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Mrs Jones [Kindle Edition]

B. A. Morton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description


A British girl with a secret.
A New York cop with a past.
And a mob that wants revenge

In the slickest, sneakiest twistiest-turniest hard-boiled crime noir novel to come out in a long time, ruggedly pragmatic but honest cop Detective Tommy Connell picks up an English girl, Mrs Jones, who claims to be the witness to a murder, and promptly falls in love with her.

Well, Mrs Jones, whoever she is, must be very attractive because an awful lot of people seem to want to get their hands on her if they can prise her from Connell's determined grasp, including some prominent representatives of organised crime and the Feds.

Detective Connell definitely has his work cut out here if he wants to end up with the body of Mrs Jones, dead or alive, that's for sure.

All-in-all it's probably safe to say he hasn't a clue what is going on. It is probably equally safe to guess that Mrs Jones does.

Not that 'safe' is quite the right word to use here or, there again, maybe it is.

(The next in the series, 'Molly Brown', will be released during 2012).

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About the Author

B. A. Morton is a British crime and historical romance writer. Her first novel is 'Mrs Jones'. The next in the series, 'Molly Brown', was published in December 2012. Read also the 'Wildewood' series for historical romance.

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468116886
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing (December 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BIG, BIG, BIG DISAPPOINTMENT February 7, 2012
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There were Twelve (12) 5-star reviews & One (1) - 2 star review ... so I bought the book. Let this be a lesson to me not to take as gospel that the majority knows best.

Ms. Morton & Mrs. Jones are both in desperate need of a good editor.

The plot was ambitious with several twists & turns so much so it actually became so convoluted it lost its appeal.

The so-called `snappy' dialogue was actually awkward, uncomfortable & forced. It is so clear that the author is not familiar enough with American English & American slang to make this belivable. It's possible that all the 5-star reviews were from British readers who likely would not notice the anomalies the same way a North American reader would.

Worse, the silly unforgivable grammatical mistakes & misplaced punctuation, all add up to make this a really hard book to read. I wanted to get out my red pen & fix it. It is so distracting that regardless of how potentially good the story may be it just doesn't work. I had to go back frequently & read whole sentences to see if I had read it wrong.

"You need to consider whether they're paying you enough to take that kind of wrap"
"His life in general was going down the pan"
"He remained sat where he was"
"Now what did he ask you to fetch him?" (This from a tough NYC cop???)

After 259 pages of a story about a supposed `honest cop' you end up with this line from him
"... there's no such thing as an honest cop..."

Perhaps if Ms. Morton had set the story in London rather than NYC, she would have been able to write in a tongue familiar to her making her job as author so much easier. How she must have struggled with this. I'm guessing at least as much as I struggled to read it.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New York cop with English accent? January 14, 2012
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I purchased this title because of the reviews but no one mentioned the author's lack of mastery of American slang. At one point in the story I actually had to go back to see if the story was set in London. No NYC police detective is going to say things like "Get your kit" (What is a kit anyway?) or "Put your things in the boot". Imagine John McClain of the "Die Hard" movies and get yourself a book on American slang, or keep the setting in England. The storyline was imaginative and the characters were interesting. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get passed the inconsistencies.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a Good Editor August 26, 2012
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Perhaps I'm missing the fun that the five-star reviewers enjoyed, but I didn't even make it through the first scene of the book.

Two pages in (on my Kindle), the author has introduced me to two females -- the occupant of an apartment, and the cop's date who is waiting on him at another location. Neither female has been named, yet the author uses female pronouns (she, her) in referring to both females -- the one IN the scene, and the one who's NOT in the scene. Any writer who's done a proper study on the craft knows the importance of hooking the reader at the beginning, not turning a reader away by violating basics, like keeping your characters straight.

To me, this initial glaring error indicates the book was not professionally edited. Or, the author had the misfortune to have used an unqualified editor. The first scene error, along with the mistakes mentioned by other reviewers, would have been caught right away by a quality editor. In either case, I chose not to continue with the book because I assume there will be other errors, which would definitely be a distraction for me.

Clearly, other reviewers loved many parts of the story, so perhaps if the author can secure a good, quality editor, she'll be able to earn more fans with future books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It August 17, 2013
By Ann L
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I really liked this mystery so much so that I purchased the follow up in the series Molly Brown. Its been a long time since I have read and author that seemed to appeal to what I consider to be good writing. This mystery kept me very intrigued from beginning to end and though I usually am a cheap skate when it comes to purchasing anything that I can get for free which is the way I get a lot of kindle reads, I did not hesitate to pay for the follow up to this novel which is Molly Brown.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Jones July 11, 2013
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A fun, fast-paced read that keeps you guessing to the very end. I liked the characters and the fact that there was a lot of conversation, not just tedious descriptions. A good summer read. I will definitely read more by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Jones June 23, 2013
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I enjoyed this Mrs Jones. Would enjoy reading more about Tommy Connel. A few awkward spots but overall a very good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What country are we in? August 15, 2012
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The plotting and twists were very good and those make it a compelling read. Too many Brit words and phrases, most of which a New York cop would never use. A competent editor would have inserted American dialog which would make it more believable. I expect that her second novel will be even better since it seems to be set in England.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MYSTERY June 7, 2012
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Good mystery, could be a five-star with some good editing. Kept me guessing until the very end, but grammatical and punction errors were distracting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Liked the story. Connected with the characters. Kept me reading. I was not disappointed that I had read it. Would read other books of his.
Published 2 months ago by Mahree
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyed this story !
Several reviewers have noted the inconsistencies in language and said that they disliked that a New York City cop sounded British. I must admit I didn't even notice. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Babs Z.
5.0 out of 5 stars Story builds slowly.
This book builds slowly to a lively conclusion. All your questions are finally answered. In the beginning there is just the cop and the English lady. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marilynne Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars What to do
I am often torn, when I read books from beginning authors, between praising them so they don't get too discouraged, and telling the truth as I see it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sally Tomson
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I read the book. The whole way through, I kept expecting the setting to change to England. British terms used throughout. And to end by saying - read my next book? Lame. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joyce Guzman Farmer
1.0 out of 5 stars mrs jones
I only got thru the first 2 chapters. It was slow, some discriptions a bit confussing, and certainly did not grab me and make we want to read more. Read more
Published 12 months ago by RR
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Paced Fast Read; Plot Holes & Editing Issues
Tommy Connelly at first glance seems to be just the kind of handsome sap that a scheming woman can use. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Just An Ordinary Gal
4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Jones
A quick read, not much to it, but a good way to spend a rainy Sunday reading. I will be looking for more by this author.
Published 12 months ago by Peggy Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Jones
Very intriguing and fast moving book. It's many twists and turns kept me breathlessly reading. It had a lot of surprises and chilling suspense.
Published 13 months ago by No Gibbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Will the real Mrs. Jones......
This is a very good case of who dunnit, who are they really, and whose side are they on. It keeps the reader guessing to the very end, and then some.
Published 13 months ago by Karli
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