Audiobook Review: Malice in Miami by Barbara Venkataraman

Reluctant family law attorney Jamie Quinn is loving life–and why wouldn’t she? Her boyfriend Kip is back from Australia, her long-lost dad finally has his visa and she’s about to start her dream job at an art foundation. But it all falls apart when Jamie is accused of stealing priceless art from a rare book collection. If she can’t find out who framed her, she can kiss her dream job good-bye–and her law license too. Meanwhile, Kip has problems of his own. Now an environmental activist, he uncovers a deadly secret–one that just might get him killed. Jamie’s in trouble, Kip’s in danger, and Duke Broussard has gone AWOL. How could Jamie’s favorite P.I. abandon her at a time like this?

Available on Amazon.

My Review

I have listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books. I like her sense of humor and enjoy listening to her books. Malice in Miami was no exception.

The writing flows well and there are several different stories going on at the same time. Jamie has been offered a job with the Andrea Lowenthal Art Fund. Of course, she still has some cases at her law firm that have to be finished up, and one of them turns out not to have a quick or easy outcome. There is a murder but it comes pretty late in the story and is quickly solved.

Jamie’s boyfriend Kip is finally back but he’s still gone a lot. This guy can not sit still! Jamie must truly love him because she seems okay with him being gone. He starts working with an environmental group and they end up with some interesting (and dangerous) findings.

Duke is Jamie’s go to PI and is a good friend. I didn’t think I’d like him when he was introduced in the first book but he’s a good guy and a good friend. He has turned out to be my favorite character. Barbara Venkataraman describes him perfectly: “That was Duke. A dash of debauchery and a pinch of chivalry marinated in tequila and rolled into one good time Charlie.”

I definitely recommend this book but I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it rather than listened to it. The narrator is okay and she does very well with the different voices. I would have liked a little more animation when she was narrating though.

Malice in Miami one of those books that leaves you with a good feeling. It is part of a series but does stand on its own.

About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.” 

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July.”  All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

Book Review: Engaged in Danger by Barbara Venkataraman

Finally, life is good for reluctant family law attorney, Jamie Quinn–her father may get his visa soon, her boyfriend is the bomb, and her law practice is growing like crazy–but when she agrees to take on a high-profile divorce case, everything falls apart. What looked like an opportunity to work with her friend Grace and make some serious bucks has turned into a deadly game, one that could destroy their friendship and tear their town apart. Why couldn’t Jamie just leave well enough alone?

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books including the Jamie Quinn mysteries. I like her sense of humor and enjoy listening to her books. Engaged in Danger was no exception although the narrator seemed to be really concentrating to get the different voices right, so she ended up just reading the story. The voices were easy to differentiate though.

The story flows well and there is more than one mystery to be solved. Jamie is working on two different mysteries at the same time and the way they twisted and were solved was interesting and unique.

Jamie’s boyfriend Kip isn’t in this book much. They’re still very much in love but he has to go out of the country for work. Duke is Jamie’s go to PI and is a good friend. I didn’t think I’d like him when he was introduced in the first book but he’s a good guy and a good friend.

I definitely recommend this book but I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it rather than listened to it. It’s one of those books that leaves you with a good feeling. It is part of a series but does stand on its own.

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: “The Fight for Magicallus”, a children’s fantasy; “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”, a humorous short story; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.” 

Her Jamie Quinn cozy mystery series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo”, “The Case of the Killer Divorce”, “Peril in the Park”, “Engaged in Danger” and, just released, “Jeopardy in July.”  All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: The Case of the Killer Divorce by Barbara Venkataraman

20347542Title: The Case of the Killer Divorce (Jamie Quinn Mystery #2)

Author: Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: December 28, 2013

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, has returned to her family law practice after a hiatus due to the death of her mother. It’s business as usual until a bitter divorce case turns into a murder investigation, and Jamie’s client becomes the prime suspect. When she can’t untangle truth from lies, Jamie enlists the help of Duke Broussard, her favorite private investigator, to try to clear her client’s name. And she’s hoping that, in his spare time, he can help her find her long-lost father…

 

My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

I have listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books including the first and third Jamie Quinn mysteries, Death by Didgeridoo and Peril in the Park. This is the second book in the series so I kind of knew what was going to happen in Jamie’s personal life but I still liked finding out how it happened and, of course, there was a mystery to solve. 

I like Barbara Venkataraman’s style of writing and her sense of humor. I also think the narrator of the Jamie Quinn series is perfect for these stories. 

Even though there’s a murder to solve, it is still a fun and quick read (or listen). I definitely recommend The Case of the Killer Divorce. It is part of a series but does stand on its own.

Available on Amazon.

 

About the Author

5779805Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. She is the author of “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy, “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place,” a humorous short story and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.” 

Her latest works are: “Death by Didgeridoo,” and “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” and “Peril in the Park, in her Jamie Quinn mystery series.” All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.

Book Review: Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman

22431060Title: Peril in the Park (Jamie Quinn Mystery #3)

Author: Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Mystery

Publication Date: June 3, 2013

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

I have listened to several of Barbara Venkataraman’s books including the first Jamie Quinn mystery, Death by Didgeridoo. I like her sense of humor and enjoy listening to her books. Peril in the Park was no exception.

The story flows well and there is more than one mystery to be solved. There are a few twists along the way, some interesting characters, and lots of giggles while Jamie works on solving the mysteries.

Jamie and her boyfriend, Kip, are likable characters and a cute couple. Jamie’s friend and PI, Duke, is, I guess I’d say, interesting. When he was introduced in the first book, I didn’t think I’d like him but he is a good guy and he does grow on you.

I definitely recommend this book. It’s one of those books that leaves you with a good feeling. It is part of a series but does stand on its own.

I love this quote from Peril in the Park: “In my experience,worrying never changed anything except maybe the color of my hair.”

 

About the Author

5779805Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. She is the author of “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy, “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place,” a humorous short story and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.” 

Her latest works are: “Death by Didgeridoo,” and “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” and “Peril in the Park, in her Jamie Quinn mystery series.” All of her books are available on Amazon Kindle.