Monday, July 1, 2013

Book Review: Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Mystery #1) by Liliana Hart

J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work...

She's not only in the mortuary business, but she's also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it's up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice.

The murders are piling up...

The residents of Blood Mary are dropping like flies, and when a popular mystery writer shows up on J.J.'s doorstep with plans of writing his new book about the Bloody Mary Serial Killer, J.J. has to decide if he might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine tinglers he's so well known for. It only clouds the issue and puts her reputation on the line when the attraction between them spirals out of control.

And passions are rising...

J.J and Jack are in a race against time. They discover each victim had a shocking secret, and the very foundation of J.J.'s life is in danger of crumbling when it turns out she’s harboring secrets of her own—secrets that make her the perfect victim in a deadly game.

I am almost always in the mood for a good mystery/thriller. I just happened to come across this one day…the cover and title caught my attention.
J.J. was an interesting main character. She is tough yet wounded, but she was easy for me to like and want to get to know.
J.J., her relationship with Jack, her best friend and the town Sherriff, her parents, and the townspeople’s nosiness added to the story. The first murder happened right off the bat, but the second did not take place till around the middle of the story. I almost forgot I was reading about serial murders.
I ended up buying the audio book of this as well, so I would occasionally switch back and forth between reading and listening to the book.  The narrator did a nice job of capturing the personality of all the different characters. Though a couple of times, I wasn’t sure which character was speaking because the voices sounded similar to one another.
 The story was entertaining and I really enjoyed reading about the different characters and trying to figure out the who and why behind the murders.  I was surprised by the culprit, but I thought the logic behind the murders was a little out there. Maybe it is just me or maybe that was the whole point, so the reader wouldn't guess the ending.  
If you are in the mood for a good murder mystery in a small-town filled with quirky characters, then check out Dirty Little Secrets.

Rating: 3 ½ out of 5.


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