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301 pages
Jul 2006

Murder, Mayhem, And a Fine Man: An Amanda Bell Brown Mystery

by Claudia Mair Burney

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Visiting a crime scene isn’t exactly how Amanda Brown – Bell to her friends – envisioned spending her 40th birthday. Of course, she also didn’t picture meeting Detective Jazz Brown, an acquaintance of her medical examiner sister, the one who dragged her into this in the first place. Or imagine that she’d vomit all over the fine man’s expensive alligator shoes after seeing the two corpses.

Her relationship with Jazz is complicated by his repeated statements of unavailability and his need for her advice as a psychologist on the case. The two dead men were part of a cult, something with which Bell has experience. Meanwhile, her pastor asks for her help with a woman at the church’s safe house who went catatonic after seeing the news about the murders. As Bell’s confused feelings about Jazz collide with her traumatic past, life promises to contain more mayhem than she dreamed possible.

With a twisting plot and compelling characters, Burney’s debut novel is a sassy, spine-chilling, and insightful read from start to finish. Because of the mature issues dealt with, the novel deserves a PG-13 rating. If you’re looking for a quirky, redemptive novel, pick up Murder, Mayhem, and a Fine Man.Katie Hart, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Life as a forensic psychologist isn't quite as cool as prime-time television would have us believe, and most of us just don't have closets full of red-carpet gowns and bling. Instead of painting the town red in a drop-dead gorgeous dress, this boring therapist finds herself at the scene of a crime.

Amanda Bell Brown just may know who the killer is. She needs to spill her guts, but not on the lead detective's alligator shoes. A complicated murder investigation unearths not just a killer but a closet full of skeletons Amanda thought long gone. Murder, mayhem, and a fine man are wrecking havoc on her fortieth birthday, but will she survive to see forty-one?