New Giveaway – Win a Copy of Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman

New Giveaway – Win a Copy of Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman

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The three winners of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3 by Barbara Venkataraman are:

JUDY GROGAN

BEV SMITH

PAM MORSE

Congratulations to all three of you. Barbara will be contacting you on how to receive your book.

Barbara and I want to thank everyone for participating in this giveaway. Please keep watching for more contests to come.

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Author Barbara Venkatataman would like all cozy-lovers to meet divorce lawyer, Jamie Quinn and she asked me to help her do it. Barbara will be giving three lucky winners an e-book copy of “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3.” Barbara will send each winner this collection that has the first three books in this wonderful series. The rules are easy. All you have to do is read my review below and answer a simple question. Post your answer and I’ll randomly select three winners. Please remember to add your email address in your answer so Barbara will be able to send you the e-book. The contest is open to everyone and you will have to be able to receive a gift from Amazon and if you can’t Barbara will send you a mobi or a PDF file.

The giveaway starts, officially, on Tuesday, October 25th but you can start posting your answer whenever you like. I’m flexible. On Monday, October 31, I’ll choose the winners and post their names here. I’ll also email you but please remember to include your email address in your post.

Read the review below, look at the question, and then post your answer. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!

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Jamie Quinn is a divorce lawyer living in south Florida and doing whatever she can to just stay at home and never go back to work. Haven’t we all felt this way at one time or another? Jamie’s mother just recently died and she’s depressed and even though she has the money to pay her bills this won’t last forever. And there’s her her cat, Mr. Paws, that Jamie inherited from her mother. There’s nothing more that Mr. Paws likes to do than to eat and feeding a cat costs money. The cat doesn’t even appreciate Jamie and what she does for him what with all his hissing at her. It would be an understatement to say that they do not get along.

So off Jamie goes back to work thinking that she’ll soon be back in court helping unhappy married couples divorce each other. But suddenly Jamie is defending murder suspects, like her cousin Adam who was accused of murdering his music teacher, a former rock star. And she’s defending her family law client whose soon to be ex hubby is found dead and the wife is the suspect. Jamie also finds herself searching for her new boyfriend, Kip Simons the director of Broward County parks, who disappeared after they found a dead body.

What is going on here? This isn’t family court, this isn’t divorce cases, this is murder and all of a sudden Jamie has to deal with the state’s District Attorney, Nick Dimitropoulos, who’s the son of a state senator. Well, Nick is kind of cute so there is a good side.

At least she she has some help from a former client Marmaduke (Duke) Broussard, the Third, a charming, beer loving, woman loving, cheating scoundrel  who also happens to be one terrific private investigator. Duke is ready, willing, and able to help Jamie get all the information she needs, not to mention giving her things she doesn’t want, at least not from him.

Grace Anderson, Jamie’s best friend and an in house counsel for a large securities firm, is right by her side helping with legal advice that might be needed.

But just in case Jamie doesn’t have enough to do with her family law practice and helping people accused of murder, she’s also trying to get her father, Guillermo Franco, into the United States from Nicaragua where he was exiled to from Cuba. It’s a long story.

Jamie Quinn is going through a lot and all of this is told in the “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3” by Barbara Venkataraman  and it’s a fun book. Or rather, fun three books.

This is the kind of novel that embarrasses you because you’re laughing out loud if you read in public. Ms. Esquire, as Duke likes to call Jamie, hopes that all the hours she spent watching “Law and Order” marathons, “Castle”, and “The Mentalist” will help prepare her for cases, even though she doubts it. I think most of people, including myself, believe that they can be good lawyers for those same reason, which is why I like Jamie so much. She’s down to earth, watches television and proud of it, has strange family dynamics, nutty friends, and would rather stay home than work. Sounds like me and almost everyone I know.

Female readers, just like the female characters in the book, will fall in love with P.I. Duke Broussard, a man as non perfect and charming as a male can get. He flirts too much, he drinks too much, and practically lives at a bar, what’s not to love?

Jamie is surrounded with some good friends and now that I’ve read three books in this series I consider myself her friend too. Author Barbara Venkataraman has created funny, interesting, and unique characters and I suspect that Jamie is really Ms. Venkataraman in disguise. You can’t write characters like these unless you’re just like them. And that’s a compliment.

The “Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection” three box set is a wonderful way to introduce yourself to a new cozy series. Worth every cent and it isn’t even expensive. There is no price for some good reading fun.

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QUESTION: How did Jamie get Mr. Paws?

Please post your answer along with your email address where it says “Post Comment” at the bottom of this page. Winners will be chosen and contacted on Monday, October 31, 2016. Good Luck!

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Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery (A Jamie Quinn Mystery #4) by Barbara Venkataraman

Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery (A Jamie Quinn Mystery #4) by Barbara Venkataraman

Divorce attorney Jamie Quinn, living in Hollywood, Florida, is finally finding herself smiling every so often. Her family law practice is doing well, she has a great boyfriend named Kip, and soon her father will be getting his visa to come to the United States. What could possibly go wrong? Well, since it’s Jamie Quinn we’re talking about, let’s just say everything!

Boyfriend, Kip, is a little bored with his job working as Director of Broward County Parks in Florida and will be going to Australia for three months to work with an environmental scientist to save the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombats from extinction. For real, Kip? Jamie knows Wombats are cute but cuter than her? So cute that Kip would rather spend time with them than with Jamie? Ugh, men! Jamie can’t even go and visit Kip because she has to be in Nicaragua the next month to be with her dad for his immigration interview. Life is so unfair sometimes.

Jamie might be unhappy with Kip leaving but her law practice is doing quite well, that is until Nan Glasser comes in telling Jamie she wants a divorce from husband, famous big time lawyer, Marvin Glasser. Jamie was Nan’s last choice for a divorce lawyer because Marvin threatened all the previous attorneys from representing his wife. No one knows better than Jamie that she isn’t really qualified and can’t take the case. Jamie does promise Nan that she will try to find her another attorney.

Grace Anderson is Jamie’s best friend and is a great lawyer working at big time law firm. Grace and her firm agree to take on Nan’s divorce as long as Jamie works as Grace’s co-counsel. Every part of her being is telling Jamie not to do it but Nan is willing to pay a lot of money for the divorce so Jamie agrees. She should have listened to herself and turned the case down.

Meanwhile, Jamie’s next door neighbors, Sandy and Mike, have been caring for their little niece, Katie. Katie’s dad and her mom, Sara, who was also Sandy’s twin sister, were killed in an accident when the private airplane they were on crashed a few months earlier. Sandy and Mike want to sue the airline but they’re having a hard time finding out who the owner is and who owned the private plane. Jamie and her Private Investigator pal, Marmaduke Broussard III decide to help Sandy and Mike find the information they need. How hard could this be?

Jamie should have just stayed in bed because somehow Nan’s divorce from her lawyer husband and Mike and Sandy’s wrongful death lawsuit are connected and investigating the two cases is getting very dangerous indeed.

And making things just horrible is that Jamie and bestie Grace had a major argument and aren’t speaking to each other. They communicate through Grace’s assistant.

No best friend, no boyfriend, and going against a hot-shot lawyer who doesn’t want his wife to leave him and believes he’s going to be killed by Russians is way too much for Jamie to handle but cope she will. What else does she have to do, sit in the house with her unappreciative cat?

“Engaged in Danger: A Jamie Quinn Mystery” by Barbara Venkataraman is the fourth in this truly entertaining series.

Everything is thrown in this book; love, hate, Russians, lawyers, threats, bars, humor, picture painting dogs, and cookies! The perfect recipe for fun. Heck, to say that I adored these books would be an understatement. Once I start reading one of them I can’t put it down.

The relationship between Jamie and and all the other characters are near perfection. It’s as if Ms. Venkataraman is writing about herself and the experiences that she’s gone through, although I doubt if the author ever had someone trying to murder her.

The story is top notch and well thought out. The two cases Jamie’s dealing with, the divorce and the wrongful death lawsuit, are complicated with a lot of interweaving of characters and plots. The author could have easily become confused with the jigsaw like pieces causing problems with the timelines and characters and worse yet, readers could be easily confused but that didn’t happen. Not at any point did I ever wonder who a character was and the relationship that character had to others and to the plot itself.

“Engaged in Danger” is a superb novel. I like all the characters and really enjoyed seeing how they’ve evolved and developed from the previous three books. Try this series, I’m sure you’ll agree.

I can’t wait to read other books that Barbara Venkataraman has written.