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Death Makes the Cut

(Jocelyn Shore #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  70 reviews
The first bell of the new school year hasn't even rung, and Texas high school teacher Jocelyn Shore is already at the scene of a murder. Friend and fellow teacher Fred Argus has been found dead on campus, and it isn't long before the annoying, albeit attractive, Austin police detective Colin Gallagher uncovers evidence that Fred might have been selling drugs to students. S ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies, mystery
A cozy based in Austin, Texas.

When the tennis coach at her school is murdered, Jocelyn Shore starts poking around. There's a lot going on at the school. A film is being shot, the drama club is out of control, and all the usual stuff that happens at a school. Jocelyn has the usual messy personal life, and meets the super cop who can't catch a cold/ potential boyfriend.

I felt like the climax/solution was a little lacking compared to other cozies, but still worth reading.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The second Jocelyn Shore mystery is just as much fun as the first, just as lyrical and comic, just as well written. You have to do without the magic of Egypt, but Janice Hamrick can create her own magic in her native Austin, Texas. Building A of Bonham High is as gloomy and foreboding as any ancient temple complex. But there is a big difference in the books: in Death on Tour there is so much fun to be had, you can think of the whodunnit format as an extra bonus, while in Death Makes the Cut you
Lisa Kay
★★★★ Love this series. The writer is great. It kept me guessing till the end. I was fixated on the wrong suspect! Ugh. Doesn't happen often, but it all made sense in the end. ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Jocelyn is back in Austin, ready to start the uneventful school year as she has planned, teaching French and History. Well, it doesn't do according to her lesson plan when she finds her mentor and fellow History teacher, Fred, dead in the school's tennis office. Enlisted to take over as tennis coach, she thinks the police aren't doing enough to catch the killer, especially when the police suspect him of selling drugs. Jocelyn
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first thing I do when I read a mystery is to try to figure out "who done it" as early as possible. Well, that didn't workout so well for this book because I think all three of my initial theories were wrong. Death Makes The Cut was full of witty dialogue, strong characters and lots of turns that will keep you guessing. I really liked the school setting because it gave you a multitude of motives and suspects without any of them being too obvious. Throw in just a touch of romance and you have ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The wait is finally over. Death Makes the Cut is the sequel to Janice Hamrick's Death on Tour. It continues the story of Jocelyn Smith as she returns to her job in Austin Texas as a teacher and again stubbles upon another mystery. She discovers the death of fellow teacher and tennis coach Fred Argus. Several of the charaters from the first book return. Jocelyn's look alike cousin Kyla, and Jocelyn's Dallas based boyfriend Alan continue to add humor, romance, and tension to the story. New charact ...more
Katherine Decker
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jocelyn Shore is back at it again. She's back home and getting ready for the start of the school year. Her biggest concerns will be lesson plans and grading, or will they... Murder once again manages to creep into her life and quickly Jocelyn is coaching tennis and solving crime. Add in an attractive and persistent Detective Colin Gallagher and you have the makings of a great, and somewhat romantic murder mystery. Janice Hamrick has written a great follow up to Death on Tour and I can't wait for ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Solidly in the cozy mystery category. Pleasant enough read, but too easy to guess major clue points. On the other hand, sometimes you just don’t want to work that hard. Bonbon, anyone?
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, texas
On the last day of summer vacation history teacher Jocelyn Shore is busy getting her classroom in order awaiting the onslaught of the more than 2000 Austin, Texas teenagers who will be saying goodbye to a hot steamy summer and beginning a new school year. Jocelyn hears the loud voices of what appears to be an abusive confrontation between Fred Argus, fellow teacher as well as the tennis coach and a typical unrealistic parent who thinks his freshman son should be team captain (Really?) and she ru ...more
Roxanne Kade
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was a quick, easy read, with an exciting murder mystery which kept me on my toes. Jocelyn Shore’s life turns upside-down the minute Fred Argus is found dead in the school tennis shed. After a rumor starts that Fred’s murder was the result of a drug deal gone wrong, Jocelyn makes it her mission to clear his name. This only leads to more trouble as she is thrown into a twisted web of lies, blackmail and embezzlement.

The story could have very easily become predictable but it didn’t. I wa
Thomas Hamrick
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that this series is one of the best series I have ever read. I absolutely love it and couldn't put it down for one moment. What I especially like about this author is how her use of such descriptive words paints such a vivid picture in your mind, it is like you are transported to the scene and are sitting in the corner with your little bucket of popcorn and bag of M&Ms watching the story unfold.

This book follows Jocelyn Shore to her hometown of Austin, Texas. In this town
Kat (Why Read)
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-reader, arc
Death Makes the Cut is book two of the Jocelyn Shore series. I first discovered this series last year when I came across a copy of Death on Tour on the “NEW” shelf at my local library. This is a mystery series that offers all the drama like the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries but without the paranormal. Jocelyn is a high school history teacher who can’t help but get mixed up in solving untimely & bazaar murders. In book one she ran into trouble while vacationing in Egypt. In Death Makes the Cut ...more
❂ Jennifer
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I wasn't sure I'd read this one, after reading Death on Tour, the first in the series. It was good, but it didn't really grab me and I found it hard to get excited about the characters. I especially had an issue with Jocelyn's cousin Kyla. So Death Makes the Cut sat on my TBR pile for quite some time before I made myself pick it up today. I'm awfully glad I did - a great improvement in my opinion! Kyla still has moments of shallowness, but she's *much* more likeable and it's now more evident why ...more
4 1/2 stars. Jocelyn is home in Austin preparing for the start of a new school year. One of her favorite history teachers is also the tennis coach and is known to everyone as Coach Fred. Fred has been teaching and coaching for years and is known to be loved by pretty much everyone. So when he turns up dead, everyone assumes that it is natural causes (Fred was a major smoker). But when evidence shows that Fred was murdered and that drugs might be involved, Jocelyn is determined to find the murder ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Janice Hamrick is a new to me mystery author so I was very excited to read this book. You do not have to have read the first in the series, Death on Tour, to enjoy Death Makes the Cut.

This novel is set around the activities at the high school in Austin, Texas where Jocelyn works. Jocelyn Shores, a teacher who loves her job, is plunged into a mystery at the beginning of the school year when a fellow teacher is murdered. Complications occur in Jocelyn's personal life when she meets handsome detect
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, fun read. Continues where the last book, Death on Tour, leaves off, but it's not necessary to have read the first book to enjoy this one. It's the last day of summer right before school starts, and Jocelyn Shore gets caught up in a murder, in clearing a friend's name, and even getting involved in a film shoot at her school. The characters are sharply defined without being stereotypes. This mystery is more complicated and layered than the first one -- even if you figure out many of th ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2012
Jocelyn Shore is beginning a new school year as a history teacher. Her boss, the head of the department and the tennis coach, turns up dead in the tennis shed on the first day of school. It's hard to keep the rumors about how he did from swirling around campus. That's not to mention the introduction of a new character, the detective in charge of the investigation. He will only complicate matters for Jocelyn in regards to the possible murder and her personal life. This was another witty novel by ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Janice's Hamrick's second Jocelyn Shore mystery is as good as the first, although very different in place and tone. This time, Jocelyn has returned home to Austin, TX after her world tour of Egypt, ready to begin a new school year. As everyone readies for the beginning of school, fellow teacher and tennis coach Fred Argus is found dead right on the school campus. Jocelyn is determined to find out what happened to her co-worker. Her cousin Kyla remains a great side-kick for Jocelyn and some new c ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"Death Makes The Cut" is by far one of the best modern mystery novels I have read. I absolutely loved this book- it was smart, funny, and downright entertaining. The main character, Jocelyn Shore, is a strong and independant woman, yet is not without her flaws and insecurities that make her refreshingly human. This is a wonderful mystery novel filled with suspense, humor, friendship, and even romance, everything a good book needs, as far as I am concerned. If you love a good mystery, you have go ...more
Patricia Reed
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I laughed, I cried, I ached and I poured over this cozy in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down. jocelyns luck runs to both extremes and she weathered on with the help of the new to the series hottie detective who actually has a sense of humor and a libido which he acts on. priceless in my book. I am waiting anxiously to learn the answer to the ultimate question - who does she pick. and will it involve finding another body to do it.
Shirley Worley
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won a review copy of this book through Goodreads giveaway, and I really enjoyed this book. It has everything I like: a little mystery, a little romance and a little humor. The characters were very likeable, down to earth, and easy to relate to. The plot flowed nicely and kept a nice pace, which made it quick to read. I especially liked the ending, which left you hanging in air. I will definitely place this author on my list of future reads.

Melissa Sargent
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was fun to read! The writing flowed seemlessly. I enjoyed this writer's story very much. I didn't read the first book in the series so it worked as a stand-alone book. Although you knew there was another one, the charactors wern't difficult to understand. I am looking forward to more by this author!
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jocelyn is getting ready for the new school year. She hears loud voices and finds a man arguing with her friend and fellow teacher Fred. Later, Fred is found dead. Jocelyn is devastated and determined to help find the killer.
Julia Wilson
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. A realistic portrayal of the first weeks of school. Made me "anxious" for school to start.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Laughing just like the first book. More review to come soon. Just hurry and order it. You won't regret it
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great find that I won through a Goodreads giveaway. This novel had everything from romance, mystery, and humor. This was a perfect summer read; I look forward to more from Janice Hamrick.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Clever story set in an Austen, TX, high school. Very well done.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads First-Reads Giveaways. It was entertaining, funny, and worth reading. Especially if you are into murder mysteries!
Kathy Klimpel
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent mystery by an accomplished writer!
Dina Tanners
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute mystery with logical solution. It was great to read when I was under a lot of stress during a major but temporary move.

At the end of the book, the main character has two suitors. She makes the logical, most realistic decision given all the stress she has been through.
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Janice Hamrick is the award-winning author of DEATH MAKES THE CUT (2012) and DEATH ON TOUR (2011), which won the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur Books First Crime Novel competition and was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Janice lives in Austin, Texas, with three dogs and cat, and when she is not writing, she spends her time traveling, planning to travel, or plotting murders (usuall ...more

Other books in the series

Jocelyn Shore (3 books)
  • Death on Tour (Jocelyn Shore, #1)
  • Death Rides Again (Jocelyn Shore #3)