Thursday, 23 March 2017

Peril In The Park by Barbara Venkataraman + Giveaway

Peril In The Park by Barbara Venkataraman
Self published in June 2014.

Where to buy this book:
Buy the ebook or audiobook from

How I got this book:
Received a copy from the author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.
A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, "Engaged in Danger," can be found at the end of the book.

I didn't realise when I began reading this series that Death By Didgeridoo was Venkataraman's first ever mystery story. While good, it did have some rough edges and I have appreciated watching this author hone her style as her series progresses. In this third volume Jamie Quinn has convincingly found her voice. Peril In The Park is certainly the most accomplished to date. I enjoyed unravelling the two park-related mystery strands, especially our all-too-brief visit to the fabulous Renaissance Fair which reminded me of reading Jordan Elizabeth's Victorian. Imagining Duke in his special outfit made me chuckle! Jamie's relationship with Kip is nicely portrayed throughout the book, grown up without being gratuitous, and I liked the sensitive way her father's immigration situation is handled. These scenes could have been overly sentimental and mawkish, but Venkataraman deftly allows her characters room for emotion while keeping their reactions believable.

Would you like to read your own copy of Peril In The Park? Well you're in luck! Barbara Venkataraman has kindly offered an ebook boxset of the first three Jamie Quinn cosy mysteries for one lucky Literary Flits reader! The prize will be gifted by Barbara via Amazon.

The Giveaway is open worldwide for two weeks from today and previous Literary Flits giveaway winners are welcome to enter. Entries must be submitted through the Gleam widget below by midnight (UK time) on the 6th April and I will randomly pick a winner on the 7th. If the winner does not respond to my email within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize and, yes, I will be checking that entrants did complete whatever task they said they did.

If you'd like the chance to win the Jamie Quinn Mystery Box Set, here's the giveaway widget:

Jamie Quinn mystery trilogy Giveaway

Good luck!

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  1. Strange that the first time I heard the word, 'didgeridoo' was last night. I was watching Jimmy Fallon of all things. LOL. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Congrats to giveaway winner Catherine G in Australia :-)