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Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz (Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries, No. 2) [Paperback]

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Having ended a relationship with a married man, a brokenhearted Amanda Bell Brown struggles with trust issues when he begs her to change her mind, a situation that is further complicated by his wife's untimely murder. Original. 40,000 first printing.

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Amanda Bell Brown is a woman on the edge.
How's a woman supposed to nurse a broken heart when her pet sugar glider is driving her batty, or is that squirrelly? The deafening tick of her biological clock and having no Jazz to soothe her makes Amanda Bell Brown one frazzled forensic psychologist.
When Lieutenant Jazz Brown shows up at Amanda's door unannounced, her heart competes with her head as she struggles to do the right thing. Jazz says he wants to reconnect and make their relationship work. But there's just one tiny problem: his ex-wife is found murdered -- in his apartment.
Now Amanda has to strap on her sleuthing shoes -- the cute gold pair -- and work against time to discover the truth, both for herself and for Jazz. But as the body count rises and surprising clues begin to surface, Amanda wonders if anyone can know the heart of a man -- especially "her" man.

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Pages   381
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.28" Width: 5.48" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Howard Publishing
ISBN  1416551913  
EAN  9781416551911  

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Pay Attention  Mar 2, 2010
Just wanted to make note that the Text to Speech feature for the kindle is disabled, so if your visually disabled or just like to have the book read to you, find someone who can read it to you.
Good if you like soap operas  Jan 17, 2010
Overall the story was a good one, but a lot of the emotion was overwrought. Yes, Amanda Bell had a very abusive relationship in a "toxic church," but her incessant obsessing over a dead ex-wife's bra size and her unwillingness to trust the word of the supposed "love of her life" when it was pretty apparent that he could not have done the murder he was being framed for got tiring after awhile. I began skipping over the sections of endless soul searching to get to the moving forward portions of the story. If Jazz could go to counselling weekly, why couldn't Amanda Bell get with the program and go too?

Without reading the first book and understanding Amanda's background, the character definately would just appear whiney and looney, especially the scene after her wedding night, so read "Murder, Mayhem and a Fine Man" first.

Once again, plot, story itself, characters, and yes the sugar glider, were all entertaining -- just would have liked a little less self-centered whining. A woman in her mid-thirties with a psychology degree one would hope would treat a guy better than that!
Intriguing  Jul 13, 2009
I love this author and the Amanda Bell mysteries I will be purchasing the next one of course! If you need something to read that will keep you, try Mrs. Claudia Mair Burney's work!
--  Jun 14, 2009
Death, Deceit, and some Smooth Jazz
By Claudia Mair Burney
Review by Roseanna White

It's amazing what can get in the way of a good relationship these days--careers, differing opinions, dead ex-wives. . . . For Bell and Jazz, they just can't seem to catch a break. Bell resorted to buying an exotic pet for love and companionship, but no sooner does she get the little beast home--and get attacked by it--than ex-boyfriend Jazz shows back up in her life. One small problem: he's the prime suspect in his ex-wife's homicide. Once again Dr. Amanda Bell Brown, forensic psychologist, steps into the role of sleuth and sets out to annoy and cajole the police department into solving this crime the right way--as in, not letting the real murderer frame the man of her dreams.

Death, Deceit, and some Smooth Jazz is the follow-up to Burney's first novel, Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man. This time around it's Jazz who's dogging our narrator, professing love and a desire for a relationship. But Bell's running scared. Her low self-esteem and overactive hormones leave her totally confused about who she can trust and what Jazz's motives really are. Is he only in her life now because she's his alibi? Can she really compare to the beauty of his ex-wife in his mind? The questions keep on coming and the action keeps on twisting, and Bell keeps on sleuthing until she gets her answers--even if the price is alienating all of her friends.

My feelings on this book are mixed. It had a great narration, and the mystery was fantastic, but I kinda felt like Bell and Jazz kept kicking each other when they were down. They'd get something together only to forcibly rip it apart, and while I'll grant the reality of it, by the end I felt like shaking both our narrator and her true love and screaming, "Just be honest and get on with being happy!" Still, if you liked the first one, I'm sure you'll love this one, too. I haven't yet had the chance to read Burney's first novel, so there was some history I'm still not sure of, but other than having to read between the lines here and there, Death, Deceit, and some Smooth Jazz stands alone.

I also have to caution the very selective reader: subjects such as sex and homosexuality are very much present, some of them discussed and some of them just there, and the characters' dialogue is very realistic--not profane, but definitely nitty-gritty when it comes to bodice-ripping passion. I personally have no problem with this, since the whole point of it is the struggle to maintain sexual purity, but it might be too much for some. It's also not the best choice for someone who wants a definite happy ending; the mystery is well resolved, but the personal conflicts are left hanging wide open, undoubtedly because this is but number two in an ongoing series.

Overall, I'd say the witty narration and plot as twisted as Bell's hair extensions make Death, Deceit, and some Smooth Jazz a must-read for lovers of chick-lit mystery, especially if you like ones with an ethnic flavuh.

Jazz Fan  Dec 17, 2008
Amanda Bell Brown hooked me in the first book Murder, Mayhem & A Fine Man. She is a successful psychologist with a quick wit and great attention to detail. Death, Deceit and Some Smooth Jazz leaves you wanting more and ready for the sequel. I was disappointed in Amanda's reaction to Rocky and I found her continuous insecurities disturbing. My fingers are crossed in hopes that the next book brings this troubled couple together to solve this and other crimes and put the bad guys away! Ms. Burney is an excellent author and I intend to read the entire Amanda Bell Brown series as it becomes available.

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