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Death by Didgeridoo

(Jamie Quinn Mystery #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  478 reviews
alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00GVJ4WOY

Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies tha
Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published (first published November 22nd 2013)
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4 stars to Barbara Venkataraman's Death by Didgeridoo, her debut novel in the "Jamie Quinn Mystery" series about a lawyer who investigates murders while protecting her clients from all the trouble they encounter. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is a very short read to introduce you to the main characters, setting and background -- definitely worth the read to give you a taste for what's to come in the series.

When Jamie's cousin Adam, a 22 year old with Asperger's Syndrome, is accuse
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jamie Quinn is a thirty-something lawyer specializing in divorce cases. She is completely broken after the death of her mother and spends her time staying at home. As a side note: I really wish I had a life where I could afford to stay at home instead of going to work when I feel like it. A phone call from her aunt finally makes her to take some action. Her nephew is accused of a murder of a former rock star. The nephew has Asperger’s Syndrome. The victim had lots of enemies. Jamie has no clue a ...more
Thanks, Duke! I still think Adam knows something. I'm going to watch his hypnotherapy session tomorrow morning. Why don't we touch base after that?’

‘Darlin', you can touch anything you want. I wouldn't mind a bit.’

This is bright and breezy, the first of a series. Jamie is an attractive young lawyer in Hollywood – no not star-studded California, but a Florida town - and to help her find out more about a case, she’s hired Duke, a bit of a rough and ready private investigator with a colourful
Robin (Bridge Four)
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 What the Heck is a Didgeridoo Stars

So it is December and if your life is anything like mine it means that you are extra busy with real life and your reading time drops significantly. It also means that we are coming to the end of the book challenge for goodreads and I’m barely on track this year. So what is a girl to do? Well she finds some stories that might be a little shorter and she can fit in easily between all her other life obligations.

Enter Death by Didgeridoo a short story mystery a
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!! Very original. Who would have thought of ridding the world of a jerk with a didgeridoo? I've thought of using other musical instruments, like a piano, and the damage I could do with a tuba, but not a didgeridoo. The writing is top notch! Can't wait for the next one.

Reread July 2018 — another visit with Jamie and the gang. I love when Jamie and Duke butt heads. He is such a great character!
Helen Power
This is such a cute and fun mystery! The tone is light and the mystery is irresistible, which are two critical ingredients for a delightful cozy mystery.

I absolutely loved how much Jamie cared about her cousin, Adam, who was accused of murder. I genuinely felt for him and her need to protect him, even if she isn’t technically the right type of lawyer to do so.  The mystery itself is quite smart, and despite the short length of the book, (only around 111 pages) there were enough suspects and twis
Carolyn Walsh
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short enjoyable cozy mystery with humour and interesting characters. Just the book I needed to relax between eye surgeries. Jamie is a reluctant lawyer lacking a social life. She lounges around her home with a cat which doesn’t like her. Her mother recently died and she doesn’t know her father, except she had been told he was a bad man.

A call from her distraught. aunt gets her out of the house. Her 21-year-old autistic cousin has been arrested for the murder of a rock star, Spike, who was al
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although it rarely happened that I'd come to read novellas, I've never really read any book of the same length and with similar dynamics as Death by Didgeridoo. The first thing that hit me is the brave decision by the author to make the heroine of her cozy mystery an orphan. That is a rarity. The identity of Jamie's father itself is a mystery that may or may not be solved in the next book of the series.

The author wrote her book well. By that I mean 'compatible with me as a reader'. I've been b
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I think I have finally found an attorney that has my sense of humor, inability to sleep, and a confusing home life.

Her name is Jamie Quinn. She is a divorce lawyer that is called in to help out a young cousin in trouble. She rushed to his side and the story begins to take shape from there. The mystery was easy to follow and with the help of Duke, the lady killer private eye, the facts started building and making sense

This is my first time reading Barbara Venkstaram. I am already moving on to boo
Kathi Defranc
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick introduction to the life of a lawyer who, after the death of her Mom, can't seem to put any effort into living her life! Lazing around her house with a cat she doesn't even like, not leaving at all for weeks on end. Until a call from her aunt, her autistic cousin has been arrested for murder!!!
Jamie is a family lawyer, luckily her best friend is able to assist her to be ready to head to the police station, with some idea of what to say and do. A great, quick story that has some interes
Jamie Quinn was still struggling from the death of her mother only six months before – she’d left her job and unable to sleep found each day melded into the next. So the morning her Aunt Peg called, frantically leaving a message on her machine, Jamie was shocked and horrified to learn her cousin Adam had been arrested for the murder of his music teacher, Spike. Adam suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome and Jamie knew he wasn’t capable of hurting anyone, especially someone he cared for.

Jamie enliste
Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
So, the first book in the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection… and it definitely won’t be my last!! The fact that the book is a little over 100 pages and I had to CUT DOWN the… 15 or so quotes that I WANTED to use for the book?? I can’t usually find that many usable quote in a book that’s 400 pages!

Now, I can’t decide who is more my spirit animal… Jamie?

“My name is Jamie Quinn. Jamie isn’t short for anything; my mom just thought it was a good name, one that offered more opportunities than say Courtne
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
DEATH BY DIDGERIDOO is exactly what a “Cozy Mystery” should be, crazy characters with lots of quirkiness, a little bit of humor, a little romance with no violence or very little anyway. The only thing wrong with the story is I didn't want to stop reading. I could have read for another two hundred pages and got more into the characters lives. Duke is a hoot and I couldn't stop smiling at the silly lines he threw at Jamie! It was an enjoyable book to read. Jamie Quinn, her relatives and friends ar ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gifted me by the author in exchange for a review. I am separating the first out from the three-novel compilation so I can review it, _Death by Didgeridoo_. Following are my prior notes, along with comments after reading the first book.
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On Chapter 8 already. This is great! I had a good feeling about this book. It is written by an attorney, and as a former legal assistant, I know that lawyers are often good writers since so much of the work is composition. It is set in Hollywood, Florida,
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Death by Didgeridoo is a great start to a new series! Jamie Quinn is a young attorney who is bereaving the loss of her mother to cancer. To add to her grief, Jamie finds out her cousin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, has been accused of the murder of a former rock star. Jamie feels compelled to come to the aid of her cousin and starts investigating. Jamie is a likable main character. She is smart, devoted to family, witty and determined. Her friends and colleagues are likable and well developed. A ...more
MissBecka Gee
Quick and fun read.
Jamie Quinn is a highly likable character with a level head on her shoulders.
I'm excited that there are more cozy mysteries to be had with her!
Much thanks to Barbara Venkataraman for my DRC.
C.  (friends, please call me by name)
**Remembering our beautiful white boy, Love, physically gone two years ago, it is hard to believe. We miss him!**

Barbara Venkataraman approaching me as a reviewer was a rare treat. Canada is sometimes excluded from mail-outs. Her début mystery title "Death By Didgeridoo", 2013, stands out. I wondered how this Australian woodwind instrument would fit. The next surprise is humour. Barbara has penned humour and also fantasies, another genre I like. Hang onto your hat: she is a lawyer of family law,
Bam cooks the books ;-)
A short and entertaining cozy mystery that introduces Jamie Quinn, a family lawyer who has recently lost her mother as well as her path in life. She receives a frantic call from her Aunt Peg, telling her that her autistic son Adam has been taken into custody for questioning. He was found standing over the dead body of his music teacher and may be their prime suspect. Could Jamie come to the police station immediately to help?

Not being a criminal lawyer, Jamie is understandably nervous to represe
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a unique cozy mystery, in the sense that the book started off with the mystery. And along the story, the main character and her personality was uncovered. I liked Jamie Quinn's character and her inner monologue/thoughts were quite funny. The mystery was short and kept me interested. Duke was sleazy and funny, it both repulsed and amused me :D He reminded me of a guy who I studied with in college. The friendly chemistry between Duke and Jamie was quite enjoyable. Overall, the story was g ...more
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
I received a copy of The Jamie Quinn Mystery Series 1 - 3 from author Barbara Venkataraman in exchange for my honest review.

Death by Didgeridoo is Book 1 in the series. I had to look up what a didgeridoo was and was kind of shocked when my iPhone knew what I was typing only a few letters in. Like, it was an actual real thing? ;)

We meet Jamie Quinn, an unemployed lawyer, who is grieving the loss of the mother. She receives an unexpected call from her Aunt asking her to meet her at the police stat
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
When her cousin Adam who has Asperger's Syndrome is accused of murder, his desperate mother begs Jamie to help her. Jamie is a lawyer, though divorces and custody disputes aren't much in the way of preparation for acting as a lawyer in a criminal case. Still she races down to the police station and somehow manages to bluff her way through, getting Adam released into the care of his mother, but without another suspect it won't be long before the police come calling.

The District Attorney thinks h
Cindy Burnett
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death by Didgeridoo was a quick, fun read. Jamie Quinn, the main character and sleuth, has an entertaining personality who comes up with a variety of great expressions and comebacks. I was particularly interested in reading this mystery because you do not see a didgeridoo in the title for many novels, mysteries or otherwise. My parents lived in Australia for four years and own a didgeridoo so I was truly intrigued by the title. The mystery lived up to the intrigue and was a satisfying story with ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a quick and neat, yet satisfying mystery, this is it. I normally choose cozies that revolve around food so I wasn't sure if I would like this. However, it was excellent. It is short and the author does a great job of including important details and interesting narrative while keeping the story moving at a quick pace. I read this in less than an hour and I was still able to connect with the main character on an emotional level. I will be reading the next book.

The author pr
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Death by Didgeridoo by Barbara Venkataraman is the first book in the Jamie Quinn Mystery series. When her autistic cousin is accused of the murder of a former rock star, music store owner, divorce lawyer Jamie is forced to investigate, teaming up with an unconventional detective, Duke. A short, quick mystery with terrific characters. Jamie is likeable and smart and is able to ask for help when needed. A nice introduction to the series.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun read - I really enjoyed the quirky story - and loved the accused, Adam, who has Asperger's. My grandson has this so like to read books that have functioning people with this condition. The characters were all likeable, especially Duke, a loveable and mischievous PI; his dry and humorous comments made me chuckle out loud quite a few times. I would certainly read more in this series if I come across them. ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a satisfying and fun to read mystery that's a little shorter than what I am used to but I liked it for that. It was a really great story about Jamie, a divorce lawyer, who is called on to represent her autistic cousin Adam who is accused of killing his music teacher. Poor Adam thinks he actually did it so his therapist tries hypnotism and that seems to work for making him feel like it wasn't his fault.

In the meantime, Jamie gets Duke, a not-so-on-the-up-and-up P.I. to do some inves
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jamie Quinn is still recovering from the death of her mother when her cousin Adam lands himself in serious trouble. Jamie’s aunt begs for her help in defending the murder charges Adam finds himself charged with – the death of his good friend and a former rock star. Jamie is not happy about this as she’s a family attorney, not a criminal one. However, she can’t let her cousin languish in jail for a crime she knows he didn’t commit.

Adam suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. In his anxiety at seeing hi
Tango With Text
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
While enjoying a hiatus-from-life after the death of her mother, family lawyer Jamie Quinn is asked by her aunt to prove her son innocent of murdering the local music store owner.

I enjoyed this story from beginning to end! Although short, the characters and situations are so well described that I did not feel short-changed at all. A well thought out plot, an unexpected murderer, interesting supporting characters, and set in a town that feels like it’s next door. This fast-paced story flows from
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, series, american, cozy
A light-hearted, fast-paced cozy mystery starring Jaime Quinn, an incredibly realistic, witty, flawed, and ultimately believable character. Jaime's voice, often laughing at herself or her situation or sharing a joke with the reader, drew me in immediately and kept me alternately giggling and close to tears as her story unfolded. Unlike some cozies, there was not a glut of characters to keep track of, which made it a little too easy to figure out the bad guy, but also meant that you got to know t ...more
Carole P. Roman
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick book that reads almost like a television program. Jaime Quinn is a depressed family lawyer, recuperating from the loss of her mother. She is called by her aunt to help with her disabled cousin who has been charged with murder. The characters from Jaime to the hard boiled, drunk PR and her bright and helpful friend are somewhat cliche. The case gets resolved in just the way one expects. In spite of that, I liked both the main character and the style of the writing. The author's light sarc ...more
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Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. Her works include: "The Fight for Magicallus", a children's fantasy; "If you'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place", a humorous short story; and three books of humorous essays: "I'm Not Talking about You, Of Course," "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities," and "A Smidge of Crazy", from h ...more

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