Appraisal for Murder

Rated 4.83/5 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 L. Orr

Elaine L. Orr writes four mystery series, including the twelve-book Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series. Behind the Walls was a finalist for the 2014 Chanticleer Mystery and Mayhem Awards. The first book in her River's Edge series, From Newsprint to Footprints, came out in late 2015, and the Logland series began with Tip a Hat to Murder in 2016. Demise of a Devious Neighbor, the second River's Edge book, was a Chanticleer finalist in 2017.

Her newest series, the Family History Mystery Series, is set in the mountains of Western Maryland and debuted in 2020 with Least Trodden Ground. The second book in the series, The Unscheduled Murder Trip, received an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion in 2021.

She also writes plays and novellas, including the one-act play, Common Ground published in 2015. Her novella, Falling into Place, tells the story of a family managing the results of an Iowa father’s World War II experience with humor and grace. Another novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. In the Shadow of Light is the fictional story of children separated from their mother at the US/Mexico border.
Elaine is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writers’ Center.

Elaine conducts presentations and teaches online classes on book publishing and other writing-related topics. Nonfiction includes Words to Write By: Getting Your Thoughts on Paper and Writing When Time is Scarce. She graduated from the University of Dayton and the American University. A member of Sisters in Crime and the Indiana Writers Center, Elaine grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.

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. Paperbacks can be ordered through Barnes and Noble Stores as well as t heir online site.

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About the Series: Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series
These Jersey shore mysteries mix murder with a compassionate group of friends and a good bit of humor.

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Reviews of Appraisal for Murder by Elaine L. Orr

grahamch reviewed on March 2, 2022

Another entertaining read
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Bettylouise reviewed on Nov. 24, 2015

I received a free copy from the author for a review. I would like to thank her for the opportunity to read this book. The first book in this series. Jolie Gentil moves to Ocean Shores after husband had gambled all their funds away. She is staying at her Aunt Madge’s B B Resort. Jolie meets old friends from her high school days. She finds work as a real estate appraisal and the first day on the job Jolie finds a dead woman. One of her husband credits attempts to force her to pay her husband debt.Jolie needs,to finds answers before her life expires. I highly recommend this series.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
MKathyM reviewed on Feb. 3, 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 7 days after purchase)
Claire Pacifico reviewed on July 9, 2012

Really enjoyed this book. Fun, exciting, a quick read and not easy to figure out, which I really liked.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
Jeff Harlowe reviewed 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 57 days after purchase)
Frank Yeager reviewed on Nov. 7, 2011
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This is a very good read. Fast moving with a number of well developed characters. Frank Yeager Nove 7, 2011
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Diane Orr-Fisher reviewed 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 14 days after purchase)
peg pierson reviewed on Oct. 2, 2011
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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 3 days after purchase)

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