NOW PERMANENTLY 99 CENTS! Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge's Cozy Corner B&B at the Jersey shore, taking her cat Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat from her embezzling ex-husband, just a smart change. She had no idea her life would get even more complicated.
Her work as a real estate appraiser, is hindered by low-life Joe Pedone, who demands that she repay some of her husband's gambling debts. She runs into Michael Riordan, her high school crush. She's not sure which one is more trouble. When she appraises Michael’s mother's house, Jolie finds her dead in bed. Soon the mundane work of appraising real estate and dodging suggestions that she go to the ten-year high school reunion are mixed with calls from reporters, scary suggestions from Pedone, and requests that she help the local busybody with First Presbyterian's social services work. Jolie balances her fear of Pedone, conviction that Michael is innocent, and sometimes uneasy friendship with her long-ago friend Scoobie.
CHECK OUT THESE REVIEWS APPRAISAL FOR MURDER is a snappy read, with all the ingredients of a first class mystery including a sleuth who will engage your heart and mind. ...If you seek a new mystery series with a protagonist who will win your heart, a story that will keep you turning pages. APPRAISAL FOR MURDER is for you. LL Book Reviews (Review by Susan Anderson)
...On another level Ms. Orr touches on the social issues of hunger as well as examples of the adage 'don't judge a book by its cover' with candor. She brings these issues to light through colorful, endearing characters as the story progresses. The end of the story left me wanting for more. I look forward to the next adventure in Jolie Gentil's not so boring life. I highly recommend this book. Kathy M. on Amazon