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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... The residents of Bloody 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... The residents of Bloody Mary are dropping like flies, and 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. It only clouds the issue and puts her reputation on the line when the attraction between them spirals out of control. And passions are rising... J.J and Jack are in a race against time. They 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 the perfect victim in a deadly game.


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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... The residents of Bloody 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... The residents of Bloody Mary are dropping like flies, and 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. It only clouds the issue and puts her reputation on the line when the attraction between them spirals out of control. And passions are rising... J.J and Jack are in a race against time. They 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 the perfect victim in a deadly game.

30 review for Dirty Little Secrets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    I really enjoyed this story, it was a fast read and very entertaining. I felt an immediate connection to Jaye and Jake. Their banter was easy going and realistic. Will definitely be reading more of her books! Favorite Quote: "I was such a slut. Hallelujah" I really enjoyed this story, it was a fast read and very entertaining. I felt an immediate connection to Jaye and Jake. Their banter was easy going and realistic. Will definitely be reading more of her books! Favorite Quote: "I was such a slut. Hallelujah"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Romantic suspense is a favorite of mine and this series has been on my TBR list for a long time. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this terrific book!! J.J. Graves gave up her life as a doctor when her parents died in a suspicious suicide a year ago. Moving back to her small home town Bloody Mary (excellent name btw ;-) ) to run the family funeral home. But death in Bloody Mary is slow business and hardly ever does a murder occur. Until now… I loved Jaye and her dry wit and sarcastic o Romantic suspense is a favorite of mine and this series has been on my TBR list for a long time. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this terrific book!! J.J. Graves gave up her life as a doctor when her parents died in a suspicious suicide a year ago. Moving back to her small home town Bloody Mary (excellent name btw ;-) ) to run the family funeral home. But death in Bloody Mary is slow business and hardly ever does a murder occur. Until now… I loved Jaye and her dry wit and sarcastic outlook on life. She’s a bit closed off emotionally but after losing almost everyone she’s ever loved except for her best friend Jack Lawson, who is also now the town sheriff, you can’t really blame her. Now the plot was brilliant. For a coroner who has rarely seen any dead bodies the last year, the bodies sure seemed to pile up quickly in this book and it was gripping watching Jack with the help of Jaye trying to figure out who the real killer was, seeing as all evidence tried to point to different suspects. I had my suspicions about who the killer was and I was completely wrong, which was excellent! Then there’s also the secrets from Jaye’s parents that seems to be lurking and with the little hints we are given it’s pretty obvious there’s a lot more to find out and I can’t wait. I also loved all the town’s people, some of who are really eccentric and hilarious and who adds that special something you only get from reading a small town romance. If I’d had more energy I would have run like crazy from the look in Jack’s eyes. It wasn’t one I’d seen before, and it wasn’t one I was sure I wanted to see. Hmm. . . Something to think about. There was a bit of romance with a new stranger in town, a popular mystery writer, whom she has great chemistry with. I loved the attraction between them and the fact that he brought some much needed passion to her life. (view spoiler)[I was also VERY sad when he died. (hide spoiler)] There also seems to be some spark developing between her and Jack, which I’m not sure how I feel about. On the one hand I’m very happy that the author hasn’t gone the usual route with the best friends’ trope, Jaye hasn’t been pining for Jack forever, and she’s just always seen him as her best friend. And seeing that he’s a bit of a player, but he seems to be the one who’s been carrying romantic feelings for longer, I am despite my reservations looking forward to see what happens next. A thrilling first installment to a series I’m sure I’m going to love and a definitely must read for all RS fans!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    Holy Macaroni. This book was soo good.So good.The story is very interesting and well written.Nothing seemed rushed and there are a couple of twists,but I had my suspicions so I wasn't really surprised by the ending.The main character is one sarcastic little shit which means that I adore her. I have to admit that I didn't expect to find so much humor in this book.Boy,I was laughing my ass off.Jack is my new fictional crush,I mean,how perfect is he?Ugh,I need Jack in my life.The only thing that I di Holy Macaroni. This book was soo good.So good.The story is very interesting and well written.Nothing seemed rushed and there are a couple of twists,but I had my suspicions so I wasn't really surprised by the ending.The main character is one sarcastic little shit which means that I adore her. I have to admit that I didn't expect to find so much humor in this book.Boy,I was laughing my ass off.Jack is my new fictional crush,I mean,how perfect is he?Ugh,I need Jack in my life.The only thing that I didn't like is (view spoiler)[Brody's and Jaye's insta-love.Hmm,I mean,I know that he was good and that he did like Jaye,but love her?LOVE?I don't think so.I am sad that he died,tho. (hide spoiler)] .I really liked the ending and the writer actually gives you the clues who the killer is,you just have to observe.And when I found out that (view spoiler)[Jack is in love with Jaye I was sooo happy. (hide spoiler)] .I was like: Overall,an excellent book and I have to read the sequel soon. Favourite quotes: ''I had to tell him that I was having a wild and crazy affair with you to get him off my back.'' ''I haven't had one of those in a while.Was it good?'' ''The best I've ever had.'',he said soberly. ''Good to know that I haven't lost my technique.'' ''No one had a better poker face than Jack.And unlike me,Lady Luck always smiled on him-probably because she was a damned woman and that's what women did with Jack.'' ''My Suburban was parked on the graveled driveway, the dull sheen of the black paint making it look a little worse for the wear. Not to mention the huge dent over the back left wheel where a deer had decided it wanted to commit suicide.''

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is a new series by Liliana Hart featuring small town mortician and coroner J.J.Graves, who has recently returned home to Bloody Mary, Virginia after the death of her parents. J.J. feels pressured to give up her career as an ER doctor in order to take over the family funeral home business. After the death of her parents she learned (when the FBI came calling) that her parents had been engaged in illegal activities. J.J. is a great character. She is smart, strong, and wounded. She is also a This is a new series by Liliana Hart featuring small town mortician and coroner J.J.Graves, who has recently returned home to Bloody Mary, Virginia after the death of her parents. J.J. feels pressured to give up her career as an ER doctor in order to take over the family funeral home business. After the death of her parents she learned (when the FBI came calling) that her parents had been engaged in illegal activities. J.J. is a great character. She is smart, strong, and wounded. She is also a smart-ass with a great sense of dry humor. I like her. She has spent the last ten years in college and med school and then the ER, she has no living family, and hasn't had sex in three years. Her parents had some kind of illegal and secret life, so the FBI is still poking around months after her parents deaths, and she feels like a pariah in her small hometown. But she has a tight-knit support group of childhood friends, and one of them is her oldest and best friend, Jack, the hot horny sheriff of Bloody Mary. She and Jack have been best friends since grade school, and he is her anchor. As sheriff and coroner they also work closely together, and when a woman they've known their entire lives is found murdered, it's the roller-coaster start to a series of homicides and secrets that will affect everyone in their circle. When a sexy mystery writer shows up asking to shadow her on the job for research, J.J.'s sleeping hormones wake up and she is soon busy making up for her three year dry spell. Meanwhile Jack show some unexpected jealousy, and J.J. is trying her damnedest to figure out murders and men at the same time. The ending is violent, conclusive, and a great emotional cliff-hanger, which is why I immediately started the next book. The setting of this series is a small southern town with a lot of personality. Bloody Mary is a small town, full of Victorian-style houses that populate the brick-lined streets, which are named for the dead wives of Henry VIII. The population is a mixture of rich and poor, black and white, local and non-local. And much like the small town I grew up in, local means at least 2nd generation. Living there for 25+ years still makes you the new guy. As interesting as the town is, the author doesn't indulge in too much quirkiness other than street names, and the interesting locals feel normally interesting and nuts, not "quaint and colorful". If you like the TV show "Bones" you will love this series. There are a lot of similarities - the gritty, violent mystery, the smart verbal sparring of the two romantic leads, and the sexy personal relationship that spills over into their shared worklife.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    4 stars I was a little slow getting into this one - JJ (h) has some serious baggage (parents/family) and no life (med school, student loans, family funeral business in a small town, medical examiner in a small town). Her best friend, Jack (H) is the sheriff (ex-SWAT), good looking and a good guy. The cases are grisly and intense and the friends to lovers is slow burn. A So after reading this one, I couldn't get enough of JJ and Jack - so I bought the 2 box sets and now I'm on book 4. My understan 4 stars I was a little slow getting into this one - JJ (h) has some serious baggage (parents/family) and no life (med school, student loans, family funeral business in a small town, medical examiner in a small town). Her best friend, Jack (H) is the sheriff (ex-SWAT), good looking and a good guy. The cases are grisly and intense and the friends to lovers is slow burn. A So after reading this one, I couldn't get enough of JJ and Jack - so I bought the 2 box sets and now I'm on book 4. My understanding is that book 9 is a cliffie about their relationship, so I pre-ordered book 10 due in December. Note: crime scenes are graphic, so may not be good for some readers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Major DNF I mean, wow. This book took a massive nosedive right around 20% with the introduction of Brody. I stopped reading at ~25% and simply skimmed the rest of the book. I read Liliana Hart's Addison Holmes series about 2 years ago and loved it. I did a re-read earlier this month and, although I didn't like it as much, it was still pretty entertaining. I then found Dirty Little Secrets on Amazon for free and I just had to read it. The blurb mentioned "best friend" Detective Jack Lawson and I w Major DNF I mean, wow. This book took a massive nosedive right around 20% with the introduction of Brody. I stopped reading at ~25% and simply skimmed the rest of the book. I read Liliana Hart's Addison Holmes series about 2 years ago and loved it. I did a re-read earlier this month and, although I didn't like it as much, it was still pretty entertaining. I then found Dirty Little Secrets on Amazon for free and I just had to read it. The blurb mentioned "best friend" Detective Jack Lawson and I was already rubbing my hands together for a hero who's been in love with the heroine for ages without her knowing. It's one of my favourite tropes in romance. I was less enthusiastic about Jack's manwhore ways though, especially to see him go on with it even after the story started. I really didn't want to see him freshly out of someone's bed. And that happened pretty often on top of the many references both characters made about his night time activities. The way women were described was also horrible - in JJ's eyes, Jack was a god who could charm anyone into bed, whereas the women saying yes to having sex with him were just common sluts with no morals. Anyway, I liked the friendship between them and when Brody was introduced, (as cheesy as it sounds) I couldn't wait for Jack to be forced to reveal his true feelings out of jealousy. But the Brody introduction was a fucking disaster. Literally 5 minutes after meeting, he was described as having a "competitive glare" and "jealousy oozing from his pores" when Jack's name came up. He also made pretty strong moves on JJ and hinted at falling in love with her. You might think I'm exaggerating about the 5 minutes, but I'm really not: they met, shook hands and walked inside her house. From that point on, the whole book sucked with JJ falling in love with him after like, 4 days. It was all terribly forced, unbelievable and just came across as desperate. (JJ also had the audacity to criticise women who slept with Jack after a a lunch date, yet wanted to rip Brody's clothes off mere minutes after meeting him.) Another thing that annoyed me about that meeting was that she easily showed him the dead body of a woman who was abused by her husband all her life, then raped and murdered by someone and left in a ditch. Brody wasn't investigating the case (he was just a crime author she had the hots for), so I felt it was extremely disrespectful to the dead woman to show her body to some random dude. It was also an ongoing investigation, but JJ never even thought about asking for the police's permission before spilling practically everything about the case to Brody! On top of that, she didn't find it weird that straight after a murder, there was a stranger in town wanting to access the body. Seriously, what the fuck? Other things I didn't like: 1# - Jack was angry that JJ was seeing someone when he literally had a different woman in his bed every night. Nothing says "I've been in love with you for years" like bedding 80% of the women in Virginia. (view spoiler)[But it's okay, as one character pointed out, Jack simply knew that the moment JJ gave him a chance, that would be "it" for him and his tomcat ways would be over. Makes me feel so much better.... (hide spoiler)] 2# - JJ whined about how plain she looked and constantly repeated "men like him didn't flirt with women like me" only to have every guy within a 50 mile radius give her appreciative looks anyway. It was fucking annoying. 3# - Honestly, JJ was an uppity bitch. The whole "I'm a hotshot ER doc stuck in Podunk, Nowhere and therefore I am better than all of you peasants" made me want to punch her. She was also horrible to every other person in the town - I don't think there was a single person who was described in a likeable way. Women were either old witches, young brainless sluts, or unattractive spinsters. Men were either creeps or pigs. One was described as looking like "a dried raisin". I love humour but NEVER at the expense of other people, especially is it is to do with the way they look. 4# - (view spoiler)[The ending where Brody was shot by the real killer sucked. So you're saying if he didn't die, JJ would still be with him instead of Jack? I read romance to see characters find "true love". I don't consider JJ and Jack as soul mates if Jack is just the next best thing. What the hell. (hide spoiler)] I won't continue with this series and probably won't ever read another from Liliana Hart that focuses on one heroine throughout, since I'm beginning to see a pattern in them that I don't like (whiny Mary-Sue ping-pongs between two guys and can't make her mind up). I am curious about her standalones though, especially her new Gravedigger series (each book focusing on a different story and couple) so I'll probably give those a go. I do like her writing style and her heroes are pretty cool as well, I just hope she gets a better grasp on her heroines and maybe quit with the "closed door" scenes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    I need the next book. Sorry, but I can't remember who recommended this book to me. Whoever t was, I can't thank them enough. Bit of a cliché, but I got hooked in in first page and was still hooked on the last page. This is a great story with Fantastic characters, that I hope to spend a lot more time with very soon. The partnership of Dr. J. J. Graves and Sheriff Lawson is very well written with some brilliant banter between them. A very fast pace, wish I had started earlier in the day, so I could h I need the next book. Sorry, but I can't remember who recommended this book to me. Whoever t was, I can't thank them enough. Bit of a cliché, but I got hooked in in first page and was still hooked on the last page. This is a great story with Fantastic characters, that I hope to spend a lot more time with very soon. The partnership of Dr. J. J. Graves and Sheriff Lawson is very well written with some brilliant banter between them. A very fast pace, wish I had started earlier in the day, so I could have read in one sitting. Love the great names for a Coroner and law officer. Now want to read book 2 urgently.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

    Synopsis: 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 t Synopsis: 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. 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. My Thoughts: I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I loved it. I got completely sucked in and that last 90% punched me right in the face. I liked J.J. right away. She's sarcastic and self-deprecating, but she still tries to look on the bright side even though life has been kicking her in the kidneys lately. She doesn't always succeed and I thought she was being blind as hell as to the identity of the killer, but man that was a surprise after all. The killer said that J.J. doesn't think of anyone's feelings but her own, but I'm not so sure I believe that. Just because she never noticed a certain type of feeling aimed her way doesn't mean she only thinks of herself. As for the killer's feelings, I wouldn't have noticed those, either. He's a nut, anyway. I also like J.J.'s best friend Jack as well. He is a bit of a player, but if what's going on with him is what I think it is, that makes sense. Jack's got whatever happened to him in D.C. going on, too and I really want to know more about that. I also want to see if he'll admit to what he's been feeling. The pacing of the story really worked for me. I was never bored. I thought the killer was so obvious, but man it so wasn't what I expected. Talk about a crazy ass. I liked that the tone of the story could go from grim and dark to lighthearted at times. There are plenty of crazy characters in the small town as well. Talk about some nosy people. I'm actually looking forward to seeing more of the crazy townspeople, though. I'm also looking forward to learning more about J.J.'s parents. She's lonely without them, but she also seems to think they never really loved her. Plus, there's that FBI investigation. What's that all about? I so need to know! We did learn something about their deaths, at least, but I feel that there's more to that. I am so reading the next two books as soon as I can. I think I've found a new author to obsess over.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This book was fun, with a likable heroine and enjoyable dialog. There were a few problems - I didn't like that the investigators were down on the psychologist for not handing over files without a warrant. That's not being uncooperative, that's just trying to hang on to your professional license. The relationship between JJ and the mysterious Brody lacks enough depth to be terribly compelling. I will say, however, that the author did a pretty good job of making their relationship steamy without b This book was fun, with a likable heroine and enjoyable dialog. There were a few problems - I didn't like that the investigators were down on the psychologist for not handing over files without a warrant. That's not being uncooperative, that's just trying to hang on to your professional license. The relationship between JJ and the mysterious Brody lacks enough depth to be terribly compelling. I will say, however, that the author did a pretty good job of making their relationship steamy without being too tawdry or eye-rolling. Finally, this is one of those mysteries that tries to surprise the reader by having the villain be a character so ancillary that it seems random. Oh, turns out the murderer was Completely Forgettable Unimportant Man! That sort of mystery strikes me as lazy. Despite all that, the JJ character is enjoyable enough that this made for a fun gym read anyway, so I'll give it a generous three stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    See my reviews of the book 5 here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... See my reviews of the book 5 here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Dirty Little Secrets is book one in the J. J. Graves Mystery by Liliana Hart. Early one morning Jaye Graves the Bloody Mary, Virginia Corner was woken up by Sheriff Jack Lawson who needed her assistants at a crime scene. However, Jaye Graves did not realise that the murder victim will affect her quite and safe world. The readers of Dirty Little Secrets will follow the twist and turns of Jaye Graves and Sheriff Jack Lawson investigation into the murder of local women in their community. I was rec Dirty Little Secrets is book one in the J. J. Graves Mystery by Liliana Hart. Early one morning Jaye Graves the Bloody Mary, Virginia Corner was woken up by Sheriff Jack Lawson who needed her assistants at a crime scene. However, Jaye Graves did not realise that the murder victim will affect her quite and safe world. The readers of Dirty Little Secrets will follow the twist and turns of Jaye Graves and Sheriff Jack Lawson investigation into the murder of local women in their community. I was recommended to read books by Liliana Hart, and I am happy that I had listened. Dirty Little Secrets is a fantastic book to read. I love the way, Liliana Hart portrays her characters and entwines then with each other throughout Dirty Little Secrets. I like Liliana Hart description of her settings that allow me to feel like I have visited the little community myself. Dirty Little Secrets is well written and researched by Liliana Hart. The readers of Dirty Little Secrets will learn about been a coroner and funeral director. Also, the readers will start to learn about the work that is involved in finding a serial killer. Dirty Little Secrets highlights fantastically two social issues of domestic violence and marrying very young. I recommend this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christa

    Dirty Little Secrets was a really good start to the series, and I'm looking forward to continuing with the other books. J.J. was a great character, and I enjoyed many of the secondary characters as well, especially Jack. The mystery kept me interested, as well as kept me guessing. I enjoyed the setting of the small fictional community of Bloody Mary, Virginia. I thought the town and its residents added a great deal to the story. J.J. Graves has come home to Bloody Mary, Virginia to take over her Dirty Little Secrets was a really good start to the series, and I'm looking forward to continuing with the other books. J.J. was a great character, and I enjoyed many of the secondary characters as well, especially Jack. The mystery kept me interested, as well as kept me guessing. I enjoyed the setting of the small fictional community of Bloody Mary, Virginia. I thought the town and its residents added a great deal to the story. J.J. Graves has come home to Bloody Mary, Virginia to take over her deceased parents' funeral parlor. To supplement her income, she also has taken on the role of county coroner. Her longtime best friend, Jack, is the county sheriff, and he needs her help when a local woman is murdered. The husband is the obvious suspect, especially since he's known around town as an abusive man. When things don't seem to add up to his guilt, J.J. and Jack begin to investigate. Before long, another local woman is murdered, and the search for the killer is on. In the meantime, J.J.'s long dormant love life seems to be kicking into high gear when a famous writer shows up to glean material from the murders. As J.J. begins to suspect everyone as the killer, the danger to herself suddenly increases. I really enjoyed this book, and am very glad that I read it. With the way I feel about it, I believe I am going to like the others in the series, and I am looking forward to finding out what happens next. I am especially curious about how some of the threads that were left hanging will turn out. Great characters, an intriguing storyline, and a fascinating setting - this one had it all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Trish Goodgame

    A great read for murder mystery enthusiasts Dr JJ Graves has returned to her small home town of Bloody Mary (interesting choice of name for a town) to take over her deceased parents mortuary business and has also become the local coroner. Her best friend since childhood is Detective Jack Lawson and they work together to solve 3 murder cases. Investigation turns up secrets held by the victims and obvious choices for the murderer end up being discounted. The book is well written, keeping my interest A great read for murder mystery enthusiasts Dr JJ Graves has returned to her small home town of Bloody Mary (interesting choice of name for a town) to take over her deceased parents mortuary business and has also become the local coroner. Her best friend since childhood is Detective Jack Lawson and they work together to solve 3 murder cases. Investigation turns up secrets held by the victims and obvious choices for the murderer end up being discounted. The book is well written, keeping my interest all the way through. The characters are well defined and luckily there are not a multitude of them so its easy to keep track. (I get turned off books that have way too many characters to try to keep track of). Another aspect I really enjoy is the moments of humour and the interaction between JJ and Jack. The reveal at the end was a surprise and I perhaps would have liked a bit more background on the murderer, but having said that, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of the JJ Graves mystery series. Recommended reading for fans o f this genre.

  14. 4 out of 5

    A.

    Entertaining. I really like the heroine but when Brody appeared I lost interest.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Snider

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read in less than a day. The author has a sense of humor and writes in a similar vein to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries, but with a bit less physical comedy. Started out like a pretty good who-dun-it serial killer mystery with a little three-way romance mixed in. Not the kinky kind - the Guy and Girl are friends since childhood but nothing more until the new guy shows up and sweeps her off her feet making the old friend a little jealous….that kind of three way. The murder mystery clu Read in less than a day. The author has a sense of humor and writes in a similar vein to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries, but with a bit less physical comedy. Started out like a pretty good who-dun-it serial killer mystery with a little three-way romance mixed in. Not the kinky kind - the Guy and Girl are friends since childhood but nothing more until the new guy shows up and sweeps her off her feet making the old friend a little jealous….that kind of three way. The murder mystery clues seemed to be leading somewhere but things are not even close to being wrapped up. Since the clues weren't pointing to anyone in particular but to so many different people there was no way to narrow anything down yet. Then suddenly here's the killer, admitting to everything and wrapping it all up in about a page and a half. The murderer is someone who they never even mentioned in the book until the last few pages. It just didn't make any sense. Of course the main character is attacked by the killer at the end and is of course saved my her long time friend and wakes up in the hospital to see him sitting at her bed-side, before she passes out again. But then BAM! The End!! Books over! I was left feeling cheated by this book. There was no closure!! There was so much more that could have been written and other ways it could have gone that would have made more sense. I think the author was setting up for sequels, because there are three more. But after reading this first book, I may not continue on with the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    Well this was unexpectedly enjoyable! I downloaded this book for free from Amazon and wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading it. Most Kindle freebies are worthless but the reviews for this book were pretty good and I hadn’t read a mystery for while so I thought I’d give this one a try. I have to say it had been a long time since I enjoyed reading a mystery but here the story was entertaining and the plot was fast paced. So much so that I read the book in one single sitting. I thought I ha Well this was unexpectedly enjoyable! I downloaded this book for free from Amazon and wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading it. Most Kindle freebies are worthless but the reviews for this book were pretty good and I hadn’t read a mystery for while so I thought I’d give this one a try. I have to say it had been a long time since I enjoyed reading a mystery but here the story was entertaining and the plot was fast paced. So much so that I read the book in one single sitting. I thought I had guessed who the killer was but the author had me fooled and the ending of the book came as a complete surprise, which felt really nice! I didn’t know there would be some romance thrown in (I’d never heard of this author before) but it didn’t bother me much as it didn’t prove too overwhelming. What I enjoyed most about this book is J.J.’s character. She’s been through a lot, her life sucks but she’s smart and strong. Although she’s no Charley Davidson in the smart-ass department I like her dry sense of humour and she can definitely get snarky and sarcastic. She’s doesn’t quite make it to the kick-butt heroine status but she’s pretty close! Her back story is interesting (it leaves room for development too) and I like the relationship she has with Jack, her best friend and local alpha male. True, we know where this is headed but it’s still an enjoyable ride. Overall this is a light but very entertaining read. And I think I’m pretty much hooked. I want to know what happens next!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Hoover

    I am a bit conflicted over this book. I really enjoyed the snarky humorous style of the author & main character JJ Graves and found myself laughing out loud more than once. The murderer eluded me for awhile as my thoughts on Who Done It? wavered between characters. I really liked Jack & the dynamics between him & Jaye. But on the downside, this story never really gelled for me - I tried to grab on & make a connection but it bounced around a little too much for me. I didn't buy into the instant l I am a bit conflicted over this book. I really enjoyed the snarky humorous style of the author & main character JJ Graves and found myself laughing out loud more than once. The murderer eluded me for awhile as my thoughts on Who Done It? wavered between characters. I really liked Jack & the dynamics between him & Jaye. But on the downside, this story never really gelled for me - I tried to grab on & make a connection but it bounced around a little too much for me. I didn't buy into the instant love triangle that Brody brought to the table, felt little if any empathy for the characters...and the ending is abrupt. I want to check out book 2 and see how the series settles in as I do like the humor & style. A good read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wani Ray

    This started off on a high note and then something went wrong along the way. Firstly Jaye just met Brody and they only knew each other for what, four days and they already love each other?! We knew nothing about him, other than being a writer. We didn't get a chance to get to know him because he was only there for Jaye to have sex with and declare her love for. There are all these homicides going on in town and she's focused on her dry spell. Not only that, but she knows the people being murdere This started off on a high note and then something went wrong along the way. Firstly Jaye just met Brody and they only knew each other for what, four days and they already love each other?! We knew nothing about him, other than being a writer. We didn't get a chance to get to know him because he was only there for Jaye to have sex with and declare her love for. There are all these homicides going on in town and she's focused on her dry spell. Not only that, but she knows the people being murdered! Just seems a little ridiculous to me. I liked parts of this book but it ended abruptly!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Onaiza Khan

    A great crime fiction that hooked me from the beginning. It's a must read for crime fiction lovers. The characters are good and easy to connect. The resolution also turned out to be quite unique and interesting. And this book is not dirty at all, its in fact a decent read. A great crime fiction that hooked me from the beginning. It's a must read for crime fiction lovers. The characters are good and easy to connect. The resolution also turned out to be quite unique and interesting. And this book is not dirty at all, its in fact a decent read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    A great story! Although not a huge fan of the type of secrets being uncovered, well except JJ's - please tell me more!!, I still found the twists and turns to be quite fun! The ending, omg the ending, it made me want to purchase the next book immediately! I wasn't sold on the future romance that I see coming though, maybe in the next book. :D A great story! Although not a huge fan of the type of secrets being uncovered, well except JJ's - please tell me more!!, I still found the twists and turns to be quite fun! The ending, omg the ending, it made me want to purchase the next book immediately! I wasn't sold on the future romance that I see coming though, maybe in the next book. :D

  21. 4 out of 5

    Krista

    After a string of new adult and adult audiobooks, I wanted something different. I had heard good things about Liliana Hart's J. J. Graves Mystery series, and when I saw it was on sale, I decided that a good mystery was just what the doctor ordered. Not to mention the fact that it's Liliana Hart - I love her MacKenzie Family series. The thing is, Dirty Little Secrets is completely different from Liliana Hart's other series. J. J. Graves is a completely different heroine. It was a fun departure f After a string of new adult and adult audiobooks, I wanted something different. I had heard good things about Liliana Hart's J. J. Graves Mystery series, and when I saw it was on sale, I decided that a good mystery was just what the doctor ordered. Not to mention the fact that it's Liliana Hart - I love her MacKenzie Family series. The thing is, Dirty Little Secrets is completely different from Liliana Hart's other series. J. J. Graves is a completely different heroine. It was a fun departure from what I've been listening to as of late. The characters in this book would be enough for me. They're all interesting and quirky and so full of color and life. But, in addition to the awesome characters, there's a twisty mystery that kept me guessing through the entire story. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was shocked to find out I didn't. J. J. Graves is the medical examiner/coroner/funeral director in the small town of Bloody Mary, VA. In such a small town, her life isn't all that interesting, even with all the hats she has to wear. That is, until people start getting murdered. Then she and her best friend, the town sheriff Jack, have entirely too much to do. Dirty Little Secrets really had it all. First, there's a fantastic mystery. One person dies, and you think you know who did it. But, as J. J. and Jack start their investigation, things don't exactly fall into place that neatly. Because, then another person dies. And, once again, you think you have it all figured out. And by the time the third murder occurs, you just throw your hands up and abandon all theories, because every one you come up with is thwarted. I love mysteries like this. The ones where the who-dun-it sneaks up on you. They're thrilling and they give my brain a work out. There's also the characters. J. J. is hysterical and cynical and snarky. I love her relationship with her bestie Jack. They've been friends since they were kids and they've been there for each other through all the bad things. Their relationship is unique and special. They go through some more tough times in this book, but you just know that they'll come together again. Despite the heat we see in Liliana Hart's other books, it's not in Dirty Little Secrets. J. J. has a bit of a romance, but any sexy times are all non-descript and fade-to-black. The focus of the story is truly on the mystery at hand, as well as the mystery surrounding what really happened to J. J.'s parents. Laura Faye Smith did a fantastic job narrating Dirty Little Secrets. Her intonation and inflection were perfect for all the characters in the story. This was a fantastic audiobook, and a pretty short one too. At less than six hours long, it can be finished quickly. I'm really looking forward to listening to the other books in this series, especially given the events at the very end of this book. I have a feeling some really good things are in store for J. J.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    This review is from: Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery (Paperback) 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 circum This review is from: Dirty Little Secrets: A J.J. Graves Mystery (Paperback) 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!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Not bad, but not great, either. I liked it, but didn't love it. Things I didn't like: There were several typos and grammatical errors. One I can think of off the top of my head was the use of "peak your interest" as opposed to "pique your interest". Also, the murderer was introduced earlier in the book, and then never really brought up again, so that when the time for the big reveal came, I was all, "Wait a minute...who's this now?" I felt that character should have been incorporated into the story Not bad, but not great, either. I liked it, but didn't love it. Things I didn't like: There were several typos and grammatical errors. One I can think of off the top of my head was the use of "peak your interest" as opposed to "pique your interest". Also, the murderer was introduced earlier in the book, and then never really brought up again, so that when the time for the big reveal came, I was all, "Wait a minute...who's this now?" I felt that character should have been incorporated into the story a bit more, because I had to stop and think about who that character even was. The insta-love between JJ and Brody. Insta-lust I could have been on board with, but that's not what happened here. The book ended way too abruptly for me. I felt there should have been a bit more resolution. Things I did like: The book's humor. There were several moments where I found myself smiling at an amusing part. JJ (or Jaye), a small town coroner. She was, for the most part, well written. She's smart and spunky and kind of snarky. Jack, the town's sheriff, and JJ's life-long best friend. The friendship between JJ and Jack and the fact that there's the potential for it to be more. Overall: It was a cute, quick read. One I didn't regret reading, but I am unsure as to whether I am going to continue with the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lawson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don’t even know why I bothered to finish this mess. The writing is decent but wow is it unbelievable. As someone who works in Pathology, you would NEVER show a random stranger a dead body and tell them the story behind it! Umm hello?? Because she has the hots for the rando writer who enters town, she not only risks her job but spreads her legs within DAYS of meeting him and is already throwing around the L word. She even brings the writer on scene with her when they find another dead body! Lik I don’t even know why I bothered to finish this mess. The writing is decent but wow is it unbelievable. As someone who works in Pathology, you would NEVER show a random stranger a dead body and tell them the story behind it! Umm hello?? Because she has the hots for the rando writer who enters town, she not only risks her job but spreads her legs within DAYS of meeting him and is already throwing around the L word. She even brings the writer on scene with her when they find another dead body! Like WTF?? You can’t just bring people for show and tell to death scenes. *face palm* The author did not do research into how autopsies are performed at all. You don’t do the external exam and then decide to break for breakfast. That’s just not how it works. The killer is a nobody who means nothing to the story. They are getting no where in their investigation when the killer just shows up at JJ’s house and confesses everything to her? His reasoning makes absolutely no sense!! “It was all about you” WHAT?? Smh don’t waste your time!!!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    4.5 out of 5. One of the best, well-written and funny romance/mystery novels I have read recently. The heroine and the hero are best friends and know one another like the back of their hands. So nothing is sacred and everything in their lives is fair game. The repartee sparkles. Yet there is lots of sadness, grieving, murder and mayhem, questions that don't seem to have any answers, and a serial killer whose identity will shock readers. It won't really be known until the very end. As the first i 4.5 out of 5. One of the best, well-written and funny romance/mystery novels I have read recently. The heroine and the hero are best friends and know one another like the back of their hands. So nothing is sacred and everything in their lives is fair game. The repartee sparkles. Yet there is lots of sadness, grieving, murder and mayhem, questions that don't seem to have any answers, and a serial killer whose identity will shock readers. It won't really be known until the very end. As the first in a series I am looking forward to reading more of the experiences of this smart and witty woman who has "taken it on the emotional chin" and suffered lots of loss. Yet she keeps her wits and manages to preserve her sense of self, even under the most trying of circumstances. Just a truly delightful, terrific read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    I hated the comedic element that was thrown into this story and deleted it 8% in. She randomly add apostrophes where they're not needed-as in "...about that Grave's girl" or "the citizen's had a tendency"...irritating.Straitjacket morphed into a straightjacket but that might've been how it's spelled in America. I was lost in this passage too-I was hell on morning wood. I thought I knew what morning wood was but didn't get why she mentioned it.... I also found it pretty hard to believe that someon I hated the comedic element that was thrown into this story and deleted it 8% in. She randomly add apostrophes where they're not needed-as in "...about that Grave's girl" or "the citizen's had a tendency"...irritating.Straitjacket morphed into a straightjacket but that might've been how it's spelled in America. I was lost in this passage too-I was hell on morning wood. I thought I knew what morning wood was but didn't get why she mentioned it.... I also found it pretty hard to believe that someone sold drugs on the sly yet the coroner avails herself of penicillin and cotraception pills in this fashion. Really ?? It just wasn't what was described so I was totally disappointed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberlie

    Exactly my kind of story. Independent woman with a snarky sense of humor and two hotties vying for her affection. It's not the BEST writing, but I'd definitely want to read more from this author. Certainly no glaring plot issues or character flaws, just some minor grammar stuff. Exactly my kind of story. Independent woman with a snarky sense of humor and two hotties vying for her affection. It's not the BEST writing, but I'd definitely want to read more from this author. Certainly no glaring plot issues or character flaws, just some minor grammar stuff.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kjen

    Great freebie! Of course, they do that to get people to read the rest of the series. Well, it worked on me;) Fast paced with interesting characters. Hart was fade to black on the love scenes, but maybe that's because these weren't with "the" guy. I liked it enough to continue, regardless... Great freebie! Of course, they do that to get people to read the rest of the series. Well, it worked on me;) Fast paced with interesting characters. Hart was fade to black on the love scenes, but maybe that's because these weren't with "the" guy. I liked it enough to continue, regardless...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alicia McCalla

    Intriguing mystery. Enjoyed the pacing and storyline.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma James

    RATING: 4.5 STARS! Jack and J.J. I am shipping already. Ahhh the mayhem and secrets in a town called Bloody Mary. I mean, what really could go wrong with a name like that? Totally dug book 1.

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