Saturday, October 25, 2014

Death by Didgeridoo (A Jamie Quinn Mystery) by Barbara Venkataraman

Jamie is still reeling from the death of her mother.  She hasn't been practicing law because she hasn't the energy or desire.  But she has no choice when her aunt calls and says her son has been accused of murder...

The author send me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can purchase a copy on Amazon now.

This story drew me in because the nephew involved in the crime has Asperger’s Syndrome.  He can't express himself well, he gets very upset and shuts down entirely when questioned too hard, and Jamie knows he didn't do it.  However, he told the police he did a bad thing and he was holding the weapon when they arrived.  It also happened to be his didgeridoo.  The didgeridoo is believed to be the worlds oldest wind instrument, dating back thousands of years. It originated as a musical instrument of the North Australian Aborigine.

What's he's talking about has nothing to do with the murder, but the police think they have a suspect in hand and the search is over.  Jamie is forced to come back to life and do some investigating on her own.  The hardest part of the search is the fact that the victim used to belong to a band and there's no end of folks who hate him for one reason or another.

I found it to be a clean plot with good analysis of the characters involved and the footwork needed to get to the truth.  I worried about Adam, the nephew.  I followed Jamie through on her path to the truth and I liked the read.  If you like police procedurals, you'll like this story.  Give it a try.

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