This book for me is similar to a pilot for a tv series - the characters and the plot are just getting settled into their roles and there are moments w..Show More »here they don't feel "firm". There are a couple of times where I felt something was off with the characters, but by the second book the author had the flow and characters down pat. This book is a short one at just over 5 hours. It might come across as a bit rushed for some so I give that warning, but I feel it's a good start to the series and I liked it enough to purchase the second book. I will say there are no clues as to who the murderer is throughout the story. *cheeky grin* But you do meet him early on in the story. This is something a little different for me as most mysteries I listen to have clues and I can guess them with accuracy pretty early on. So it was a refreshing change.
The protagonist, JJ Graves, is a physician, coroner/medical examiner, mortician, and funeral home owner in rural northwestern Virginia. She also hap..Show More »pens to be engaged to the local sheriff who was her childhood friend. Her illegal adoptive parents were/are criminals.
This book and this 4 book thriller series are light and funny at times. Like all Liliana Hart novels there is a tendency to be crude and, of course, one or two graphic sex scenes.
It's a fun listen made better by he outstanding narration of Laura Faye Smith.
Liliana Hart is one of those authors who writes romance novels as well as mystery/thrillers. Even with the mystery/thrillers there is a strong element..Show More » of romance novels, but they are also good mysteries. Her mysteries are offbeat, light, and fun and her protagonists are a bit crazy. Hart is also one of the real success stories in self publishing. I reserve listening to her books for just after listening to a really intense and serious thriller.
JJ Graves, the protagonist is a physician, medical examiner, and funeral home operator in Bloody Mary, Virginia. She inherited the funeral home from her parents who were also criminals. In Down and Dirty Graves and her boyfriend and sheriff Jack are preparing for their wedding when the mansion of a locally prominent family burns down with the family and the teen son's girlfriend inside. It turns out to be an arson for the purpose of murder. Down and Dirty is Book 4 in the ongoing JJ Graves series.