Motion for Murder

Jamie Winters Mysteries

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From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a laugh-out-loud mystery that is so funny it should be a crime…

  Jamie Winter loathes her job as a secretary in the sleaziest law firm in New Jersey. Trouble is, someone else loathes the whole firm—enough to kill one of the partners, the two-timing, eleven-fingered king of lowbrow television commercial spots, Dougie Digits. Now, Jamie is being strong-armed into investigating by Dougie’s frosty widow, Hilary. The suspect list is long, including the firm’s bookish paralegal, embezzling bookkeeper, ambitious associate, and resentful senior partners. Add to that list a mélange of oddball clients with grudges of their own, and Jamie has her work cut out for her.  With assists from her studly landlord and husband-hungry sister, Jamie uncovers enough dirt on her coworkers to launch a tabloid in her hunt to find the killer...before he or she strikes again!


Jamie Winters Mysteries:

Motion for Murder – book #1

Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story

Death of a Diva – book #2

Motion for Misfits (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

The Sassy Suspect – book #3

Verdicts & Vixens – book #4

A Playboy in Peril – book #5 


 

"Move over Stephanie Plum—there's a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer's office could be so funny?"

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

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About the author

From her first discovery of Nancy Drew, USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey has had a lifelong love for mystery and tales of things that go bump in the night, especially those with a twist of humor. Through many years of working in the court reporting and closed captioning fields, writing has remained a constant. If she's not in front of a keyboard, she can be found reading, working out or avoiding housework. She's a member of Sisters in Crime and lives in the Northeast with her husband and a menagerie of very spoiled pets.

Visit Kelly online at: http://www.kellyreyauthor.com/

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Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Feb 16, 2015
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Pages
228
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ISBN
9781940371412
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes the second laugh-out-loud installment in her Jamie Winters Mysteries …

 

Psychic medium Dorcas Beeber is brash, obnoxious...and dead. Unfortunately for legal secretary Jamie Winters, she arrives at the psychic's studio for a reading only to find the victim apparently killed by a blow from her own crystal ball. And things only get worse when Jamie suddenly finds herself the prime suspect in the murder. It's clearly a setup, but Jamie's only clue to the real killer's identity is a black SUV parked near the scene of the crime. Desperate and running out of time, Jamie enlists the help of her landlord's eccentric teenaged niece, Maizy, as her unlikely sidekick to help wade through the pool of disgruntled clients, a family with divided loyalties, a creepy ex-boss, and incriminating news reports to find the real killer...before Jamie's future includes a jail cell!


Note: This book was previously published under the title "Motion for Malice."


Jamie Winters Mysteries:

Motion for Murder – book #1

Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story

Death of a Diva – book #2

Motion for Misfits (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

The Sassy Suspect – book #3

Verdicts & Vixens – book #4

A Playboy in Peril – book #5

 

"Move over Stephanie Plum—there's a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer's office could be so funny?"

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

From New York Times, USA Today and #1 Kindle bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a new take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes...

Martha "Marty" Hudson has it all...almost. While her best friend, Irene Adler, is a dot-com millionaire many times over, Marty's days are filled with working as a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, crashing various courses and lectures, and dodging the rent collector at her crummy apartment. But when Marty suddenly finds out that a long-lost aunt has left her a Victorian home at 221 Baker Street in the heart of San Francisco, she's hopeful her luck is about to turn around! Okay, so the Victorian is run down and probably in need of more repairs than Marty could ever afford, but at least it's a link to family. However when Marty starts sifting through the contents of the dilapidated home, she realizes her aunt's death may not have been natural...and might have been a case of murder! Taking her suspicions to the grumpy Detective Lastrade  and the uber-hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, only gets her a pair of doors slammed in her face. But Marty and Irene don't give up that easily. Instead, they invent fictitious private investigator, Sherlock Holmes, to open those doors for them! Between Marty's eclectic class-crashing knowledge and Irene's tech know-how, "Sherlock Holmes" investigates an over-the-hill yoga teacher, mob shops in Chinatown, pot dispensaries in the East Bay, and a slew of suspicious characters. But when the killer returns—this time with Marty in sight!—even the great Holmes may not be able to save her...at least not without a little help from the girls.

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #2


What critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:

 

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."

—Chicago Tribune

 

"Stylish...nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"

—Publishers' Weekly, starred review

 

"Smart, funny and snappy...the perfect beach read!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

"A roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"

—Romance Reviews Today

From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes another laugh-out-loud installment in her Jamie Winters Mysteries …

 Just when legal secretary and reluctant sleuth Jamie Winters thinks life has settled down and her prospects are looking up...murder catches up to her again!

 Kay Culverson, a low-budget cable talk show host and diva extraordinaire, is found dead in her office after alienating not only Jamie’s boss, Howard Dennis, but also her own agent and every employee in the studio. When Howard falls under suspicion, his wife asks Jamie to investigate. While she's not exactly excited at the prospect of solving another murder, Jamie isn't thrilled with the idea of losing her job either. So with the help of her hot landlord Curt and Curt’s feisty teen niece Maizy, Jamie's on the case! But she soon finds herself dealing with a whole cast of suspects, including a shady agent, a group of anti-government geeks, a light-fingered ex-con, and a mysterious hitman for hire named Z. It couldn’t possibly get any worse…until it does. And suddenly Jamie wonders if this next case may be her last!


Note: This book was previously published under the title "Motion for Madness."


 Jamie Winters Mysteries:

Motion for Murder – book #1

Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story

Death of a Diva – book #2

Motion for Misfits (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

The Sassy Suspect – book #3

Verdicts & Vixens – book #4

A Playboy in Peril – book #5


"Move over Stephanie Plum—there's a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer's office could be so funny?"

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

From New York Times, USA Today and #1 Kindle bestselling author Gemma Halliday comes a new take on the legend of Sherlock Holmes...

Martha "Marty" Hudson has it all...almost. While her best friend, Irene Adler, is a dot-com millionaire many times over, Marty's days are filled with working as a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, crashing various courses and lectures, and dodging the rent collector at her crummy apartment. But when Marty suddenly finds out that a long-lost aunt has left her a Victorian home at 221 Baker Street in the heart of San Francisco, she's hopeful her luck is about to turn around! Okay, so the Victorian is run down and probably in need of more repairs than Marty could ever afford, but at least it's a link to family. However when Marty starts sifting through the contents of the dilapidated home, she realizes her aunt's death may not have been natural...and might have been a case of murder! Taking her suspicions to the grumpy Detective Lastrade  and the uber-hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, only gets her a pair of doors slammed in her face. But Marty and Irene don't give up that easily. Instead, they invent fictitious private investigator, Sherlock Holmes, to open those doors for them! Between Marty's eclectic class-crashing knowledge and Irene's tech know-how, "Sherlock Holmes" investigates an over-the-hill yoga teacher, mob shops in Chinatown, pot dispensaries in the East Bay, and a slew of suspicious characters. But when the killer returns—this time with Marty in sight!—even the great Holmes may not be able to save her...at least not without a little help from the girls.

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #2


What critics are saying about Gemma Halliday's books:

 

"A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."

—Chicago Tribune

 

"Stylish...nonstop action...guaranteed to keep chick lit and mystery fans happy!"

—Publishers' Weekly, starred review

 

"Smart, funny and snappy...the perfect beach read!"

—Fresh Fiction

 

"A roller coaster ride full of fun and excitement!"

—Romance Reviews Today

From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes the second laugh-out-loud installment in her Jamie Winters Mysteries …

 

Psychic medium Dorcas Beeber is brash, obnoxious...and dead. Unfortunately for legal secretary Jamie Winters, she arrives at the psychic's studio for a reading only to find the victim apparently killed by a blow from her own crystal ball. And things only get worse when Jamie suddenly finds herself the prime suspect in the murder. It's clearly a setup, but Jamie's only clue to the real killer's identity is a black SUV parked near the scene of the crime. Desperate and running out of time, Jamie enlists the help of her landlord's eccentric teenaged niece, Maizy, as her unlikely sidekick to help wade through the pool of disgruntled clients, a family with divided loyalties, a creepy ex-boss, and incriminating news reports to find the real killer...before Jamie's future includes a jail cell!


Note: This book was previously published under the title "Motion for Malice."


Jamie Winters Mysteries:

Motion for Murder – book #1

Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story

Death of a Diva – book #2

Motion for Misfits (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

The Sassy Suspect – book #3

Verdicts & Vixens – book #4

A Playboy in Peril – book #5

 

"Move over Stephanie Plum—there's a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer's office could be so funny?"

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes another laugh-out-loud installment in her Jamie Winters Mysteries …

 Just when legal secretary and reluctant sleuth Jamie Winters thinks life has settled down and her prospects are looking up...murder catches up to her again!

 Kay Culverson, a low-budget cable talk show host and diva extraordinaire, is found dead in her office after alienating not only Jamie’s boss, Howard Dennis, but also her own agent and every employee in the studio. When Howard falls under suspicion, his wife asks Jamie to investigate. While she's not exactly excited at the prospect of solving another murder, Jamie isn't thrilled with the idea of losing her job either. So with the help of her hot landlord Curt and Curt’s feisty teen niece Maizy, Jamie's on the case! But she soon finds herself dealing with a whole cast of suspects, including a shady agent, a group of anti-government geeks, a light-fingered ex-con, and a mysterious hitman for hire named Z. It couldn’t possibly get any worse…until it does. And suddenly Jamie wonders if this next case may be her last!


Note: This book was previously published under the title "Motion for Madness."


 Jamie Winters Mysteries:

Motion for Murder – book #1

Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story

Death of a Diva – book #2

Motion for Misfits (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

The Sassy Suspect – book #3

Verdicts & Vixens – book #4

A Playboy in Peril – book #5


"Move over Stephanie Plum—there's a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer's office could be so funny?"

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

From USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes the next hilarious Jamie Winters Mystery …

 Legal secretary and sometimes-sleuth Jamie Winters thought she'd seen it all... until now.

 When Oxnard Thorpe, the Adult Diaper King of New Jersey and one of Parker, Dennis’s most important clients, is found dead in the swimming pool of his sprawling mansion on his wedding night, his bride gives Jamie and her teenaged sidekick, Maizy, the green light to find the killer. Could it be the faded society maven, the bridesmaid for hire, the harried housekeeper, Oxnard’s embittered twin siblings, the surly wedding planner, the groom’s sketchy colleague, or even the not-so-blushing bride herself?  Just when it seems things couldn’t possibly get more confusing, they get an assist from Eunice Kublinski, the firm’s timid new attorney with a morbid fear of public speaking—which makes things much, much worse! If Jamie doesn't unravel the truth quickly, she may just be next on the killer's list!


 Note: This book was previously published under the title "Motion for Mischief."

 

Jamie Winters Mysteries:

Motion for Murder – book #1

Mistletoe & Misdemeanors– holiday short story

Death of a Diva – book #2

Motion for Misfits (short story in the "Killer Beach Reads" collection)

The Sassy Suspect – book #3

Verdicts & Vixens – book #4

A Playboy in Peril – book #5

 

"Move over Stephanie Plum—there's a new girl in town! Jamie Winters is smart, sassy, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Mix one fun mystery, some fantastic romantic chemistry, and witty quips throughout for a sure-fire winner! Who knew a lawyer's office could be so funny?"

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

 

"Rey delivers an impressive, well-plotted and well-written... treat that leaves readers eager to whet their appetite with all of Jamie Winters' wacky investigations!"

~ Diane Morasco, Long Island Book Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Gemma Halliday and USA Today bestselling author Kelly Rey comes a story about Sherlock Holmes, two savvy female detectives, and one chance to catch a killer and the hot Dr. Watson at the same time…

 If there's one thing Martha "Marty" Hudson can't say no to, it's her best friend Irene Adler. So when Irene's little white lie about a fake detective named Sherlock Holmes turns into a real case from an actual paying client, Marty is all in. But their simple missing person case takes a deadly turn when the missing "person" ends up being a missing corpse. Rebecca Lowery was an opera singer in life and, according to her sister, who hires the famous detective to find her, a diva with capital D. When her body goes missing after a supposedly accidental fall, Marty and Irene can think of several people who might want the diva to disappear permanently—especially if her missing body is actually hiding evidence of her murder. Is it the boyfriend with a temper and a shady record, the jealous understudy who's now stealing the show, the creepy undertaker with possible ties to the underworld, or the estranged sister herself who now inherits everything? Marty and Irene aim to find out, even while trying to keep cool around the hot ME, Dr. Watson, and dodging questions from the Irregulars blogger, Wiggins, about the mysterious man behind the name Sherlock Holmes. Will the ladies be able to pull this one off? Or are they in over their heads…and possibly about to take their own final bows?

 

The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde – book #1

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Diva – book #2

 

What critics are saying about The Marty Hudson Mysteries:

"This is a terrific new series featuring modern updated Sherlock Holmes characters. I've been looking forward to reading this book as a fan of Sherlock Holmes and I was not disappointed."

—A Cozy BookNook


"One of the most anticipated of the fall releases happens to be one of THE BEST of the fall releases! Halliday and Rey have joined forces to create a SUPERLATIVE new cozy mystery series that will leave readers clamoring for more."

—Blogcritics, Diane Morasco


"This well-written book is loaded with fantastic, lovable characters.  Marty's story is full of humor, mystery and suspense."

—BookLikes 

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