Murder, Mayhem & a Fine Man   -     By: Claudia Mair Burney
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Murder, Mayhem & a Fine Man

Howard Books / 2008 / Paperback

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For Amanda Bell Brown, turning 40 isn't hard---it's murder! All she wants is to enjoy her favorite TV crime show. But instead she's investigating her own mystery, including two corpses, a hunky detective, a madman, and a gorgeous red dress. Can Amanda save the day, keep the faith, and snag a good man? 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: 1416551948
ISBN-13: 9781416551942
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Series: Amanda Bell Brown

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Publisher's Description

For Amanda Bell Brown, just living her life is murder!

How's a woman supposed to grapple with faith, a fine man, and turning thirty-five when she keeps tripping in her high heels over mysteries -- and not just the God kind?

Amanda Bell Brown knows that life as a forensic psychologist isn't quite as cool as it looks on prime-time TV. But when she turns thirty-five with no husband or baby on the horizon, she decides she's gotta get out and paint the town -- in her drop-dead red birthday dress. Instead, she finds herself at the scene of a crime -- and she just may know who the killer is. She needs to spill her guts, but not on the handsome lead detective's alligator shoes -- especially if she wants him to ask her out. A complicated murder investigation unearths not just a killer but a closet full of skeletons Amanda thought were long gone. Murder, mayhem, and a fine man are wreaking havoc on her birthday, but will her sleuthing leave her alive to see past thirty-five?

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

Editorial Reviews

"Funny, smart, self-deprecating, and strong, Amanda Bell Brown is the best private psychologist-sleuth to emerge in religious fiction in decades." -- Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours
"A sassy, intelligent, church-girl-whodunit romance! Get out the Godivas, wiggle into your fuzzy slippers, and enjoy this hold-your-breath read! Way cool!" -- Sharon Ewell Foster, author of Passing by Samaria and Ain't No River
"Claudia Mair Burney does a great job of blending mystery, romance, humor, and Christian truth to create a story that is hard to put down. I laughed out loud and I teared up, but I never stopped turning the pages. I'm ready for the next book." -- Angela Benson, author of The Amen Sisters
"Murder, Mayhem & a Fine Man seamlessly combines sass, smarts, and spirituality. Burney draws characters you love, and her page-turning storyline integrates faith beautifully into the plot. I absolutely can't wait for book two in the series. Sign me up for the fan club!" -- Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies, Songbird, and Club Sandwich

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 1, 2008
    Sitting down to read Murder, Mayhem, & a Fine Man was very intriguing. It was as if I was sitting down with a girlfriend catching up on her life. Burneys witty writing drew me into the banter between Dr. Bell and her fine man, Jazz. Dr. Brown or those that love her call her Bell is a forensic psychologist celebrating her birthday with her sister. In walks a fine man, a very fine man, Jazz, who is a police detective. The attraction is instantaneous and dynamic. Before the night is over Bell and Jazz are at a crime scene. Bell realizes she may know the killer.The appeal for me is the complexity of the characters with their past issues. I loved how spiritual threads of grace, compassion, and forgiveness with splashes of humor and sagacity weave through the entire story. Burney also tackles two difficult issues facing us today especially in the church, cults and remarriage. Coming from a toxic church myself, it was easy to relate to the abused. But it also gave me hope that you can move past whatever has happened to you even if it is in the church. Like I said, this intricate story is a must read!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 19, 2008
    Rhonda McKnight
    Claudia Mair Burney did the dogone thing! Amanda Bell Brown is a sassy and clever heroine. Sizzling dialogue, authentic description, and ever mounting conflict made it top notch reading. I couldn't stop laughing at the humor, was moved by the underlying spiritual message and was simply delighted to find a really well written novel. I look forward to future titles by this author.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 25, 2008
    Susan Sleeman
    When Amada Bell Brownthirty-five years old, single, biological clock tickingmeets homicide detective Jazz Brown at a murder scene, the second crime of the night happens. Technically, theres nothing criminal about Bell and Jazz finding each other mutually irresistible, even at a murder scene, even after Bell hurls all over Jazzs expensive shoes. But Jazz, a.k.a. Mr. UNAVAILABLE, breaks all laws when he refuses to maintain a professional only relationship with Bell. But its not only Bells exterior that Jazz takes a fancy to. Wanting her skills and training as a psychologist, Jazz hires Bell to help him solve the murder case. This, of course, sets the scene for the couple to spend plenty of time together and leads us into the frightening world of cults. Ill stop here with the plot as I dont want to be a spoiler, but rest assured the remaining plot points make the book well worth the read. Though many suspense books are driven by their plot, and this one is not weak in that area by any means, it is the characters, vividly and clearly drawn through their dialogue and interactions that keep you reading long into the night. Witty, sassy, straightforward diva, Amanda Bell Brown comes to life in the book. Its been a while since Ive read a book where the main characters voice really cemented the character in my mind without any physical description. And, heres the bonus. Not only does Bell live large in this book, she is joined with her fellow cast mates, each leaping onto the page with their dialogue and relationships. Murder, Mayhem, and A Fine Man, is the first in the Amanda Bell Brown Mystery series with to Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz be released in April. Be quick now, pick up Murder, Mayhem, and A Fine Man, so you can savor each fabulous page before Death, Deceit, and Some Smooth Jazz is released
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 19, 2008
    Elysa Mac
    Claudia Mair Burney's book is like a big ole bowl of scrumptious gumbo. Its got plenty of meat and substance, and has just the right amount of sassy wit to season it deliciously! There is a particular scene involving a Southern televangelist that had me chuckling out loud and to this day makes me think of cheese in a slightly different way, an Amanda Bell way. For Amanda Bell is not just smart, but she's funny and authentically down to earth. The spiritual issues that she faces are the kinds of thing that many women struggle with in today's culture... spiritual abuse and toxic relationships, career challenges, body image issues, lust and abstinence. Claudia Mair Burney has "been there, done that" in real life. She's faced her own monsters and fought back through God's grace. She still struggles. She wins some battles and loses others. But she keeps on fighting for her dreams and her faith. She's got the wounds and the laurels that go along with that. As a writer, her works reflect her reality. Her stories are not just made-up tales. Yes, they are works of fiction, but they are still true because they come from her very big heart and her very real life. MURDER, MAYHEM, AND A FINE MAN is a terrific beginning for a wonderful new series, a series that will let us have a peek into Amanda's world as she grows and heals and triumphs...right alongside her creator, the Ragamuffin Diva herself, Claudia Mair Burney.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 13, 2008
    Cynthia Hickey
    Claudia Mair Burney has written the ultimate fun book! Lovers of any genre will laugh out loud during the antics of just turned forty, Bell and her blossoming romance with too handsome to walk the streets, Jazz Brown. The tension and interaction between the characters while working to solve the mystery of what appears to be a cult suicide will have the reader flipping the pages fast enough to cause heavy winds. I had to force myself to slow down so I wouldn't miss anything. Murder, Mayhem and A Fine Man is a must read for readers of any genre. It contains it all: chick lit, suspense, and romance.
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