I received this, Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1 -3 free from the author in return for a fair review. The collection includes Death By Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce, and Peril in the Park.
I read these through this afternoon as I lay inside avoiding the heat. The series is based around a reluctant family lawyer, Jamie Quinn, who has some leeway in how much she works due to the recent death of her mother and the inheritance she received as a result. The three cases are very different. The first involves Jamie being called in by her desperate aunt to defend Jamie’s cousin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, and has been arrested for murder. The second involves one of her family court cases that turns criminal, when her client is accused of murdering her soon to be ex and the third involves corruption and murder surrounding a real estate deal. Throughout these, there is an overarching mystery about the identity and location of Jamie’s father.
Jamie is a great character, who shows resourcefulness and intelligence. The cast of supporting characters include a PI, who Jamie helped in his divorce and now she calls on for help. Also, a long term lawyer friend, who Jamie consults with frequently, Nick, a prosecuter, who seems to have a grudging respect for Jamie, and Kip, an employee of the park service and an old friend that Jamie had lost track of for quite some time. The mysteries are interesting, fast paced and resolved successfully.
My only issue with the set is that the individual books are too short and so to me they feel rushed, although to be fair I should clarify. The three books together are just over 300 pages and so I would say that each one is just about a novella’s length. I don’t tend to care for reading short mysteries and that is just a personal preference. I do know that there is a market now for these shorter stories, even James Patterson is releasing Bookshots, books under 150 pages. I will say that reading them together, book 1,2 & 3 made it better for me because I could see the development of relationships between the recurring characters that you would get in a longer novel. Nicely done mystery, interesting characters and setting, would be especially good for fans of shorter mysteries.