13 September 2016

Review: Grime Family by Marji Lane


Amazon Description

Meeting the parents can be murder. For Dani Foster that’s a literal statement, and there’s little chance her boyfriend’s parents will ever warm up to her. Not after what she uncovers.

After dating for several months, it’s only natural that Jay Hunter should want his girlfriend to meet his family. But Dani’s curious nature and extraordinary observation skills can’t be turned off. Not even for his parents. Their secrets aren’t her doing, and the fact that she unearths them aren’t her intentions, so why is she openly hated?

His parents’ obvious dislike for the lady he loves leaves Jay with a terrible decision. Does he accept their counsel and give up this woman who has meant so much to him, or does he return to Dallas with Dani and never look back? Or is there some way the problems can be resolved without destroying either relationship?

My Review

I didn't enjoy Grime Family as much as I enjoyed the previous books in the series. The scenes between Dani and Jay's parents were awkward and often rushed, and while I understood the purpose of that when everything was explained at the end, it make for an uncomfortable read. It also means I can't really explain what annoyed me, because that would effectively be a spoiler.

Yes, the message was solid. But the writing wasn't as good as in previous books in the series. I also didn't see enough of the developing relationship between Dani and Jay, and that story arc is one of the things I've enjoyed most about this series. Readers are waiting for Dani to reveal her big secret to Jay, and it still hasn't happened. I'm getting a little impatient.

Having said that, if you've read Grime Beat, Grime Wave and Grime Spree, you'll want to find out what happens next to Dani and Jay, no matter what I say. And I'm sure you'll find the book as alternately enjoyable and frustrating as I did. If you haven't read the earlier books and you enjoy contemporary Christian mystery novels with a touch of romance ... well, you should start with Grime Beat.

Thanks to the author for providing a free ebook for review. You can read the introduction to Grime Family below:


  1. This was the first book of hers that I read and I enjoyed it. I have started writing in the Christian series and was curious how to write about faith. Marji worked it in well. It seemed natural and not preachy. I will read more of her work.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! And it's good to know someone can read this and enjoy it without having read the earlier books in the series.