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Other People's Baggage (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery 0.5)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Baggage claim can be terminal when a computer glitch mislabels identical vintage suitcases. This is what happened after three women with a knack for solving mysteries each grabbed the wrong bag.

MIDNIGHT ICE: When interior decorator Madison Night crosses the country to distance herself from a recent breakup, she learns it's harder to escape her past than she thought, and d
Paperback, First, 272 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Henery Press (first published November 28th 2012)
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this was strange. my Mum was poorly when I won this and a few days after, she passed away. she loved Doris day and had Doris day singing "when your smiling" as we left the crem. the day I got home from the funeral, the book arrived, and who other is featured in the first story, but none other than Doris Day!
I loved this book, my favorite being "fools gold". as the book is made up of 3 interlinking books.
A fantastic highly recommended read!
Terri Austin
I really loved this anthology. Three women, solving mysteries, all connected by a vintage suitcase.

In Midnight Ice by Diane Vallere, a prequel to Pillow Stalk, Madison Night is nursing a broken heart and a busted leg. After a painful breakup, Madison heads to Carmel, CA, to stay in the bed and breakfast owned by her idol, Doris Day. Getting the wrong suitcase from the airport is just the first of many setbacks she faces. There's a mystery afoot, diamonds to be found, and a past that won't leave
Larissa Reinhart
I really enjoyed these fun, fast paced mysteries. Although the interrelated stories shared switched baggage, you received three different female sleuths in three completely different mysteries -- from robbery to murder to a heist -- tripling the enjoyment. Even though the stories had me turning the pages quickly, I never felt short-changed by these novellas. Each one gave me fully developed characters, a lovable protagonist, and an intriguing plot. I also loved the varied locations that added a ...more
“A cozy triple-scoop that tastes divine…the pleasantly contrasting novellas make it easy to finish off a story in one sitting, plus each novella serves as a prequel to the respective author’s full-length work.” – Library Journal
This is the first novella anthology I've read in a long time, and it's a fast, fun read with great mysteries and funny characters. The authors did a great job of flowing the stories from one to the next, and the common thread of the luggage mix-up was great because it saved the reader from having to keep track of a common mystery from one story to the next.

I love Madison Night's savvy juxtaposed with her Doris Day innocence. Super character. This is the first I've read of Elli Lisbon, and I can
I was a lucky Goodreads first reads winner of this book. It came gift wrapped and signed by all three authors. Other People's Baggage is a book that has three interconnected stories. called Novellas. the stories are interconnected when three women accidentally gets each others suitcase. all three are identical.vintage from the 1950s. my parents had suitcases that looked just like these. all three stories have a mystery in them. the first Midnight Ice, by Diane Vallere has Madison, a young woman ...more
Lynn Farris
A major storm combined with a computer glitch strands thousands of passengers at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. ‘Other People’s Baggage’ is really three novellas about women whose lives happen to intersect when they each receive the wrong suitcase. All of them have the same vintage bright turquoise hardback Samsonite suitcase with white trim and metal latches.

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All I can say about this collection is, I could not put it down. Diane Vallere and Kendel Lynn I look forward to more of their work. Gigi Pandian I am and will be forever a fan.

Congralutions ladies wonderfully written!
Gretchen Archer
Please Don't Eat the Daisies meets J.R. Ewing meets Indiana Jones. Other People's Baggage needs to be in Everyone's Stocking. I loved it!
Susan Boyer
This is such a fun read! I loved the concept from the beginning, and these three connected novellas did not disappoint.
I recently won "Other People's Baggage" by Kendel Lynn, Gigi Pandian and Diane Vallere, through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.I must first say that I was presently surprised when I went to open the package, and the book had been gift-wrapped, like a Christmas present.It was a nice touch and made me smile.

This book is about three interconnected Mystery Novellas, that have one common thread, three women who each have a gift for solving mysteries each grapped the wrong bag at the Dallas Internatio
Shel Sanders-prusa
I was one of the lucky winners of this book and I am so glad that I did. It is so amazing to me that three different authors wrote this, a story so intertwined and connected that one would never know. I was finally able to put some time away to read today and open this book this afternoon and finished it this evening. Could not put it down. This interconnected story kept me so enthralled that I barely moved throughout the day and was just content losing myself in this world that was created for ...more
Thank you to Goodreads and the following authors of Other People's Baggage, Kendel Lynn, Gigi Pandian, and Diane Vallere for my copy of their book.

A great concept of three different mysteries being tied together, very original. You'll enjoy each separate story and the way it is connected.
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
A collection of three short stories with an interesting tie: While each story remains a stand-alone, the heroine of each story flew threw the Dallas airport during bad storms on the same day, resulting in each one getting the other's luggage.

Midnight Ice is probably the weakest of the three stories, mainly because the plot premise felt a bit weak and very contrived. Trying to hard to be clever, it just came across as amateur. Switch Back was good, but not strong - not a lot to go on throughout t
It was OK. Since they were short stories there wasn't any build up to the characters. Three stories with one commonality, a vintage Samsonite suitcase. Actually three identical vintage Samsonite suitcases. Also a storm that re-routed flights which caused luggage mix ups. Each woman got someone else's suitcase. Who would think that in this day and age, three different women would be travelling with identical vintage Samsonite. They weigh a ton and airlines charge by weight, don't they? But myster ...more
Most enjoyable 3 party mystery with lost luggage featured as theme connection. Well written, easy read. Plenty of action to keep readers interest.
Nov 16, 2013 Nancy added it
Baggage claim can be terminal when a computer glitch mislabels identical vintage suitcases. This is what happened after three women with a knack for solving mysteries each grabbed the wrong bag.

MIDNIGHT ICE: When interior decorator Madison Night crosses the country to distance herself from a recent breakup, she learns it's harder to escape her past than she thought, and diamonds are rarely a girl's best friend.

SWITCH BACK: Ballantyne Foundation director Elliott Lisbon travels to Texas after in
Norma Huss
Let's face it, I prefer full-length mysteries. There are three shorter mysteries in this book, each connected by lost suitcases. So, the three sleuths had to solve their mysteries without their own clothing. They each did it in a somewhat different way, but that was only a minor part of the story. Each would work without that connection.

It's tricky to write a book that is neither a short story, nor a full one, and that may have been the problem with one of the mysteries - too much plot, because
Ok for a long afternoon of rest, but too flaky and frothy for me--in spite of the lovely Texas settings and folks.
Novellas from three different authors are linked by three similar suitcases. The heroines of all three are flying to different locales when their luggage is lost, and instead of their own clothes, they receive a suitcase belonging to one of the other women. Madison wants to recover from her broken heart in Carmel, even if it's with Elli's clothes. Elli is on a business trip to Texas, where she can't fit into Jaya's outfits. And Jaya is involved in a mystery in London, but Madison's suitcase does ...more
Pamela Mclaren
If you have ever participated in the game where one person begins a story and others add sections to it, you will understand the premise of this light-hearted, charming novel about three women traveling to different parts of the world who end up with each other's suitcases. Each woman is faced with a mystery and along with struggling through not having their own luggage manage to come up with the clever solutions.

A definite series of three cozy mystery novellas that were a joy to read.
This was a fun take on the normal cosy mystery in that we have 3 separate characters involved in their own mysteries built around mixed up luggage. The 3 crime solvers in question are all very different personalities and it was interesting to see that come forth based on the what was in each suitcase. One solved the crime based mostly on observation, one on sleight of hand and the other on family history. They were all fun and I would read more in each series actually.
I got this as a good reads first read. The stories were cute if a little unbelievable and as mentioned in some other reviews, each story was too short to really develop the characters or the plot. I like a mystery that gives the reader a few more clues to put together so you can solve the case along with the detective. Perhaps I should try some of the authors' other work to get the full experience!
I so disliked this book I couldn't finish it. I found the first story so awful that by the time I (finally) finished it and then started the second part of this 3-part book I just couldn't go on. Boring, boring, boring. And how old is Ms Midnight suppose to be 40's or 60's? Who cares, not me.
Disappointing! Poor writing and badly plotted mysteries. None of the three authors had the time or space to accomplish what they wanted, so all of the stories were rushed and unrealistic. 2 stars for an interesting premise.
My rating is only for the novella Fool's Gold. I read Artifact and enjoyed it and discovered the author had written a Jaya Jones novella too. I really liked the story and thought it was as well written as the full length novel.
Glenn Harris
Three interconnected mystery short stories by three different authors, each serving as a prequel for a series. They range from pretty good to very good.
Liked the connecting theme. For me, the individual novellas were hit and miss:
Midnight Ice: 2/5
Switch Back: 2/5
Fool's Gold 4/5
quick and fun. introduced another series I had not yet started. love these little henry press mysteries
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Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. She read her first Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators at the age of seven and has loved mysteries ever since. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. It features Elliott Lisbon, a mostly amateur sleuth who has a slight aversion to all things germy and is only ...more
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