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Picking Lemons: A C.J. Whitmore Mystery [Kindle Edition]

J.T. Toman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Economic theories can predict many things – just not the death of a renowned Economics professor. When Professor Edmund DeBeyer is found dead in his office, strangled to death by his own Ph.D. hood, the police don’t have to look further than his colleagues in the Economics Department for suspects. After all, Edmund was the most despised member of the department. C.J. Whitmore, the department’s only tenured female, (who also has a penchant for wearing pink cowboy boots to class) resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery using economic principles. Comparing tracking down murder suspects to to selecting a used car, she attempts to discern the real deals from the “lemons.” That is, which suspects are really telling the truth and which are lying to protect their guilt. Will C.J. be able to pick the lemon before her clever adversary strikes again?


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  • File Size: 1384 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193981622X
  • Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GF4ZZA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irrational economists, fantastic read December 1, 2013
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This book is a riot from start to finish. The characters are larger than life, irrational, sometimes charming and sometimes I'd like to stave their heads in with the nearest hardcover textbook myself; but they had me laughing all the way to the end. This book is a great read- find out what universities are really like or relive your college days without the inconvenience of having to actually go to class.

It would probably be unethical to hope for a wide-scale outbreak of murder at Eaton University, but nonetheless, I'm really hoping that C.J. Whitmore gets a second outing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A witty, biting academic mystery November 23, 2013
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In the running for a Nobel Prize for Economics, Eaton University Professor Edmund DeBeyer had no shortage of enemies both personal and professional. When he's found strangled with his academic hood (I especially loved this), C.J. Whitmore, the department's only tenured woman, seeks among his peers for the killer. Anyone who's ever suffered through graduate school will recognize the Eaton's tenured faculty, delightfully skewered through their bloated egos.
Toman gives us a decent plot, but for me, her characters were the big draw in this first novel. I only wish my grad school days had been lightened with a CJ Whitmore. A true Texas Boudicca in pink cowboy boots, turquoise skirt and orange cowboy shirt -- perfection. I'm ready for the next installment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lemonade December 27, 2013
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Great first time read, caveat, I know the author, but still think it's a great read. She captures the academic atmosphere brilliantly and kept the mystery going until the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read! December 11, 2013
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Fun, fast read. You feel like you are walking around campus with the whole Economics department.
Great character development with enthusiastic interactions!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and unique read! January 8, 2014
By Dorothy
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Get your mouse finger ready to click and GET THIS BOOK! It is fantastic! You have very different characters compared to other murder mysteries, and the main character, C.J. is my kind of woman!

The story is well written, fast paced, different setting and style than what I have been reading the past couple years, and C.J. is her own person in how she dresses, attitude and more. And the story contains no sex scenes or curse words. Kudos to the author. The action is fast paced, easy to follow and interesting beyond belief.

Professor Edmund DeBeyer is found dead in his office. He was strangled by his Ph. D. hood. The police have more than the needed amount of suspects for this murder. The professor was the most hated man in the department. C. J. Whitmore resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery using economic principles. then, not long after Edmund is killed there is yet another murder. C.J. plans on finding the murderer by figuring out which suspects are telling the truth and which are lying. Can she do it?

The characters are well written and you can relate to them easily. I know, as you read, you will pick a character ehre or there and say you know someone like that.

I recommend this book highly for 16 on up. Enjoy your read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty cute March 3, 2014
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I thought this was an entertaining bit of mental fluff. Kinda funny, too. It was pretty clean, no sex, but some "language" at times, If I remember right ... not much. So although not squeaky clean, by today's standards it was pretty good.

It is an entertaining read, so IF you are looking for the deeper meaning of life, this is not your book. If you just want to chill out and be entertained, this is a good choice. I thought the plot twists at the end were creative
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When life gives you lemons January 8, 2014
By MoH
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A rollicking read, Picking Lemons kept me enthralled to the very end. I did guess the murder motive, but it didn't get in the way of reading the book to the very end. Besides, there was a great twist in the plot that caught me off-guard. I'll say no more as I don't want it to be a spoiler alert. The book is well written, with rock-solid sentences, interesting plot, and character development, etc., replete with nuggets of droll humor that kept me engaged. The only part that gave me trouble was figuring out who the main character was until I was quite a way into the book. I didn't automatically relate to CJ, so I had to be coaxed into thinking she was the central character, and sleuth, to boot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Debut Novel Picking Lemons November 19, 2013
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I enjoyed J.T. Toman's debut novel Picking Lemons. This murder mystery kept me guessing til the last second, and it was written laid back, and light. That not only kept me turning the pages, but was very entertaining. I hope this author continues to write, I would read more. I'd recommend this for readers who like murderous reads with a side of cozy and fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book so much that I badgered friends to ...
I loved this book so much that I badgered friends to read it. Texan C.J. Whitmore is newly tenured and the target of her department head's vindictiveness -- just like it often... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Bookluvr33
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed the book
Published 6 days ago by Nancy Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery novel.
C.J. Whitmore is a fascinating character . I loved the way the author included what many of the characters were thinking. Hoping for more C.J. Whitmore books
Published 19 days ago by AnitaS
5.0 out of 5 stars Picking Lemons: A C.j. Whitmore Mystery
An absolute stitch to read. You have to love a Texas woman with all her grit. Set on a New England University campus, you have one murder and then another, but who did it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mystery
I enjoyed this mystery very much. Witty dialogue. It takes place in a university, lots of drama between the characters. A very fun cozy! Hope there will be more. :)
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars University can be a very dangerous place...
Picking Lemons has an interesting pacing which I thoroughly enjoyed. The chapters are titled by days of the week and the book concludes after one week. Read more
Published 25 days ago by floralmouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Academy at its "best"
What really goes on in those hallowed ivy league halls of education. Apparently a lot more than imagine. A good read. Hope to see more of those pink booted detective!
Published 25 days ago by ValorieD
1.0 out of 5 stars otherwise I am bored.
I couldn't finish reading this book. By the time the professor was murdered, I couldn't remember what I had read leading up to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sweetolady
3.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant book.
the book was well written but a little predictable. I started to get a little bored. Not my type.
Patricia
Published 1 month ago by Pattic
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This book was fun - a unique concept and enough twists to keep you guessing.
Published 1 month ago by Melinda Coupland
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More About the Author

J.T. Toman lives in Boulder, Colorado. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and has taught econometrics at the University of Sydney and the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also has a degree in zookeeping from Pikes Peak Community College and has cared for everything from butterflies to elephants. She now teaches math at Front Range Community College, and truly believes fractions are useful in everyday life.

In her spare time, J.T. Toman joins the rest of Colorado hiking, biking and skiing. However, much like her cats, she finds food more inspiring than scenery. J.T. particularly loves home- grown tomatoes, udon noodles and tall glasses of chocolate milk, but not at the same time.

Picking Lemons is her first novel.



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