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If Errands Could Kill (Minivan Mom Mystery Series) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Bronyaur
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Book Description

Up at sunrise to enjoy the quiet of a sleeping household, Eve Bailey gets her coffee, prepares breakfast for her three children, and has a spare tie ready knowing that her husband, Ben, will definitely spill something on the one he is wearing. Their oldest daughter, Delaney, is one game away from moving onto the soccer championships, their son, Cody, skipped school yesterday, and innocent 7 year old Penny is trying to communicate with her goldfish. Eve’s days are that of a typical stay at home mom.

Her typical day changes drastically after she drives Cody to school as part of his punishment for skipping school. Cody’s creepy science teacher, Mr. Jackson, approaches Eve to let her know that her check for Cody’s field trip had bounced. Knowing it had to be an error, Eve heads to the bank to figure it out. While in line, she chats with her mother in law who works at the bank. Then she notices Janet, another bank employee and self-made town outcast, acting very strange at the back counter.

Eve’s concern grows when she is leaving the bank and sees Janet open the gas tank door and then drives away. Against her better judgment, Eve follows Janet. What happens next is something unheard of in quiet Marysville, Pennsylvania.
Janet is murdered in front of Eve’s eyes, and the police find drugs in her car.

Murder and drugs? It doesn’t make sense. Eve is now a witness and determined to disprove the “drug deal gone wrong” theory.

Can she convince the police that she knows who the killer is, save her family, and make it to Delaney’s big soccer game in time?

The Minivan Mom Mystery Series is a creation from horror, thriller, and mystery writer, Jim Bronyaur.

Jim has had over a hundred pieces of fiction published and won Best Horror Short Story for 2010.

If you enjoy horror or thrillers, be sure to check out Jim's other books here on Amazon including Within the Walls (part one), The Failed, The Devil's Weekend, and more!

Don't miss his next crime series, featuring one of the most interesting characters you'll ever meet: Johnny Cooper. The first book of the Johnny Cooper crime series is titled "Nice Day For a Red Wedding" and is scheduled for a 2012 release.

*New release!*

The second book in the Minivan Mom Mystery Series is now available! Don't miss A Mess to Die For, available on Amazon -

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  • File Size: 233 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061561020X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A book for your "must read" list. March 18, 2012
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"If Errands Could Kill" by Jim Bronyaur is a brilliantly written thriller with an unlikely main character of a stay at home mom that becomes involved in an unlikely drug related murder.

Bronyaur develops the characters from page one and cleverly describes Eve's character by explaining how she, at the age of seven, made a deal with her mom to keep her real name of Genevieve a secret because it was too old. The Bailey household is just a regular family; Eve and her lawyer husband, Ben have three children, Delaney, their eldest daughter who is mad about playing soccer, son, Cody, who just tried skipping school, probably just to see if he could get away with it, and cute seven year old daughter, Penny who is trying to learn how to talk to her goldfish with bubble language.

Eve's regular life is turned upside when, driven partly by curiosity and partly by being a good neighbor, she witnesses Janet, a self-made town outcast who works at the bank, being shot; apparently in a drugs deal that went bad. Being the type of person that always sees the best in people, Eve doesn't believe the popular story, based on the evidence that the police found in her car, that Janet was involved in drugs and that her shooting was a drugs killing. Nor does Eve believe the village gossip that Janet was having an affair with an unknown man, possibly from out of town. Eve just could not let the murder of Janet go and, despite being told by her husband, Ben, to just let the police pursue their investigations, Eve continued to try and work out how Janet ending up being shot. The only leads that Eve has are the black Lincoln car from which the killer had shot Janet and the mystery of why Janet had opened the flap to the gas tank before driving away from the bank to her death.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT new series!!! MUST READ! March 21, 2012
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Stay-at-home Mom's can really be super heroes, but how dangerous of a situation is too much for a Mom? Eve is "wonder Mom", she takes care of all the household duties, keeps the kids in order, goes to her daughter's soccer games, makes sure the other two kids are taken care of too, makes sure her husband always has a spare tie (for those oops moments of his) and has decided to take up finding a murderer too!

To prove a point one day, Eve takes her son to school (an embarrassment tactic to make sure he never skips school again) and her life is changed forever. At the school her son's teacher sees here there and swings by her car to tell her that there was a problem with her check she made out for her son's field trip and he just wanted her to know so she could get it straightened out before the trip so her son could still go. Well, Eve knows there are more than enough funds in the bank and there should be no reason for any issues, so she decides to go to the bank and check it out. That is where her day changes from normal "Mom stuff" to amateur sleuth. In the bank she notices Janet (a woman from the neighborhood and bank teller) acting funny and extremely out of the ordinary. When Eve is outside getting ready to go back home after straightening out the check issue, Janet comes out and opens her gas door on her car and then proceeds to drive off. Confused, but also wanting to help Janet in case any light was on in her car due to the open gas door, Eve follows her in hopes to catch her when she stops to tell her the door is still open. Following her and then stopping because of a phone call on her cell, Eve witnesses something she never would have imagined seeing that day...Janet being murdered...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start April 13, 2012
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IF ERRANDS COULD KILL is an indie publication from author Jim Bronyaur. If Errands Could Kill is the first book in Jim's new "Minivan Mom Mystery" series. Jim has previously self-published many short stories and novellas, but this is the first instalment in his new series.

Eve Baily is a stay-at-home wife and mother, raising 3 children in a typical suburban neighborhood. Like most families, her children are involved with soccer, class projects and trips, as well as the occasional playground fight. Her husband Ben is a lawyer, handling contracts and business accounts, but the family is well respected in the small community of Marysville Pennsylvania. With her only son Cody's class trip days away, the science teacher informs Eve, that the cheque has bounced, and Cody will not be allowed to attend, without payment. Hoping to straighten out the issue at the bank, Eve doesn't realize that the world she once knew is about to change.

Witnessing what she believes to be a potential case of fraud, Eve follows bank employee Janet Vanden out to her vehicle, but notices that Janet has opened her gas tank before she drives away. But a simple case of fraud, has suddenly turned into something bigger when Eve witnesses Janet's murder. When a large black Lincoln quickly leaves the area, Eve knows of only one potential person in town, with enough money to afford the luxury automobile. But when the police interview Eve, they reveal more information about the murder than first believed. Perhaps someone was being set-up?

Eve, hoping to gather her own information about the murder, sets out to investigate, but soon realizes that she has crossed the line with both the police and the potential suspects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming story. A very pleasant way to pass a ...
Charming story. A very pleasant way to pass a rainy afternoon.
Published 7 months ago by Andrea Newman-Winston
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
Plot is very easy to follow and probably like me you will have figured out who the bad guy is. But it's a good book to read before sleep or if your just wanting to relax. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marianne M. Popp
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun mystery
This was a fun story about a stay at home mom who's life becomes a bit more exciting when she witnesses a murder and has to figure out what is going on in her small town.
Published 9 months ago by Love to read witty and clean
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Very nice light reading. Interesting and a little far fetched. If you like a quick read then you will enjoy this book.
Published 10 months ago by Margaret A. Para
4.0 out of 5 stars A sparkling gem
This has got to be one of the best cozy mysteries I have read in awhile. Eve is a busy momma with three kids and a husband. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Cozy Mystery
I found this a fun read and brisk enough to keep my attention. Perhaps a little unbelievable at the end, but that is what entertainment reading is for. Read more
Published on May 20, 2013 by Stacie Morrell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Cozy Mystery
"If Errands Could Kill" was a good cozy mystery. I think the concept of a Minivan Mom Mystery is cute and a little different - I liked it. Read more
Published on February 25, 2013 by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it!!
I really enjoyed this book. I love the premise of it and am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Published on February 4, 2013 by debbie_b
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Fantastic, I could not put it down. Connected with the characters very well. Could of used Asa in it though!
Published on September 28, 2012 by Dayaks
3.0 out of 5 stars Concept is good - plot falls apart
Eve Bailey is a stay-at-home mom, enjoying a fairly quiet life in Marysville, Pennsylvania until one day when she observes the murder of a bank employee. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by EagerReaderDM
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