Barbara Venkataraman

Genre:  Mystery
Series:  Jamie Quinn Mystery (Book 3)
Publisher: Self Published (June 3, 2013)
Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language:  English

Received for an honest review.

Book Description from Amazon:

There’s big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can’t figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.

A preview of the next Jamie Quinn Mystery, “Engaged in Danger,” can be found at the end of the book.

My Thoughts:

PERIL IN THE PARK is the third book in the fantastic Jamie Quinn series.  I have loved the Jamie Quinn books and hope that Venkararaman continues to add to the series for years to come.  I suggest that the books be read in order to fully grasp the plot and character development.

In PERIL IN THE PARK, Jamie is developing a romantic relationship with the new park director, Kip Simons.  Kip and Jamie were romantic as teens and had lost touch with each other.  Soon after Kip assumes his new position, he runs into Jamie and their romance is rekindled.  Kip is having trouble with vandalism at the park and suspects employees who are upset by being passed over for the director’s position.  Jamie gets involved in the investigation of the vandalism due to her concern for Kip.  When a private investigator dies at one of the park’s events, Jamie calls in her own P.I. and friend, Duke Broussard to investigate.  The investigation is intriguing and the situation becomes very suspenseful when Kip becomes missing.  Jamie and Duke are frantic to find Kip and they find out more than they bargained for.

I love the characters in the Jamie Quinn series.  They are realistic and believable.  It’s easy to identify with Jamie and get drawn into the stories.  In PERIL IN THE PARK, Jamie is still unraveling her family history.  She has found her long, lost father and is trying to establish a relationship with him and his wife.  P.I., Duke Broussard, brings wit and charm to the series.  Duke has his own past to repair, as well.

PERIL IN THE PARK is a quick, suspenseful read with wonderful characters.  I would recommend the Jamie Quinn series to anyone who is a lover of mystery.  The series leans more toward cozy mystery and is very enjoyable.  I can’t wait to find out what Jamie gets involved in next.  There’s a preview to the fourth book in the series at the end of PERILS IN THE PARK.  The title of the fourth book is, ENGAGED IN DANGER.  Is an engagement in the works for Jamie?  I hope to find out soon!

Rating:  4.5

Heat Rating:  Mild

Reviewed by: Molly Waters, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More