Death, Deceit, & Some Smooth Jazz, Amanda Bell Brown Series #2   -     By: Claudia Mair Burney
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Death, Deceit, & Some Smooth Jazz, Amanda Bell Brown Series #2

Howard Books / 2008 / Paperback

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Forensic psychologist Amanda Bell Brown is busy---turning 40, watching TV, and nursing a broken heart. Life looks better when former boyfriend, police lieutenant Jazz Brown, wants to reconnect. But there's one tiny problem---he's accused of murdering his ex-wife. As the body count rises, Amanda has to wonder if Jazz really is a killer! 320 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1416551913
ISBN-13: 9781416551911
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Series: Amanda Bell Brown

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Publisher's Description

Amanda Bell Brown is a woman on the edge.

How's a woman supposed to nurse a broken heart when her pet sugar glider is driving her batty, or is that squirrelly? The deafening tick of her biological clock and having no Jazz to soothe her makes Amanda Bell Brown one frazzled forensic psychologist.

When Lieutenant Jazz Brown shows up at Amanda's door unannounced, her heart competes with her head as she struggles to do the right thing. Jazz says he wants to reconnect and make their relationship work. But there's just one tiny problem: his ex-wife is found murdered -- in his apartment.

Now Amanda has to strap on her sleuthing shoes -- the cute gold pair -- and work against time to discover the truth, both for herself and for Jazz. But as the body count rises and surprising clues begin to surface, Amanda wonders if anyone can know the heart of a man -- especially her man.

Author Bio

Claudia Mair Burney is the author of the Amanda Bell Brown mystery series and the young adult Exorsistah books. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, five of their seven children, and a rabbit. Visit her blog at RagamuffinDiva.blogspot.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Claudia Mair Burney has created a genre all her own: sassy mystery. Burney's engaging writing and interesting characters, coupled with a sexual tension unprecedented in inspirational fiction, put this novel in a league of its own." -- Lisa Samson, Christy Award-winning author of Quaker Summer and Straight Up
"Claudia Mair Burney knows how to make the most heartbreaking things funny as she stares down the truths we turn away from. Every Amanda Bell Brown mystery leaves me looking deeper into the mysteries of God and deeper within myself." -- Marilynn Griffith, author of Pink, Jade, Tangerine, Turquoise, and If the Shoe Fits
"It's official: I'm a Claudia Mair Burney fan. Fan? Make that addict. It's all here: the snappy dialogue Burney is famous for, vivid characters, deep spiritual probing, and the combustible combination of Bell and Jazz." -- Siri Mitchell, author of The Cubicle Next Door and Chateau of Echoes
"Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz intrigues and inspires and leaves you feeling like you've spent the evening in the company of a good friend." -- Stacy Hawkins Adams, author of Speak to My Heart and Nothing But the Right Thing

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 6, 2009
    Robyn
    One of my new favorite authors! A passionate, love story, but full of humor too. I literally laughed out loud more than once while reading this book... Can't wait to see what is next from Ms. Burney!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 14, 2008
    Barbara
    5 Stars!! Absolutely brilliant! I went through so many emotions while reading this book: laughter, sadness, anger, joy, compassion. (Now that's when you know you got something good when you experience all kinds of emotions!)I often caught myself laughing out loud even while in public places. That's right! This book was like an American Express card. I did not leave home without it! Then again, I finished reading it in 3 days. It took that long only because little incidentals like sleep and work got in the way! I absolutely loved it and even got a little upset when I realized that I was coming to the end of the book. Thanks for providing a little "taste" of what's to come in Book #3. I even called to see when the sequel would be available. What in the world is a Sugar Glider.
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    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 12, 2008
    Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    The storyline was complex and well-thought-out. She had me really going there. The sugar glider just took the cake. I loved every scene and chapter. The usual tension between hero and heroine was present, but this time it culminated.The author is a master at the "think of the worst thing that could happen, and make it happen" concept. Man, she had my head turning so often I got whiplash! I have to say, though, that more than once I wanted to slap Bell for messing with Jazz's head. Then again, I totally understood her "issues" that prevented her from accepting love from anyone, and her doubting something that seemed too good to be true. I was with Bell all the way and felt her confusion as well.Being a social worker and having done counseling with many hurting people for years, I have to say that the author had the criminal psychology portion of the story perfected. The insight into Kate's messed-up past was flawless. Either the author did a lot of research, or she is really gifted with wisdom and insight into human character and dysfunction. Every scene was highly believable and amazing. Tension building all the way, but with interjected humor so hilarious that I laughed out loud more than once! Great way to keep the story moving along. Also, the sensual humor totally captivated me. Not to overuse the term, but that was also hilarious, and very honest, IMHO.The biggest thrill in this story came when I figured out who killed Kate, and I WAS SO RIGHT! The author left just enough clues to point in the direction of the killer, but did so very slowly, and with absolute perfection. Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz is masterful writing and highly entertaining. The takeaway value of this story is what made me love it so much. Plus, the mystery was compelling and complex. Man, the details involved in the plot were plentiful and so well-done it had me reeling. But I loved every minute of it.
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