Appraisal for Murder

Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
Can a real estate appraiser in a New Jersey beach town get in this much trouble? Jolie Gentil dumps a husband who put their assets in the toilets that masquerade as slot machines and moves to Aunt Madge's B&B in Ocean Alley. Jolie is rekindling friendships, dodging a low-level wise guy, and (oops!) finding a dead body. Her old buddie Scoobie looks down and out, but he may be smarter than anyone. More

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About Elaine Orr

Elaine L. Orr writes fiction and nonfiction. Her fiction varies from mysteries to coming-of-age stories to plays. She introduced the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series in 2011, and its eight books and prequel have become her most read books. Biding Time, which is geared to young adults, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's 1993 fiction contest, the club's first.

Nonfiction includes humorous essays, material on caring for aging parents, and carefully researched family history books. Examples are on Yahoo Voices. Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994, where she met her husband, Jim Larkin, in a writers' group at an Iowa library.

Her fiction and nonfiction are at all online retailers in all formats -- ebooks, paperbacks, large print, and (on Amazon, itunes, and audio in digital form. Support your local bookstore!

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Review by: MKathyM on Feb. 03, 2014 :
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful characters + 2 dogs + 1 cat = excellent cozy read, February 3, 2014
Kathy M "Kathy" (Massachusetts) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Appraisal for Murder (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series) (Kindle Edition)
Jolie Gentil is having a bad year even before she moves into her Aunt Madge's B & B. A fresh start and a bit of time to reflect and relax are not to be had. Little did she realize that doing a home appraisal would lend her more problems as she finds a dead body. Her curiosity gets her involved with the murder investigation whether the police or victim's family think she should. Seems she just can't keep out of trouble; from the fallout of a gambling soon to be ex-husband, as well as the family of the murder victim and her curiosity. Mixed with humor, intrigue, warmth, 2 feisty canines plus one savvy cat, this is a wonderful cozy mystery. In addition, within the pages the reader is treated with great poetry and quotes of wisdom. On another level Ms. Orr touches on the social issues of hunger as well as examples of the adage 'don't judge a book by its cover' with candor. She brings these issues to light through colorful, endearing characters as the story progresses. The end of the story left me wanting for more. I look forward to the next adventure in Jolie Gentil's not so boring life. I highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author without expectations of a review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Claire Pacifico on July 09, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this book. Fun, exciting, a quick read and not easy to figure out, which I really liked.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jeff Harlowe on Nov. 26, 2011 :
Loved it! Sort of a modern Agatha Christie. Compelling characters and a smart, quick plot. A fun, fast read. Can't wait for the next in the series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Frank Yeager on Nov. 07, 2011 : (no rating)
This is a very good read. Fast moving with a number of well developed characters. Frank Yeager Nove 7, 2011
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Diane Orr-Fisher on Oct. 12, 2011 :
Loved this book. I couldn't wait to see what happened on the next page. It is a must read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: peg pierson on Oct. 02, 2011 : (no rating)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book- it was light and quick reading. Characters and plot were interesting.... and engaging! I'll look forward to seeing the next in this series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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