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Peril in the Park

(Jamie Quinn Mystery #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  184 reviews
There's big trouble in the park system. Someone is making life difficult for Jamie Quinn's boyfriend, Kip Simons, the new director of Broward County parks. Was it the angry supervisor passed over for promotion? The disgruntled employee Kip recently fired? Or someone with a bigger ax to grind? If Jamie can't figure it out soon, she may be looking for a new boyfriend because ...more
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Published June 3rd 2013
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4 stars to Barbara Venkataraman's Peril in the Park, her third book in the "Jamie Quinn Mystery" series. I chose to read the electronic version to see if I could switch mediums, but it is also offered as an audio book and in paperback. I imagine the audio book with Duke's personality would be a really fun way to spend a few hours before bed or on your lunch break!

Jamie takes on her third mystery alongside friends Grace and Duke where she helps her boyfriend Kip determine who is the "Park
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let us talk parks, shall we?
Parks can be colorful and beautiful:
colorful park
Parks can be mostly monochrome and no less beautiful:
monochrome park
Parks can be very big:
big park
But do you know what lurks in parks at night?
day and night park
Kip does not and this knowledge is a part of his job description: he is new director of Broward County parks. I think I got ahead of myself. I need to start from the beginning. Last book ended with Jamie Quinn - the series heroine - reconnecting with her high school sweetheart Kip Simons.

Kip just took a job I m

Kip Simons, director of Broward County parks and Jamie Quinn’s boyfriend was feeling the pressure of his new job. Kip and Jamie had recently reconnected after knowing each other when they were much younger – they rekindled their relationship and so Kip’s problems meant Jamie wanted to help him sort them out. There was a ‘park vandal’ who was determined to make Kip’s life difficult – the latest attempt was a rather large message which had been mown into the grass of one of the parks. But the
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jamie's boyfriend finds himself at the centre of plots and politics in the Park Service. Someone is vandalising the parks he is responsible for and sabotaging his career. Then someone is murdered at a Renaissance Fair and it becomes even more important to track down the culprit and put him away.

The Jamie Quinn series (at least the first three books) are all novellas. Very short hit the road running mysteries. That can cause problems with character and story development but book three, Peril in
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Renaissance Fair! How much fun would that be? I wanna go! Well, maybe not to the same one Jamie went to.
Great book! More Mayhem less Murder. Yay! Especially loved finding out who the 'park vandal' is. Genius choice.

Reread July 2018 — excellent book! Poor Kip has a lot to learn about women. But our girl, Jamie will keep him straight. Also, I love the relationship between Jamie, her dad and step mom. So sweet! I’m also loving the audio! 🎧
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book a few moments ago and it, once again, had everything I like in a cozy mystery. I have to admit that this story felt a bit more complicated than the previous ones. I always try to find the culprit and this made it more difficult to find suspect(s). My brain had to work overtime. :)
Apart from this, the main ingredients remain : fun, only a small handful of bad 'guys' and a writing style that is very enjoyable.
The private life of our main character is developed even more and w
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four stars to the third installment of the Jamie Quinn Mystery series, Peril in the Park. Jamie’s boyfriend Kip is the new Director of Broward County Parks. He is wrestling with the “machiavellian politics of upper management,” park vandalism, disgruntled employees, and a dicey land development deal. But that is not all on his plate. There are also ominous, anonymous emails and a mysterious murder in the park rounding out this suspenseful novella. This is a fun read.
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Thanks to the author. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I really, really thank the author for sending me these first three books of her series because I enjoyed the reading immensely! If you are in need of a book to take with you to the beach, or anywhere you want while you are sunbathing or relaxing, well search no more!

When I started the first book I was thinking to give it a try and then read the next two after some weeks (I was planning to read some other book
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jamie's boyfriend, Kip, is having trouble at work. He is the new director of Broward County parks, and someone is trying to make his work life miserable. Between dealing with vandalism in the parks, disgruntled employees, and a land development deal, Kip's hands are full. Along with wanting to help Kip with his work woes, Jamie also helps her father try to obtain his US citizenship.

The third book in the Jamie Quinn Mystery series. I read this as part of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection: Box S
Diana Hockley
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable, as were the first two books in the series. I like Jamie and her mad PI Broussard, and her boyfriend is well drawn. As always, the author has chosen a straightforward investigative style, complete with wit and charm. The characters are energetic and well presented, the pacing is just right. The author has skilfully shown Jamie's life as a divorce attorney without allowing it to side-track the investigation of Kip's problems in the park.

A side story from the previous novel i
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Park Rangers and INS
Book three of the Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection finds Jamie’s sometimes boyfriend Kip in need of a lawyer. Setting conflict of interest aside, Jamie must help his find out who is vandalizing park property and solve a murder all while trying to find out why her recently found dad cannot get a visa to the United States. The mystery is solved will the help of a few twist and turn. This gentle mystery will give you no nightmares.

I received this book free from the author. I was
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-girl-reads
Review at Cozy Girl Reads
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
I enjoy Jamie Quinn as a series character.

In Book 3 she is back and her boyfriend, Kip, is in a bit of work trouble (someone is not happy that he is the new Park Director). Jamie finds herself working with her favorite PI, Duke, to find out who has been following Kip and her, after she received a threatening email. Oh, and someone was murdered at one of the parks and it may be related to this troublesome person who is following Jamie and Kip. What is going on?! Will Duke figure it out?

Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This review is based on a digital copy I received from Author Barbara Venkataraman. It is an honest and voluntary review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

This story is told from the point of view of Jamie Quinn. She is an attorney who has had her hand in solving mysteries with the help of private investigator Duke. She is currently dating Kip Simons who was her ex-boyfriend from high school but had recently come back into her life. The Author did a wonde
Jessica Andersen
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Peril in the Park is the third book in the Jamie Quinn series. I received the book from the author to review.

I enjoyed the first two books in the series, but they did feel a little more like a novella than a novel, they were a little on the short side. However, I didn't mind the length because it didn't necessarily feel like she was leaving anything out. The third book feels like a full length novel. The characters are more fleshed out, she's showing us a lot more of Jamie's personality and Jam
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an exciting, wild ride. The Broward County Parks are getting vandalized. Jamie receives a threatening email to warn her boyfriend Kip to back off – back off of what exactly? A dead body is found at the Renaissance Fair and an elephant is abused. How could all these occurrences be connected, if they even are….
While Jamie is trying to help Kip finding out what is going on in the parks she also hopes for her Dad to finally get to come to the US. Together with her friends Grace and Duke th
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Peril in the Park by Barbara Venkataraman is the 3rd book in the Jamie Quinn Mystery series. Jamie's boyfriend Kip Simons is having problems with a park vandal and the two of them are threatened by a stalker who is involved in the murder of a PI during the Renaissance Festival. I enjoyed this quick read and I love the characters. Jamie has a great group of supportive friends.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Jamie and her boyfriend, Kip get into many problems trying to figure out who is causing destruction to the town's parks. Also, in this book, Jamie learns more about her missing father. This is third book in the series, and so far,my favorite.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With her career as a lawyer going even better than just a few months earlier plus being in a happy relationship, Jamie Quinn really likes the direction her life has taken after a spell where she became unfocused. She and boyfriend Kip Simons were together years ago, and now that he is back in the area as the local county park director, they have reconnected. When mysterious threats began occurring at his work sites and even Jamie is sent a warning, they know finding the culprit responsible is ex ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I didn't realise when I began reading this series that Death By Didgeridoo was Venkataraman's first ever mystery story. While good, it did have some rough edges and I have appreciated watching this author hone her style as her series progresses. In this third volume Jamie Quinn has convincingly found her voice. Peril In The Park is certainly the most accomplished to date. I enjoyed unravelling the two park-related mystery strands, especially
Mel Ann
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Life for Jaime and Kip is moving along and her relationship with her long lost dad and his wife is strong. Still dealing with the INS to get him back to America is becoming trying. And a new threat brings the unconventional team of friends together with a few plus one's.

It seems that after the passing of Jaime's mother, trouble seems to surround Jaime. After receiving an email threatening her life if Kip doesn't back away from a project a full fledged amateur sluething investigation is underway
Jeanie Harper
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am thoroughly enjoying this series. Jamie is a hoot as a lawyer, and, her friends are just as eccentric as she is.

Her Dad sounds like a wonderful man, and Kip, sounds totally dreamy.

The mystery of the goings on with the Parks department, Kip and the action created by the e-mail sent to Jamie is totally familiar. Having been stalked myself, I know how unsettling this can be.

Loved the issues with Duke and his ex-wife and Jamie`s screaming match with her in the bathroom.

On the whole, the series,
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Secrets, jealousy, ex-wife returns, dad was married before….what the?

Peril in the Park is the third book in the Jamie Quinn series by Barbara Venkataraman.

We are back with Jamie Quinn and her friends in Hollywood, Florida. It has been three years in Jamie’s time, she is still with her boyfriend Kip, awaiting her father’s return to Florida, and she is still practicing law. Jamie is doing fairly well, she is keeping up with her practice. I have to say that I love when she tells herself its ok to
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m so sad that this is the last jamie novel i have !!!
I will find more !
My nephew is a park ranger so this really hit home , it’s a great story I love how funny and honest jamie is
. I couldn’t put it down !
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another enjoyable Jamie Quinn book! The developing relationships with Kip and her father were great. I liked the vandal and bribery mysteries.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Barbara Venkataraman is a master in the art of plotting and telling a well-rounded mystery in as few a number of pages as possible! And yet, I am not left feeling as though the story should be longer. Told from Jamie’s point of view, the story and the characters all come together in a completely believable way, leaving no loose threads.

Full review at
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 “Peril in the Park” earns 5/5 Jesters at the Renaissance Faire!

Jamie’s love life is “sunny and warm” since a former high school boyfriend is now a current one. Kip Simons is the Director of Broward County Parks. He MBA put him in the corporate rat race which turned out not to be his thing, so he earned a degree in Forestry and Park Management. This new job fits his temperament, but office politics has become a major headache and vandalism seems to be running rampant. Someone seems to be l
Elisa Hordon
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Out of the three books I read so far in this series Peril in the Park was my favourite.
I really loved this one such a great murder mystery. Great story, wonderful characters and a good mystery to solve.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Book 3 “Peril in the Park” earns 5/5 Jesters at the Renaissance Faire!

Jamie’s love life is “sunny and warm” since a former high school boyfriend is now a current one. Kip Simons is the Director of Broward County Parks. He MBA put him in the corporate rat race which turned out not to be his thing, so he earned a degree in Forestry and Park Management. This new job fits his temperament, but office politics has become a major headache and vandalism seems to be running rampant. Someone seems to be l
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I liked it . . . but I didn’t love it.

It’s really too bad because I loved Venkataraman’s previous two books in the series. If I had to guess, I’d say this book went to publishing before it was ready. All the necessary ingredients are in the mix, but it just needed to bake a little longer.

The first twenty percent of the book summarized her two previous books in this series. I didn’t see where it was relevant to the current book. So, for me, it got off to a slow sta
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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", fr ...more

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