Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Series #1)

Dirty Little Secrets (J.J. Graves Series #1)

by Liliana Hart

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Overview

DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS: A J.J. GRAVES MYSTERY

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...

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. has to decide if he might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine tinglers he's so well known for.

And passions are rising...

J.J and Jack 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 a perfect target in a deadly game.


OTHER MYSTERY/SUSPENSE TITLES BY LILIANA HART:

WHISKEY REBELLION: AN ADDISON HOLMES MYSTERY
WHISKEY SOUR: AN ADDISON HOLMES MYSTERY
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
PARADISE DISGUISED
CADE: A MACKENZIE NOVEL
A DIRTY SHAME: A J.J. GRAVES MYSTERY (COMING 10/30/2012)


What Readers Are Saying:

"Look out Janet Evanovich, here comes Liliana Hart!"

"This is my first book by Liliana Hart but not my last."

"Ms. Hart has constructed a well-developed plot with enough twists to keep me reading long past bedtime."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013156609
Publisher: 7th Press
Publication date: 07/30/2011
Series: J.J. Graves Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 3,246
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America’s youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana’s Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won’t confess to which parts).

Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller—a dazzling adventure—where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn’t imagine why people weren’t knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered through the rejections and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things and eventually learned that losing one’s virginity wasn’t all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can't help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex.

Since the failure of her first writing attempt, Liliana’s books have gone on to win awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many others. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Liliana loves to cook and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers.

Enjoy the Adventures!

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Dirty Little Secrets 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The charactors is this book come to life in your reading world. They become your friend. The books at it's end leaves you wanting more. I had to have book 2 . I am now waiting for book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out. It kept me on my toes and left me anticipating the next one :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book even though it was sometimes overly graphic. The ending was a big surprise. Read it and see for yourself...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoiler Alert! I found that the blurb had me rather excited for this story. I was convinced I’d finally discovered a mystery novel worth throwing my time into. After reading the first few chapters, I still had that feeling bubbling within me. But, the instant Brody entered the scene, all hope seemed to vanish for the story. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea behind how the murders were picked and how they were preformed alongside the career of Jaye, but the romance was too overbearing. The instant connection between her and Brody just shook me up too much and Jack and her seemed a bit…well, their relationship seemed to obvious. It takes a lot to balance things properly, I’m aware of this, but the author didn’t impress me with the way she did it.  Now, time for the true disappointment of the story: the killer. There was absolutely not a shred of foreshadowing beyond one mention of Mooney not being stupid that would have suggested him being capable of killing those girls. There was no hints, there was no evidence, there was nothing. Without foreshadowing or anything of that nature, the story isn’t truly giving us anything. We are left blind only to be feed something created by the “God’s Hand” effect near the end that completely throws us off and not in a “OHHH! I get it!” sort of way. For that moment to be given to us—that one where we just stare blankly and have a smirk crept to our lips as we connect the dots—there has to actually be dots for us to connect. The author provide no dots. None. Everything pointed towards Brody, and honestly, he should have been the killer based off of what was given—even if he was the obvious one.  I did, however, enjoy the description the author gave. She described everything very well and in a manner that wasn’t to overpowering but wasn’t too little either. I enjoyed the snarky comments made by Jaye, Jack, and Brody as well. Those aspects worked very well, as did the picking of the murders. I loved Phonia’s secrets. They made it quite promising that the others killed would also have huge secret lives. But, I was disappointed by Amanda’s and Jaye’s when they didn’t measure up to Phonia’s at all. Jaye’s wasn’t even dark really or that bad nor was Amanda’s—well in respect to Phonia’s I mean.  But, in the end, I would probably recommend this to others while warning them that I was let down by the time the ending rolled around, but if they were not as picky as me, they would most likely enjoy it.  ~Alice~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I try to only read Nook books while commuting or traveling and read real books at home. The plot, the sardonic humor, the secrets grabbed my attention and held it throughout. I had to fight to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well plotted, interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read to the first word to the last, I was hooked. Great read & fabulous characters. You feel everything that they feel. I can't wait to read Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. :)
LuningA More than 1 year ago
Keeps you wanting more! And you'll never expect what happens in the end!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story and the sarcastic & humorous relationship between the two main characters who grew up together. Nice who-dun-it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edge of your seat turn pager/ cant wait for next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good start with a interesting lead character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. The characters were really likeable. Good read. Good mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it loves the second now waiting for the third Victoria Mohan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt like it i love it. I cant wait to read thr next book. LOVE!!!!!!!!!
sharon-j47 More than 1 year ago
what can i say i need more of Jack and more of Bloody Mary, I been left hanging for the next book (I am glad Jack is always there for her)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This++author+is++new+to+me.+She+pulled+me+in+from+the+first+paragraph+and+kept+me+guessing+until+she+revealed+the+killer.+Be+prepared--it%27s+a+surprise+ending.+I%27m++off+to+get+the+next+book+in+the+series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating and insightful. Full or characters that make you think about your world in new ways.
tschnitzler More than 1 year ago
Dirty Little Secrets was an enjoyable, unpredictable mystery thriller. The relationship between Jaye and Jack is priceless, and we'd all love to have best friends like they have in each other. Jaye's sense of humor is so entertaining! I didn't have the bad guy figured out until it was revealed, and I gasped! Quick, easy, and keep you on your toes read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of positive thoughts go through your mind while reading it. I read a lot of mystery novels, this was one where you thought you had the answers but in the final chapter the author proved you wrong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very+interesting+and+keeps+you+turning+the+pages.
Cats57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really hate being a copy cat, but I just had to give this book the 5 stars it deserves like everyone else to now has done. This book had an interesting mix of humor, sarcasm, mystery and romance and an ultra surprising ending. J.J. "Jaye" Graves is a mortician and she is also the coroner of her small community. At one time she was a Doctor in a decent sized hospital until her parents died together under suspicious circumstances and she came home. (she also is keeping a large secret about her time spent in that hospital!) And home is where she grew up, where she met her best friend Jack Lawson who is now on the Bloody Mary PD. And lately Bloody Mary Virginia is having one of its deadliest week ever. So many suspicious and naturally horridly grizzly murders. Just after the first one an interesting person shows up for Jaye, a crime novelist that wants to sort of tag-along and maybe help Jaye and Jack solve the murders. Everyone has secrets in this town and some of them are real lulu's! Throw in the typical towns-people that you would find in a cozy mystery, a serial murderer, an evil newspaper reporter, and the fact that Jaye hasn't had sex in about 4 years... and you end up with a fairly explosive mystery. I can't classify this as a 'cozy' mystery, although it does have some of those elements. About the best I can do is say that it is somewhat between the novels of Peri O'Shaughnessy and J.A. Konrath.The story and the mystery itself is tight and had several very believable red herrings to keep you going, an extremely surprising ending that I didn't see coming, well fleshed out, likable and very believable characters. Excellent Decalogue really helped keep the story moving and although advertised as a "romance" there really is not much of a romantic element to it. No overly-descriptive sex scenes, just a lot of sort of oblique hints and very mild descriptions. the back-round could be Anywhere USA, and I really like that since I am not wasting too much of my reading time trying to imagine everything. We just know that it is a small town in Virginai and leave it at that.I can't wait to revisit Bloody Mary again and I hope it will be real soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got it free from book bub I would've been angry if I actually paid for it really it had a poor plot the ending was horrible so many unanswered questions there were some funny parts but mostly just made no sense wouldn't recommend this book to my worst enemy