Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Trouble on the Doorstep (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series)," by Elaine Orr

Enjoy cozy mysteries? Then you need to meet Jolie Gentil, the engaging east coast real estate appraiser whose job has her bumping into one curious mystery after another. This series from Elaine Orr is full of humor and memorable characters, and not to be missed by mystery lovers!

Trouble on the Doorstep (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 5), by Elaine Orr
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185 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 22 reviews

"I think this may be the best in the Jolie series yet. I enjoyed the new trouble Jolie gets herself into! The mentions of the damage to the Jersey towns from Sandy were respectfully made. Good read!" -- Amazon reviewer

I love the way Jolie gets herself caught up in murder when she tries hard not to. Scoobie cracks me up." -- Amazon reviewer

From Hurricane Sandy to Cozy Corner B&B repairs to Aunt Madge's wedding in three weeks. If Jolie can handle that surely she can deal with a sobbing woman who shows up at midnight playing a scary message on a cell phone. Pooki is frantic about her husband's whereabouts and more than a little 'ditzy,' according to Jolie's best friend, Scoobie. After taking Pooki to the police station the next morning, Jolie figures she is problem-free. Not really.

A shady deal for storm repairs at the Ocean Alley Senior Complex seems to be at the root of Steve Oliver's hit-and-run death and missing business partner (Pooki's husband, Eric). When Eric ends up dead at the B&B, Jolie is digging for clues in between burning muffins and appraising houses. But when she doesn't share all that she learns with her sometimes-boyfriend, reporter George Winters, he's grouchy.

Jolie is convinced she needs to find the murderer (or is it murderers?) and expose fraudulent repair bids. Not everyone shares her views--not the police, her friend Scoobie, and certainly not the murderer.

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Meet the Author

Elaine L. Orr began writing plays and novellas and graduated to longer fiction by the mid-1990s. The Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series debuted in late 2011 and how has seven books and a prequel. Her YA novella, Biding Time, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's 1993 fiction contest, the club's first. Her nonfiction includes carefully researched local and family history books. Elaine is a regular attendee at conferences such as the Midwest Writers Workshop and Magna Cum Murder. She studied writing at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University School of Continuing Education, the Writer's Center of Bethesda, Maryland, and the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival. She grew up in Maryland and moved to the Midwest in 1994.

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