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- Book 3 of 3 in Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery (3 Book Series)
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The book jolts into action on the very first page, as a mentally unstable young woman holds Jessica at gunpoint on the precipice of a cliff. The suspense continues throughout the book, driven by unsolved mysteries and repeated attempts on Jessica’s life. Fortunately, Jessica and her friends have serious skills of their own, but are they enough to elude these relentless assassins?
It’s a pleasure to see Jessica Huntington’s character mature and grow. She devotes a lot less time to self-pity and “retail therapy” and a lot more to family and friends, a new career, and even some spiritual pursuits. Fortunately, she also retains those good qualities she already had in the earlier books: her fighting spirit, resourcefulness, intelligence, wit, and generosity.
Equally delightful is her warm circle of friends/associates--the “Cat Pack”—which has picked up a couple of intriguing new members they discovered along the way during previous escapades. At the heart of the pack is everyone’s favorite mother figure, the nurturing, funny, and feisty Bernadette. What reader of this series has NOT said “I need a Bernadette in my life!” (If you’re one of those, I highly recommend Love a Foot Above the Ground, the prequel about Bernadette as a young girl in Mexico and later a happy young newlywed working hard to educate herself; the story is so touching and the characters so real that the pages practically come to life in your hands.Read more ›
I admit I am a fan of Burke’s “Jessica Huntington” series. Her characters are fun and plausible. Since Jessica is an attorney, it makes sense that she would encounter some shady characters in the course of her work.
In A Dead Daughter Burke gives us a twist on the classic who-done-it. She exposes an unethical, manipulative psychologist and nicely kills him off in the first chapter. As for the psychologist’s corrupt businessman friend, she leaves us wondering right up until the end about what will happen to him.
In the middle of the book, we get to meet the Cat Pack, Jessica’s friends and employees who help her unravel the mystery around her while Bernadette serves up an always tempting buffet of savory dishes and her own brand of information gathering. Burke also serves up some humor with her mystery. I loved it when Jessica discovers her notoriety has gained her some fans. When Jessica graciously agrees to give a fan her autograph the “fan” blithers on about how much the autograph will be worth on ebay.
All in all, I recommend A Dead Daughter as a mystery with some unexpected twists, plausible plot, and fresh expression of the genre.
The author introduces us to a humorous cast that includes the "cat pack" and Jessica's parents (very emotionally stunted mother) and the "saintly" Bernadette who is more than a real mother to Jessica. I can't do justice conveying the depth of development the author had layered her characters with. Great job with clear well edited and effective story plotting. I was held enthralled to the very end.
I wish I had started with the original mystery in the series but they are made to stand alone. It's just more fun to read them all in order. I'm on the way out to my pool on this sunny holiday weekend and can't wait to start the original book in the series. I know I'm in for a can't miss holiday treat.
This was an exciting read. Jessica is a very strong woman and committed lawyer. Jessica survives being held at gun point on top of a mountain, and despite her life being in danger, Jessica is driven by the unsolved mysteries.
All the characters are well developed. Dr. Carr was a compelling sick individual. I adore the saintly Bernadette with a gun! Bernadette is one of my favorite characters of Burke. Bernadette is a beautiful character from Burke’s other wonderful novel, “Love a Foot Above the Ground.” The “Cat Pack” are an intriguing group of friends who provide Jessica support and shelter from threats.
This is very well-written. It is an amazing interwoven psychological thriller with romance, drug abuse, survival, and comedy. I was cheering for Jessica, a very uplifting book. Bravo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third book in this series I have read and I am eagerly awaiting the fourth! All these books can be read as stand alone but I suggest you read them in order-you will not... Read morePublished 19 days ago by MikiHope
Jessica Huntington wants to meet Libby Van Der Woert at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Libby says she has information about her friend, Shannon Donnelly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jessica Huntington is back in this fast-paced story of murder and mayhem! Young, female patients of Dr. Carr, a rich Beverly Hills psychiatrist, are acting out, missing, or dead. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mandus
A Dead Daughter (Jessica Huntington Desert Cities...
Anna Celeste Burke
Another excellent mystery from this author and the tales are intriguing. Read more
Fast paced action with a scratching your head who did it mystery. The series just keeps getting better! From page one, the action hits fast and hard.Published 2 months ago by wanitajump
This is a great story, believable characters, superb dialogue, and an author who definitely knows the Palm Springs area. I think she's one of the best authors writing today. Read morePublished 2 months ago by All Things D
A well written murder mystery with lots of intrigue and mayhem, from start to finish. As author Anna Celeste Burke worded it so eloquently, and I quote: "How can Jessica and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yoong
What's not to like about this book? Great story, believable characters, terrific dialogue, and an author who definitely knows the Palm Springs area. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dianne Harman
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