by Claudia Mair Burney

July 2006
ISBN: 1-57683-978-8
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Amanda Bell Brown is discovering that life as a forensic psychologist isn’t quite what prime-time television makes it out to be. Bell spends most of her time listening to jail inmates…at least until her fortieth birthday, when her sister, Carly, takes her out to eat…and then with her when she responds to a call. Carly is a medical examiner and has been summoned to the scene of a murder.

The lead detective is Jazz Brown, a hottie who spends the first moments flirting outrageously with Bell, even after she loses her supper on his alligator shoes. He offers to take her home and for a minute, they are in love. But time passes and too soon the minute is over. Bell will never see Jazz again. At least that is the plan.

But Jazz needs Bell’s expertise on the case. Will they find the murderer before he/she kills again?

Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man is a fine book. I got into it from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down. There was only one part in the book that made me pause, but other than that, the writing is impeccable, the story well told, the characters loveable and easily related to. The faith message is not preachy.

I thoroughly enjoyed Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man and can’t wait to read the second book in the Amanda Bell Brown Mystery series, Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz, coming soon. Discussion questions are included at the end of Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man, as well as an interview with the author. Mystery lovers won’t want to miss Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Laura.

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