Murder in Half Moon Bay Book 1 (Jillian Bradley Mysteries Series Book 1) - Nancy Jill Thames

Murder in Half Moon Bay Book 1 (Jillian Bradley Mysteries Series Book 1)

By Nancy Jill Thames

  • Release Date: 2012-12-07
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4
From 514 Ratings

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All Jillian Bradley wants is to spend a quiet weekend by the ocean and enjoy her afternoon tea. But a startling discovery draws her and garden club friends into solving a mystery that threatens her life and changes her future.The unlikely team helps the chief of police uncover a series of mysterious events that lead to solving several murders, both past and present.

Could the murderer be the mean spirited conference director? Perhaps it's the wealthy widow on the make for her next husband; or maybe the killer is the haughty businesswoman who shows no regard for her brow beaten-husband.

"Murder in Half Moon Bay," Book 1 in The Jillian Bradley Mystery Series, introduces Jillian's little companion 'Teddy,' a Yorkie who falls prey to danger but rises to become a sleuth dog in the next book.


  • A treat for dog lovers

    By Good start for series
    I have grand-dogs and there was so much dialogue and action that is exactly what my daughter does with her dogs. It made me smile. Thanks for that. I like this group of talented independent women that support each other so fully. There was a good plot with modern bad guys, believable interaction between the characters, and a very cute doggie sidekick. What’s not to like??
  • I cAnT

    By iTs a mE- a MaRiO
    I did not read the book but I did see the covers of all 10 books and I’m wHeEzInG. I don’t know who told her that looked good but MY EYES.
  • Cozy

    By SpeedElPaso
    This is a nice little cozy. Even though there is murder it’s not up in your face and ugly. Teddy is a cute side-kick and adds interesting comments to the dialogue. Overall great for a quick satisfying read.
  • Murder in Half moon Bay

    By Judy1941
    The book was very good. Couldn't wait to see what happens next.
  • Nancy Drew grew up and got a dog

    By Amigo73
    I felt like I was in 4 the grade again and reading a Nancy Drew novel. Weak plot, insipid details, secret rooms and laughable forensics make the entire premise of a garden club sleuth and her Yorke solving crimes for the local police more fitting the YR genre than an adult audience. If you are over 12 save your money and time.
  • A good read

    By dill-fitz
    really like this story , it's great to read a clean mystery or romance book, thanks for sharing this,
  • Murder in Half Moon Bay

    By LovinLife/5
    This is my first Nancy Jill Thames murder mystery. I believe that I would enjoy another. I like that she works with the police and her garden club friends this gives a more diverse perspective. I do like the characters including her dog. I'm looking forward to her next novel.
  • Murder in Half Moon Bay

    By 08ibelieve
    I really wanted to like this book, as I have been to Half Moon Bay many times. I enjoy reading books that take place in familiar settings. However, this novel was so poorly written, I had to force myself to finish it. There were so many instances of details that did not fit, that one had to wonder if the author had an editor. The protagonist, Jillian Bradley, seemed better suited in a British story than one taking place in Northern California. She was a journalist who wrote a gardening column, yet the police chief accepted her as a colleague while solving a couple murders that took place at the Carlton Ritz Hotel during a gardening conference. Yeah, right. I'm sure that would happen in real life. The author seemed obsessed with eating, as that's about all the characters did when they weren't checking out each other's clothing. Valley girls turned middle age with a few murders thrown in. I would not recommend this book to any reader who is used to finely honed murder mysteries.
  • Interesting characters

    By Cindysnap
    This book could use an editor, but the basics are all there. I liked the characters and the religious bit was not overdone. The little dog is a nice touch.
  • Unrealistic

    By BeanNickyBarnes
    I had high hopes for this book, but ended up disappointed. One, it was far too drawn out. 100 pages in and you're still not to the point of the book, which is found in the book's description. Two, this has to be one of the most unrealistic books I have ever read in my life. What detective, a police chief especially, would allow some random woman from his crime scene to tag along and question suspects with him? Are you kidding me? The author has Jillian behaving like she's the chief of police and it's not at all realistic. In one part she's actually walking around the crime scene and asking the real chief questions like he works for her. I thought it was ridiculous. Also, I found the language and tone of the story to be very unnatural. I definitely would not pay for anything from this author.