Murder in Half Moon Bay, Book 1

Murder in Half Moon Bay, Book 1

By Nancy Jill Thames

  • Release Date: 2012-12-07
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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Description

All Jillian Bradley wants is to spend a quiet weekend by the ocean and enjoy her afternoon tea. But a startling discovery draws her and garden club friends into solving a mystery that threatens her life and changes her future.The unlikely team helps the chief of police uncover a series of mysterious events that lead to solving several murders, both past and present.

Could the murderer be the mean spirited conference director? Perhaps it's the wealthy widow on the make for her next husband; or maybe the killer is the haughty businesswoman who shows no regard for her brow beaten-husband.

"Murder in Half Moon Bay," Book 1 in The Jillian Bradley Mystery Series, introduces Jillian's little companion 'Teddy,' a Yorkie who falls prey to danger but rises to become a sleuth dog in the next book.

Reviews

  • Murder in Half moon Bay

    5
    By Judy1941
    The book was very good. Couldn't wait to see what happens next.
  • Nancy Drew grew up and got a dog

    1
    By Amigo73
    I felt like I was in 4 the grade again and reading a Nancy Drew novel. Weak plot, insipid details, secret rooms and laughable forensics make the entire premise of a garden club sleuth and her Yorke solving crimes for the local police more fitting the YR genre than an adult audience. If you are over 12 save your money and time.
  • A good read

    5
    By dill-fitz
    really like this story , it's great to read a clean mystery or romance book, thanks for sharing this,
  • Murder in Half Moon Bay

    4
    By LovinLife/5
    This is my first Nancy Jill Thames murder mystery. I believe that I would enjoy another. I like that she works with the police and her garden club friends this gives a more diverse perspective. I do like the characters including her dog. I'm looking forward to her next novel.
  • Murder in Half Moon Bay

    1
    By 08ibelieve
    I really wanted to like this book, as I have been to Half Moon Bay many times. I enjoy reading books that take place in familiar settings. However, this novel was so poorly written, I had to force myself to finish it. There were so many instances of details that did not fit, that one had to wonder if the author had an editor. The protagonist, Jillian Bradley, seemed better suited in a British story than one taking place in Northern California. She was a journalist who wrote a gardening column, yet the police chief accepted her as a colleague while solving a couple murders that took place at the Carlton Ritz Hotel during a gardening conference. Yeah, right. I'm sure that would happen in real life. The author seemed obsessed with eating, as that's about all the characters did when they weren't checking out each other's clothing. Valley girls turned middle age with a few murders thrown in. I would not recommend this book to any reader who is used to finely honed murder mysteries.
  • Interesting characters

    2
    By Cindysnap
    This book could use an editor, but the basics are all there. I liked the characters and the religious bit was not overdone. The little dog is a nice touch.
  • Unrealistic

    1
    By BeanNickyBarnes
    I had high hopes for this book, but ended up disappointed. One, it was far too drawn out. 100 pages in and you're still not to the point of the book, which is found in the book's description. Two, this has to be one of the most unrealistic books I have ever read in my life. What detective, a police chief especially, would allow some random woman from his crime scene to tag along and question suspects with him? Are you kidding me? The author has Jillian behaving like she's the chief of police and it's not at all realistic. In one part she's actually walking around the crime scene and asking the real chief questions like he works for her. I thought it was ridiculous. Also, I found the language and tone of the story to be very unnatural. I definitely would not pay for anything from this author.
  • Murder in Half Moon Bay

    1
    By Mmhz
    Shallow story, not well written, very amateurish.
  • Contrived characters and plot in a beautiful setting

    2
    By noelish
    I wanted to like this book because I have been to this resort. I really tried to like it. In the end the very contrived plot, stilted dialog and unreal characters trumped the interest of the setting. I would not want to hang out with Jillian and her friends. I do not believe the Chief of Police would have included her and allowed her to ask questions of witnesses. No credibility was built for that. And I, for one, am a female who does not take her jewelry off first! I am sure there are many others. (She also leaves her dog alone in the room way too much.) Sorry.
  • Highly recommend!

    5
    By JTA0502
    Great book, I hated to put it down. I can't wait to read the next one :)

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