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A Willing Murder

A Willing Murder 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 millio

  • Title: A Willing Murder
  • Author: Jude Deveraux
  • ISBN: 0778308197
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 admired as 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 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 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 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 secret

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    1. Jude Deveraux

      Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art In 1967, Jude married and took her husband s surname of White, but four years later they divorced For years, she worked as 5th grade teacher.She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art In 1967, Jude married and took her husband s surname of White, but four years later they divorced For years, she worked as 5th grade teacher.She began writing in 1976, and published her first book, The Enchanted Land 1977 under the name Jude Deveraux Following the publication of her first novel, she resigned her teaching position Now, she is the author of 31 New York Times bestsellers Jude won readers hearts with the epic Velvet series, which revolves around the lives of the Montgomery family s irresistible men Jude s early books are set largely in 15th and 16th century England in them her fierce, impassioned protagonists find themselves in the midst of blood feuds and wars Her heroines are equally scrappy medieval Scarlett O Haras who often have a low regard for the men who eventually win them over They re fighters, certainly, but they re also beauties who are preoccupied with survival and family preservation Jude has also stepped outside her milieu, with mixed results Her James River trilogy River Lady, Lost Lady, and Counterfeit Lady is set mostly in post Revolution America the popular, softer edged Twin of Fire Twin of Ice moves to 19th century Colorado and introduces another hunky man clan, the Taggerts.Deveraux manages to evoke a strong and convincing atmosphere for each of her books, but her dialogue and characters are as familiar as a modern day soap opera s Historicals seem to be all I m capable of, Jude once said in an interview, referring to a now out of print attempt at contemporary fiction, 1982 s Casa Grande I don t want to write family sagas or occult books, and I have no intention of again trying to ruin the contemporary market Still, Jude did later attempt modern day romances, such as the lighthearted High Tide her first murder caper , the contemporary female friendship story The Summerhouse, and the time traveling Knight in Shining Armor In fact, with 2002 s The Mulberry Tree, Deveraux seems to be getting comfortable setting stories in the present, which is a good thing, since the fans she won with her historical books are eager to follow her into the future.Jude married Claude White, who she later divorced in 1993 Around the same time she met Mohammed Montassir with whom she had a son, Sam Alexander Montassir, in 1997 On Oct 6th, 2005, Sam died at the age of eight in a motorcycle accident Jude has lived in several countries and all over the United States She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and has an additional home in the medieval city of Badolato, Italy

    544 Comments

    1. I had a not so nice review typed up, but I ve deleted it Here s the gist I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being sinful It just went ON AND ON Find another way to show how flawed your otherwise perfect character is Maybe don t have her love interest tease her about needing to go to the gym after she eats a sandwich So cringeworthy.Food is a I had a no [...]


    2. A Willing Murder by Jude DeverauxA murder mystery story First in a series.A fun read Quirky character interaction I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortable they are in each other s space, yet they all find it necessary to go off to their own section of the house and do their own thinking Intriguing personalities I d like to read the next and see how they solve the next A Will [...]


    3. I won t say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar If you read Deveraux website, she s living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper Sara Medlar is a retired romance writer, lives in Florida, boxes, lifts weights, and drives a yellow Mini Cooper I hope Deveraux has as much fun writing the character as I did reading about her in A Willing Murder.Sara Medlar bough I w [...]


    4. You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end It s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books I heard Jude talk about her book at ALA and she described a strong backstory to really set this up for a lot of potential future books It was a fun read.


    5. This was a hard pass for me Way too much in story narration to explain away the plot points that didn t make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters alive or dead and was especially annoyed that the author felt the need to close the story with a no the villain is really a bad person bit instead of allowing the story to rest I m also not sure what the tone of this was supposed to be it was a weird This was [...]


    6. 3 Stars what gives it 3 stars instead of 4 I did enjoy this novel it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley The one thing that bothered me as I started reading and obviously still does was how quick some of the character relationship building happened for example, Kate walks into Sara s home for the first time hasn 3 Stars what [...]


    7. While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat food shaming Now that I ve finished I realize this long, nit picky list isn t going to help anyone decide to pick up this book or not Instead I m just going to say that this one was not for me I know Jude Deveraux is a very popular romance writer and this is her first foray into the mystery genre Whi [...]


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