Book Review: Jeopardy in July by Barbara Venkataraman

Hi Blisses,

TITLE: Jeopardy in July
BY: Barbara Venkataraman
SERIES: Jamie Quinn #5
GENRE: Cozy Mystery, Crime


Old people were dying at an alarming rate at La Vida Boca, a posh assisted living facility in Boca Raton, Florida. With its sterling reputation, dedicated staff, and top-notch medical care, none of the deaths are considered suspicious, but when members of the poker club start to die under strange circumstances, attorney Jamie Quinn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. With help from her new friend, Jessie Sandler, and her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie uncovers a crime that took place forty years earlier. Can she stop the killer in time? Or is she in danger of becoming the next victim?


When I read the firs book of Jamie Quinn Mystery, I wasn’t expecting much. The author is new to me and I rarely read cozy mysteries. But now I’m in the fifth book, Jeopardy in July and I can say, I really fall in love with the series.

I really like how the author weaves her stories. It’s like in the first half of the book, the author is setting a stage, introducing all the props that are all important once the main play starts. In Jeopardy in July, the author introduces lots of elements – the old people dying in La Vida Boca, the thing with the forged paintings, Jamie meeting new people. All of those make the reader keep guessing how they’re all connected. Because, as a fan of this series, I already expect them to be connected, but I need to know how they’re connected.

I just love it when stories keep me interested till the end. Jeopardy in July did the job well. It is engaging and entertaining. And once the connection between all the elements becomes clearer, I was nodding. Because I love how they’re connected. I mean, how on earth a forged painting is connected to a series of deaths in an assisted living facility? The reveals are amazing, and the journey before the reveals is smooth. I didn’t have any issues navigating through the plot, even though the said plot has lots of elements. Like I said, I love how this author weaves her stories.

As for the characters…I really like Jamie. I’m pretty sure I already said this in my past reviews, but she’s the kind of person I want to be friends with. She’s smart, funny and strong. But don’t think she’s perfect, she’s flawed just as you and I and that just makes me like her character more. I also love her wits, and she’s truly kind-hearted. Her relationship with all the people in her life is just so nice to read.

But really, my favorite thing about the characters, not just Jamie, is the way they make me feel as if I’m part of the story. Or more like I’m part of the community they’re part of. How good is that?

RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies

My only issue, (actually my issue in the whole series) is that I can’t help but feel like every story ends a little too fast. It’s like one minute, I’m still solving this mystery with Jamie and then after 3 chapters, it’s the ending already. This is really not a big issue and more like a me-thing. I just want more thrill and tension in the climax.

But aside from that, I really enjoyed this series. I hope the authors write more about Jamie Quinn.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Let’s chat.

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