My binge reading spree of this series must be delayed after this reading this story. Bummer. I understand that the sixth story is in development. Yay! FYI… It is best to read this series in order so as not to reveal spoilers from earlier books. Even so, each book reads great as a stand-alone story.
A little background on the cast of characters… Jamie Quinn is a family law attorney in a small (one person) practice. She attended law school with her BFF, Grace Anderson, who is a lawyer in a prestigious securities law firm and has awesome connections. Duke Broussard is a playboy and P.I. who, besides being a client and friend, Jamie keeps on retainer for his creative investigative skills. Nick Dimitropoulos, State Attorney, appears to always be at odds with Jamie. Kip Simons, Jamie’s current and also first high school boyfriend, an outdoorsman and adventurer. Guillermo Franco, a Cuban activist, also brought into the storyline from Jamie’s past. Ana Maria Suarez, a surrogate mother, always ready with an encouraging word or a hug if Jamie needed one.
Jamie discovers even more about her lineage from several sources. This is a great continuing and intriguing storyline that runs between the books of the series. No spoilers here. This storyline alone is worth reading the series.
The love bug has bitten and many, but not all, of the relationships are good. Some are even better than good.
Jamie is not satisfied as a family law attorney. What would make her happy… and still pay the bills? She has a lot of thoughts, just no direction. When Jamie is making a home visit for a divorce mediation at a five-star assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Florida; she is soon disappointed that one of the clients is carried out on a stretcher before they have a chance to meet. An unexpected opportunity arises from that visit. She is offered to conduct monthly seminars to explain living wills, health care surrogates and family powers of attorney to the residents and then help them fill out the forms. Sometimes a gift just falls in your lap. Sometimes easy money can be deadly.
Since I am going to have to wait on the sixth book for a while, I am glad that there were a couple of nice surprises at the end of this story. Did I mention how much I love this series!
Barbara Venkataraman is a gifted storyteller in my favorite genre of cozy mysteries. This book, and series, has an extraordinary cast of characters and more than one mystery to be solved in each story. It is not your typical whodunit. Romance, along with drama from friends and family alike are added to enrich the story. If you enjoy an entertaining, well-written, fun, and easy read; this book is for you.