Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Appraisal for Murder (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Book 1)," by Elaine L. Orr

Like a dash of humor, romance, and intelligence in your mysteries? Just $0.99 for a limited time, this opening book in Elaine L. Orr's cozy mystery series introduces you to Jolie Gentil, hailed by reviewers as a "bright new sleuth who will engage your heart and mind."

Appraisal for Murder (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series Book 1), by Elaine L. Orr
Price: $0.99
206 pages, with a 4.1-star rating from 38 reviews

"A snappy read, with all the ingredients of a first class mystery including a sleuth who will engage your heart and mind. ...If you seek a new mystery series with a protagonist who will win your heart, a story that will keep you turning pages, APPRAISAL FOR MURDER is for you." -- LL Book 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?

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Meet the Author

Elaine L. Orr has written, edited, and published for more than thirty years in business and popular fields. Fiction includes short stories, plays, novellas, and novels. The Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery series debuted in 2011 and the eight books and prequel have garnered good reviews.

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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