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Crossed: A Jayden Morrow Mystery (Jayden Morrow Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Graves
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Book Description

Safe life in a small town just got dangerous.

Jayden Morrow moves to Grasshopper Hill, NC and becomes a private investigator expecting life to be safe. After dodging bombs in Iraq as an MP, cheating husbands and insurance fraud seem like a walk in the demilitarized zone. But when a young girl is found murdered at a local Christian rock concert, Jayden's military instincts kick in, and any hope for peace and quiet blows up in her face.

The case plunges her into the midst of a powerful church family. Hirshel Lightner, the head pastor, tries to crush her investigation. Even worse, Jayden finds herself attracted to Hirshel’s son-in-law, Adam--a man who could be the killer. If Jayden isn’t careful, she might be the next victim.

(DIVERTED, the second Jayden Morrow Mystery, is now available!)

Product Details

  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Publisher: C.J. Graves; 3 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TBWW68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feisty, funny, fantastic female protagonist! September 23, 2012
By Nikki
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If you are looking for a book with a female heroine both men and women can look up to, check this book out. This is a well written murder mystery written in the 1st person. I LOVE the way the author writes. The protagonist is witty and seriously entertaining. Ms. Graves has an irreverent, dark humor that is such fun to read. I found myself reading slowly, simply in order to savor the wildly entertaining visuals in her hilarious metaphors. Things like, "Honey, you need to plug yourself back into society..." "Yes, but only one prong at a time." Look, I can't really explain it -- you just need to read the first few pages on Amazon and you will fall in love with this author's style.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more!! June 11, 2012
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Graves has certainly started an excellent series, and I can't wait for more to be published! Her characters are real - strong but also flawed. Graves has a tremendous descriptive ability, making it easy to imagine the settings and the characters. Very easy to "get lost" in this book - and so hard to put it down once you've started! Characters are well-developed, but there remains some mystery in them - so that continuing to develop them will seem like a natural progression - as if you were getting to know them. Graves story development draws you in, whets your appetite, and leaves you hungry for more. Her characters are interesting, complex, and have a fabulous sense of humor! Buy this book - and any others - by Graves. You won't be disappointed!
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started out good October 17, 2012
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At first I liked this book. I liked the writers style and the lead character. Although the tough as nails female lead is the routine in most novels, I thought the author added some character background that was very interesting and had the potential for fascinating growth.
Being a Christian though it got hard to take pretty quickly as it was good guys vs the bad guy Christians.. Of course in real life you will find false Christians, even to this extreme, but this was major stereotyping and, as I said, it got old. Kind of like getting smacked repeatedly. By making everyone so blatantly good or bad did not allow for depth of characters, including the otherwise engaging female lead, Jayden.
I made it halfway through the book and even though I liked the style, I already knew the ending. --- I mean, who else but the nasty Christians would be the root source of all the evil.
I did flip to the back to read the end and thought the irony of this book was that the lead character was as much, or more, prejudiced and unaccepting as the stereotyped Christians.
So, liked the style and the set up for the lead character, but not the flat good vs bad characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like Lay's Potato is never enough! February 22, 2013
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I really enjoyed this novel. I am hungry for more. I read the reviews for this and maybe I'm just not as 'mature' a reader as I am in age. The few mistakes made are no more than books edited and published by the big 5 publishing houses in many of their books. To me, a really good book grabs my attention and keeps it until the end. I thought Jayden was very well rounded, as were all the other characters in the novel. She is a flawed human being doing her best to overcome her problems while being the best person she knows how to be. I really liked her and look forward to getting to know her a lot better in the future. I liked how the author handled Jayden's military experiances, her loss, as well as her ability to learn from her mistakes. All very well done.

As for the reviewer who didn't like how the megachurch was portrayed, I think it's an intregal part of the novel. Without that, there is no novel. To think that this couldn't happen in the real world is very foolish. Scandals have happened in megachurches and will continue to happen because the leaders are human beings and they all have failings. Some are just worse than others. Power, avarice, adultery, and drink are the most usual culprits. I would imagine that in this day and age, it will be drugs, too. These failings have nothing to do with the message. The message is true and the flawed one sending the message doesn't make it less true.

I enjoyed this mystery just as much as any mystery by my favorite authors such as Agatha Christie, Amy Corwin, JR Rain, Martha Grimes, Mary Roberts Rhinehart, Jennifer Ashley and on and on. This author is excellent and can tell a very good story. One thing I really did like was her ability to stay in the correct tense.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LIKE STRONG WOMEN, YOU'LL LOVE JAYDEN June 4, 2012
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If there is one thing I don't like, it's a strong woman who in the end has to be saved by a man. Well not so for Jayden Morrow. She is strong and in control and this book will keep you turning the pages to the very end. A great read by an up and coming writer--can't wait to read more by cj graves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp March 17, 2013
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Enjoyed Jayden,s character and sense of humor, story ,moved fast and kept my interest. Hope more Jayden stories are on the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 12, 2013
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Kept me guessing until the end. Really enjoyed the drama and unexpected twists and turns. A very good book. 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Crossed", by Jaden Morrow March 12, 2013
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The main character is a young woman who had been in the army, overseas. She's very independent, but she has a sense of humor! I like her! She's come back to the states and has bought an old house that she's fixing up little by little. Her landlady's a character, too; a very elderly woman who needs help from the younger woman to fix things on her property. There's a little girl and her mother who live next door; the girl is very impressed that the woman has been in Iraq, but her mom thinks that it's inappropriate for women to go into combat.

I really like these people, especially the soldier; she is now a private eye, and is asked by her sister to find the murderer of their son's pregnant fiance; he's being blamed for it by the police. Her sister doesn't approve of her independent lifestyle, or that she was active in combat; but she goes to her for help in this situation, and is grateful for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!!!
Published 6 months ago by Kim Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I loved reading 'Crossed'. The story line was very good. I love a good thriller/mystery and this book rocks. The humor throughout had me laughing out loud. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Denise Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Strong Female Characters
Jayden fits that criteria. She's smart, funny, and tough as nails. (Although bullets do hurt her. *grin*)

The author's writing style works very well for this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. L. Sapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Crossed
Great book. I love books that I can't put down. Can't wait to read more books by c.j. graves. Thanks
Published 13 months ago by C.J. Andrzejczak
5.0 out of 5 stars looking forward to reading more Jayden Morrow mysteries
A few editing errors, but, all in all, a good read. Like Jayden and want to get to know supporting characters better.
Published 14 months ago by Linda
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite
This book is a trite, easily solved "mystery." This woman has serious issues with men, sex, and God. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pizza Zombie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
It has strong female characters which I love in a book.
The story is really good and reseached well about teens.
I will read more of her books.
Published 17 months ago by starlyt
4.0 out of 5 stars Crossed
Well written murder mystery in an unlikely setting. I like that Jayden was no nonsense and took no crap off of anyone. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Whitney
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
Action packed, developed character nicely. Story line was interesting and imaginative. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Published 19 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
The book is packed with excitement. The characters are realistic. This is a plausible story. It shows what happens when potentially good people start serving themselves instead of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by dierpap
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More About the Author

Ah, the dreaded profile--right up there with root canals and query letters.

Let's see...

I grew up poor, chubby, and fatherless in a small Pennsylvania town. (Ouch.) But none of this has stopped me from becoming super-wealthy, movie star svelte, and happily married, living in a fabulous area of North Carolina. (Okay, some of this may be exaggerated.)

So what is the truth? What IS truth, for that matter? And how much does it matter for a fiction writer? Despite the deliciousness of these questions, they will have to be answered by greater minds than that of C.J. Graves. But here are a few bits of information that are mostly true:

-I have a B.A. in Interior Architecture and Design from the University of North Carolina.

-I lived in Japan for a couple years. Konnichiwa!

-I started out writing nonfiction, then screenplays, then novels--three different genres. (I may have writing ADD. Is there a support group for that?)

-I like rolling on the floor with sweaty guys and hitting people. (I know what you're thinking, but before you get all excited, I'm talking about mixed martial arts not BDSM!)

-In my previous life, I was a harried mother of twelve, living during the Victorian era. (I don't know if this is true, but it seems a reasonable excuse of why I don't have children and enjoy period movies.)

So this is me--kind of. How about you? If you like mysteries, dark romances, and/or paranormal YA, please try my books--Crossed, Belted, and Antichrist 16. Happy reading!

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