J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work... She's not only in the mortuary business, but she's also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it's up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up... The residents of Bloody Mary are dropping like flies, and when a popular mystery writer shows up on J.J.'s doorstep with plans of writing his new book about the Bloody Mary Serial Killer, J.J. suspects the writer might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine-tinglers he's so well known for.
It only clouds the issue and puts her reputation on the line when the attraction between them spirals out of control. And passions are rising... J.J. and Jack are in a race against time. They discover each victim had a shocking secret, and the very foundation of J.J.'s life is in danger of crumbling when it turns out she's harboring secrets of her own-secrets that make her the perfect victim in a deadly game.
©2011 Liliana Hart (P)2013 Liliana Hart
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 17-02-16

absolutely brilliant

gripping story with twist and turns u will never guess. loved it all the through

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3 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 03-07-18

Bit of a mess

Too many issues with this book: A town of only 2000 residents contains a police force which includes four detectives, as well a funeral director, a bank, a garage, a local GP, a hotel and numerous other businesses. The town sheriff ignores his team of detectives and instead carries out a murder investigation accompanied by his (female) best friend, who is the local mortician and part-time coroner. This mortician jumps into bed with a visiting celebrity author who is inexplicitly attracted to her, even though we get zero chemistry between them and we are constantly reminded of how badly she dresses. Furthermore, within minutes of meeting him she shows him the naked dead body of a murder victim, the next day she brings him to a fresh murder scene and a day later has him helping her dress the body of another murder victim. She was completely unprofessional and even admits buying drug supplies from an illegal vendor, as though this was nothing serious (Hello? people have been killed from taking illegally sourced medications!) She is upset when her lover refuses to make a long term commitment only four days after they first met and accuses him of using her. What? The story then introduces masses of unsolved murders from all over the country (which were never explained) and the mortician, with no evidence whatsoever, suddenly suspects her best friend (the Sheriff), and then jumps to suspecting her lover. The real murderer has to give a looooong speech to explain how he did everything and why he did it, because absolutely no evidence pointed to him and I could not even remember who he was from a brief appearance earlier in the story. This book was all over the place and I actually found the h unappealing, the romance unconvincing and the story a mess.

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3 out of 5 stars
By A. Moose on 10-03-15

Promising mystery, but lousy romance

What would have made Dirty Little Secrets better?

More mystery, less sex and constant talk of sex. I found this book in the modern detective section of mysteries. I had no idea that it would be half mystery half really bad Harlequin Romance.The main character is a coroner investigating several murders, yet 75% of her thoughts and conversation revolves around sex, how long it's been since she's had sex, and hen she will have sex again. It was boring pretty quickly.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The murderer was a surprise. The why was a bit contrived, but it was pretty well thought out.

Have you listened to any of Laura Faye Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No this was my first book narrated by Ms. Smith. She was good and had very good control of her characters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dirty Little Secrets?

Everything involving the mystery writer, Brody. I liked him and he could have added to the story as an outsider and possible suspect. But Brody was only treated as a warm body for the main character to objectify.

Any additional comments?

The main character is supposed to be a 30year old doctor, but her internal monologue and actions are more in line with an 18 year old. In one scene she moans about how she has to be cheap in buying groceries and worries about 30 dollars sending her over her credit limit.

In the next scene she buys a cashmere dress, accessories, and underwear from a high end store for her date with Brody. She doesn't' t look at price tags and then notches lunch from Jack because her life is depressing and she's so poor.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 27-07-13

Like a pilot for a tv series...

This book for me is similar to a pilot for a tv series - the characters and the plot are just getting settled into their roles and there are moments where they don't feel "firm". There are a couple of times where I felt something was off with the characters, but by the second book the author had the flow and characters down pat.
This book is a short one at just over 5 hours. It might come across as a bit rushed for some so I give that warning, but I feel it's a good start to the series and I liked it enough to purchase the second book.
I will say there are no clues as to who the murderer is throughout the story. *cheeky grin* But you do meet him early on in the story. This is something a little different for me as most mysteries I listen to have clues and I can guess them with accuracy pretty early on. So it was a refreshing change.

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