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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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.

©2018 Deveraux Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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This book was fair

I don't think it was as good as her usual stuff. I think she should stick to romance.

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Disappointed but still worth a listen!

I’ve read every single book of Jude Deveraux’ over the years. I’ve grown up with them from 15 to now 45. But this one had ZERO romance. There were GREAT characters and intrigue. Wonderful banter and enjoyment! But I would have loved another 2 chapters to tie up the end. The murder gets solved, but my heart is not fulfilled.

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Excellent...as always

I've always loved JD, this one was no different. A good mystery and story writing.

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Love It!

One of her best books ever and that’s saying a lot since I’ve loved them all....The narration was superb!

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left wanting answers

I absolutely loved this book and hated the end. If there is going to be a sequel which answers all of the questions I have then I will wait patiently. I want to know about the mother and small child that escaped from the house while the tree was being planted. Was that Kate and her mom? I want to know Kate's parent's story. I want to know if there were other murders in that neighborhood and are there more bodies buried? It was referenced. How did they hang Ben?

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Still My Favorite Author

I love everything Jude Deveraux has ever written. A Willing Murder is her first trip into the mystery genre and it was quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, I figured out the murderer very early on, but it’s still Jude’s voice. After so many years of reading and listening to her stories, I’ve become familiar with her cadence and speech patterns. For that alone, i loved this book. It’s not frightening or overly romantic, but it is a solid story by the magical Jude Deveraux.

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Sleepless

Could not stop reading, I had to continue on after each chapter. It was so good. I know I will pick it up tomorrow again.

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One of the her best

Book was exciting, funny, suspenseful and very entertaining. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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good read

like to listen to light but sensible books while I'm doing house work or outside work. makes time go faster and enjoyable.

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started kind of slow.

beginning was annoying, characters were displeasing, and honestly just annoying. Story did get better, but honestly far from Ms.Deveraux best books.