Jane in St. Pete (Jane in St. Pete Mystery, #1) by Cynthia Harrison #BookReview #RBRT @cynthiaharriso1

Cover: Jane in St. Pete
(Jane in St. Pete, #1)
by Cynthia Harrison

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

(by Amazon)

Widowed art lecturer Jane Chasen is not an impulsive woman. Why, then, does the formerly methodical workaholic quit her job, sell her house, and move from Detroit to Florida? Instead of pondering her atypical behavior, she takes a closer look at a neighbor’s intriguing outdoor art installation. Days later, Detective Jesse Singer discovers the murdered artist in his studio. With Jane’s help, Singer finds the victim’s bloody shirt, inexplicably located within Jane’s gated community. Singer knows nothing about art, and as he closely questions Jane, she offers to help with the art angle of the case. Singer soon takes Jane up on her offer. Then, Jane begins to receive anonymous threats. Singer, determined to protect Jane, keeps her closer to his side than ever—she’s not complaining.

Genre(s): > Mystery Romance
> Women Sleuths (Kindle Store)
> Amateur Sleuths
Series: A Jane in St. Pete Mystery Book, #1
Length: 153 pages
Release date: 2020-11-02


Jane didn’t press him, further. At one time in her life, she might have done so. Not now. Not here. The Florida air changed a person. It had changed Jane. There were days she didn’t recognize herself. Today was one of them.

“I thought we’d start with the house; just walk with me and see what you notice. I’ll record your observations for the record.” He handed Jane gloves and shoe covers.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Jane Chasen, art lecturer, recently widowed. Still trying to get her social footing in the Winding Bayou community, Jane and her friend Kim stop by an artist’s house; an artist who later turns up dead. Jane teams up with police detective Jesse Singer who needs her expertise.

With “Jane in St. Pete”, Cynthia Harrison has created an entertaining mystery with a hint of romance. Jane Chasen is complex; it took me a while to warm up to her as her life choices differed vastly from what I would have done. As I learned more about her, I understood and started to like her. The story comprises a variety of craftily elaborated characters with sufficient depth and interesting interactions until the last page. After warming up to Jane, I had a great time reading “Jane in St. Pete” – it is an intriguing and enjoyable read. I was soon drawn into the story, eager to solve the case. For me, it is more mystery than romance which is good for me; the romantic part enhances the story nicely, though. A story to read again.

This is for you if you like mysteries with well-elaborated twists, interesting and complex characters, a touch of romance, and if you think something like “I would not mind reading more of this”.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough; some mild swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (a little violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

About the author

Reader, writer, and former professional book critic for RT Book Reviews and Publishers Weekly. This is why I only give 3, 4 or 5 star reviews. I do not finish reading books that fall below that level. Life is too short to read bad books!


Connect with the Author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “Jane in St. Pete”? Or – if you did not yet read “Jane in St. Pete” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

5 thoughts on “Jane in St. Pete (Jane in St. Pete Mystery, #1) by Cynthia Harrison #BookReview #RBRT @cynthiaharriso1

  1. Thank you for the lovely review Karen! Like you, Jane is one of those characters whose choices in life I did not understand. I got a divorce instead of “staying married for the kids” but the guilt was huge. I think writing Jane helped ease the guilt. 😁

    • You are most welcome, Cynthia. Sometimes we need to write about stuff to come to terms with something else. Staying for the sake of the kids or getting a clean cut – both decisions are difficult. Additionally, ‘to be free’ meant ‘independent’ for me; I know gated communities from Brazil – not my cup of tea, After a few pages, I realised that Jane had different reasons for moving there, that she had learned from the past. Please forgive me that I misjudged her in the beginning.

      • I’m always glad to hear your thoughts, Karen. Your review was positive, I am grateful to you (and to Rosie!) and everything you said I could relate to…as I felt the same about Jane. I seem to be always working out my own stuff when I write a new character. I think that’s the biggest reason I write. To discover how I really feel about stuff. That said, I value your opinion. I am happy to have your point of view. It’s all useful. xo

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