Jeopardy in July

Written by Barbara Venkataraman


Old people were dying at an alarming rate at La Vida Boca, a posh assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Florida. With its sterling reputation, dedicated staff, and top-notch medical care, none of the deaths are considered suspicious, but when members of the poker club start to die under strange circumstances, attorney Jamie Quinn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. With help from her new friend, Jessie Sandler, and her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie uncovers a crime that took place forty years earlier. Can she stop the killer in time? Or is she in danger of becoming the next victim?




A Darn Good Read!   5 stars


I’ve been looking forward to this book and expected it to be a good, satisfying read – and it was!

Jamie Quinn isn’t your usual attorney-at-law. She does possess the sharp suit and the office but her style is much more laid back than the usual thirsty-for-success types. Jamie handles the less exciting legal cases and this often ends up with her getting dragged into enigmas which she can’t help but get embroiled in. Arriving at a local assisted living facility to meet with a couple who want to get divorced, she witnesses one of the residents being carried into an ambulance and fast-tracked to the local hospital. As luck would have it, he was one of her potential clients. And so begins another mystery for our favourite sleuth.

This is a really fun read; the characters are a real mix across the board, with plenty of larger-than-life personalities. The story is well-plotted and creative. There is lots going on – several side stories which draw the readers’ attention from the main mystery and keep puzzling to the very end. Woven in is a bit – but not too much – about Jamie’s personal life. There are revelations towards the end where I didn’t even realise there was a question and it all adds up to a darn good mystery with a few chuckles along the way. I’m rather fond of a good ‘cozy’ and this delivers in full.

My thanks to the author for alerting me to this novel. I purchased my copy via Amazon. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: ‘cozy’ mystery


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Publication Date: 26 March 2017
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


41uYfNVB-GL._UX250_Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; 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 the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award.

Her popular Jamie Quinn Mystery Series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo,” “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” “Peril in the Park,” and just released, “Engaged in Danger”–the fourth Jamie Quinn mystery!



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