Book Review: Malice in Miami by Barbara Venkataraman

Posted May 28, 2021 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Malice in Miami by Barbara VenkataramanMalice in Miami (A Jamie Quinn Mystery #6) by Barbara Venkataraman
Narrator: Fay Annette
Series: A Jamie Quinn Mystery #6
Published by Self-published on 04-28-21
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: four-stars

Reluctant family law attorney Jamie Quinn is loving life--and why wouldn't she? Her boyfriend Kip is back from Australia, her long-lost dad finally has his visa and she's about to start her dream job at an art foundation. But it all falls apart when Jamie is accused of stealing priceless art from a rare book collection. If she can't find out who framed her, she can kiss her dream job good-bye--and her law license too. Meanwhile, Kip has problems of his own. Now an environmental activist, he uncovers a deadly secret--one that just might get him killed. Jamie's in trouble, Kip's in danger, and Duke Broussard has gone AWOL. How could Jamie's favorite P.I. abandon her at a time like this?

This sixth installment of the Jamie Quinn Mysteries has all the ingredients of a fun ride. It seems that Jamie is going to have a quiet life once and for all but nothing could be further from the truth. This is not your typical cozy mystery but a much more complex story with many unexpected events and several twists that keep the reader on their toes.

I find Jamie to be a likable character, always trying to do the right thing and sometimes too naive for her own good. It’s impossible not to like her. She always gets into trouble because her initial intention is to help other people without thinking about the consequences for herself. It’s something I like about her. Kip is back from Australia and he has a more active role in Jamie’s life in this book. I enjoyed seeing their dynamics as a couple and how they complement each other.

I expected at first I more straightforward story, a more mainstream cozy mystery, but the main goal here is not a murder to investigate but achieving social justice in several ways. I found it a fresh approach and a way of showing what matters to Jamie.

Fay Annette did a very good job bringing the characters to life and keeping voices and styles consistent. I especially liked her interpretation of Jamie and how natural her speech sounded. It was like listening to a real person. I’m still not 100% convinced by Brussard’s voice but overall I found Annette’s narration quite pleasant.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars