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The Ghost Orchid Murder: A Jillian Bradley mystery, Book 2 [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Jill Thames
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's been eight years since gardening columnist Jillian Bradley helped solve a string of murders in Half Moon Bay, but when a friend and colleague finds a young technical assistant dead on the floor of his own office, Jillian doesn't hesitate to answer his plea for help in the investigation. After all, a $2 million research grant depends on it. Together with Detective Jack Noble and Jillian's clue sniffing dog, Teddy, the three are determined to find the killer, even though it means personal sacrifice for Jillian. A classic who-dunit, set in beautiful Scottsdale Arizona at the foot of Camelback Mountain.


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About the Author

Nancy Jill Thames was born to write mysteries. From her early days as the neighborhood story-teller to the Amazon Author Watch Bestseller List, she has always had a vivid imagination and loves to solve problems - perfect for plotting whodunits. 

In 2010, Nancy Jill published her first mystery Murder in Half Moon Bay, introducing her well-loved protagonist Jillian Bradley, and clue-sniffing Yorkie, "Teddy." 
 
When she isn't plotting Jillian's next perilous adventure, Nancy Jill travels between Texas and California finding new ways to spoil her grandchildren, playing classical favorites on her baby grand or having afternoon tea with friends. 
 
She is a member of Leander Writers' Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW CenTex Chapter), and Central Texas Authors.
 
To learn more about Nancy Jill, visit
nancyjillthames.com or
contact her at jillthames@gmail.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1360 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (October 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CLYG9Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,963 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 Great Story! April 4, 2011
By mrsvis
Format:Paperback
Great story that kept me engaged until the end. This author has successfully created credible characters, and the plot tied up nicely with the happy ending. I keep wanting to read more stories about Jillian and her sleuth-dog, Teddy. Nicely done! Wendy Viscuglia Danville, Ca.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Mystery Thriller! November 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In my opinion, in "The Ghost Orchid Murder"...the second novel in this series...the main character and super sleuth Jillian Bradley has a kindred spirit. As I was reading this captivating novel, my mind kept recalling Angela Lansbury in her role as Jessica Fletcher in the once popular television show, Murder She Wrote. Both of these female characters play a similar role...writers, widows, and willful women determined to solve murder mysteries.

Talented Author Nancy Jill Thames demonstrates her creative ability in this Christian mystery novel. Along with a suspenseful "whodunit" murder, she manages to incorporate a touch of faith, a hint of romance, as well as the key ingredients it takes to write an enjoyable mystery novel. The many characters/suspects in the story add to the intensity of solving the murder mystery in an expedient and effective manner. Jillian Bradley, along with her lovable dog Teddy, manage to assist in solving this crime in no time flat. If you enjoy a good, clean mystery murder, then this is the novel for you.

I received this book as a Free Kindle download.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, needs a Christian Editor July 31, 2012
By Ann
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked the characters, and the plot was tight. What I didn't like was all the useless, extraneous words. For example, Jillian & Vincent are at dinner and decide to leave. There is a sentence about calling the waiter and paying the bill. Unnecessary. It would be tighter if she just moved on to the scene in the car.
And as a Christian, I understand keeping the faith. However, endless quoting of Scripture, and repeating the salvation message is distracting and not helpful. A little goes a long way. Even I skimmed those parts. The last salvation message was just irritating,
And the dastardly ' shows up again. The author or her editor doesn't know a plural is different from possessive. Hanson's dog versus The Hansons. as in two of them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, comforting mystery! November 28, 2012
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Can a murder mystery be lovely and comforting? By this author it can. This book gives fresh meaning to the term "cozy" mystery! The setting of the southwest was vividly described, along with good meals at a posh resort, well-rounded characters, and a very original mystery to boot. The comfort part comes in with the ease in which the author has the main character share her faith in God and heartfelt prayers. Also, zero profanity and other such offensive things.
Filoli House was mentioned also which I love. Looking forward to the next book. Quite a bargain for the kindle price of $2.99.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jillian progressing November 17, 2013
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Okay. This author improves. As she goes. Wait until you read her last one. Even better.
I love Jillian and Teddy. I am an avid reader, and this series gets more interesting as it goes. Of course, there were editing problems on Kindle as with most of the books I have ordered as e books . However, that being said, one must ignore them and read on. (I love a variety of authors and even my beloved Jane Austen uses too many unnecessary words and details)
Tis series is for the reader who wants to cuddle by the fire with a hot cup oF coffee and be transported into Jillian's world for an hour or so. I love animals but not so much reading about them. Teddy is a character!!!!! Yes, there is a Christian theme to these books. Don't we need more of those???? I am reminded of Jessica Fletcher and Miss Marple when I read one of my favorites. Enough said...if only Ms Thames could write faster.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars trying to copy Agatha Christie but fails to deliver August 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Not only does the writer's attempt at writing like Agatha Christie fail but her excessive minute detail about what the main character wore, what she ate, how many baths she took, the full contents of the hotel suite, felt as if the writer kept trying to pad her word count. I found myself grinding my back teeth and saying get on with it. The narrative didn't work for me and doesn't fool the reader into believing there's a plot somewhere in all that drivel. Not only that but I got very annoyed at the CONSTANT use of Christian passages. After awhile it began to feel as if the writer thought her faith made her pious. The bottom line, however, I did not connect to her style of writing or her characters. If you are looking for a great mystery series this isn't it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost Orchid Murder June 13, 2013
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Nancy Jill Thames knows how to keep her novels clean and yet entertaining and if you are a dog lover you'll enjoy Teddy's escapades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Botanical Biggie February 9, 2012
By Mike
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy mysteries that explore different expertises and subcultures. This one was nice because I'd read the "Orchid Thief" book, so I had some background on it that was really good. This book built on the knowledge I already had and gained some great characters. I'd recommend it as a book to read for fun and to explore a gardening world. Oh, also, I had not read the first book and that wasn't a problem. Recommended read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A disappointment after reading this first in series.
Published 2 months ago by bejoyful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jillian Bradley has a great imagination and would make an awesome...
Jillian Bradley has a great imagination and would make an awesome author if these books were edited, tightened and written in more of a conversational manner

However, I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jan-Marie. Brooke
1.0 out of 5 stars JD
It was a good mystery, but got frustrated at the fact they were always eating with a great description of all the food
Published 3 months ago by Phillip C Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I couldn't put this book down. I loved book one and now book two. I can't wait to read others.
Published 6 months ago by laura howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great mystery writer. Enjoyed the characters.
Published 7 months ago by Billie Belville
5.0 out of 5 stars great
very good read, wasn't sure who did it until the end. main character well defined.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul & Body
I rated this book a 4, because I've read about this horticulturist before, The plot in this case seems a little thin, but the descriptions of Scottsdale are right on. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Margie Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
If you are a lover of mystery books, and especially Christian books, then please read Nancy Jill Thames. Her books flow. They are without cursing and full of Christianity! Read more
Published 9 months ago by JayneBingley
5.0 out of 5 stars love the dog
sinse the first book I felt like this is family, I love christian series mystery book, and like the way she writes, I feel part of the story, and just love the dog,
Published 10 months ago by juanita w wicks-wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistantly entertaining for us girls.
This author is entertaining in her details of the main character, Jillian's, life. I always like the fluff about what she's wearing or her dog's expression, the rest is easy and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marilyn
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Nancy Jiill Thames was born to write mysteries. From her early days as the neighborhood storyteller to the Amazon Author Watch Bestseller List, she's always had a vivid imagination and loves to solve problems - perfect for plotting whodunits. In 2010, she published her first mystery "Murder in Half Moon Bay," introducing the well-loved protagonist Jillian Bradley, and clue-sniffing Yorkie, "Teddy." When not plotting Jillian's next perilous adventure, Nancy Jill travels between Texas and California finding new ways to spoil her grandchildren, playing classical favorites on her baby grand or having afternoon tea with friends. She is a member of Leander Writers' Guild, ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers CenTex Chapter), and Central Texas Authors.

Visit: nancyjillthames.com
Or contact: jillthames@gmail.com

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