I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman
Genres: Mystery & Detective
Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit.
A short and sweet sleuthing story
The narrative voice in Death by Didgeridoo is a great one. Attorney Jamie Quinn makes for an endearing sleuth. This short mystery is the first in a series and is an enjoyable read – or, in this case, listen.
Barbara Venkataraman’s story unfolds at a brisk pace. Jamie’s mother has recently passed away and the family law attorney has locked herself away in her grief. A panicked phone call from her aunt pulls Jamie back into her life – but not for good news. As it turns out, Jamie’s cousin is suspected of being involved with a murder. Jamie and her aunt both know that Adam – who has Asperger’s Syndrome – couldn’t have been involved. But the police claim circumstantial evidence all points to his guilt.
Death by Didgeridoo is more of a legal procedural than a mystery, but I enjoyed listening to the story regardless. Unfortunately, the audio book’s narrator did nothing to enhance my experience. In fact, her performance was, at time, very distracting. To the point of making me want to stop listening entirely. Nevertheless, I really liked the characters, the style of Venkataraman’s writing, and this introduction to the Jamie Quinn mystery series. I’d love to see a little more heft to the next story – more suspicion and tension before revealing who dunnit. It was a little deflating and anti-climactic to only be told about the capture of the criminal instead of being shown.