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Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery (J.J. Graves Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Liliana Hart
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Book Description


J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work...

She's not only in the mortuary business, but she's also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it's up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice.

The murders are piling up...

When a popular mystery writer shows up on J.J.'s doorstep with plans of writing his new book about the Bloody Mary Serial Killer, J.J. has to decide if he might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine tinglers he's so well known for.

Passions are rising...

J.J and Jack discover each victim had a shocking secret, and the very foundation of J.J.'s life is in danger of crumbling when it turns out she’s harboring secrets of her own—secrets that make her a perfect target in a deadly game.



What Readers Are Saying:

"Look out Janet Evanovich, here comes Liliana Hart!"

"This is my first book by Liliana Hart but not my last."

"Ms. Hart has constructed a well-developed plot with enough twists to keep me reading long past bedtime."

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About the Author

Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America's youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana's Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won't confess to which parts). Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller--a dazzling adventure--where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn't imagine why people weren't knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one's virginity wasn't all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can't help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex. Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana's books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many other awards. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers. Enjoy the Adventures!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1974 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liliana Hart (December 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FA749A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, quirky romantic mystery April 13, 2012
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This is the first book I've read by Liliana Hart and I'm really glad I downloaded it. Needless to say, I was impressed. The story is short, probably around 200 pages, and appears to be the first in a series, but it had lots of tension, humor, wit, mystery, and the best friendship and potential romance I've read in a while.

Dr. JJ Graves became the county medical examiner and mortician for the town of Bloody Mary, Virginia at the age of 30 after the mysterious death of her parents. She has wonderful friendships, but longs for a more fulfilling relationship with marriage and children. After a series of murders which coincide with the appearance of a hunky and famous murder mystery author, JJ falls head over heels, but his appearance may be just a little too coincidental.

By the synopsis, I can honestly say you don't really know what's going to happen, but the journey is terrific. The writing is tight, the heroine is quirky, the hero jealous, and the possibilities endless. I wouldn't have complained if the sex scenes were more graphic than the fact that we were told there was some, but there may be a reason for that. (Note to author, it better be steamy when it counts.) I really wasn't sure where the story was going and the mystery was well... mysterious as well as fast paced. I was a little disappointed towards the end since I really felt JJ had been through quite a bit, but I guess it was a quick easy way to wrap up some loose ends. Most importantly, I was completely bummed that there wasn't another installment for me to read. I went to the author's web site and apparently it won't be available till the fall. If there were any reason for me to knock off stars, which I didn't mind you, it would be that it's more than a year between installments.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Has to Rate a 5! May 13, 2012
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I really hate being a copy cat, but I just had to give this book the 5 stars it deserves like everyone else has done.
This book had an interesting mix of humor, sarcasm, mystery and romance and an ultra surprising ending.

J.J. "Jaye" Graves is a mortician and she is also the coroner of her small community. At one time she was a Doctor in a decent sized hospital until her parents died together under suspicious circumstances and she came home. (she also is keeping a large secret about her time spent in that hospital!) And home is where she grew up, where she met her best friend Jack Lawson who is now on the Bloody Mary PD. And lately Bloody Mary Virginia is having one of its deadliest weeks ever. So many suspicious and horridly grizzly murders. Just after the first one, an interesting person shows up looking for Jaye, a crime novelist that wants to sort of tag-along and maybe help Jaye and Jack solve the murders.

Everyone has secrets in this town and some of them are real lulu's! Throw in the typical towns-people that you would find in a cozy mystery, a serial murderer, an evil newspaper reporter, and the fact that Jaye hasn't had sex in about 4 years... and you end up with a fairly explosive mystery. I can't classify this as a 'cozy' mystery, although it does have some of those elements. About the best I can do is say that it is somewhat between the novels of Peri O'Shaughnessy and J.A. Konrath.

The story and the mystery itself is tight and had several very believable red herrings to keep you going, an extremely surprising ending that I didn't see coming, well fleshed out, likable and very believable characters.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look out Janet Evanovich, here comes Liliana Hart! October 21, 2011
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J.J. Graves is a crime solving Coroner in Bloody Mary, Virginia. She is funny, sarcastic and full of secrets. J.J. has to come back home to Bloody Mary after her parents die in a horrible accident. Well, no one knows if it was an accident or murder suicide.

Not only is she trying to make a living as an Undertaker but she is also the county Coroner. She is barely making enough to stay in business. Thankfully she has her best friend Jake, the Sheriff.

Soon J.J. has more business than she can handle, unfortunately its people she has known for years that are being murdered. She & Jake need to find out who is killing their friends. Is it J.J.'s new boyfriend? Is it someone they've known all of their lives. How well did they even know the Victims? In a town this small, how can there possibly be any secrets?
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! January 2, 2012
By necie1
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This was the best book....I couldn't put it down! Reminded me of Janet Evanovitch's books. There is nothing better than a murder mystery/humor/sarcasm/romance in one book. I can't wait until the second book comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not her best book in my opinion September 21, 2012
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i bought this book after reading the MacKenzie books and Paradise Disguised, all of which i loved. i knew this book would be different as it was labeled "romantic mystery". i like mysteries whether they have romance in them or not.

While i didn't hate this book, it was not an easy read for me. JJ Graves didn't make me want to turn the page. Actually, her life is so depressing that i was depressed reading it.

i'll probably read the next one in the series as i have enjoyed all the other books by this author that i've read. i'll hope that this was a fluke.

if you want to read a romantic mystery that will keep you turning the pages, read Whiskey Rebellion and Whiskey Sour by Lillina Hart. She definitely beats Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I laughed my a#& off!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible writing
If you enjoy books with misspellings and lousy English that are blatant (and poorly written) ripoffs of Evanovich, Reichs and Cornwell, read this one. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Nancy Hake
4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Little Secrets
Good book. Cute characters. Recent mystery. Falls flat in a few places. Has some really good moments. Needs more detail and consistency. Read more
Published 2 days ago by judy baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Hart, weaves a tale of murder, mayhem and suspense that keeps you...
After meet Lilianna Hart in person at #RT2015, I decided to re-read this series. Again, I wasn't disappointed with it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I could not put this book down . I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery .
Published 5 days ago by K
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The book dragged. When it did pick up and it got interesting it hurried to a disappointing ending.
Published 5 days ago by Tina A. Kennebeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery
This is the first book I have read from Liliana Hart. I will be certain to read more. She's a very interesting writer.
Published 6 days ago by Joan D
5.0 out of 5 stars this book was mind blowingly awesome. I loved the main character jaye...
this book was mind blowingly awesome. I loved the main character jaye hes book smart but kind of clueless when love is staring her right in the face. Read more
Published 8 days ago by chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reallys love this series!
Published 8 days ago by Tammy Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting....can't put the book down
This book is one of those who done it and you don't find out until the very end. The mystery, the intrigue, the relationships make for a good read. Really liked Ms. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Milja Saldarriaga
5.0 out of 5 stars All in one book
Dirty Little Secrets is a great read! The author did an awesome job of developing the story and creating believable characters. Read more
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More About the Author

Liliana Hart is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of more than twenty novels. She lives in Texas, but travels as much as possible so she doesn't have to deal with the heat.

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1.) I have a Coke first thing every morning instead of coffee.

2.) I try to read at least one book a day (when I'm not on deadline), sometimes two or three if I have the itch. Reading is one of my greatest pleasures.

3.) I decided to be a writer my freshman year of college. Which, of course, is why I majored in music and art history.

4.) I started writing my first book when I was eighteen. It was about a 30-year-old virgin assassin. Yes, you read that right. It's buried in the far corner of my closet.

5.) I didn't complete my first book until I was twenty-five, but I've written nineteen books since then. I'm 32.

6.) I love being a writer. It gives me an excuse to think about different ways to kill people and to take weird vacations for the tax deductions.

7.) I could eat macaroni and cheese every day. I love it! But my hips do not.

8.) I'm very slow to make new friends. I'm a pretty solitary person, so when you see me at booksignings and conventions, I'm completely out of my comfort zone, which is why it's so nice when I have readers come up and talk to me like they already know me. It puts me at ease.

9.) My favorite cities are: New Orleans, Louisiana--Dublin, Ireland--Vevey, Switzerland--Napa Valley, California

10.) I like Milk Duds more than I probably should. I'm sure one day it'll catch up to me.

11.) I love to travel. I'm perfectly content to wake up on a random morning and say, I'm going here today." And then I'll buy a plane ticket and pack a suitcase. There are still so many places I'd love to see.

12.) I spent a summer in Ireland when I was in college with a random family I'd never met or spoken to before. It was one of the bravest and most adventurous things I've done. A great experience.

13.) I hated high school. If I could go back and do it over I'd try to graduate early and get the heck out of there.

14.) I have a weakness for fast cars.

15.) I performed at Carnegie Hall when I was in college, and toured Europe with a percussion ensemble one summer.

16.) I spent four years in college majoring in Percussion. It is now completely useless since I'm writing books full time, but it does give me an advantage when playing Rock Band.

17.) I'm addicted to gaming. When I take vacations between books, a good part of the time goes to playing RPGs.

18.) The cleanest place I've ever been is Switzerland.

19.) I don't gamble. When I go to Vegas I spend my time at concerts and shows.

20.) Purple is my favorite color. Go Frogs! (TCU alum)

21.) I love a good mystery.

22.) I've had impacted wisdom teeth for years, but I have no desire to get them taken out.

23.) The Keurig is the best invention known to man. I love my English breakfast tea.

24.) I like to sit down in the shower. I'll often stick my Kindle in a plastic bag and read in there for an hour.

25.) I spend a lot of time thinking of ways to kill people, and I have a tendency to zone out in the middle of a conversation if it's a really good idea.

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