"Murder of a Misfit" A Jamie Winters Mystery limited release novella By Kelly Rey: Review/Giveaway

Review by Kathleen Costa

Gemma Halliday Publishing is doing a “limited” release of some of their fun novellas originally part of the “Killer Beach Read” 2015 collection (now out of print). The next up is the novella Murder of a Misfit A Jamie Winters Mystery by Kelly Rey. It is available on Amazon only from May 23 to July 31 for the low price of 99¢ … or better yet, enter to win an eCopy by making a comment below about (1) your favorite beach destination, (2) best beach memory, or (3) what three things are a necessity for you to have for a day at the beach? More details at the end of this post & a link to purchase it.

Jamie Winters has an up and down employment record with the South New Jersey firm of Parker, Dennis, and Heath, personal injury lawyers whose ads illustrate a reputation best described as cheesy. This may not be a top-notch group in the firmament of the legal community, but it gives Jamie an avenue into her real passion … snooping. Her late-teens assistant Maizy, niece of her landlord and boyfriend Curt Emerson and better known as “Tee,” was excited about investigating various crimes, especially murder, so she set up a business, and now, Pipps Investigations is taking all clients … of course, if they can stay out of trouble.

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Murder of a Misfit
Earns 5/5 Vacation Woes … Entertaining Quick Read!

Jamie’s boss and managing director of the firm, Howard Dennis, offered her a four-day pass at his palatial home on the Jersey Shore for a well-earned vacation, but, of course, it came with strings: be out before the weekend and flood the area with the firm’s business cards. Her young associate Maizy was nearby visiting friends, so it was going to be just her and “are we or aren’t we official” boyfriend Curt Emerson. A bit of sand, a bit of sea air, lots of sunscreen, and maybe some romance. Well, there’s no harm in one dreaming … A romantic walk on the beach turns into a very strange murder investigation. They discover the body of Annie Hollander, a class “misfit” from Jamie’s high school days, partially buried in the sand, but then, it, the body, disappears, and a stranger, “Call me Ernie,” swears the body was stolen by Sasquatch. Only at the Jersey Shore!

A Short Clever Gem!

I love novellas; they start and end in a short amount of time, and you’re off the rest of the day. For Kelly Rey, though, she’s taken the word short and made it huge! This novella in her Jamie Winters Mystery, Murder of a Misfit, is an exciting read with some quirky characters, intriguing clues, some eager, additional help, and the complicated realization the victim felt threatened. But, without a body, the search for answers is slow, and the police are little help. The intrigue continued with Kelly’s entertaining writing style including some snarky banter, generational quirks, and a satisfying, if not shocking, arrest. Whew, fun! Kelly’s female lead, Jaime, is a delightful character with some real-world body-image issues making her easy to identify with, but she’s also clever and determined, and with Curt, they make a formidable team!

Jamie Winters Mysteries series

Motion for Murder (2014)

Death of a Diva (2018)

The Sassy Suspect (2018)

Verdicts & Vixens (2018)

A Playboy in Peril (2018)

Death by Diamonds (2020) KRL News Review HERE

Killer Confessions (2022) KRL News Review HERE

Murder of a Misfit (Reissued 2023)

Be a Big Fan of Kelly Rey!

Like many of us, Kelly Rey’s discovery of Nancy Drew led to her passion for mysteries, and now as a USA Today bestselling author, she’s put pen to paper to write two fun and delightful series. Her Jamie Winters Mystery series is delightful and she also partners with Gemma Halliday to create some engaging twists to the Sherlock Holmes franchise in her Marty Hudson Mystery.

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Be a Big Fan of Gemma Halliday Publishing!

Gemma Halliday Publishing (GHP Website) is a “small, boutique publisher of quality women's genre fiction.” There library of stories have “laughter, heart, and lots of clever plot twists,” with no graphic descriptions, their books perfect for eighteen-year-olds to eighty-year-olds.

 Enter to win an eCopy of the book by making a comment below about (1) your favorite beach destination, (2) best beach memory, or (3) what three things are a necessity for you to have for a day at the beach? or simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "misfit,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen June 3, 2023. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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