e-Murderer: A Jenna Scali Mystery by Joan C. Curtis


First published: September, 2015
My Star Rating: skull_and_roses_avatar_by_kezzi_rose-d66jflvskull_and_roses_avatar_by_kezzi_rose-d66jflvskull_and_roses_avatar_by_kezzi_rose-d66jflvskull_and_darkskull_and_dark

*I was provided a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review*

BLUF: Very cute, but predictable read.

Plot: When Jenna Scali, a psychologist’s assistant, begins receiving emails at work detailing the emailer’s murderous fantasies, she isn’t sure what to make of it. Are these emails from a disgruntled patient? a prank? sincere? A coed is murdered close to Jenna’s apartment and Jenna realizes that her emailer is legitimate. Curious in nature, Jenna is driven to find the connection between her and the dead girl. As bodies begin to pile up, Jenna finds herself in a race to unmask the killer before he kills his next intended target: her.

Story: This story is very cute, what I would consider cozy (almost, the way the killer attacked the coeds may be a bit too much for cozy). It’s a palate cleanser – a good read when you want to unwind and relax.

Characters: Our main players are Jenna and her gay friend Quentin. Jenna is a little headstrong – wanting to solve the case by herself and refusing protection or someone nearby even when she feels she needs it. Quentin is her bff. He’s always around and available and happens to be her belly dance teacher. He’s a good sidekick, really. I haven’t read many books with such a good friendship. (It’s a nice change from hard-headed, loner detectives.)

Um… Really? Moments: After learning that somebody delivered a message to Jenna at home, her boss suggests that “Maybe someone heard about these anonymous e-mails and is trying to scare you” and advises her not to go to the police. Um… Really? I get that he’s trying to protect his business, but a psychologist (of all people) should have concerns over these types of threats. Tsk Tsk…


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