Death By Lotto (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #5) by Abigail Keam

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Published: March 1, 2013

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know who or why. She enlists the help of her childhood friend,
Lady Elsmere, but Lady Elsmere has troubles of her own in
the form of a ne’er-do-well English nephew who’s trying to steal
her estate. Both women turn to Josiah Reynolds, who has just
returned from New York.
Josiah calls Detective Goetz who recommends a shamus named
Walter Neff. Walter and Josiah scour the Bluegrass for answers
that turn out to be deadly. To make matters worse for Josiah,
Fred O’nan is a free man and gunning for her.
Josiah, full of sass and vinegar, meets these challenges head on
with the support of her friends, Franklin and Matt. Will Josiah be
thwarted this time?
Kentucky can be a cruel mistress to the those wanting
justice and exacts a high price for it. Sometimes the “dark and
bloody ground” demands double indemnity.
This is something Josiah knows very well. Very well indeed.

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I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie DOUBLE INDEMNITY, but there is 

a character named WALTER NEFF, who was an insurance salesman and falls head over heels for 

BARBARA STANWYKE’S character. The author used the NEFF name and made the character 

shamus(PI). So much fun. 

Josiah has her hands full in this installment as the man who threw her over a cliff is a free man and is coming after her again. Poor Josiah, will she ever find happiness?  Keep reading this series and find out.

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Death By Bridle (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #3) by Abigail Keam

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Published: March 12, 2012

Josiah is back on the trail of a murderer when she is begged by Shaneika Mary Todd to help protect her son who witnessed a murdered.

Arthur Aaron Greene III is one of Kentucky’s most prominent horse men but he is found hanging from the rafters in a horse barn with stones in his pockets and a bucket of water under his feet. The only witness is a nine year old boy who can’t remember.

Relentless in her pursuit of the killer, Josiah stumbles across years of lies and deceptions that include her dear friend, Lady Elsmere. Josiah discovers that she must go back to 1962 if she is to find out the truth at all, while making the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the lush Bluegrass horse country.

Fighting an unknown enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum mansions. Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a land that keeps its secrets well.

Review –

Another great murder mystery to read at any time. I love the quirky characters and the bonds forming between them.  Give this series a try.

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Death by Drowning (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #2) by Abigail Keam

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Published: February 11, 2011

In spite of having to recover from serious injuries from her fall down a cliff with O’nan, Josiah Reynolds is back to sleuthing. This time her friend, Irene Meckler, asks Josiah to investigate the death of her nephew which was ruled accidental. Irene has her doubts.

Along with her best friend Matt, and Jake Dosh, a physician assistant hired by Josiah’s daughter, Josiah again makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in the mysterious world of antebellum homes, bourbon and horse racing of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.

Review –

At the end of the previous book Josiah goes over a  forty-foot cliff with O’nan, a  disgruntled cop with an axe to grind going back to his college days. Her  injuries were severe in that her body was all but broken in half, broken legs, arms,jaw and teeth and she convalesces for several months.

Once she’s feeling well enough to go home and the doctors agree, she finds herself in another murder (her friend thinks)mystery which will take her again to the edge of the cliff.

I loved this book as much as the first one  and couldn’t wait to turn the pages to see what mischief Josiah and her sleuthing partners get into.

Great series!

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Death By A Honeybee (Josiah Reynolds Mysteries #1)by Abigail Keam

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Published:March 23, 2010

Death By A HoneyBee is a Gold Medal winner from Readers’ Favorite and a Finalist in the USA BOOK NEWS Best Book List of 2011

Josiah Reynolds, a former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a full time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey at the local Farmers Market. She finds her world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim is her competitor and nemesis. The police suspect the brutal death is murder and Josiah is their number one suspect. She is determined to find out who is trying to frame her, along with her assistant, Matt, who is twenty years her junior and gay, and her lawyer, Shaneika, a African-American woman, rumored to be a descendant of a historically prominent Lexington family. Josiah s powerful but secretive daughter pops in and out of her mother s life, pulling strings to protect her mother from danger. Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass, Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum plantation houses, Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets well.

Review –

I have discovered another great, easy-reading series and I fell in love with all the characters so fast that after I finished the first book I HAD to read the next and the next and the next. You get the picture.

Poor Josiah almost dies toward the end of the book and I knew she would survive but I never dreamed how damaged she would be.  The author makes fiction very realistic and that’s another reason that I love the series.  If you enjoy cozy-mysteries add this series to your “to be read” list.

 

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