Thursday, June 10, 2021

Review: Malice in Miami by Barbara Venkataraman


About the book

Cozy Mystery

Audio Book

Audible Audio

Release Date
April 28, 2021

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Reluctant family law attorney Jamie Quinn is loving life--and why wouldn't she? Her boyfriend Kip is back from Australia, her long-lost dad finally has his visa and she's about to start her dream job at an art foundation. But it all falls apart when Jamie is accused of stealing priceless art from a rare book collection. If she can't find out who framed her, she can kiss her dream job good-bye--and her law license too. Meanwhile, Kip has problems of his own. Now an environmental activist, he uncovers a deadly secret--one that just might get him killed. Jamie's in trouble, Kip's in danger, and Duke Broussard has gone AWOL. How could Jamie's favorite P.I. abandon her at a time like this?

My Review

Things are finally looking up for Jamie Quinn.  Things start to go downhill when her boyfriend Kip’s new job isn’t looking all that great and Jamie is accused of stealing valuable art.  She’s convinced someone is framing her but why and who?  

With Kip’s life on the line and her own career in jeopardy, Jamie tries to find answers.  It’s not easy but she’s determined to prove her own innocence and save Kip at the same time.

I so enjoy my visits into Jamie Quinn’s life.  Fay Annette, the narrator, has a great storytelling manner that makes me feel like I’m listening to an old friend telling me a story.  Her tone fits perfectly for this story.

The mystery moves at a fast-pace and I find myself caring more about Jamie than the actual mystery.  She’s the type of character I’m really rooting for.  I want to see her do well.  I want good things for her.  I cringe when things go wrong.  

Although the mystery is solved in this story, I feel like the reader needs to start with book #1.  I’ve read the series from the beginning and can appreciate it so much more that way.  I suggest starting with the first book and reading straight through.  It’s 100 times more fun that way.  It gives the reader a chance to get to know Jamie and all the wacky people surrounding her.

I hope the author will continue with this mystery series.

For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2021
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2021

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free audio book copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I'm finding that reading a series in order is far more important then I ever really expected. This sounds like an interesting mystery! I'll have to look for the first book!


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