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Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery (J.J. Graves Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Then when she met the writer and mentioned he made her nipples hard and moisture between her thighs....I knew this wasn't my kind of mystery....pity they feel the need for this when the story itself should be enough.
So what was shallow about it?
Oh my God - everything. The characters, the storytelling, the town of Bloody Mary itself. On the character front, you have a womanizing police sheriff, Jack, teaming up with his sexless best friend, JJ (Jaye), who is the town's mortician passing for the town's unofficial coroner going around town trying to catch a serial killer while at the time playing host to a bestselling murder mystery author, Brody, who is there for research toward his next book.
Okay, here's the part where I reiterate what I do in most of my reviews. I strive for spoiler-free explanations in all my reviews. I don't like this book - I already established that, however, I do respect another person's desire to read this. I'm not one of those jerks who like to spoil things for other people just because I thought I book was crap (there's a lot of people like that on these forums!). So with that said, I can proceed to say that my first problem with this story is the contradictory nature of the residents of this little backwater town of Bloody Mary (yeah, for real.).
How are people this biased, nosy, and meddling not suspicious of Brody from the beginning? He was the outsider. The brutality of the murders were said to be unheard of in this town where everyone knew and was related to everyone somehow someway. These people literally knew everyone's business. As anyone who lives in a small town knows, all eyes usually falls onto someone who isn't a resident when something this out of context happens. That's not saying that Brody is the killer - I'm just saying that it isn't realistic for the only stranger in town at the time of the crimes to not be a suspect until the last 90 percent of the story. He was virtually never suspected as the story info led us to believe he would be.
Then there's JJ herself. She lacked zero appeal and yet we're supposed to believe she is the object of so many affections? She was broke, self-deprecating, and insecure. The little love story thrown in the mix was as shallow and hard to believe as the rest of this story.
But what really disappointed me about this story was the overall nature of it. I was expecting something a little more dark if not sinister. All of the humor in this really got on my nerves. I felt like the author wanted you to make you laugh instead of enthrall you with a gripping murder mystery. I wasn't charmed by all the back stories in this. I didn't care to know just how everyone knew each other and who was having an affair with who. I felt like all the small town gossiping in this took the forefront of the mystery solving and it was annoying as all hell. I felt like screaming, "Can we get back to solving the damn murders, please!"
Lastly, there was no satisfactory climax in this - not to me. Even when the killer is revealed, I wasn't wowed. The person is someone you don't even care about - no one that makes you go "what, no way!" like a good plot twister does. And I say that openly because the fact is nobody in this entire book makes an impact on you. So in that respect, you're still free to speculate who the killer is.
I'm all for respecting a person's opinions, but I'm still trying to figure out why this has so many five-star ratings. I guess I'm just used to reading darker stuff of the genre like Kevin O'Brien (now that man can write a murder suspense that leaves you reeling). Recently, I've even taken to Sandra Brown again, who really knocks it out the park when it comes to combining romance and suspense/mystery. I really wanted to like this because the story info really hyped this up. But in the end the annoying characters and shallow investigation process in this really let me down.
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. I'm not familiar with this author, but I fear, considering the amount of books I read, that I won't remember in six months how much I enjoyed this story. I would normally pre-order, but seeing as that's not an option, I hope she settles down and starts churning out the rest of this series.
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