Peril in the Park: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman

Peril in the Park: A Jamie Quinn Mystery by Barbara Venkataraman
Publisher: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (146 Pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

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.

Jamie Quinn, a family lawyer, seems to find trouble outside of work without any effort at all. She has to figure out who is playing pranks in the Broward County parks, and more importantly, who is following and threatening her, if her boyfriend, Kip Simons, doesn’t do what a powerful local developer wants.

Jamie is very likeable. She does try to figure things out, but without the help of her P.I. friend, Duke Broussard, she’d really be in trouble. And she tends to panic under pressure, but wouldn’t we all. She is an easy character for the reader to like and identify with. I also liked Duke, and he brings a very different and helpful perspective to the mystery. He is right there to help when Kip goes missing and the clock is running out.

The mystery is well-paced and exciting. There were a number of possibilities for the bad guys, and I didn’t get all the pieces put together until the end. The suspense builds nicely and I didn’t want to stop reading until the end.

There were a few minor typos, and in one place, Jamie says she’s stopping for coffee on her way home when she is actually on her way to work. There are some side plot lines and the solution to one of them seemed a bit too pat and simplistic. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, and this wasn’t a huge issue, and maybe since Jamie had enough on her plate, one pat solution wasn’t all bad. However, a bit more complexity would have added to the novel.

Peril in the Park is a delightful cozy mystery, an enjoyable read, that I’m sure mystery lovers will enjoy. It is the third in the Jamie Quinn series and I hope there will be many more adventures with Jamie in the future.

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