Monday, August 14, 2017

Review 'A Justified Bitch' by H.G. McKinnis
It takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch.

When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. She’s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. There’s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back.

The finger and the brutal murder it reveals are more than a hoarding cat lady with a phantom husband can ignore. Helen’s a suspect, and she ends up in jail. Summoned by the detective on the case, Helen’s sister Pat arrives from Phoenix with two teen-age boys in tow.

While Helen is AWOL from a mental facility, another gruesome murder is discovered. Pat, the boys, and the detective struggle to separate fact from insanity, but it takes power beyond the ordinary to bring the truth to light.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 8th, 2017
A Las Vegas Mystery #1
Mystery, Crime
eBook, Paperback, Audio
Available at:

My Review:

When I first read the book description of ‘A Justified Bitch’, I was immediately curious about this read. I love mysteries and the fact that this book had a confused main character just spoke to me. So I was super happy when I received the email that I could read and review this book.

First of all, I love this cover. I’ve read that most people don’t seem to like this cover, but I seriously love it! I love how the orange grabs your attention, and it just makes me want to start reading. I think it’s a very strong cover, and it was definitely the first thing that made me want to read this book. It’s different, and not like any other cover I’ve seen lately. Definitely a strong starting point for me.

Overall I enjoyed reading ‘A Justified Bitch’. From the moment I started reading, I knew there was something more to this book. The main character Helen Taylor, finds a finger in her back yard right before the police arrives at her neighbors home. Helen’s neighbor is brutally murdered, and it appears Helen might be the only one who has seen something. But the thing is, Helen is talking with her husband.. her dead husband! And Helen doesn’t seem able to give a ‘normal’ answer.

That is the moment Helen’s sister Pat receives a phone call from the police asking for her help. But Pat hasn’t spoken to Helen for years, and she is shocked to find out how Helen’s life has turned out. 

I loved how mental illness played a huge part in this book. As a nurse, I enjoy reading books where people aren’t all ‘normal’. Especially since there are so many people with mental illnesses out there. In real life, I do get in contact with people with mental illnesses and I enjoyed reading how Helen coped with her illness.

The down part about this book for me, was that I really expected more of a mystery novel than ‘A Justified Bitch’ really was. I felt like this book was much more about the mental illness part, and the way people react to it then it was a mystery. It wasn’t necessary a bad thing, but I just expected something different. I also felt like this book was a little slow at moments.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Growing up in Las Vegas, H. G. McKinnis saw above ground atom bomb testing, and cruised the strip on Saturday nights. Currently she works in entertainment dressing the occasional nude. She is also learning new skills and venturing into the convention industry. McKinnis enjoys writing stories about the off-strip events that locals live with and tourists never see.

For more information about H.G. McKinnis please visit her website.

I received this book by Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Never heard of this one, but I like the cover as well!!

    Good review :)

    1. Thanks. I'm glad to hear you like the cover too! :) I don't understand why people don't like it!

  2. This is new to me. Sorry to hear it was not quite what you expected. I am glad that you were still able to enjoy it.

    1. Thanks Nadene. I hadn't heard about this book before I received a review copy. But it was an enjoyable read. ;)


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