Title: Death by Didgeridoo
Author: Barbara Venkataraman
Series: Book 1 A Jamie Quinn Mystery
Publisher: Self Published By Amazon
Rating: Four Stars
Source: Received for review from author
Reviewed by: Marlene
Didgeridoo [ ˌdijərēˈdo͞o ]
noun: didgeridoo · plural noun: didgeridoos · noun: didjeridu · plural noun: didjeridus · noun: didjeridoo · plural noun: didjeridoos
an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument in the form of a long wooden tube, traditionally made from a hollow branch, which is blown to produce a deep, resonant sound, varied by rhythmic accents of timbre and volume.
When I read the title of this book I believed Didgeridoo was possibly referred to some sort of gypsy or voodoo curse of some kind. I would never have thought it was a musical instrument. When I found out in the story what is was I had to look it up on youtube. I am not sure how to describe the sound but it is very calming.
Jamie Quinn is a young family lawyer with no direction in her life since her mother passed away. That all changes when her Aunt Peg calls her to help her autistic son out of a murder charge. Jamie torn between the guilt of not keeping in touch with her family and thrusting herself into the world of criminal law, something she knows nothing about recruits her best friend and Lawyer herself, Grace and a shady Casanova PI, Duke to help her navigate through this. Soon she finds the victim has more then his fair share of enemies from past band mates, jealous husbands and ex-lovers but it will take a lot to convince the hot shot District Attorney Nick Dimitropoulos that there is more capable suspects out there then her cousin, Adam.
I really liked how the story flowed, it was a very easy read and even though it is a novella there was lot of emphasis on the characters. I really enjoyed the twist it took in the investigation and what drove Jamie to continue.
The characters of this story were great, engaging and helped propel the story line. I love Jamie who is lost and needs to find her way again. Her level headed friend Grace always there to keep her on track and help her indulge when needed. I even liked Duke, fun and flirty but underneath you know he's a good guy.
Looking forward to reading another Jamie Quinn mystery.
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