Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman

Posted December 4, 2016 by Minx

Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Publisher: Independently Published
Format: E-book
Pages: 136
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:

There's big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn's boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can't figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because there’s a dead guy in the park and Kip has gone missing! With the help of her favorite P.I., Duke Broussard, Jamie must race the clock to find Kip before it’s too late.


This story is told from the point of view of Jamie Quinn. She is an attorney who has had her hand in solving mysteries with the help of private investigator Duke. She is currently dating Kip Simons who was her ex-boyfriend from high school but had recently come back into her life. The Author did a wonderful recap of the main character’s background and relationship’s up until this start of the book. This book can be read as a standalone due to the concise summarization.

For a short story, there is much going on. Kip is having issues at work that are impacting their relationship. Since he has taken over the director position he has been receiving threats and there has been a rash of vandalism that has left him frustrated. Jamie’s dad is stuck in Nicaragua waiting to see if his visa will be approved. There is also someone who goes by the moniker I-C-U is stalking Jamie and sending threatening messages which is all related to Kip’s issues at work. Then there is Duke, he just cracks me up. If you have read the previous two books ther is a blast from his past that will leave you scratching your head as to what he was thinking.

All the subplots are woven well together.  Filled with tons of action, good pacing, and a satisfying ending. Overall, I would definitely say that this was a cozy mystery that I have no issues recommending.

*Thank you to Author Barbara Venkataraman for this complimentary copy of Peril in the Park*

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