A Quiche Before Dying

A Quiche Before Dying (A Jane Jeffry Mystery #3)

Thoughts Before Reading:

So it has been a while since we reviewed one of this mysteries. The story is of widowed mom, Jane Jeffry, getting caught up in a murder mystery and doing her best to take care of her family and solve it at the same time.

As you might have guessed, all the books in the series are reworking of famous films/literature. This one is based on the book or movie A Kiss Before Dying.

Plot Summery:

This summer it is just the girls as Jane’s youngest son, Todd, has gone off with his paternal grandparents (who hate Jane) to Disney World. Her oldest son was off with his best friend and best friend’s father on a tour of colleges.

Katie, Jane’s daughter, is staying home as she has a job as a lifeguard for the summer. The two are to be soon joined by Jane’s mother. Jane and her mother will be taking a memoir writing class, one that Jane is not looking forward to.

Jane’s mother and father worked in the state department and went all over the world, while Jane has had nothing of note in her life. In fact, Jane ends up writing a historical fiction suspense novel instead.

The only sour spot in this whole class is that Mrs. General Agnes Pryce will be one of the classmates. She is a rude boorish woman, and nobody likes her.

The class is run by romance writer Missy Harris and the other classmates are: Jane’s best friend and neighbor, Shelley; Grady Wells, mayor and president of a small company; Ruth Rogers and her newly found sister Naomi Smith; and Desiree Loftus, bohemian artist who’s gone all over the world.

Agnes is just as bad as everyone thought it would be in the class. She even forces them to attend a potluck at her bric-a-brac stuffed house. After the party-Agnes winds up dead! Poisoned!

Which member of the class is the murderer? And will they strike again?

Thoughts After Reading:

I didn’t like this.

Everything was given at the end really. Just nothing and then one giant reveal. I did not care for it at all. There was no chance to figure out the killer, no real clues, nothing.

Bleh…

For more Jane Jeffry Mysteries, go to A Farewell To Yarns

For more by Jill Churchill, go to Grime and Punishment

For more mysteries, go to A Willing Murder

The President’s Daughter

The President’s Daughter by Mariah Stewart

Washington, D.C.

December 14, 1971

A beautiful woman walks down the street, prepared to meet someone, but instead of the meeting she is hit by a car and killed.

February 2002

Simon Keller is an investigative journalist who has been hired to write a memoir about the former President Graham Hayward; a great man with a stellar record. But as he starts digging he discovers the golden egg-the President had an affair that ended in tragedy and a baby.

Dina McDermott is an attractive and independent woman who owns her own landscaping business. She has lived a quiet life, one that is interrupted when Keller’s path leads him straight to her.

But with the revelation of Dina being the president’s secret daughter comes along a killer-one who is intent on finishing the job.

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought everything with Simon was great. He was interesting, his tenacity in research, etc was fantastic. It all fell apart when the main character finds out about her true heritage. There it seemed that all the characters lost common sense and the end was too quickly sewn up.

I mean Dina was always portrayed as being smart, clever, etc but she acts SO DUMB! Her life is in DANGER and does she do anything to protect it? No she continues to “live her life the same way.”

I don’t recommend it.

For more investigative reporters, go to A Match of Wits

For more secret children, go to Death by Honeymoon

For more not in a series mysteries, go to Wuthering Heights

In other news, this is our 400th post!

For the 300th post, go to Candy from a Stranger