of characters alone, this book is smart. But, the author does a great job of building and building the tension as the danger gets closer and closer to home for Jenna. I thought the use of emails from the killer from the very beginning gave this story a very unique, modern feel. So, if you like murder mysteries, you definitely want to check this one out. Sep 01, DawnMarie Carpintero rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everything that I want to write may or may not give some of the clues away to the outcome of this read.
So for this I sincerely apologize to the author for I know she has put a trust in this reviewer that goes bounds. So here is my review. Jenna is a smart girl with turmoil that surrounds her but more than most she has friendships that bind 4. Jenna is a smart girl with turmoil that surrounds her but more than most she has friendships that bind her future in forging onto be the best woman she can be.
With the mystery that surrounds Jenna she must put her trust in the ones that she holds dear and some that only become known that stay in the current for a bit but surround her in the background of the dark night to keep her safe. The book title alone tells us that a murder is bound to happen but what kind and what leads up to this particular event will surprise you. It will leave you in awe not to mention take your breath away. This author will leave you with questions looming in your mind to find out what happens next with Jenna.
The author will also leave you leave you in a spell bound state that will have your frustrations at wits end. This is such an amazing read that you will have taken this journey with Jenna to find out the who dunit. What an amazing journey that you created for Jenna. I must say going into this book you had already floored me and it is safe to safe I am still on the floor. Thank you so much.
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Nov 29, Pia rated it liked it Shelves: First book in a new series, and a very pleasant surprise. Jenna Scali is a part time office admin and graduate student living in Athens, Georgia. When she starts receiving strange and violent e-mails describing murders, in her office computer, she thinks they might be related to the psych practice she works for.
When her boss refuses to go to the police, she takes matters in her own hands, which gets her into quite a lot of trouble. I'm always happy when I find new authors, and I hope the next book in the series is as antertaining as this one. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sep 21, Peggy rated it it was amazing. Holy crap this was an amazing book!
I had to read it twice back to back cause I didn't want it to end If you haven't read this book yet, you really are missing out on all the twist and turns the page turning nights This is the first book in a new mystery series. It has a good plot, some memorable characters and solid writing. The mystery is nicely paced and the use of taunting emails from the killer kept the creep factor pretty high. I can't tell you how happy I was that this book didn't spend a lot of time focusing on a romantic angle it actually focuses on dysfunctional romantic relationships. Instead, the book spends time introducing characters, their relationships and giving readers a good My Review: Instead, the book spends time introducing characters, their relationships and giving readers a good, solid mystery to sink their teeth into.
Jenna Scali has just enough of an inquisitive nature and down to earth personality to make her a good, likable and relatable main character. She's head strong, smart, flawed and a wee bit sassy. The reasons why Jenna becomes embroiled in the mystery and sets herself up to be an amateur sleuth felt believable and I liked how she stumbled through the process. While she makes some rather dangerous decisions at times they don't feel ridiculous and having her best friends yell at her about these decisions for the same reasons that you were thinking helps too. There are also a slew of interesting secondary characters - there are some you like, particularly Quentin - Jenna's friend, a professor and belly dancing instructor, Starr the quintessential southern woman and then there are some characters that are rather obnoxious whom you love to hate and are eager to witness their downfall.
They all seem pretty well rounded and play their roles within the story well. Curtis also gives her readers numerous red herrings each with very plausible reasons why certain people could be the murderer. Even people whom at first I thought could no way be the culprit made it onto my list of suspects at one point or another. I do wish there was a bit more of a big twist at the end of the book though.
Something to ramp up the energy towards the end of the book and throw readers' predictions into even more of a tailspin. This was an enjoyable first book in a new mystery series. With interesting characters and some good writing I eagerly look forward to reading more from this author. My sincere thanks to author Joan C Curtis for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of her book in exchange for my honest review. Sep 01, Alicia Kline rated it really liked it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I read a lot of romance books, but I also enjoy a good mystery or crime drama every now and then. And this book came to me at exactly the right moment, at a time when I needed to clear my head of billionaires and alpha males and bedroom scenes that don't always fade to black. What you get here is a solid story with some memorable characters.
I liked Jenna as a heroine, and it was fun to try to piece together the mystery with her. At I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. At first, she seems to have absolutely nothing in common with any of the victims of the killings, and the puzzle is attempting to figure out how exactly she fits in.
While I had the identity of Big Mama nailed down pretty early on, the murderer was a bit harder to predict. I'll admit my first guess was not correct, though as more and more clues were revealed this person's identity was not a complete surprise. Even after I had a sneaking suspicion about who was behind the crimes, the motive still needed to be uncovered.
The author did an excellent job of using the setting to her advantage in this read. The State of Georgia comes alive in these virtual pages. Having never really been to the state because honestly, running through Atlanta's airport to make a connecting flight does not count I still felt as if I could visualize the scenery around the characters.
That taste of the south might also have led to some colorful descriptions that may or may not seem stereotypical to some ethnic and religious groups. The ending of this book, as well as the fact that this is titled as a series, definitely lead me to believe we haven't seen the last of Jenna and some of her supporting cast. This is a good thing, because I will be back for more. Sep 05, Ted Tayler rated it really liked it. This was the first novel by Ms Curtis that I have read.
Clearly I've missed out. Jenna Scali is a redoubtable female protagonist. An email arrives at her office describing the murder of a young girl. When Jenna reads of a female body turning up close to her home with the same cause of death she starts to investigate, eager to prove or disprove a connection. The body count rises among a group of yo "A quirky thriller that keeps you guessing" I was sent a free copy of this book for my honest review.
The body count rises among a group of young females who may or may not have known one another; females that Jenna had never met. Alongside the police efforts to track down the killer, Jenna is receiving further emails that seem to point to a connection between the killer and Jenna herself. How can that be? Will she be their next victim? The supporting characters - her work colleagues, boyfriends past and present, dance instructor and the local police - are all slightly 'off' from the run-of-the-mill stereotypes, so this sets this story apart from the norm.
Almost anyone could be the killer. Until the true motive for the murders is finally revealed we are kept cleverly in the dark. We have no alternative but to keep reading because we HAVE to know! Sep 16, Sue Brooks rated it it was amazing. I loved the way that she started off -- from the descriptions of the main characters - to the weird things that some of them did.
Jenna is an awesome main character and it amazed me how much she is like me - lol. BUT - I had my suspicions as to who done it - and my initial guess proved to be right in the end. I don't write spoilers - so I will say that I can't tell you who I picked or why.