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Fireworks in Paradise: A TJ Jensen Mystery

Fireworks in Paradise: A TJ Jensen Mystery

Written by Kathi Daley

Narrated by Coleen Marlo


Fireworks in Paradise: A TJ Jensen Mystery

Written by Kathi Daley

Narrated by Coleen Marlo

ratings:
4.5/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Oct 10, 2017
ISBN:
9781515987833
Format:
Audiobook

Description

While on vacation in South Carolina, TJ Jensen receives a call that her father has been left in a coma after a devastating car crash. Back home in Paradise Lake, TJ learns the accident that killed family friend Judge Harper and left her father clinging to life wasn't an accident at all—someone cut their brake lines. To make matters worse, her friend and police contact, Deputy Roy Fisher, is working with a new partner who has no intention of letting TJ anywhere near the case. Facing an investigation more explosive than the annual fireworks show, TJ enlists the help of her best friends to unravel the mystery, all the while navigating a new romance and the thought her father may never wake up.

Publisher:
Released:
Oct 10, 2017
ISBN:
9781515987833
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

USA Today bestselling author Kathi Daley lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband, Ken. When she isn't writing, she likes spending time hiking the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home. She has authored more than seventy-five books in eight series including: Zoe Donovan Cozy Mysteries, Whales and Tails Island Mysteries, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries, Writer’s Retreat Southern Seashore Mysteries, Rescue Alaska Paranormal Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Mysteries.


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  • (5/5)
    Fireworks are not the only thing in the air. At the end of her last adventure, a working vacation on Gull Island, TJ has an amazing kiss with close friend, Kyle. Then she gets an emergency call to return to Paradise Lake. Her father has been seriously injured in an accident and may not survive.Family comes first in every Kathi Daley series. Friendship a loyal close second place with Love snuggling in closely behind. From first book through each addition we love watching the characters grow, develop and mature at their own pace.This book is very family focused.Having had a good working relationship with local law enforcement in the past, even though TJ has solved more murders than the officials, there is a new deputy in town. One who has her own reasons not to accept help from amateur sleuths. I see her and TJ butting heads frequently in the future. TJ and Kyle have to put figuring out their relationship on the back burner while they figure out who caused the accident that injured her father and killed a good friend. This gives TJ's former boyfriend, Dr. Hunter, a chance to reflect on what he may be missing.The murder investigation seems to be moving forward until TJ's dad awakens from his coma and remarks that murder may not have been the motive. That allows for many more suspects. So many variables in play. This book is a mixture of emotions and relationship issues and dealing with change. If you have lost a loved one you may find yourself unexpectedly tearing up. The ending is quite exciting and dangerous.I accepted this book through Netgalley for review.
  • (3/5)
    This was my first book by Kathi Daley and this was the 8th book in the series. The book was a decent read. However, I was not able to really get into the main character, T. J. She seemed pretty flat to me. I'm not sure if that was because the character was more developed in the earlier books or not.And, for me, she was a little annoying in her attempts to find out what had happened in the accident that almost killed her father, but did kill his friend, the Judge.I definitely found T. J. too annoying and bland to bother going back and reading the other seven books in the series.Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • (4/5)
    **SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD**Tj's on vacation in South Carolina when she receives a call telling her that her father's been in a car accident and might not make it. Hurrying home, she discovers he's in a coma, and Judge Harper, who was driving, was killed. She also discovers it wasn't an accident - the brake lines were cut; meaning someone wanted the judge to die...Roy Fisher, deputy assigned to the case, has no problem with Tj's help in solving it, since she's helped him many times before. But this time is different - he has a new partner who wants nothing to do with 'civilians' and threatens to report Roy if he allows Tj and her friends near the case.But Tj isn't giving up. After all, he father was nearly killed, so this hits close to home. When Tj and Kyle, her new boyfriend, start investigating on the sly, they discover that the judge was looking at several old cases that weren't resolved the way he thought they should be, and wanted to reopen them again.Could any of these people have caused the accident? If so, she's got her work cut out for her, since she also has to help run her family's resort for the Fourth of July weekend and worry about her father until he's out of danger. But will she discover the truth before the new deputy - Kate - discovers what's going on and arrest her for obstruction?While I enjoyed the book for the most part, I don't understand why anyone would tell the new detective that Tj investigated crimes. She's not a PI, not a police officer, so really she has no business doing so at all. Yet her friends - and Roy - seem proud of that fact and naturally, it rankles the new detective.Secondly, I didn't like Kate at all. She's too hard-nosed to be a police officer. She has no compassion, understanding or humor in her, and she seems like the type of person that would arrest someone for sneezing in her direction. She's ungrateful to boot. Not a nice person and I couldn't see any redeeming qualities for keeping her in future storylines.Aside from that, there were several subplots going on at the same time - the Fourth of July festivities, Tj's new relationship with Kyle, and family drama, along with trying to find out who the murderer is. There's no lack of suspects, and Tj has plenty of help from townspeople to get any information she might need.When we finally discover who the murderer is, there is no sympathy for the killer. In fact, one feels he pretty much deserved everything that happened to him. While this book was more family centered than mystery centered, it was still an interesting way to spend an evening. Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Fireworks in Paradise is the 8th book in Kathi Daley’s Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, and it’s another winner. Kathi Daley writes from the heart, and it shows. She is a prolific author with many active series, and while they are all different and have strong individual storylines, what they all have in common is characters with heart – and strength and compassion and integrity who will do anything for family and to set wrongs right. Characters who feel so down to earth and familiar you think you have known them all your life. Tj is one of those characters.Tj is on vacation in South Carolina when she learns her father was in a devastating car crash – a crash that left him in a coma and family friend Judge Harper dead. When she learns someone cut their brake lines she realizes this wasn’t an accident at all, and she’s off and running to investigate. Not an easy task considering her friend and police contact, Deputy Roy Fisher, has a new partner who will not tolerate civilian interference. But Tj is brave and determined, if a little reckless, and she and her best friends are not to be stopped, even when Tj finds herself in danger.It’s a good mystery, with the added bonus of a brand-new romance with her long-time friend, Kyle. In addition to her spunk, we get to see Tj’s softer side, which is fun to watch. And there’s also a little tie-in to another of Kathi Daley’s terrific series, the Writers Retreat Southern Mystery series: Tj and the clan have just returned from Gull Island.I thoroughly enjoyed Fireworks in Paradise. Kathi Daley’s characters seem so real you feel you are spending a day-in-the-life. No pretense, just real people we can relate to. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley.