Monday, 16 January 2017

Death By Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman

Death By Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman
Self published in November 2013.

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit.

Death By Didgeridoo is the first novella in what is currently a series of four. It is narrated in the first person by our Florida divorce-law heroine, Jamie Quinn, who suddenly finds she has to up her game to criminal lawyer to help her Asperger's cousin, Adam, when he becomes the main suspect in a high profile murder case. I liked the character of Jamie. She is forthright, but able to admit her weaknesses, professionally and personally, and we never found her put into unbelievable situations for the sake of the plot. I like her taste in sandwiches too! Other characters aren't so well defined and I would have liked to know more about Aunt Peg and Adam particularly.

As the Jamie Quinn series are cosy mysteries, I knew I would be safe from encountering any gruesome murder details and Venkataraman concentrates her tale primarily on the different investigative steps required in order for Jamie to solve the crime. At just 93 pages that approach makes Death By Didgeridoo a very fast paced read which is exciting, but I would have been happy for it to slow down here and there to allow us to appreciate more detail of the Florida setting. However, the denouement is nicely thought through and ultimately satisfying. I look forward to spending more time with Jamie in the series' second book.

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1 comment:

  1. Jamie Quinn trilogy boxset giveaway here:
    Open until 6th April :-)