Book Review: Textual Relations by Jamie Lee Scott

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

For those of you have been reading BEB for a while, you know that a few months back I reviewed Jamie Lee Scott’s Let Us Prey. This novel was the first of the Gotcha Detective Agency Mysteries.

I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for Textual Relations, but before I tell you about it, you need to read the synopsis!

Mimi Capurro, owner of Gotcha Detective Agency, hasn’t seen her old college flame since they teamed up to find a killer several months earlier. Now, after breaking and entering into an alleged predator’s home, Mimi and Charles find a murder victim on the floor in his bedroom. When homicide detective Nick Christianson and his new partner, Piper Mason, arrive on the scene, this is not the way Mimi expected to see Nick again.

Even though it’s his job, Nick is loath to find the killer. That is until a teenage girl with ties to the victim disappears. Now Mimi, Nick and Charles race against the clock to find the killer and hopefully find the girl in the process.

I cannot praise this book enough! One always worries about the sophomore book in the series, but Jamie brings it. I absolutely loved the story line. It’s timely, well researched and written from an interesting perspective.

All of my favorite characters are back and the role of Charles is even bigger. He is one of my favorite characters of the Gotcha agency! He’s sassy, nosy and tells it like it is! I love that Jamie has developed his character to have some new depth.

We also get to meet some new characters throughout the course of the novel, some who I can see playing a huge role in the next book. I absolutely adore Nick’s new partner Piper and the affect she has on Mimi.

And for those of you who love Mimi and Nick, the tension is back! They have the tension of ABC’s Castle and Beckett and in Textual Relations things start to heat up again! Mimi gets to see a new side of Nick and comes to a big realization about what she feels in her heart.

And the end! What a teaser! You’ll be screaming really, c’mon, I want to know where this is going now! But, like me, you’ll just have to be patient.

If you haven’t read Let Us Prey, I highly recommend that you read that before diving into Textual Relations, but it’s not necessary. It’s a great read too!

How many of you like to read mystery series? What’s your favorite?

Seven Questions with your Favorite Blogger/Writer: Jamie Lee Scott

I’ve always been curious about what inspires my favorite writers. Whether they are bloggers, freelancers, scriptwriters, TV writers or novelists, they have to draw inspiration from something.  I want to thank all of you who contributed your questions and I hope you enjoy the first of my new monthly Q&A series.  Look for this new feature on the first Thursday of every month. If you want to see your favorite blogger/writer interviewed, contact me.

Name: Jamie Lee Scott

Profession: Author, Screenwriter, Artist


Twitter: @Jamie_LD

Her impact on me: I was introduced to Jamie through Jeanne on Twitter. While we have yet to meet, she is one of my favorite people and one of my favorite authors. Buy her book Let Us Prey immediately.  It was through Jamie that I was asked to contributed to BookEndBabes. I look forward to meeting her in 2012!

Person of Letters: Why did you start writing/blogging? Was it for personal or for professional reasons?

Jamie Lee Scott:  I started writing/blogging for an outlet for the stress of running a restaurant. The blog was started as a way to disseminate information I’d learned about screenwriting and TV writing.

POL: How long do you think about what you are going to write before you write?

JLS: I’m usually working on several projects at a time, so while I’m writing one project I’m outlining another. The outline/ruminating stage takes the longest. I have a pretty good idea of the fleshed out story before I type FADE IN.

POL: Is there something you carry with you at all times to write ideas that may pop in your head? If so, what is its? A notebook, your smartphone, a scrap of paper?

JLS: A pen, a recorder, and now my iPad. Ideas pop up at the strangest times. And sometimes it’s that twist in a story that will make it stronger, so I want to get in on paper before my overstuffed brain and send it to the archives.

POL: How do you battle writers block?

JLS: I don’t really understand the whole writer’s block thing. Maybe it’s because if I’m blocked on something, I get it at the outline stage. When I sit down to write, I know exactly what I’m going to write. Now if you’re talking about writer’s block, as in I have blocked my butt from sitting in the chair so I can type, I know that one. My house is never so clean as when I really need to sit down and write. I look for every excuse, even though I love writing.

POL: What is your favorite book/blog? Do you draw inspiration from it?

JLS: My favorite book is Horse Heaven (well other than my own of course,hehe) by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jane Smiley. I hope to write characters that stay with the readers long after they finish the book like Jane does. Jane’s characters still pop into my head years later. I want to be able to write that well someday.

POL: Along the same lines of the previous question, which writers from the past have inspired you? (more points for naming obscure writers)

JLS: In screenwriting, Bob DeRosa (Killers) and Mike Alber (Death Valley) have been my mentors. They’ve done so much to help my writing, and I’ve never met them. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say John Steinbeck was an influence. I grew up in Salinas, which has a Steinbeck museum, and I loved Red Pony, Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden. As for contemporary authors, I love Gemma Halliday, Brenda Novak, Jennie Bentley and Tawny Stokes.

POL: Tell us something about you and your writing that we might not know.

JLS: I spent a year hiking trails in Iowa, 75 trails total, for a Falcon Publishing book called Hiking Iowa, and Falcon was bought out right after I turned in the manuscript, so the book was scrapped. I still got my advance, and the writing credit for the book, so I was good with it.

Book Review: Let Us Prey by Jamie Lee Scott

The following review originally appeared on Book End Babes, a website devoted to a love of reading and to learning about new authors.

grew up in a house where most of the books read were mysteries. That said, I’ve grown to love a good mystery novel. One that has suspense and twists and turns and of course a good romantic subplot. When Jamie started publicizing her book, I was like where can I buy it and can I buy it now. Needless to say I own the Kindle version and have ordered it in trade paperback.

Here’s the description for the first, of  hopefully many, of the Gotcha Detective Series:

Mimi Capurro, owner of Gotcha Detective Agency, has been hired to protect New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Silke, who was recently assaulted in the bathroom at a paranormal conference. Though Mimi is hired to act as bodyguard for Lauren’s upcoming book tour, plans change when Lauren’s assistant is murdered and the slaying is a replica of a scene from Lauren’s newest novel. A novel that hit bookstores the same day as the killing. Now instead of playing bodyguard, Mimi is cracking computer code, and chasing down vampires. These vampires come alive on the streets of Santa Cruz, as part of a live-role-playing game. Mimi must find the connection between the vampires and the author to track down the killer. This would be much easier if Detective Nick Christianson wanted her investigating the case. Nick, Mimi’s old college fling, is the lead homicide investigator. Though he wants her off the case, he also wants to pump her for information. Nick may have used her in the past, but this time she’ll use him to try to catch the murderer first.

Mimi is a great character. She has depth, an interesting history that gets weaved into the plot line and a great set of supporting characters. Her fellow colleagues at the Gotcha Detective Agency add humor. My personal favorite is Charles. He’s the computer nerd with a great sense of humor. He brings common sense into the novel, but pries a lot into Mimi’s personal life when Nick shows up into the picture.

Now Nick, my imagination had a lot of fun with him. I never like to see a screen adaptation of a book I’ve read because I think my imagination is better than the casting. Jamie does a great job of describing Nick and I guarantee you can picture his looks, his movements and his arrogance in your head as the words from the page processes through your brain.

The plot of the story moved quickly and was peppered with a few good chuckles along the way, complements of Mimi and Nick. I loved that I did not know who the killer was. I was sad when the book ended. I wanted more and was absolutely pleased to find out that another book is in the works. I cannot wait to see what happens on Mimi’s next adventure. Let Us Prey is up on my list of favorite novels ever. It’s something I know I can pick up and read over and over without getting bored.

I Think I’ve Been Converted: Why I Love My Kindle

I have been obsessed with my new Kindle. Rather than write a whole new post about it, I thought I’d share what I wrote for BookEndBabes yesterday. I look forward to hearing about why you enjoy your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other e-reader. Click here to read the post in its original format.

While I usually love to share my latest read with you all, today I’d like to share why I’m an e-reader convert.

For my birthday this year I got a Kindle. For a long time now, I’ve been telling everyone that it just wouldn’t be the same as reading a book. I grew up in the library and love the musty smell of a book just taken off the shelf. I thought I would miss the feel of a book and the turning of the pages.

I’m a convert. The cover I ordered makes it feel as I’m holding a real book, which has made the transition easier. The idea of having a new book right at my fingertips is amazing. I also love the idea of being able to share books with my best friend because she has a Kindle too.

But my favorite part of my Kindle is discovering new authors that I may not have come across if I didn’t have a Kindle. I also love the thought of supporting authors who are just starting out. I am also happy to give back to those who I have met through social media and have afforded me the opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you.

My first download was Jamie’s Let Us Prey. Everyone who loves a strong female character and a good mystery should pick this up immediately. I’m only about halfway through and I love it. A book has to be good to make me almost miss my train stop to and from work on multiple days.

Malena and Vivi you are next!

I’m really glad I embraced this new technology, but I can’t say that I won’t pick up a real book now and again.