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Coming Unclued (A Val Valentyn Humorous Mystery Book 1) by [Jackson, Judith]
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  • File Size: 4016 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Judith Jackson (July 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LSTH9O2
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Valerie Valentyn had a little problem. OK. It was a big problem. Someone had been murdered in her bed, and - ridiculous as it seems - when the victim is found in YOUR bed, the police believe YOU killed him! I know! That's what Valerie thought, too! Couldn't they see how preposterous that was? Sure, she'd had a little too much to drink last night. And, ok. She had a history of violence and blacking out when she drank too much. But murder? No way that she would ever kill someone!

However, that was only the first problem as far as Valerie and her friends were concerned: as long as the police believed she killed the man, they were not going to look for the real killer. That meant she would have to do it herself. (Which further meant she couldn't afford to be arrested as the police and her lawyer expected in the morning. So she was going to have to go on the lam.)

Follow Valerie as she stumbles her way through the best investigation she and her friends (Julie, Rose - my favorite character by far, and even Heather) can manage. She keeps assuring everyone she has almost solved the case, but she isn't making much progress at all. Finally she tells everyone she will turn herself in if she can't solve it by the deadline she makes up on the spot.

So will Valerie find the real killer or not? After the last few days she has had, being warm and fed don't sound so bad. And surely her friends would come visit her in prison....

I have never borrowed a cozy for my free monthly Prime book, but the reviews for this one kept saying how funny - laugh out loud funny - and even hilarious it was so I had to check it out for myself.
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This was a delicious read in every sense of the word. Judith's regular references to food had me hunting for snacks every few chapters or so. Being a bit of a foodie myself, I'm definitely trying the banana bread recipe at the back of the book. Jackson writes a polished mystery and develops her characters beautifully. I also enjoyed the familiar settings. I know the ravine in the Beach neighborhood of Toronto very well- the very one Val stumbled through to escape detection from the police. I even know that dog-eating coyote that lives in the ravine. Funny stuff! I'm looking forward to Val's next adventure.
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As promised, a laugh-out-loud mystery! Subtle and sometimes not so subtle funny parts in the book propelled me through the book while trying to figure out who the murderer was, especially since nobody in the story seemed able to do that. Until the end. That made for some very tense moments. It turned out that I originally pegged the correct villain, but was misdirected a few times, one of the characteristics of a classic mystery. I'm looking forward to number two in the series and especially meeting Rose, again. She's quite the character!
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I have never disliked a main character more than I did Val. I mean really, she had nothing nice to say about anyone, including her best friend, Julie. She couldn't understand why no one seemed to like her, especially the people she worked with, but she dresses like a slob and didn't pull her weight around the office. Duh, what did she expect?
Julie is a real sweetheart for putting up with her ditzy best friend who manages to commit several crimes including running from the police. Janet Evanovich doesn't have to worry about being usurped by Judith Jackson.
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I adored this tart-tongued heroine with her clueless sleuthing and lippy comebacks. Hapless
Val Valentyn invites you along on a mad-cap, hilarious journey as she suffers the indignities of the falsely accused and a life on the lam. She draws you in with her "folksy", take-no-prisoners narration and keeps you rooting throughout. A great cast of characters become indispensable to the enjoyment. This is extremely satisfying summer escapism. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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Generally I stay clear of cozy mysteries since they usually feature young, gorgeous and silly heroines in ridiculous plots, but this was something else! This heroine is 47, overweight and unkempt, with a tendency to hit the bottle to the point where she gets blackouts. After one such event she wakes up and finds her boss murdered in her own bed. She is of course the main, or rather the only, suspect, and since no one else is looking for the real killer she has to do it herself and on the run from the police she finds herself in one bizarre situation after the other.
The plot is of course a bit absurd, it comes with the territory in this genre, but it is well written and lots of fun!
Recommended as an easy and fun read during a lazy summer day or a long trip.
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Finding your boss dead in your bed could be a sign to drop the alcohol. Or it could be panic time and try to discover what the heck happened and who else could have wanted your boss dead. Val has her work cut out for her as she is the only suspect the police are looking at. The only reason she wasn't arrested already is because she called 911, not something a killer would usually do. She then goes on the lam and tries to solve the case herself. Can she clear herself before she ends up spending this Christmas in jail. A really well written cozy mystery that will make you laugh out loud.
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