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Picking Lemons: A C.J. Whitmore Mystery (C.J. Whitmore Mystery Series Book 1) by [Toman, J.T.]
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  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (December 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GF4ZZA0
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This book is a riot from start to finish. The characters are larger than life, irrational, sometimes charming and sometimes I'd like to stave their heads in with the nearest hardcover textbook myself; but they had me laughing all the way to the end. This book is a great read- find out what universities are really like or relive your college days without the inconvenience of having to actually go to class.

It would probably be unethical to hope for a wide-scale outbreak of murder at Eaton University, but nonetheless, I'm really hoping that C.J. Whitmore gets a second outing.
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In the running for a Nobel Prize for Economics, Eaton University Professor Edmund DeBeyer had no shortage of enemies both personal and professional. When he's found strangled with his academic hood (I especially loved this), C.J. Whitmore, the department's only tenured woman, seeks among his peers for the killer. Anyone who's ever suffered through graduate school will recognize the Eaton's tenured faculty, delightfully skewered through their bloated egos.
Toman gives us a decent plot, but for me, her characters were the big draw in this first novel. I only wish my grad school days had been lightened with a CJ Whitmore. A true Texas Boudicca in pink cowboy boots, turquoise skirt and orange cowboy shirt -- perfection. I'm ready for the next installment.
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Get your mouse finger ready to click and GET THIS BOOK! It is fantastic! You have very different characters compared to other murder mysteries, and the main character, C.J. is my kind of woman!

The story is well written, fast paced, different setting and style than what I have been reading the past couple years, and C.J. is her own person in how she dresses, attitude and more. And the story contains no sex scenes or curse words. Kudos to the author. The action is fast paced, easy to follow and interesting beyond belief.

Professor Edmund DeBeyer is found dead in his office. He was strangled by his Ph. D. hood. The police have more than the needed amount of suspects for this murder. The professor was the most hated man in the department. C. J. Whitmore resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery using economic principles. then, not long after Edmund is killed there is yet another murder. C.J. plans on finding the murderer by figuring out which suspects are telling the truth and which are lying. Can she do it?

The characters are well written and you can relate to them easily. I know, as you read, you will pick a character ehre or there and say you know someone like that.

I recommend this book highly for 16 on up. Enjoy your read!
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I thought this was an entertaining bit of mental fluff. Kinda funny, too. It was pretty clean, no sex, but some "language" at times, If I remember right ... not much. So although not squeaky clean, by today's standards it was pretty good.

It is an entertaining read, so IF you are looking for the deeper meaning of life, this is not your book. If you just want to chill out and be entertained, this is a good choice. I thought the plot twists at the end were creative
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There were such frequent POV changes and so many POV characters (A least nine; I lost count) I often couldn't tell whose head we were in or even which things were thoughts or words spoken aloud. Though many of these characters could've been charming, the dizzying head-hopping (sometimes several POVs per page, within the same scene) made me unable to truly connect with any of them.

There was some really clever writing on the micro level (great, funny lines here and there, entertaining insights into the world of academia) but on the macro level, there was no structure. I didn't feel like the sleuth was really doing anything active to solve the crime. I wasn't even sure who the sleuth was, except that the blurb told me it was C.J.

Never once was I in suspense.
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A rollicking read, Picking Lemons kept me enthralled to the very end. I did guess the murder motive, but it didn't get in the way of reading the book to the very end. Besides, there was a great twist in the plot that caught me off-guard. I'll say no more as I don't want it to be a spoiler alert. The book is well written, with rock-solid sentences, interesting plot, and character development, etc., replete with nuggets of droll humor that kept me engaged. The only part that gave me trouble was figuring out who the main character was until I was quite a way into the book. I didn't automatically relate to CJ, so I had to be coaxed into thinking she was the central character, and sleuth, to boot.
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I enjoyed J.T. Toman's debut novel Picking Lemons. This murder mystery kept me guessing til the last second, and it was written laid back, and light. That not only kept me turning the pages, but was very entertaining. I hope this author continues to write, I would read more. I'd recommend this for readers who like murderous reads with a side of cozy and fun.
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I didn't hold out much hope for this story as it has almost everything designed to make a good mystery dull: a high-brow college, tenured college professors, tenured college 'economics' professors, totally stereo-typically 'pompous' tenured college economics professors, etc. But what the heck, I decided to try it because it was 'free,' and supposedly 'funny.' Well guess what? It turned out to be hilarious and I absolutely loved it! Yeah, I loved a book about economics professors!

It's enough to boggle the mind, isn't it? I don't know how many times I caught myself laughing out loud at some of the things I read. (You could probably ask my wife but I think she got tired of asking me what was so funny. And her expression when I explained I was reading a story about college economics professors? Priceless.) Here are a couple of examples that made me laugh out loud: "Television vans, with their satellite dishes perched on top like flowers on a preacher's wife's hat, jockeyed for parking spaces." And here's one C.J. said to the victim's wife: "Your husband and I, we got along like two tom cats in a small barn."

OK, so maybe they don't sound so great out there by themselves, but read them in context in the story and just see if you don't snort out loud! I loved C.J.'s down-home wit, and also her older friend Betsy, who was 'not' a tenured teacher and didn't care.

In conclusion, I loved this story and I can't wait for J. T. Toman to come out with more adventures of Prof. C.J. Whitmore. I'm keeping it on my Kindle to read again, and I highly recommend it to others.
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