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Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery (J.J. Graves Mysteries Book 1) by [Hart, Liliana]
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About the Author

Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America's youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana's Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won't confess to which parts). Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller--a dazzling adventure--where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn't imagine why people weren't knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one's virginity wasn't all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can't help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex. Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana's books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many other awards. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers. Enjoy the Adventures!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1979 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481158643
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liliana Hart (December 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FA749A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By A Book a Day VINE VOICE on April 13, 2012
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This is the first book I've read by Liliana Hart and I'm really glad I downloaded it. Needless to say, I was impressed. The story is short, probably around 200 pages, and appears to be the first in a series, but it had lots of tension, humor, wit, mystery, and the best friendship and potential romance I've read in a while.

Dr. JJ Graves became the county medical examiner and mortician for the town of Bloody Mary, Virginia at the age of 30 after the mysterious death of her parents. She has wonderful friendships, but longs for a more fulfilling relationship with marriage and children. After a series of murders which coincide with the appearance of a hunky and famous murder mystery author, JJ falls head over heels, but his appearance may be just a little too coincidental.

By the synopsis, I can honestly say you don't really know what's going to happen, but the journey is terrific. The writing is tight, the heroine is quirky, the hero jealous, and the possibilities endless. I wouldn't have complained if the sex scenes were more graphic than the fact that we were told there was some, but there may be a reason for that. (Note to author, it better be steamy when it counts.) I really wasn't sure where the story was going and the mystery was well... mysterious as well as fast paced. I was a little disappointed towards the end since I really felt JJ had been through quite a bit, but I guess it was a quick easy way to wrap up some loose ends. Most importantly, I was completely bummed that there wasn't another installment for me to read. I went to the author's web site and apparently it won't be available till the fall. If there were any reason for me to knock off stars, which I didn't mind you, it would be that it's more than a year between installments.
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J.J. Graves is a crime solving Coroner in Bloody Mary, Virginia. She is funny, sarcastic and full of secrets. J.J. has to come back home to Bloody Mary after her parents die in a horrible accident. Well, no one knows if it was an accident or murder suicide.

Not only is she trying to make a living as an Undertaker but she is also the county Coroner. She is barely making enough to stay in business. Thankfully she has her best friend Jake, the Sheriff.

Soon J.J. has more business than she can handle, unfortunately its people she has known for years that are being murdered. She & Jake need to find out who is killing their friends. Is it J.J.'s new boyfriend? Is it someone they've known all of their lives. How well did they even know the Victims? In a town this small, how can there possibly be any secrets?
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By necie1 on January 2, 2012
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This was the best book....I couldn't put it down! Reminded me of Janet Evanovitch's books. There is nothing better than a murder mystery/humor/sarcasm/romance in one book. I can't wait until the second book comes out!!!!!!!!!!!!
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i bought this book after reading the MacKenzie books and Paradise Disguised, all of which i loved. i knew this book would be different as it was labeled "romantic mystery". i like mysteries whether they have romance in them or not.

While i didn't hate this book, it was not an easy read for me. JJ Graves didn't make me want to turn the page. Actually, her life is so depressing that i was depressed reading it.

i'll probably read the next one in the series as i have enjoyed all the other books by this author that i've read. i'll hope that this was a fluke.

if you want to read a romantic mystery that will keep you turning the pages, read Whiskey Rebellion and Whiskey Sour by Lillina Hart. She definitely beats Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I laughed my a#& off!
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This is a really interesting book and a nice start to the series. There are several issues in the plot, but it still manages to be engaging and dynamic. I was definitely drawn into the story and enjoyed the read on the whole

JJ Graves is a really great character, even though she has some issues. She is a modern girl and has no problem going after what she wants. What she wants is some smexy lovin from a mystery writer who is visiting. I have no problem with them hopping into the sack pretty much right after meeting. What I did take issue with was the claims of love, that wasn't something I believed on either part. Sure. there was lust and liking, but not love.

The character's had a great playful banter both JJ and her author and her BFF sheriff Jack. The story is all from JJ's POV, so it is difficult to really get a bead on what others are thinking. She is a great narrative, snarky and intelligent.

The smexy action is all closed bedroom door. They get it on and talk about it after but you have to fill in the details for yourself.

The mystery was sort of unsolvable, I hate that!! It was a total Scooby Do moment when the bad guy was revealed. Totally left fiend in my opinion. I usually like to have some sort of idea who done it, but this one was left field. It was an intriguing and dynamic suspense for most of the read. I am just disappointed I did not have the right puzzle pieces to put everything together.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Laura Faye Smith, who has a terrific voice. She has a really swift read, something I enjoy. It really helps move the story along, she adds energy into her voice at all the right times. There is a lot of rapid fire dialogue and quick punches in the narrative.
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