Veterans Day

A Mary Jane Morris Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
231 Pages
Reviewed on 09/12/2017
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Author Biography

For me it’s always been detectives. Growing up I was dazzled by Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, Phillip Marlowe, “The Shadow,” and Miss Marple. Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammet, Mickey Spillane, and Earle Stanley Gardner toughened me up and made me less sentimental. I took French in college so I could read Simenon in the original. Later, unimpressed by James Bond, I fell for the bitter misanthrope Morse, the depressed Swede Wallander, and the fussy dandy Poirot.
Then women entered the scene, smarter and more resourceful than the exasperated men around them. Miss Marple has been joined by a whole sisterhood of detectives including blunt V.I. Warshovsky and Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, both surrounded by sexists on all sides, working class Barbara Havers clashing with the handsome Lord Lynley, and the angry gothic punk, Lisbeth Salander. I particularly like stories with a strong sense of place like Chandler’s Los Angeles, Donna Leon’s Venice, and Sarah Paretsky’s Chicago.
With students and audiences over the years, I have also explored the violent people and cruel terrain of detective films including Hitchcock, Chinatown, and Three Days of the Condor. It was probably inevitable that I would invent a detective and write stories about her.
Mary Jane Morris practices her trade in Washington D.C. I understand why Margaret Truman set her series of murder mysteries there. It is one of the most interesting and contradictory places in the world.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite

Veterans Day: A Mary Jane Morris mystery by J.J. Jorgens sets the stage for an intriguing glimpse into a private investigator's life. Living the life of a female cop, Mary Jane is awakened by an unexpected and disturbing early morning phone call from her ex-partner. “Mary Jane. You have to help me. There’s nobody else I can turn to, and I’m running out of time.” Although the two had not worked together for some time, the bond still existed between the former colleagues. She had never known him to sound so desperate, so rattled. As Mary Jane contemplates Davy’s words, she is haunted by the implications of his words. Why was he running out of time? What was he talking about? In a heroic and dangerous race to his residence, Mary Jane arrives to find her partner dead. She was his only hope of restitution. Not being in the favor of D.C.’s finest, Mary Jane Morris is left relatively alone in the discoveries she makes while working on cracking the case of Davy’s death. Suicide was not his thing. Working to support his public is.

Jorgens creates an action-packed novel complete with engaging dialog and fact-filled descriptions, set in our nation’s capital. As Mary Jane delves into Davy’s last case, she discovers realities of some very important government officials. Ironically titled Veterans Day, this robust novel investigates the injustices placed on the veterans of our country. The author’s knowledge of veteran affairs becomes quite apparent as the main character unearths the extent to which the federal government will go in short-cutting the men and women who give their lives to keep America free. A riveting read! Fans of Sue Grafton will be glad for another winning female hero.