- Series: Jessica HuntingtonDesert Cities Mystery (Book 1)
- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494413515
- ISBN-13: 978-1494413514
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 204 customer reviews
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- #28503 in Cozy Mysteries
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A Dead Husband (Jessica HuntingtonDesert Cities Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, December 8, 2013
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Life is an extravaganza! Figuring out how to hang tough, and make the most of the wild ride, is the challenge. On my way to Oahu, to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had married in Tijuana, I was nabbed as a runaway. Eventually, the police let me go, but the rock band broke up. Our next stop: Disney World, where we trained to be chefs. More education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. For decades I researched, wrote, and spoke about a number of gloriously nerdy topics. Retired now, I’m still married to the same, sweet, guy and live with him near Palm Springs, California. I write the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set here in the Sonoran Desert, a spectacular place to ponder life’s mysteries while relishing the delights of the desert resort cities.
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The investigating police have Laura at the top of the suspect list. Who would have wanted to murder Roger. He was just a nice guy who did remodeling work for the wealthy valley inhabitants. As Jessica works to clear Laura, she gets involved with a mysterious woman, a crime lord and a twisted murder plot. Will Jessica and her friends save Laura or become additional victims?
This first book in the series is both outrageously funny and addictive. Jessica and her friends are very realistically written and will keep you in both suspense and rolling on the floor with laughter! I love how the descriptions of the valley and the cities in it, bring the area to life. The writing is smooth flowing and very descriptive. I loved how intricate the murder plot was. It kept your attention and didn't let go until the final page. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who loves a fascinating adventure, wild and wacky characters and nonstop action. Suitable for both mystery and cozy mystery fans!
Things I personally couldn't care less about: Protagonist is rich beyond measure and talks about and purchases overpriced designer clothes, purses, etc. Poor thing has a credit card with a minimum(not max, min) spend of $250,000 per year. But that didn't stop me from generally liking the story and the character. She does have a good heart and keeps being sorry she used to be such a spoiled princess, and is trying to help her friend.
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She was wealthy and addicted to shopping. She did not know how to live after that. She could not bring herself to sign the divorce papers and even dreamed of making love to him again.
She returned to her desert childhood home where her Mexican nanny spoilt her rotten.
Her friend Laura was very happily married but her husband was not telling her of his financial difficulties. She felt a chasm developing between them. Stupidly and uncharacteristically, she spent a night with a waiter called Eric. When she returned at 6am the next morning, she found her husband Roger brutally murdered. Laura was a prime suspect so she phoned Jessie in a panic because she was a lawyer and begged her to defend her. A nightmarish week followed. I thouggt Jessie was a spoilt rich girl, but she managed to fight for the truth and for her friends. Right at the end the surprise arrival of Jim, Jessie's husband, opens the way for a follow-up. I found it to be a very absorbing story and recommend it. The whole series might be great too.