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A willing murder, Jude Deveraux

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A willing murder
Title
A willing murder
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Jude Deveraux
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eng
Summary
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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  • Upon learning she has an aunt—famous, reclusive romance writer Sara Medlar—Kate Medlar becomes a real-estate agent in insular Lachlan, Florida, so she can learn more about her father, who died when she was a child. Sara enthusiastically welcomes her, inviting Kate to stay in her large home along with construction-company owner Jack Wyatt, on crutches recovering from a car accident that killed his half-brother. At one of Jack’s sites, the three accidentally uncover the skeletons of Cheryl Morris and her mother, who supposedly left town 20 years before. Sara, Kate, and Jack, who at 11 worshipped the then-teenage Cheryl, investigate, determined to find justice for the two, uncovering decades-old secrets and stirring up a killer determined to protect those secrets. Complicating matters, the suave Alastair Stewart is romantically interested in Kate, annoying Jack. The three well-drawn main characters, plot twists, verbal sparring, and the romance elements distinguish this gentle suspense novel, the first venture into crime fiction by romance-megastar Deveraux. There's enough romance here, though, to interest those who enjoy reading Phyllis Whitney and Barbara Michaels. -- Sue O'Brien (Reviewed 8/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 22, p38)
  • Bestselling romance author Deveraux (Ever After) sets her overwrought debut mystery, an apparent series launch, in familiar territory. Successful romance writer Sara Medlar has returned in style to the Florida equivalent of Peyton Place, her hometown of Lachlan, which teems with rivalries, jealousies, and long-held grudges. Finding retirement dull, Sara welcomes her long-estranged niece, Kate Medlar, to live with her in her newly renovated mansion. Sara and Kate, along with local contractor Jack Wyatt, the self-made grandson of Sara’s first love, soon get caught up in a murder investigation when two skeletons are discovered on land Jack purchased to develop. One of the murder victims is long-missing Cheryl Morris, a beautiful girl from the wrong side of the tracks. The necklace Jack gave her years before not only identifies her body but stirs up ugly rumors from the past. Kate, Sara, and Jack’s attempt to solve the murders reveals Lachlan’s dark underbelly. Mary Higgins Clark fans will best appreciate this one. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 07/16/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 29, p)
  • Surprised that the author is Deveraux, mega-best-selling author of romance and women's fiction? Here she switches gears to write a mystery that opens with two corpses found in small-town Lachlan, FL. Everyone wants them buried figuratively as well as literally, and it takes a trio of risk-taking protagonists to uncover the truth. With a 150,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 04/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 6, p43)
  • The mystery debut of bestselling romance author Deveraux (As You Wish, 2018, etc.) starts with an unhappily-ever-after—an unsolved murder. But its heroine, a romance novelist, has a better ending in mind. After purchasing a house in her hometown of Lachlan, Florida, Sara Medlar makes a gruesome discovery in her yard. Buried beneath a poinciana tree with flaming red leaves are the skeletons of a mother and daughter. Sara's housemate, Jackson "Jack" Wyatt, knew the victims well. Cheryl Morris skipped town 20 years ago, just after her 16th birthday, presumably with her mother. Although Jack was younger, the two were friends, and he knew she aspired to be a television journalist, not a runaway. But Cheryl's mother was believed to be a prostitute, which was why only Jack questioned the family's disappearance. Jack is now a construction worker and the grandson Sara wished she'd had with his late grandfather, who married someone else. He's haunted by the car accident that killed his half brother and left him on crutches. Meanwhile, Sara's niece, realtor Kate Medlar, has joined Sara in Lachlan to learn more about her late father. Kate and Jack fight like siblings, but there's room for romance in future books. For now, Sara, Kate, and Jack form a trio of unlikely sleuths, using Sara's fame as an author and the house's notoriety as a crime scene to pump the locals for more information. Although the story's tone is dark, Deveraux's signature humor often peeks through, especially when the sheriff points out all the ways the trio's meddling has jeopardized the case. Fans of Deveraux and the cozy mystery genre will find common ground in this twisted tale of forgotten graves, small-town grudges, and new friends. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10692372
Cataloging source
QX9
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Deveraux, Jude
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3554.E9273
LC item number
W55 2018b
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
A Medlar mystery
Series volume
[book 1]
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  • Women authors
  • Retirees
  • Murder
  • Roommates
  • Mansions
  • Florida
  • Florida
  • Roommates
  • Retirees
  • Murder
  • Mansions
  • Women authors
  • Florida
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A willing murder, Jude Deveraux
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  • "New York Times bestselling author"--Jacket
  • Sequel: A justified murder
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1031103180
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780778308331
Lccn
2019295591
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)1031103180
Label
A willing murder, Jude Deveraux
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "New York Times bestselling author"--Jacket
  • Sequel: A justified murder
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1031103180
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
333 pages
Isbn
9780778308331
Lccn
2019295591
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1031103180

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