Date: November 2003
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Mystery / Cozy
Book, and Scandal
Jane Jeffrey Mystery, No. 14
Jane Jeffry has finally finished her manuscript, and attending a
mystery conference is the chance she needs to keep it out of the
drawer permanently. Best friend Shelley Nowack and Jane attend the
writer's convention with plans of learning more about writing. Jane
is also dying to meet some the writers she has read about in a writer's
and Shelly join some really quirky folks at the conference. Zac
Zebra, a reviewer, known and hated by many for his cruel reviews.
Vernetta Strausmann, a loud, obnoxious, e-pubbed writer. Miss Mystery,
a woman bent on spreading nasty gossip from the conferences she
attends. And Sophie, an editor bent on promoting those she prefers
and destroying the chances of those she does not. Needless to say,
Jane and Shelly end up in a mystery when someone decides to poison
one of these quirky, cruel folks and attack another. Lucky for Jane,
her boyfriend Detective Mel VanDyne is speaking at the conference
and it's his information that instigates Jane into investigating
the situation further. Even better, she gets a little help from
one of her favorite writers, Felicity Roane.
Book and Scandal is number fourteen in the Jane Jeffry series.
Churchill spends a lot of time on Jane's personal life, to the point
of exact details on things such as buying a jeep, but she does try
to balance it with a mystery of sorts. There is no murder, only
an attempted poisoning and an attack. Another part of the mystery
is finding out who Miss Mystery is and putting a stop to her malicious
gossip. It looks like Jane's life may be taking a new direction
now that the kids are almost grown. Hopefully this new terrain will
lead to some noteworthy mysteries that will keep the series going.