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

J.T. Toman
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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: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • 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: #482,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 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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6 of 6 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 Exciting and unique read! January 8, 2014
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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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5 of 5 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
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dizzying head-hopping got in the way of its potential February 18, 2014
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There were such frequent POV changes and so many POV characters (A least nine; I lost count) I often couldn't tell whose head we were in or even which things were thoughts or words spoken aloud. Though many of these characters could've been charming, the dizzying head-hopping (sometimes several POVs per page, within the same scene) made me unable to truly connect with any of them.

There was some really clever writing on the micro level (great, funny lines here and there, entertaining insights into the world of academia) but on the macro level, there was no structure. I didn't feel like the sleuth was really doing anything active to solve the crime. I wasn't even sure who the sleuth was, except that the blurb told me it was C.J.

Never once was I in suspense.
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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
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Picking Lemons
If you are unaware how teachers & professors are outside the classroom you are in for a shock. They are mean, petty, selfish, & down right nasty! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Christy Curtis
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not a lemon
This book was better than I expected. C.J. Whitmore is a fun and intelligent heroine, and made this story very enjoyable. I look forward to more from J.T. Toman.
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Kellett
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but slow
The characters were interesting but it seemed a slow moving story. A who did it with a twist set in academia. I usually finish what I read unless it's just a terrible read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kit E. Gee
4.0 out of 5 stars Set in an economic department -murders happen
The murder of the economic department head has everyone upset even though it is one of most of interesting thing to happen. Then a professor is murdered.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Quirky and fun.
Published 6 months ago by Seatrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 6 months ago by Vicki Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by sailasails2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Strange take on life.
Published 7 months ago by me
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK - will be interesting to see if the plot line cna be continued in furute books
Published 7 months ago by genevieve healy
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever humorous story
What a great view of Academic life in a top tier University
As a professor myself much of the story was so realistic and funny as I just kept seeing my colleagues! Read more
Published 7 months ago by ZZ
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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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