Appraisal for Murder (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 1), by Elaine L. Orr
206 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 38 reviews
If your name translates to "pretty nice" in French, you've probably gotten used to teasing. It doesn't prepare you to find out that your soon-to-be-ex-husband has a gambling problem, raided your assets, and embezzled from his bank. Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge's Jersey shore B&B, taking her cat Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. She tells herself it's not a retreat, just a smart change. Jolie rekindles friendships, dodges a low-level wise guy, and tries to figure out her new life. She hasn't seen her high school classmates in ten years, and they weren't all buds. Why care if a couple of them are murder suspects? Because finding a dead body when you're appraising a house grabs your attention.
Jolie balances fear of a smart-mouth wise guy with a belief that her friends are innocent. Her murder suspects include one suspect's ex-wife and beneficiaries of the dead woman's will. Jolie keeps searching, but will someone's plans leave her alive to find the truth?
Meet the Author
Her play, Permission to Hope, received a staged reading at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Biding Time, a novella, was one of five finalists in the National Press Club's first fiction contest, in 1993. Behind the Walls (a Jolie Gentil book) is a finalist in the 2014 Chanticleer Murder and Mayhem awards, which will be announced in spring 2015.
Elaine does presentations on writing-related topics such as electronic publishing and using social media to promote books. She is a regular attendee at the Midwest Writers' Workshop and Magna Cum Murder.
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