Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman
Peril in the Park, the third in the Jamie Quinn series has Jamie’s boyfriend Kip, the director of the city parks, trying to figure out who is behind a recent vandalism spree and under pressure from the city council (and a developer) to okay a new skyscraper to be built on wetlands. After being threatened by email and the murder of a PI connected to the threats, Kip goes missing. Jamie rushes to solve the mystery before Kip is the next to die.
This book had a great plot; there were several aspects to it: the vandalism, the murder of the PI and Kip’s trouble at work spilling over into Jamie getting email threats. While it was pretty obvious they were all related (and, I figured out whodunit pretty easily) it was still a gripping read and hard to put down.
As always, Jamie’s humor -mostly about herself- is a big part of the draw. She’s easy to relate to, nearly everyone is a Jamie, or knows a Jamie. And I find that helps to draw me into the story.
The only suggestion I would make on improvement is the develop the secondary characters more. While the character of Duke has evolved a bit in the first 3 books and we know more about his back story, the same can’t be true of the other characters. For me, to embrace the other characters as “part of the family” I guess I need more information on them, otherwise they’re just talking heads.
Overall, a fantastic read in a series I really enjoy. It can be read as a standalone, as prior events are summed up briefly, but I recommend reading the other 2 books in the series.