Sunday, September 16, 2018
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux
Sara Medlar bought a big mansion in Lachlan, her hometown, and hired Jack Wyatt, grandson of her childhood sweetheart, to remodel it. But, she's rattling around in that house. When Jack breaks his leg in a tragic accident, she invites him to move in. Then her niece Kate Medlar accepts a job as a realtor in Lachlan, and Sara is excited to offer her a suite in the house. But, Kate's just a little suspicious of Jack's motives. However, Kate's not there long when the trio finds something they all have in common. They all troop over to check on Jack's properties when a tree goes down. Sara has her camera, but it's Kate who accidentally backs up into a skeleton. Twenty years earlier, someone planted a poinciana over the freshly dug grave of two murder victims. And, Jack knows just who they are, Verna and Cheryl Morris.
Although the local sheriff has little interest in opening a cold case when he suspects Jack's father was the killer, Sara, Jack, and Kate feel otherwise. They're all determined to snoop and find justice for the dead women. But, their best intentions go awry when some of their expected sources are killed. Someone is just one step ahead of the trio, someone who is adept at throwing suspicion on others. And, in a town sharply divided by money and class, the community would like to forget the murder of two women with reputations.
Deveraux has been praised and won prizes for her romances. Her debut mystery is just as delightful. It's an amusing, witty mystery that never loses sight of the reason for the murder investigation, or the tragedies that arise because of secrets.The characters are well-developed and engaging. It's the banter-filled conversations between the trio that make this mystery shine, though. Kate and Sara are sassy, determined women. And, there's just enough of a romantic spark to add interest. A Willing Murder is a solid, entertaining mystery. I'm looking forward to the February release of the next Medlar Mystery.
Jude Deveraux' website is www.judedeveraux.com
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux. MIRA, 2018. ISBN 9780778369295 (hardcover), 384p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.