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Coming Unclued (A Val Valentyn Humorous Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Judith Jackson
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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 humorous 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: #327,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 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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3 of 3 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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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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5 of 6 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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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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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming Unclued
Funny read. I enjoyed reading it and couldn't wait to find out who did it. Val sure can get into things.
Published 26 days ago by June Taggart
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book so I read the other book ...
I enjoyed reading this book so I read the other book this author wrote. I enjoyed that one also,but is was shorter than the first one.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistently Funny
A consistently funny read. Lots of great one liners, a compelling and likable protagonist, and a good mystery. I highly recommend to anybody looking for some solid laughs.
Published 2 months ago by Sam Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable.
I enjoyed this very much. Funny, I read the second mystery one first then made sure I read this one too! Great characters, impossible goofy situations and lots of fun. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mattie
4.0 out of 5 stars Slouthed up at xmas
A humdinger of a tale, all trusted up for the police. Val gets caught with her dead boss and no memory of the night before. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars If Bridget Jones's Diary was a mystery....
The main character is endearingly flawed, with an uncanny (and hilarious) knack for getting herself into trouble. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Page Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars this was a surprisingly good book. I only give five stars to...
Good characters, mildly funny, moved along, and was pretty realistic. There were a few howlers in terms of using a word similar to the right word, that is, something that resembles... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming Unclued Review
What a great romp of a mystery. Not ancient old, with cavernous wrinkles (me), not young and so sexy (just about any literary heroine) but that invisible mid-age, our girl goes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by jbshorses
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it that much
I just couldn't get into this for some reason. Long periods with simply nothing happening.
Published 5 months ago by Barbara
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 months ago by avidreader
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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 judithjackson2014@gmail.com

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