3 Star rating
Death by Didgeridoo
Jamie Quinn Mystery
By Barbara Venkataraman 

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra


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.


I knew I would like the book when I read the sentence …

“Maybe the hours I’d spent watching Castle and The Mentalist had prepared me for the real thing, but I had my doubts.” 

As these are a couple of my family’s favorite TV shows.  Or how about the giggle I got when I read …

“Ten years as a lawyer and what did I know about criminal law?  Only what I’d learned from watching a Law and Order marathon one Sunday – and I`d slept through most of it.  In other words, nothing.”

This story is a quick and easy afternoon (or evening) read, easily completed in one sitting.  The story contains all of the true “cozy mystery” elements where sex and violence are downplayed and/or treated humorously (in this case…humorously), and the crime and detection takes place in a small, socially intimate community, where typically the “detective(s)” are amateurs, in this case a divorce attorney (on sabbatical as a result of her mother’s passing).  Jamie is a fun, quirky character. Her intuitive and logic skills serve her well when she is contacted by her Aunt Peg.  Jamie’s cousin, Adam, has been accused of murdering his music teacher, renowned musician, business owner Spike.  A note about Adam, he is a gently young man whom enjoys his music and dogs and functions on the autism spectrum.  Seems everyone who knows Adam does not feel he could be capable of murdering Spike.

If anything, this story is a bit boring in that this reader expects an attorney to be logical and methodical.  And that is just what Jamie is when she sorts through all the information and eventually figures out who really killed Spike.

I got lots of giggles and enjoyment with respect to the character Duke Broussard.  A womanizing, drinking, sleazy PI, who owes a favor to Jamie (shouldn’t every story have a Duke?).   Interactions with Duke always seemed to have more pizzazz than any other interactions throughout the book.  I would say this character is who kept me interested in continuing this short read.

There was some interesting chemistry with Jamie and district attorney Nick Dimitropoulos, possibly a future love interest.  I would love to see more interaction between these two in future books….along with more from Grace, Jamie’s bestie.

If you are looking for a book that is light, with humor and a bit of a mystery for a quick read…this is your book.

*OBS would like to thank the author for supplying a free review copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*