Poison Pens

Jolie Pethtel
Poison Pens
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MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date
June 2014
Book 2 of A Jezebel Jinx Mystery
Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

‘Truth or die" is the name of the game when a killer with a hidden agenda hijacks a murder-mystery weekend for writers. When it comes to murder at a business function, Jezebel Jinx has been there, done that, and barely made it out alive— but this time the stakes are much higher.

One by one, her fellow writers are being poisoned, and the only way to get the antidote in time is to discover the secrets that link them all together as victims…as well as potential murderers.

For as the game progresses, Jezebel realizes that while everyone has skeletons in their closet, some people have an entire cemetery—and nearly all the guests have a motive for murder. As the suspects begin to outnumber the innocent, the object of the game ceases to be unmasking a killer, but how to survive the night.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Nov 08, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
POISON PENS, a Jezebel Jinx Mystery by Jolie Pethtel, is a fantastic mystery novel that will keep you guessing right until the very end. I give it 4 stars and recommend to all mystery lovers.

In the novel, Jezebel Jinx and her husband Finn take a break from professional and marital challenges to spend a weekend with friends and literary colleagues at a murder mystery weekend game. After all the players step into their 1920's characters and costumes, the mystery turns tragically real-–one of the entertainers is murdered. The rest of the players then find out the game has been hijacked by a sadistic madman who wants to expose the deepest--and sometimes darkest--secrets of each player. Will they find the murderer before another one of their number ends up dead?

Initially I found the story a bit difficult to get into, but once I did, it was hard to put it down. If you are a fan of the game "Clue" or the 1980's movie based on the game, you will love this novel. There are more twists and turns in the plot than a house of mirrors, and just like a house of mirrors, some turns are dead ends.

I had some trouble in the beginning of the novel, though, because I felt like I was missing information. This is a book in a series, and I felt like I needed to read the books in order to have the necessary background to understand why the characters acted the way they did. A bit more of a recap would have been nice in the first few chapters. This might have been why I had trouble getting into the novel in the beginning, a mental block of sorts. Other than feeling slow in the beginning, the pace quickened once the murder happened.

While there is some romance in the novel, it is relegated to the subplot arena; the mystery and suspense definitely rule this novel. So even though the novel is technically appropriate for all ages, the nature of the issues raised clearly indicates that the novel was written for an adult audience.

Overall I enjoyed POISON PENS and recommend to all lovers of mystery novel.
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