Duck for Cover & Other Tales by Barbara Venkataraman / #Review @BarbaraVenkat

The Yes Man is about a woman who looks after her elderly father with dementia, only to discover he still has life lessons to teach her. Living My Best Life tells the story of an aging rock star who finds his legacy lives on in a way he hadn’t imagined. Thicker Than Blood is about the dilemmas caused by modern technology when a trio of siblings is asked to make the hardest decision of their lives. The Devil’s Workshop is the story of a young man being scared straight from a life of delinquency by a clever probation officer and an ex-con.




When I mark a book as ‘read’ in Goodreads, I always throw a glance at the ratings. I am curious to know whether the other readers felt the same about a story as I did and what made them like or dislike it.

When I looked at the results for this book there were already 9 ratings and I was not surprised to see they all gave a 5 star rating. I am happy to add a tenth one, because as per usual I am charmed by her books.

I started by reading her cozy mystery books and I loved them. I was a big fan. Nowadays she writes collections of short stories, some even as short as only 100 words.

This collection has no limit. They all had a different length and when you are familiar with her writing style, you know they are great.

When you start one of her stories, you never know where she will lead you. Sometimes though, gradually, I guessed the direction she was going to take. Other times I was totally surprised by the outcome.

As per usual her stories can be funny, suspenseful or even a bit creepy and she can talk to you about family, love, friends,…, but one thing they all have in common: a punchline.

Another very entertaining book by this author. 5 stars

Thank you


About the author

Award-winning author Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of the Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery series, as well as: Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person; The Fight for Magicallus; If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place; Quirky Essays for Quirky People; and the Flash Fiction Shorts series.

She has won the Indie Book of the Day award twice, the Book of the Day Award, a gold medal for memoir in the Readers’ Favorite Competition, was a finalist in the Kindle Book Awards twice, and won first place in the Amateur Detective category of the Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Mystery Writing Competition.

Her popular Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery Series includes: Death by Didgeridoo, The Case of the Killer Divorce, Peril in the Park, Engaged in Danger, Jeopardy in July, and Malice in Miami.

Her recent non-fiction: Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four, a memoir she co-authored with her son about lessons he learned while working to exonerate four men falsely accused of a terrible crime in the Jim Crow South.


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