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Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite
In The Case of the Killer Divorce (A Jamie Quinn Mystery), Barbara Venkataraman tells another tale with Jamie Quinn at the center. In this case, Jamie has gone back to her career as a family law attorney after taking several months off following her mother’s death. The story opens with Jamie losing an appeal in divorce court for her client, Becca Solomon, who is embroiled in a bitter divorce and custody battle with her husband, Joe. As they leave the courtroom, Becca vows to kill Joe if he tries to take her daughters away from her. A few days later, Joe is dead of a drug and alcohol overdose. Naturally, suspicion falls directly on Jamie’s client, Becca.
In this second novel in the Jamie Quinn Mystery series, Venkataraman has done it again! In The Case of the Killer Divorce, she mixes the mystery of who killed Joe Solomon with some of Jamie’s own story. Jamie’s mother died without telling her who her father was and this mystery has haunted Jamie for years. In this book, Venkataraman reveals who Jamie’s father is and the circumstances of her birth. Once again, we are treated to the great cast of characters we met in the first book of the series: best friend Grace, womanizing private investigator Duke, and Aunt Peg who knows more than she is telling. We are also introduced to a possible love interest. Venkataraman weaves all of these story lines together with intelligence and good humor. The dialogue between the characters is fun and smart while always advancing the plot. The Case of the Killer Divorce is a definite must-read.