Book Review: Not In My Job Description by Amber Lynn

Not In My Job Description is the first of the Avery Clavens novels by Amber Lynn.

Avery Clavens lives in New York City and works as a computer specialist for a government agency, only no one she knows outside of work knows it.  Her family and friends all think she works in a library.

Avery’s life is pretty uneventful, which is just the way she likes it.  She goes to work, she comes home.  She goes to the gym, she comes home.  She watches hockey and periodically meets up with her best friend, Frannie.  That is Avery’s life: ordered and simple.

But things are about to change.  A blind date and a surprising twist in a case she has been working on will turn Avery’s life upside down.  Her quiet, boring existence is about to become far more complicated than she is used to.

I enjoyed reading Not In My Job Description.  Avery’s story was captivating and I couldn’t help but wonder how things were going to turn out for her.  The plot and subplots worked well and came together in spectacular fashion.  The pace of the story was good, but I found it a little word-heavy in places, but that didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of it.  The characters were interesting, and on the whole believable, making it an interesting first book in a series, one that makes you want to continue reading to see what happens next.

I downloaded a copy of Not In My Job Description by Amber Lynn for free from Smashwords.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Just Another Day At the Office.

Short Story Review: Justice is Served by Angela P. Wade

Justice is Served is a short story in the Edward Red Mage Mystery series by Angela P. Wade.

Edward Red Mage is in the Snake and Egg Tavern run by landlady Sadie Brewer, when a colourfully dressed, bejewelled lady walks through the door.  The strange woman, Zora, is looking for Edward; his reputation as a great sorcerer has reached her ears and she needs his help.  She thinks the Baron Hubert of Portsmouth has been poisoned.

But can Edward help?  It soon transpires that things are a little more complicated than they seem as the Baron had only married a few hours before his death and the one slinging the accusations just so happens to have been his mistress…

The setting for the story (and indeed the series) is intriguing; a fictional world heavily influenced by the Middle Ages and fantasy.  The storyline is also interesting for the death of the Baron was inspired by a real-life event.  The background detail was enough to explain about the world the author had created without becoming too heavy, and Edward Red Mage as a character certainly captures the imagination.

I downloaded this short story for free from Smashwords.

Short Story Review: Stage Door: A Cue to A Kill by Lilian Watts

It’s the final night of the Goose Meadow Bay Player’s latest play, a Halloween murder mystery called Bone Chiller.  A play the cast aren’t sad to see the back of because it is rather boring.  As it is the last night, a few of those involve decide that things need livening up but soon things take a sinister turn…

When an attempt is made on one of the actor’s life, the question is can they see the play through to the final curtain as well as catch the culprit?

Stage Door was a quick, easy to read cosy murder mystery with an interesting setting and cast.

The pace was good, the characters entertaining and the storyline interesting.  Having the murder mystery set in a theatre was refreshing, and the fact that there was a murder mystery play going on at the same time kept the story engaging and moving forward.

I downloaded a copy of Stage Door: A Cue to A Kill by Lilian Watts for free from Smashwords.

Book Review: Lost Cause by JL Simpson

Lost Cause is the first book in the Daisy Dunlop Mysteries by JL Simpson.

Daisy Dunlop wants to be an heir hunter.  However, her past record shows that to date, she hasn’t managed to make a go of any of the careers she has set her mind to. So, Paul, her husband and the father of her 14 year old son, Sherman, insists that she goes to work with his best friend, Solomon, a private investigator, to learn some tips and tricks from him before she starts out on her own.Of course, she agrees, but only because she loves her husband, but Daisy and Solomon don’t really get along…

Their first case together involves the search for a missing aristocrat.  It should have been simple, but where Daisy Dunlop is concerned, things very rarely are…

I really enjoyed this book.  The characters were great, especially Daisy, who is determined to prove to both Paul and Solomon that she can succeed as an heir hunter.  Paul and Solomon were also very interesting as we are slowly fed the back-story of their friendship, adding to the engaging nature of the story.

The plot flowed seamlessly and the dialogue was witty and entertaining.  As it is set on the south coast of England, the backdrop to the story is stunning.

Daisy’s personality (and impractical dress sense) ensures that Lost Cause is refreshing, enjoyable and entertaining, and I seriously struggled to put the book down.  This was a fantastic, captivating read, which I highly recommend to fans of contemporary cosy mysteries.  I am looking forward to reading book two in the series, Lost and Found.

I downloaded a copy of Lost Cause for free from Smashwords.