Book Review: Missing – The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar

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Missing: The Lady Said NoMissing: The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I stumbled across author Jacquie Biggar via her WordPress blog and/or Twitter account and learned she had published a lot of books. I perused the list and chose this one based on my normal reading preferences leaning toward mystery and historical fiction. In this novel, part of a series or collection of books, we focus on foul play leading up to a 1950s Kentucky Derby event. I get to combine two of my favorite genres — how fun!

August Grant (Gus) is the detective who’s called to a plantation home when the owner is found dead. It appears as if the man shot himself, and his wife is beside herself. She’s also in the arms of the local sheriff. The two policemen face off over whether it was murder or suicide. Gus soon meets a staff member at the plantation and has an intimate connection to her in the past. He also learns a secret about the end of their relationship that could change the future. As he pokes around, something’s also amiss with the upcoming horse race and everyone is more jumpy or angry than ever. Gus keeps pushing until he learns all the information he needs to find the killer and fix a wrong in his own past.

The story is on the shorter side but makes for a great introduction to the author’s writing style and perhaps the series if you enjoy the characters. Biggar is descriptive but also very focused on the plot, which is always important to me. I enjoyed the layers of this one as it kept growing more and more complex as the pages flipped by. It’s an easy read, less than 2 hours if you’re focused, given how she draws you into the plight of a few characters and the actual mystery. Although it takes place in the 1950s, there isn’t a lot of detail about the time frame which can be both helpful and not helpful. If you’re looking for a deep southern connection from the past, it’s on the lighter side, but it also makes for a good foray into the exploration of life at that time. The details that tell you the time frame are hidden in the decor, word choice, and character actions. No computers, no cell phones, no automated way to track a killer. Just good old fashioned common sense and questioning. I like it!

I look forward to reading more from the author’s vast publications… perhaps pushing my boundaries on some genres and reading in a new one. Kudos to the author for creating a wonderful book with lots of potential to tempt and tease readers on all she’s capable of. She’s a USA Today Best-Selling author. See her website site.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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41 thoughts on “Book Review: Missing – The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar

    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 17, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    A Kentucky Derby setting… interesting…

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    Shalini said:
    October 17, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    I loved that you PERUSED and chose one… 😉😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM

      LOL how so? I actually chatted with the author and asked her to pick one, but I didn’t say that in the full review!

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        Shalini said:
        October 17, 2018 at 10:37 AM

        I love the word PERUSED, that’s it 😉😉😂😂🤣🤣

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    October 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    This is an awesome surprise! Thanks for the fabulous review, James. I was a huge Colombo fan growing up and decided to try my hand at writing a mystery- now I’m hooked, lol

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 17, 2018 at 1:02 PM

      You’re very welcome! I really enjoyed it and you should keep up writing in the mystery genre. It’s a nice cross-genre foray. 🙂 I watched Columbo, too!

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    October 17, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Reblogged this on Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author and commented:
    A wonderful 5 star #bookReview for my #mystery novel, The Lady Said No by James J. Cudney. Thank you, James!

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    Teagan R. Geneviene said:
    October 17, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    It’s always good to see Jacquie featured, but I’m excited to learn more about this book. Hugs.

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    robertawrites235681907 said:
    October 17, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    I have read one of Jacquie’s books and also enjoyed it thoroughly. I will definitely be reading more of her books.

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    Mae Clair said:
    October 17, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    What a wonderful review. I’ve read a few of Jacquie’s books and always find them professional, polished and engaging. I’ll have to add this one to my list.

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    Mary J. McCoy-Dressel said:
    October 17, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    It’s nice to get a peek inside Jacquie’s book via a wonderful review.

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    October 17, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Great review! This sounds like a book right up my alley. I’m going to check it out!

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    October 17, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Oh! I am so happy you loved Jacquie’s book Jay! I have to try her books too 😉

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    carhicks said:
    October 20, 2018 at 10:16 PM

    I am not familiar with this author, but will check out her many works. Great review. I love when there is a pleasant surprise when reading like a mystery popping in when you think you are reading historical fiction. Nice review Jay.

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    America On Coffee said:
    October 25, 2018 at 4:37 AM

    An exciting read. I am imagining it to be a spoof. 😊☕

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 25, 2018 at 7:08 AM

      That might be an interesting one! No, it’s definitely a traditional love / mystery story. She’s a good writer.

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        America On Coffee said:
        October 25, 2018 at 7:14 AM

        Sounds exciting still. And, thanks kindly James for correcting my misinterpretation. 😊☕💕

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 25, 2018 at 7:17 AM

        No worries. It would make a good spoof story too.

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