"Masterfully crafted murder mystery enhanced with humor."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted September 3, 2018
Mystery Amateur Sleuth | Suspense | Thriller Crime
It was a pleasure and honor to review the latest amazing
work of Jude Deveraux. I have been a loyal follower and
reader of anything Jude Deveraux puts on paper. Candidly
much of my love of reading comes from her book list and
favorites of mine that are lovingly passed along to anyone
interested in reading a really good story. And now we have A
WILLING MURDER. It's a book about a twenty-year-old murder
that no one knew about until Jack, his aunt Sara and her
niece Kate started to armchair investigate. Sara is a famous
author. Jack is a genius builder, and contractor and Kate
sells real estate. Obviously, none of this trio is trained
to investigate anything even remotely resembling a murder.
But they are uniquely resourceful, smart and have a sort of
a personal link to the missing women, Verna Morris and her
Like a junk yard dog, this trio will stop at nothing to
ferret out what happened to Verna and Cheryl but they did
not expect what was going to be unearthed. The list of
possible witnesses was negligible. But this small town
wasn't as sleepy as one would expect. People have long
memories and Sara, Kate and Jack were willing to listen. The
local police department had swept a lot under the rug after
doing a cursory job of investigating the missing women. They
were willing to accept the fact that they had simply left in
the middle of the night. But the real facts totally dispute
As facts get uncovered there is a great possibility that new
dangers might face those with any of those aforementioned
A WILLING MURDER by Jude Deveraux is the most delightful
murder mystery you will ever read. Invariably you will find
yourselves laughing right out loud. Usually from the
well-written conversations of our trio. From the very
outset, you will love Kate -- you can't help yourself. She
is a very unique character. And then we get to know Sara and
Jack and well A WILLING MURDER gets better and better.
But I must tell you that you have to wait until about
ninety-five percent of the book to get to a point where you
slap your hand over your mouth. It is the yikes moment, and
it is amazing.
Okay, that's about all I will tell you about the storyline
and characters of A WILLING MURDER. If you want to read the
best of this summer A WILLING MURDER must be on your wish
list. Jude Deveraux fans are just going to adore this sort
of departure from her romance genre. A WILLING MURDER is a
masterfully crafted murder mystery. A treasure that will
make it impossible to put down. From start to finish Jude
Deveraux will have you in her talented grip with A WILLING
New York Times bestselling
romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of
mystery with a story of old secrets, deadly grudges and an
improbable group of friends who are determined to uncover
the truth regardless of the consequences…
Sara Medlar is a household name in romance, with millions of
books sold. But lately, retirement has been boring her and
she’s found herself back in her hometown of Lachlan,
Florida, remodeling the grand old mansion she’d admired as a
child. It’s much too big for her alone, but she’d die before
letting anyone in town know that.
Then Sara’s niece Kate is offered a job in Lachlan—a start
in what could be a very successful career in real estate.
She accepts immediately, but with so little saved up, she’ll
have to approach her estranged yet incredibly famous aunt
for a place to stay while she gets herself settled. But when
she arrives at Sara’s home, she finds she’s not the only
long-term houseguest. Jackson Wyatt already has his own
room, and though it’s impossible to deny his good looks and
charm—he’s clearly got her aunt wrapped around his
finger—she’s also never met anyone who irritates her quite
like Jack does.
However, when two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in
the quiet town, this unlikely trio is suddenly thrust
together by a common goal: to solve a mystery everyone else
seems eager to keep under wraps. United by a sense of
justice and the desire to right old wrongs, Sara, Kate and
Jack will have to dig into Lachlan’s murky past to unravel
the small town’s dark secrets and work to bring the awful
truth to light.
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