A JUSTIFIED MURDER  by Jude Deveraux

A JUSTIFIED MURDER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the second installment of the Medlar Mystery series, an author and her partners-in-solving-crime investigate the murder of an elderly woman in Lachlan, Florida.

“Today, living alone is considered to be an almost criminal act,” says Sara Medlar, author and amateur sleuth. Perhaps that’s why Janet Beeson was found dead in her home with a knife in her chest, poison dripping from her mouth, and a bullet in her head. Other than her best friend, Sylvia Alden, who killed herself two years ago, Janet had no close friends—and no real enemies. According to all the neighbors who admit they’ve taunted her, vandalized her property, and called her a witch over the years, Janet hadn’t done anything to deserve it. If anything, they’re surprised she’d never tried to murder any of them. Sara doesn’t want to get involved, but when Sheriff Daryl Flynn asks her to stop by the crime scene to take pictures, she can’t get Janet’s story out of her head. With the help of her niece, realtor Kate Medlar, and Jack Wyatt, the grandson of her old flame, Sara continues to poke her nose around town to find out why this supposedly sweet old lady’s life went sour. And she seems to find a new scandal around every corner. Meanwhile, Kate prods the neighbors for stories about her late father, and Jack’s crush on Kate remains unrequited.

Readers who are new to the series will quickly catch up. Juicy neighborhood gossip and a good dose of humor build up to a dramatic ending that’s equal parts wicked and fun.

Pub Date: Feb. 26th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-7783-0829-4
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2018




Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >

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