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.
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It was good but not as great as the first 2 books. I enjoyed it but unfortunately didn't find it as well written or as interesting as the first two.
Attorney Jamie Quinn has her hands full to say the least. Her boyfriend, Kip Simons, is having a difficult time in his new job as a park director. His employees resent him, someone is vandalizing the park and he’s receiving threats. To add to Jamie’s troubles, her newly found father is having problems getting approved to come to the United States.
I enjoyed listening to the first two books in this series. This book was every bit as good. I love the narrator’s voice. It’s as if we are sitting around the fireplace listening to a story. Jamie’s character gets stronger with each book. The characters surrounding her are a great support group, especially P.I. Duke Broussard. Jamie and Duke play very well against each other.
The mystery was fast-paced. It could have gone in a couple of different directions, but it ended very well. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Hands down, this was my favorite of all the Jamie Quinn mystery books. Loved it!
As per the first two books, Jamie finds herself in the middle of a mystery, and now a target of threats. Her new boyfriend, Kip, is the new Director of Parks and he's got his hands full with a vandal and some sketchy issues with an upcoming vote that deal with not-so-nice people. Jamie, being Jamie, needs to step in and help, and gets caught in the sticky web that is this book.
By this point, I really like the characters from the series, especially Jamie and Duke. Jamie is spunky and feisty when needed, stubborn or strong-willed at times, and has a soft spot to help those she cares about. Just my kind of girl. We get to know more about Kip in this story - I was weary of him early on, but the more he opened up, the more I liked him.
Another easy read, I got wrapped up in the story so much, I had a tough time putting this book down and needing to get to the end to find out who is behind it all. The author, Barbara Venkataraman, does a great job at building the story and making it one that is easy to enjoy.
Note: I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Carrie Lee Martz did a great job with the narration, per usual.
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.”
In this installment of the Jamie Quinn series we find Jamie and her boyfriend Kip at the center of a mystery. Ever since Jamie's boyfriend came back to town someone is out to get him. As the new director of the parks services Kip is getting hassled. Jamie and her P.I. friend Duke are on the case. Someone better get this figure out quick because Kip ends up missing!
Peril in the Park is the 3rd book in the Jamie Quinn mystery series. Ms Venkataraman has written another well rounded cozy mystery. Jamie and her friends Grace and Duke are joined by her boyfriend Kip in this mystery. Listening to this story was like meeting up with old friends. Ms. Martz does a wonderful job with the narration keeping it consistent with the first 2 books in this series.
I would recommend this book to my friends who enjoy a light but well developed mystery. Ages 16+
Note: Although this is Book 3 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone.
Jamie Quinn, a divorce lawyer working in Hollywood, Florida, is on the case again. This time it is out of necessity and not a paid gig. Her boyfriend, Kip, works for the local parks service and he has a problem, or maybe a few. Someone keeps vandalizing the park and the potential suspects are more than he likes. But then things get more serious as a body turns up along with threatening emails.
Here we have yet another entertaining mystery from the talented Barbara Venkataraman and my favorite so far. Not only do we have Jamie (who is such an easy character to connect with) but we also have the great outdoors of Florida and a Renaissance festival (which Duke or Kip describes incorrectly as LARPers getting together and dressing up like they are in Medieval times, but hey, it’s within character)! Couple that with more than one mystery, and we have a pretty entertaining murder mystery.
Jamie has a lot on her plate in this book. Her boyfriend Kip has some unusual stresses in his life (the vandalism and more) that spill over into Jamie’s life. Then she is trying hard to work out a way to attain a Visa for her long-lost Cubano father who is currently exiled in Ecuador. Toss in a dead body and Jamie has a great need for caffeine to keep her going. I really liked all the different dimensions going in this tale, plus we have some new interesting characters. Kip works with an attractive Indian lady (who goes on to play a crucial role at the end of the book), Jamie’s father, and the unforgettable PI Duke Broussard.
While I found the ending satisfying, I did feel it was a bit rushed. Jamie made some leaps in logic that were not supported by facts known to the character at the time. I felt there needed to be a little more investigation, or perhaps character interaction that lead Jamie to figure out the whodunnits. Also, there as an incident with a stun gun that was used repeatedly and yet didn’t leave any marks. I think that is highly unlikely. With that said, I still found the book entertaining and definitely look forward to the next in the series.
The Narration: Martz once again was a good voice for Jamie. I am glad the author waited to work with Martz (as the book itself has been out for some months) instead of switching narrators. Her Hispanic accent started off pretty rough but got better as the story went on. Her Indian accent was great! as always, I love her slow drawl for Duke.
We are getting more about reluctant lawyer Jamie Quinn and the well-developed story lines keep getting better and better! I can't put the book down until I find out what really happened. The author has an entertaining writing style and I enjoy reading her stories very much.
Peril in the Park (A Jamie Quinn Mystery #3) by Barbara Venkataraman is an extremely entertaining cozy mystery. The series focuses on Jamie, who is a family law attorney, and quasi-private investigator. In this book Jamie is looking into the shenanigans that are troubling the local park system, and in turn, Jamie's new boyfriend, Kip Simons, who is the recently appointed director of Broward County parks. Not soon after she starts looking into the situation, Jamie receives essentially a death threat, a dead guy is found in the park, and Kip is kidnapped.
Like in the first book, Jamie hires her former client Duke to do some "real" private investigating. As an added bonus we find out that Jamie's father, a former Cuban freedom fighter, was legitimately married to her mother before her birth.
I listened to the Audible version of this book and really enjoy Jaime's sense of humor and internal thought process. Carrie Lee Martz's narration is very good. She easily portrays Jaime's thoughts and snarky comments, rather than merely reading a book. In short, the story moves quickly, is entertaining, and is pure brain candy. Definitely recommended!
I love audiobooks!!!
It's definitely among my top ten. I love that the author and voice actor are so in sync! Carrie Lee Martz totally gets the inflections that Barbara Venkataramen is laying down... Or at least, to MY untrained ear . I hear her voice in my head, when I read BV's books.
Uh... YES! Hello? Weren't you there for the disturbing email threats, elephant torture, murder, and boyfriend-napping?
Always, Duke Broussard! My kid and I have hysterics whenever Duke speaks up! For a girl, CLM sure has a good handle on the voice of a womanizing southern man! Lol!
Bring a seat-liner, because you're liable to pee your pants!
Just that these books keep getting better and better. I can share the experience with my preteen son, as it's mostly clean (no sex, moderate language). Also, I LOVE that there was a moment when Mrs. GP poked her head out and made hilariously bastardized puns about illegitimate offspring ! Loved!!!
Lawyer Jamie Quinn is at it again. This time in book 3 Jamie Quinn's boyfriend, Kip Simons is the new director of Broward County parks. After Kip takes this job a dead body is found in one of the parks. Jamie and Kip also have a stalker by the name of ICU who starts sending spooky emails to Jamie & Kip! While this cozy mystery is the 3rd book of this series, this book and each book in this series can be read alone books! This book is a fun mystery than only gets enhanced by the narrator.
Jamie is a family lawyer by profession, but she always seems to be around when there is a murder happening. If Jamie was to have a 2nd professional job, she would make a perfect Private Investigator! Jamie hires Duke, a PI she has used in the past to help her investigate a murder. There is never a dull moment when Jamie is involved in a situation. Read along with Jamie as she and Kip (with Dukes help) discover who has it in for Kip and why, also who the murderer is...
The author Barbara Venkataraman once again has another fun, fast paced cozy mystery hit on her hands. She writes these stories with so much heart is reflects in her books. Her characters are witty, smart and self sufficient. The narrator, Carrie Lee Martz does a fantastic job delivering us a flawless interpretation of this book. Carrie is a master of voices, loaded with emotions. The characters she portrays take on a life of their own with the voices she gives them. In addition, I would like to add, Kudos to the author for keeping the same narrator for her books. A series is always much more believable when the same narrator using the same voices is involved! When we get to know a voice in a book, we make a connection with the voices and that is very important! I love the voice she uses for Duke too, very believable.
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