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alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00GVJ4WOYReluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies thaalternate cover edition for ASIN: B00GVJ4WOYReluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit....

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Death by Didgeridoo Reviews

  • James
    2018-08-22 23:48

    4 stars to Barbara Venkataraman's Death by Didgeridoo, her debut novel in the "Jamie Quinn Mystery" series about a lawyer who investigates murders while protecting her clients from all the trouble they encounter. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is a very short read to introduce you to the main characters, setting and background -- definitely worth the read to give you a taste for what's to come in the series.StoryWhen Jamie's cousin Adam, a 22 year old with Asperger's Syndrome, is accused of killing his music teacher with a didgeridoo (a musical instrument), his mother Peg calls Jamie for help. Jamie's own mother passed away which is why Jamie feels more closely connected to her aunt and cousin as some of her only remaining family; however, Jamie is a family law practitioner, not a criminal lawyer. She uses her sharp wit, intelligence and connections to determine the potential real suspects and finds herself embroiled in a mystery of a music band where a number of members and their fan groupies may have been responsible. In the end, Jamie saves the day with help from her bestie Grace (a criminal lawyer) and PI Duke, who is also a former client of hers when he had his own womanizing ways!StrengthsThe story is narrated in first person which gives the author valuable liberties with Jamie's personality. Jamie can easily tell you what she's seeing and thinking while also giving her opinion and stepping out of the story to make you laugh. There are a number of funny lines that quickly give you a sense of Jamie's personality making you wish you had a friend just like her -- especially when many are at her own expense. It's just the right balance of humor/fun without causing any intrusion into the overall story. I enjoy cozies that can go that extra step but still keep everything moving along.Having a lawyer as the protagonist (especially when the story is written by a lawyer) also helps with storyline potential -- think of all the murders, court room dramas and legal proceedings you as a reader will get to experience. The author does a good job at not using too much legal-speak to make the read cumbersome which helps keep the story flowing along.The murder, in traditional cozy format, happens off screen. There is very little focus on the description other than knowing about the blood and the weapon. For the most part, I think this is a good approach, as the reader has a lot to go on with his/her own imagination. I also like the ingenuity with the murder weapon as I think this may be the first time it's ever been used in a book (reviewers note -- I surprisingly have not read every book in the universe so I cannot be absolutely certain on this!). SuggestionsIt was too short and quick. I read this on my iPad Kindle program on a plane trip from Atlanta to NY and finished it in less than two hours (it's about 100 pages). The story is good and has a definite murder setup, multiple cast of suspects and a few side stories -- it's a direct path to solving the whodunit with a few red herrings along the way. I would have liked to see some additional details surrounding the different band members so that I could try to figure out which one may have been the culprit. It sometimes felt a little bit like it went too quickly to finding the actual killer, especially when a second victim shows up and the story is quicky solved. But I believe since this was a debut novel, it was done to get interest in the characters and setting and will expand more in future books.Final ThoughtsThis debut was a good example of humor in a cozy and will delight readers who like a strong female lead character with the right group of friends in the legal and police fields to help her solve the cases. This particular story had many different characters who could have been the killer and you clearly know from the beginning it couldn't be the one suspect the police blamed. I'm looking forward to seeing a longer and more complex story in the next two books in the series. I've already downloaded them and will probably switch back and forth between a few series over the next couple of weeks. Nice debut work!

  • Evgeny
    2018-09-04 20:53

    Jamie Quinn is a thirty-something lawyer specializing in divorce cases. She is completely broken after the death of her mother and spends her time staying at home. As a side note: I really wish I had a life where I could afford to stay at home instead of going to work when I feel like it. A phone call from her aunt finally makes her to take some action. Her nephew is accused of a murder of a former rock star. The nephew has Asperger’s Syndrome. The victim had lots of enemies. Jamie has no clue about criminal defense. It is any wonder she takes the case? First things first: what the heck is didgeridoo? It is a murder weapon used as a club. If you have any doubts whether it can be used as such, take a look at the following:I liked Jamie Quinn as a character. While she is shown at the bad time of her life she still has a healthy sense of irony and some humor which sets the tone for the whole story. The character works for a plot novella and I hope it will improve in further stories of the series. There were some other good characters which did not get much screen time due to the length of the book. The writing style is decent and serviceable in this case. The whole book is a short but easy read with the total rating of 3.5 stars rounded up for the reason that it does a good job as a series' pilot.

  • PattyMacDotComma
    2018-09-18 20:52

    3.5★“Thanks, Duke! I still think Adam knows something. I'm going to watch his hypnotherapy session tomorrow morning. Why don't we touch base after that?’‘Darlin', you can touch anything you want. I wouldn't mind a bit.’This is bright and breezy, the first of a series. Jamie is an attractive young lawyer in Hollywood – no not star-studded California, but a Florida town - and to help her find out more about a case, she’s hired Duke, a bit of a rough and ready private investigator with a colourful history. Adam is her cousin, accused of murdering his music teacher by bashing him with a didgeridoo. Jamie needs help.Jamie and Adam’s mother, her Aunt Peg, haven’t been close the past year since Jamie’s mother (Peg’s sister) died, and both have retreated into their grief. But Adam is a 22-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, and he needs special help with this predicament. Easily stressed, he’s shut down, covered with blood at the scene of the murder.Worse, the didge was his own, that he’d taken to his music teacher to show what he’d learned. (A didgeridoo is an Australian Aboriginal instrument, a long, slender, hollowed-out “log” into which the player blows a continuous breath, kind of like a bagpipe – but not.)This is something of a light-hearted romp, with some touching reminiscing about Jamie’s family and a lot of semi-flirty banter between Jamie and Duke, who fancies himself something of a professional charmer. The conversation I quoted is typical of the dialogue.It’s only a short novella, and I enjoyed meeting Jamie Quinn, Duke, and Grace, Jamie’s best friend and a fellow lawyer on whom she relies for criminal law advice.Thanks to the author for a copy for review. I’m sure she will attract plenty of fans for Jamie.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2018-08-28 00:38

    3.5 What the Heck is a Didgeridoo StarsSo it is December and if your life is anything like mine it means that you are extra busy with real life and your reading time drops significantly. It also means that we are coming to the end of the book challenge for goodreads and I’m barely on track this year. So what is a girl to do? Well she finds some stories that might be a little shorter and she can fit in easily between all her other life obligations.Enter Death by Didgeridoo a short story mystery available in audio format (since that is how I read about ½ my books) that will take under three hours to listen to. Jamie Quinn is a woman suffering from light depression after the death of her mother. She is taking some time off work to really look at her life and decide if she is doing what she really wants to do with it or if it is time for a direction change. That is when she gets the call that her Nephew who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome has been arrested on murder charges. Well Jamie is the family lawyer so she has to go help even if her family doesn’t realize that just because she is a lawyer doesn’t mean that she is a criminal attorney. But the least she can do is try and help out her sweet nephew and try to clear up a misunderstanding.This short story has a few fun characters. Most notable is Duke the slightly shade PI who hasn’t found a woman he didn’t want to flirt with. Jamie herself is pretty likable as she pulls herself out of a depression and isolation to help investigate who could have perpetrated the murder. Since this is just a short story you aren’t going to get really in depth characters or super plot twists. There just isn’t time for all that. What you will get is a pretty good who-dun-it with quite a few suspects to chose from and a quick resolution.Rating Note: Since this is a short story it gets a few passes on thing I would look for in a longer Mystery. I just want it clear that this is more like an episode on a t.v. series more than what you would find in a movie and rated accordingly.

  • Vicki
    2018-08-26 20:51

    I think I have finally found an attorney that has my sense of humor, inability to sleep, and a confusing home life.Her name is Jamie Quinn. She is a divorce lawyer that is called in to help out a young cousin in trouble. She rushed to his side and the story begins to take shape from there. The mystery was easy to follow and with the help of Duke, the lady killer private eye, the facts started building and making senseThis is my first time reading Barbara Venkstaram. I am already moving on to book 2. Great characters with memorable personalities and quirks. The friends, family and various professionals all have unique traits. It is going to be a fun series.

  • Brenda
    2018-09-19 19:56

    Jamie Quinn was still struggling from the death of her mother only six months before – she’d left her job and unable to sleep found each day melded into the next. So the morning her Aunt Peg called, frantically leaving a message on her machine, Jamie was shocked and horrified to learn her cousin Adam had been arrested for the murder of his music teacher, Spike. Adam suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome and Jamie knew he wasn’t capable of hurting anyone, especially someone he cared for.Jamie enlisted her best friend Grace to help her – Jamie was a divorce lawyer, not a criminal lawyer – and Grace immediately put her mind at ease. As they started checking out as many people as they could, Jamie called on Duke, a PI friend to do the deeper digging. Suddenly the cracks began to show – would Jamie and her team of helpers discover the real killer? Or would it be too late for Adam?I thoroughly enjoyed Death by Didgeridoo, a cosy mystery novella. The characters were likeable, especially Duke, a loveable and mischievous cynic; his dry and humerous comments made me chuckle quite a few times. Jamie was a great protagonist and I’m really looking forward to reading more in this series. I have no hesitation in recommending Death by Didgeridoo highly. With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.

  • C-shaw
    2018-08-25 21:36

    Gifted me by the author in exchange for a review. I am separating the first out from the three-novel compilation so I can review it, _Death by Didgeridoo_. Following are my prior notes, along with comments after reading the first book.* * * * *On Chapter 8 already. This is great! I had a good feeling about this book. It is written by an attorney, and as a former legal assistant, I know that lawyers are often good writers since so much of the work is composition. It is set in Hollywood, Florida, one of my favorite places. The murder weapon is a didgeridoo, an instrument one seldom sees or hears. I once heard one played at sunset in Sedona, Arizona!* * * * * I finished the first novel 1/4/17, and enjoyed it so much. I give it a four-star rating. It was a bit disconcerting that after the end of it, there was no title page nor introduction for the second novel, just a "Chapter 1" heading. Nevertheless, the characters were very likeable, particularly the main one, Jamie Quinn, and the story was fast-paced and entertaining. Some favorite quotes:"People say it takes only ten minutes to get used to a luxury, but a lifetime to get over losing it.""I [took some time to] gather my thoughts. . . Now, six months later, I am still trying to gather them, but it's no use. They are shadow puppets, gray wisps flitting through my brain, and they refuse to be caught.""Because I don't sleep much, I wander the house at night like the ghost of Hamlet's father (also named Hamlet, of course), but I am much quieter about it.""Since I have no choice, I'll just throw it out there and hope you don't think less of me, or make assumptions about my honesty or integrity. The truth is. . . I'm a lawyer. There, I said it. I hope that hasn't changed your opinion of me.""This sounds like a made-for-TV movie." *Actually, this book would make a GREAT made-for-TV movie, with quirky characters and an usual murder weapon!*My thanks to the author for this introduction to her work. I am most pleased and will continue to read her books!

  • Luffy
    2018-09-21 01:56

    Although it rarely happened that I'd come to read novellas, I've never really read any book of the same length and with similar dynamics as Death by Didgeridoo. The first thing that hit me is the brave decision by the author to make the heroine of her cozy mystery an orphan. That is a rarity. The identity of Jamie's father itself is a mystery that may or may not be solved in the next book of the series. The author wrote her book well. By that I mean 'compatible with me as a reader'. I've been betrayed by my limitation as a reader, rejecting books with promise. No such problem here. Another positive about the book here is the way in took over my mind. During the few times my attention wavered, a mental image of the subject at hand would crop up in my brain and I would focus again on the mystery. It's a reaction that rarely happens with me. This reaction immersed me in the book and made me reluctant to take a break from reading the entire book in one sitting. There are one or two advantages of writing such a relatively short book. The first is that the writer is never guilty of being long winded. This makes for some interesting side effects. E.g this book contains the most lifelike and realistic announcement of the death of a character. I'm talking about the character who dies in a car 'accident'. When I read about it, it's visceral quality hit me hard. There was not the usual artifice involved in revealing that death, and I appreciate that kind of subtlety. It immediately reminded me of learning the death of a favorite singer, who died suddenly and almost anonymously. A second advantage of a shortish story is the timing of knowing about the murderer. You can reveal the identity halfway through the book and still have that crucial momentum and build up that leads to a satisfying finale. I enjoyed reading Death by Didgeridoo and I'm thinking of reading the sequel. A well deserved 4 stars!

  • Susan
    2018-09-16 02:57

    DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO is exactly what a “Cozy Mystery” should be, crazy characters with lots of quirkiness, a little bit of humor, a little romance with no violence or very little anyway. The only thing wrong with the story is I didn't want to stop reading. I could have read for another two hundred pages and got more into the characters lives. Duke is a hoot and I couldn't stop smiling at the silly lines he threw at Jamie! It was an enjoyable book to read. Jamie Quinn, her relatives and friends are a fun group of “Cozy Mystery” characters and very real and believable. The murder weapon itself is odd, a Didgeridoo? What the heck is that anyway? It is an Australian wind instrument, the perfect weapon for the overall theme in this book. This story is a nice light mystery. I have never read anything by Barbara Venkataraman, but I would be interested in continuing this series. I'd like to see Jamie hook up with Duke, or now that I think about it, maybe not! I really enjoyed the story and I would recommend this book, it is a nice, enjoyable but light Cozy Mystery.

  • Shelly
    2018-09-09 20:54

    Death by Didgeridoo is a great start to a new series! Jamie Quinn is a young attorney who is bereaving the loss of her mother to cancer. To add to her grief, Jamie finds out her cousin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, has been accused of the murder of a former rock star. Jamie feels compelled to come to the aid of her cousin and starts investigating. Jamie is a likable main character. She is smart, devoted to family, witty and determined. Her friends and colleagues are likable and well developed. Although the book is rather short, it is very enjoyable. It will keep you turning the page and guessing until the end. I am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Jamie Quinn Mystery series, The Case of the Killer Divorce.

  • Sally906
    2018-09-18 02:38

    What a fun read - I really enjoyed the quirky story - and loved the accused, Adam, who has Asperger's. My grandson has this so like to read books that have functioning people with this condition. The characters were all likeable, especially Duke, a loveable and mischievous PI; his dry and humorous comments made me chuckle out loud quite a few times. I would certainly read more in this series if I come across them.

  • Tango With Text
    2018-09-02 22:49

    While enjoying a hiatus-from-life after the death of her mother, family lawyer Jamie Quinn is asked by her aunt to prove her son innocent of murdering the local music store owner.I enjoyed this story from beginning to end! Although short, the characters and situations are so well described that I did not feel short-changed at all. A well thought out plot, an unexpected murderer, interesting supporting characters, and set in a town that feels like it’s next door. This fast-paced story flows from one scene to the next, almost inviting the reader to reach the end.Carrie Lee Martz has a voice which is well-suited to this writer. Her portrayal of Jamie Quinn and the supporting characters is wonderful, and I found I could easily connect with them. I felt that Carrie’s reading pace was a little fast and would have preferred a slightly longer listen, but this did not detract too much from my overall enjoyment of the story.

  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    2018-08-23 21:37

    I received a copy of The Jamie Quinn Mystery Series 1 - 3 from author Barbara Venkataraman in exchange for my honest review.Death by Didgeridoo is Book 1 in the series. I had to look up what a didgeridoo was and was kind of shocked when my iPhone knew what I was typing only a few letters in. Like, it was an actual real thing? ;)We meet Jamie Quinn, an unemployed lawyer, who is grieving the loss of the mother. She receives an unexpected call from her Aunt asking her to meet her at the police station as her cousin has been arrested for murder. Her cousin has Asperger's and Jamie thinks of everything she can to keep him safe and unharmed. She is a divorce lawyer and not trained in other areas of law, but she will try and figure it out for the sake of her cousin. She pulls her resources: her best friend Grace who is a corporate lawyer, and former client/Private Investigator/womanizer on the size, Duke to help her find the real killer.The writing flows really well and there is a lot of dialogue, which if you don't know, I am a real fan of. I felt the story reminded me of a Jodi Picoult novel and would even suggest that it be turned into a novel versus a novella. There is a lot of potential in this story, and selfishly I would like to read more about some of these characters. Some of the evidence and developments come easily (I am certainly not complaining) but there can be some roadblocks and character backstories added to create a suspense book that could be featured on Book of the Month. I will be reading the other books in the series shortly and will report back on Jamie Quinn's developments. Its a quick and engaging read, I recommend checking out.

  • Cindy Burnett
    2018-09-18 02:59

    Death by Didgeridoo was a quick, fun read. Jamie Quinn, the main character and sleuth, has an entertaining personality who comes up with a variety of great expressions and comebacks. I was particularly interested in reading this mystery because you do not see a didgeridoo in the title for many novels, mysteries or otherwise. My parents lived in Australia for four years and own a didgeridoo so I was truly intrigued by the title. The mystery lived up to the intrigue and was a satisfying story with a nicely set up crime and solution.Venkataraman’s characters are lively and funny. Their dialogue is authentic, and she makes Hollywood, Florida seem like a very happening place to live. Thanks to the author for the chance to read this first installment in the series, and I am looking forward to reading the next two.

  • Ian
    2018-09-13 19:00

    When her cousin Adam who has Asperger's Syndrome is accused of murder, his desperate mother begs Jamie to help her. Jamie is a lawyer, though divorces and custody disputes aren't much in the way of preparation for acting as a lawyer in a criminal case. Still she races down to the police station and somehow manages to bluff her way through, getting Adam released into the care of his mother, but without another suspect it won't be long before the police come calling. The District Attorney thinks he has a slam dunk case and is more interested in getting his face on the front page than in finding the real killer. It's up to Jamie to investigate the crime and find the killer. At just over one hundred pages Death by Didgeridoo is on the shorter side of novellas. As you would expect, character and story development are a little thin on the ground, but for what it is it's great. It's like the author has pounded out the story, torn it off her printer, screwed it up into a ball and thrown it at your face, then asked, "What do you think?" I think I like it. I was given the first three Jamie Quinn novellas by the author in exchange for a review.

  • K
    2018-08-21 22:57

    If you are looking for a quick and neat, yet satisfying mystery, this is it. I normally choose cozies that revolve around food so I wasn't sure if I would like this. However, it was excellent. It is short and the author does a great job of including important details and interesting narrative while keeping the story moving at a quick pace. I read this in less than an hour and I was still able to connect with the main character on an emotional level. I will be reading the next book. The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Carole P. Roman
    2018-08-21 22:53

    A quick book that reads almost like a television program. Jaime Quinn is a depressed family lawyer, recuperating from the loss of her mother. She is called by her aunt to help with her disabled cousin who has been charged with murder. The characters from Jaime to the hard boiled, drunk PR and her bright and helpful friend are somewhat cliche. The case gets resolved in just the way one expects. In spite of that, I liked both the main character and the style of the writing. The author's light sarcasm makes it fun. I think with time and a bit more depth, Jaime Quinn may have staying power.

  • Naticia
    2018-09-17 00:01

    A light-hearted, fast-paced cozy mystery starring Jaime Quinn, an incredibly realistic, witty, flawed, and ultimately believable character. Jaime's voice, often laughing at herself or her situation or sharing a joke with the reader, drew me in immediately and kept me alternately giggling and close to tears as her story unfolded. Unlike some cozies, there was not a glut of characters to keep track of, which made it a little too easy to figure out the bad guy, but also meant that you got to know the main characters a little better. Looking forward to more in this series!

  • Tammy Lee Bradley
    2018-09-08 21:01

    I love finding fun new cozy mystery series. Divorce attorney Jamie Quinn's cousin Adam has stumbled into the middle of a crime scene at a local music shop. With the help of a crude, wisecracking, and often drunk PI named Duke, Jamie must prove this young man's innocence before a lawyer from the state's attorneys office with political ambitions can make a name for himself at Adam's expense. A very quick and entertaining read. Jamie and Duke are very likeable and their banter is fun. I look forward to reading more from the series.

  • Darinda
    2018-09-11 02:01

    Jamie's cousin is accused of murder, and he needs her help. Jamie is an attorney, though not of criminal law, but she want to help her family. Her cousin has Asperger's, and it's inconceivable to her that he is capable of committing a violent crime. Jamie, along with the help of a few friends, searches for the real killer. The first book in the Jamie Quinn Mystery series. I read this as part of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box Set Books 1-3. A humorous cozy mystery. The characters were relatable, and I enjoyed the interactions Jamie had with her best friend and the private investigator. This was a quick, fun read.

  • Yvonne
    2018-09-15 22:56

    Jamie Quinn is still recovering from the death of her mother when her cousin Adam lands himself in serious trouble. Jamie’s aunt begs for her help in defending the murder charges Adam finds himself charged with – the death of his good friend and a former rock star. Jamie is not happy about this as she’s a family attorney, not a criminal one. However, she can’t let her cousin languish in jail for a crime she knows he didn’t commit.Adam suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. In his anxiety at seeing his good friend dead, he blurts out that he is responsible. Adam is immediately arrested and now it’s up to Jamie to find the real killer. With the help of a private investigator and her close friend, Jamie tries to untangle the mess before her cousin’s life is totally destroyed.I listened to this one on audio, although I do have the e-book as well. It’s a short book. I was able to finish listening in only two days. The mystery took a few twists and turns along the way and was very enjoyable to listen to.I adored the main character. She had many realistic characteristics and her devotion to her family is admirable. She’s a strong character and I’m looking forward to reading more stories featuring her as the protagonist. I do wish it were longer. It left me wanting more, but that’s not a bad thing.FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Jean
    2018-09-11 20:54

    This is a fun and quick read. I would actually give this book a 3.5 rating. It is well written and well edited, which is important to me as a reader - I hate being distracted by constant misspellings and poor grammar. Having said that, the characters, especially Jamie, were interesting, fun and believable. The details of story well, researched. What I liked best about this story is that it is narrated by Jamie. Reading it is a bit like sitting with her in a favorite coffee shop and having her tell the story. I can't wait to get to books two and three in the series.Note: I was contacted by the author and offered the trilogy of this series in exchange for an honest review of all three.

  • Gail
    2018-09-08 18:39

    Good first novel by this author, whose writing is intelligent and engaging. Jamie, the protagonist, is a lawyer who has taken the past year off work after the death of her mother. She is rudely awakened from her comfortable torpor by news that her autistic cousin has been arrested for the death of his music teacher. To his defense Jamie leaps, aided by her best friend and fellow lawyer Grace, and an offbeat private investigator whose office is the local bar.

  • Tari
    2018-08-22 18:56

    This was such a satisfying and fun to read mystery that's a little shorter than what I am used to but I liked it for that. It was a really great story about Jamie, a divorce lawyer, who is called on to represent her autistic cousin Adam who is accused of killing his music teacher. Poor Adam thinks he actually did it so his therapist tries hypotism and that seems to work for making him feel like it wasn't his fault.In the meantime, Jamie gets Duke, a not-so-on-the-up-and-up P.I. to do some investigating for her surrounding the music teacher, Spike's, death. Spike also happens to be a rock star with several people who may have wanted to kill him. I loved how the ending and catching the perp was set up like a sting instead of having the sleuth in a lot of danger of being killed herself. I think it was a really awesome storyline of how someone with Asperger autism experiences the world. I don't personally know anyone like that but just from the writing, I can see that the author either does know someone or has done extensive research on the subject. It was just kind of cool that something that isn't usually talked about became part of a mystery.And good old Duke! I just loved that character, what a hoot! He definitely added a lot of great comedy relief to a serious case. I really like this author's writing style and will be reading and reviewing the other two in the boxed set of 1-3. I received this book as a gift and am giving an honest review of it because I really enjoyed it.

  • Mary
    2018-08-31 22:44

    This is a short book that is the introduction to the series. Jamie Quinn is a divorce attorney who is reeling from the death of her mother. When her aunt begs her to represent her autistic son who is a murder suspect, Jamie reluctantly takes on a case that is out of her area of expertise. She enlists the help of her friend, Grace, and a shady P.I., Duke, to help clear her cousin and find the real killer. (Oh, yes, Jamie also has a cat). The mystery wrapped up very quickly and I was surprised at the short length of this book, but it serves as a good introduction to a cast of interesting characters and lays the groundwork for the rest of the series. Jamie Quinn is a compelling young heroine who is intelligent, but knows her limitations, and is not shy about asking for help. I expect she has quite a story of her own that will play out in subsequent volumes.

  • Mystereity Reviews
    2018-09-12 19:45

    Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the recent death of her mother, is a family court lawyer battling insomnia and grief. One morning, her aunt leaves a frantic message; her young cousin Adam, who has Asperger's Syndrome, has been arrested for murder after finding his music teacher, Spike, murdered with a didgeridoo. Although not a criminal lawyer, Jamie's family ties run deep and she dives in to save her fragile cousin from being jailed for a murder he didn't commit.Death by Didgeridoo is novella length; at only 111 pages, it's difficult to sketch out a character completely, but I thought there was real depth to the characters. I'm an insomniac, so it was easy to relate to Jamie's frustration at not being able to sleep, and it was all too easy to empathize with the loss of her mother. I like that she is self-aware enough to be able to make jokes about her grief and lack of sleep, but she deals with it with humor without becoming negative. The character of Adam, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, was handled realistically and sensitively, and Duke, the kinda-shady overly-flirty PI made a good sidekick for Jamie. The plot moved along quickly for such a short book, without sacrificing quality. I really liked when the public defender recommended hiring a private investigator, I thought it was a natural way to get the main character involved in the investigation. I'd have to say the only issue I had with the book is a pretty common gripe I have about mysteries; the victim is never in the book. Although I understand that in a novella length book, it would be difficult to shoehorn in a few scenes showing what a miserable a-hole the victim was, but without having "met" him, I didn't connect with his murder. Actually, now that I think about it, both victims were only mentioned in the book, but were not really a part of it. A minor issue, and as I said, very common but it would be nice to get a feel for the victims to give their murders more of an impact.Overall a great start to a new series, and recommended for any cozy mystery lover. Note: The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (She somehow knew I was a big fan of didgeridoos. It was fate)

  • Star
    2018-09-11 21:53

    Jamie Quinn, a family law attorney, has already had a rough year after losing her mother to cancer. When she receives a frantic voicemail from her Aunt Peg saying her cousin Adam has been arrested, she heads down first thing to the police station. Adam suffers from Asperger syndrome, non-violent and musically inclined, but he feels guilty about something. Jamie finds out Adam is accused of murdering his music teacher Spike. Fortunately for Adam, Spike is not a well liked man and there was many a celebration when the news of his passing makes the rounds. Now Jamie needs all the help she can get to prove Adam’s innocence since the district attorney is determined to see Adam go to prison for a long time. DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO is a short novel, the first of the Jamie Quinn mystery series. The book has solid writing and the author has the talent to go far as a fiction writer, but the characters will need to develop more in future books to keep readers’ interest in this series. I enjoyed the mystery, but it seemed a bit ‘easy’ for Jamie and her friends to figure out the truth. DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO will appeal to readers who prefer ‘softer’ mysteries and will whet appetites for the next Jamie Quinn mystery.

  • Jonathan
    2018-09-10 22:42

    *I was contacted and asked by the author to write this review. All thoughts and opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.*Most Indie books are hit and moss for me. There’s some simply amazing ones, and there’s some horrible ones; they’re just like every other type of book. However, this book was one of those hits. It was slightly rushed, but for it’s length there was nothing that could be done about it.The characters were great. I loved Jamie and especially Duke. He was hilarious! I also loved Adam. In most cozy books 95% of the people are the same old same old. The MC has red, unseemly hair, her mom is overbearing, her dad is slightly detached, and her siblings seem to be so much more put together than the MC. However, I absolutely love it when authors deviate from that mold, like the author did in this book.The mystery was well put together, there was no real reveal and it seems slightly rushed, however this book was short and in many shorter books the mystery feels rushed. Honestly, I don’t think there was anything the author could have done to prevent that.Overall a solid first book. I’ll read the next one!

  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
    2018-09-01 23:39

    Did I enjoy this book: Yes.If you’re like me, the first question you ask when you see this title is, what’s a didgeridoo? It’s defined in the book as “an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument.” Basically, it’s a long wooden tube . . . We can all rest peacefully tonight with that little tidbit of knowledge. It’s definitely not a typical murder weapon. And the story’s not a typical mystery. I enjoyed reading about Jamie Quinn and her lovable band of characters having the time of their lives solving a murder mystery. Not a lot of violence. Not a lot of drama. Just a fun, short, enjoyable story.Would I recommend it: Yes. It’s not a serious work of art but it’s a quick, lighthearted read. Enjoy.As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.http://everyfreechance.com/2014/05/re...

  • Cyndi
    2018-09-16 00:44

    Great book!!! Very original. Who would have thought of ridding the world of a jerk with a didgeridoo? I've thought of using other musical instruments, like a piano, and the damage I could do with a tuba, but not a didgeridoo. The writing is top notch! Can't wait for the next one.