A Jenna Scali Mystery

Fiction - Suspense
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/14/2015
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Author Biography

Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 7 books and numerous stories.

Joan’s books have won awards. The Clock Strikes Midnight won FIRST PLACE in Royal Palm Literary awards for Mainstream/Literary fiction and the Silver Medal in the Global eBooks Awards for 2015. The e-Murderer won FIRST PLACE in the Malice Domestic Grants Competition for new writers.

Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and memoir. Her passion as a reader lies closer to literary writing with a commercial bent. Joan says The Clock Strikes Midnight is exactly the kind of book she loves to read.

“I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”

Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the southern traditions with the eye of a northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Georgia.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery is a psychological thriller written by Joan C. Curtis. Jenna is a graduate student who works part-time for Dr. Bingham, a psychiatrist, while she's pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology. She's stunned when she finds an anonymous email in her inbox from someone who describes brutally killing a woman with a knife. The sender had used an email service that rendered complete anonymity, so Jenna had no way to find out who had sent it or where they were located. A second email followed soon after the first. Jenna tried to discuss the emails with Dr. Bingham, who agreed to look at them when he returned from an emergency call, but the doctor seemed oddly reluctant to give the matter any serious consideration. Odds were, the police might think that the sender was one of his patients whom he's determined to protect. When a young woman's body is found, Jenna begins to fear that the killer is closer than everyone thinks.

Joan C. Curtis's psychological thriller, e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery, is suspenseful and fast-paced. Jenna is a strong and resourceful character whose unwilling participation in the killer's demented game of cat and mouse unleashes her latent sleuthing abilities. Curtis sets her story in Athens, Georgia, and I was impressed by how smoothly she made the locale seem familiar to her readers. Jenna’s friends, Starr, a co-worker, and Quentin, a professor, are marvelous characters whose interactions with Jenna work quite well in building up and maintaining the plot. Jenna’s got too many candidates as suspects, and watching as she tests her hypotheses and keeps the police on their toes is great fun indeed. e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery is a well-written thriller that’s hard to put down. It’s highly recommended.

Joan Curtis

Dear Jack. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and found it a fun read. Thanks for the review.