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Coming Unclued: A Humorous Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Judith Jackson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Val Valentyn suggests that someone should put her nasty boss out of his misery, she is only joking. But when Val stumbles into her bedroom and finds Mr. Potter, his blood soaking into her brand new 400-thread-count sheets, it seems she has been taken literally.

Val knows that regardless of a couple minor, not even worth mentioning incidents, where she was a teensy bit violent after one too many drinks, there is no way she killed her cheap, petty, world-class halitosis suffering boss. May he rest in peace. The problem is, the police are convinced it was she who stabbed Mr. Potter.

Someone has to find the real killer and it looks like it will have to be Val. But she's not alone. Her best friend Julie and her seventy-two year old neighbour Rose, are along for the ride.
While their sleuthing skills may be negligible, Val is convinced that determination and a positive attitude will lead them to the killer. And while she isn't personally blessed with either of these qualities, she is plenty desperate, and doesn't inspiration come from desperation? Or something like that. Inspiration comes from something.

Coming Unclued is Book One in the laugh-out-loud Val Valentyn series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2691 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Judith Jackson (July 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LSTH9O2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,926 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a delicious read in every sense of the word. Judith's regular references to food had me hunting for snacks every few chapters or so. Being a bit of a foodie myself, I'm definitely trying the banana bread recipe at the back of the book. Jackson writes a polished mystery and develops her characters beautifully. I also enjoyed the familiar settings. I know the ravine in the Beach neighborhood of Toronto very well- the very one Val stumbled through to escape detection from the police. I even know that dog-eating coyote that lives in the ravine. Funny stuff! I'm looking forward to Val's next adventure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabuous Book Club Choice! July 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This was one of those books that had me laughing out loud from beginning to end. Coming Unclued was like no other mystery I've ever read. For me, mysteries can be a bit stressful to read. Coming Unclued was fun! I'm recommending this book to the members of my book club. I can't wait to read my favourite lines to the group and laugh all over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOWSER!!!! September 2, 2014
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Judith Jackson has the same strange humor I enjoy. (Not my words...other peeps opinions.) I can hardly wait to find another because I bet it will be as wonderful as 'Coming Unclued". Thanks for the laughs, Lady! :D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery! Comedy! Recipe! September 14, 2014
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As promised, a laugh-out-loud mystery! Subtle and sometimes not so subtle funny parts in the book propelled me through the book while trying to figure out who the murderer was, especially since nobody in the story seemed able to do that. Until the end. That made for some very tense moments. It turned out that I originally pegged the correct villain, but was misdirected a few times, one of the characteristics of a classic mystery. I'm looking forward to number two in the series and especially meeting Rose, again. She's quite the character!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nora Ephron meets (a middle-aged) Miss Marple July 28, 2014
By Julia A
Format:Kindle Edition
I adored this tart-tongued heroine with her clueless sleuthing and lippy comebacks. Hapless
Val Valentyn invites you along on a mad-cap, hilarious journey as she suffers the indignities of the falsely accused and a life on the lam. She draws you in with her "folksy", take-no-prisoners narration and keeps you rooting throughout. A great cast of characters become indispensable to the enjoyment. This is extremely satisfying summer escapism. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Halvena
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Generally I stay clear of cozy mysteries since they usually feature young, gorgeous and silly heroines in ridiculous plots, but this was something else! This heroine is 47, overweight and unkempt, with a tendency to hit the bottle to the point where she gets blackouts. After one such event she wakes up and finds her boss murdered in her own bed. She is of course the main, or rather the only, suspect, and since no one else is looking for the real killer she has to do it herself and on the run from the police she finds herself in one bizarre situation after the other.
The plot is of course a bit absurd, it comes with the territory in this genre, but it is well written and lots of fun!
Recommended as an easy and fun read during a lazy summer day or a long trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cozy mystery filled with zany antics July 26, 2014
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Finding your boss dead in your bed could be a sign to drop the alcohol. Or it could be panic time and try to discover what the heck happened and who else could have wanted your boss dead. Val has her work cut out for her as she is the only suspect the police are looking at. The only reason she wasn't arrested already is because she called 911, not something a killer would usually do. She then goes on the lam and tries to solve the case herself. Can she clear herself before she ends up spending this Christmas in jail. A really well written cozy mystery that will make you laugh out loud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars okay August 4, 2014
By Tassy
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This story starts out with a woman who passed out on her sofa after attending a party. She gets up and goes to her bedroom only to find her boss who had been stabbed to death. Police accuse her of doing the deed so she goes into hiding. With her friends Rose and Julie she sets out to find the killer. There are some laughs and gasps as you follow these three woman. It was interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY HUMOROUS MYSTERY
I have to admit I had a hard time getting in to this one but I stuck in there and Im so glad I did. It seemed to me to plod along at the beginning but when the leading character... Read more
Published 5 days ago by avidreader
1.0 out of 5 stars Coming Unclued Unglued
This story began in a sprightly manner, but by the one third point, this reader was coming unglued..... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Cyclist
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! I wish someone would make it into a many funny murder mysteries does one ever find!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. B
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious through and throug
Very entertaining. I laughed out loud many times! It is good read if you are relaxing and want some entertainment!
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A drunk stupid and unlikable heroine
Maybe because I don't find funny people who drink and pass out I didn't find the book humorous at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raingirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Hilarious! Thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to the next. This would make a fun movie also
Published 2 months ago by Caroline B. Patrick
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like
Published 3 months ago by monica
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather a disappointment.
Although the opening scenario was interesting and the ending was a surprise what was in between was rather "ho hum." At times I wanted to strangle the heroine. Read more
Published 3 months ago by curvesjunkie
2.0 out of 5 stars might not read again
This was an ok book. It seemed to drag on without really going forward for a while. The end of the book was not very exciting
Published 3 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I would read other books from this author.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara H Norman
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More About the Author

Judith Jackson lives in Toronto where she has avoided, tripped over and fallen off the career ladder numerous times. She has worked with the elderly, as an executive assistant (where, like Val Valentyn she had difficulty showing enthusiasm for paperwork,) and as an editor at Harlequin.

When not working on her next book Judith enjoys reading, binge watching TV series and contemplating exercise.

Judith loves hearing from her readers. You can contact her at

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