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Publisher's Summary

Tricia Miles, mystery bookstore owner and amateur sleuth, is in for a surprise when her ne'er-do-well father, John, comes to town - and promptly becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a woman with her own scandalous past. Even Tricia's faith in the old man is shaken when the Stoneham police break the news that her father is a known con man who has done jail time. But what about best-selling thriller author Steven Richardson? Is it a coincidence that he arrived for a book signing just before the crime or that the victim was found with a signed copy of his latest best seller? From merlot to murder, Tricia is determined to clear the family name before another body shows up and ruins Stoneham's first - and highly anticipated - wine and jazz festival.

©2017 Penguin Random House LLC (P)2017 Tantor

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The family dynamic!

This was probably the best book of the series for me. For one, the family dynamics in this book bring a lot of things full circle. I have loved to see and understand more of why Trisha is how she is. The mystery itself wasn't really the highlight of this book. It didn't really make sense as much as it was sort of thrown together to close the plot. So if you're looking for a good sense mystery this won't fit the bill. But if you are an avid lover of this series then this book definitely will delight. I can't wait for the next book! In fact, I hope there is one ....

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The End

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Mission impossible. In the beginning books the parents were wealthy and in this one the father is a crazy bum, gallivanting around the country leaving debt/mayhem. The characters (parents) along the original story line are wealthy, conservative and self centered. Now even that has become too unrealistic to even begin to enjoy the book.

What could Lorna Barrett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I've given up on this writer. This was the one series that she writes I enjoyed. Now it too has became unbearable.

What aspect of Karen White’s performance would you have changed?

The poor woman could only do so much with this tripe!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Just Clause?

The characters of the book would have remained some what believable. I would have advised the writer to throw the whole thing out and start over.

Any additional comments?

The reason for the title is, this is the last book by Lorna Barrett I will purchase. I strongly do not care to continue wasting money on poor story lines and hair brain poorly written books.

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  • Colleen
  • Taunton, MA, United States
  • 05-08-18

The story doesn't disappoint, the narrator does

I have listened to all of the books in the Booktown Mystery Series, and Cassandra Campbell, who narrated the first 5 books does a far better job than the current narrator Karen White. The men in the book took on a completely different persona when Karen White started the narrating. Mr. Everest used to be a likable character, but KW's narration makes him seem stodgy. Also, the character Christopher completely underwent a character transformation, I believe because how she narrated the character was whiney, annoying, and conceited. KW's narration of Tricia is ok (although I also prefer CC's narration of Tricia) but KW does not do men's voices well at all. They all sound the same...and not at all masculine. Really takes away from enjoying the book. Another small point...I by no means am a teatotaler, but I thought in this particular book (and the 3 or 4 previous books) every single activity they do, involves an alcoholic drink. If people drank as much as they do in this book in real life, they would be full fledged alcoholics. I don't mind a few drinks a few times a week, but these girls belt down pitcher after pitcher of Martini's...just seems a bit unnecessary. Bothered me enough that I only rated the story 4 stars.

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  • Nique
  • Compton, CA, United States
  • 02-04-18

Satisfying Story

This book really warmed my heart. I loved how a lot of loose ends were tied up and the story was crafted well.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-28-18

WOW

Like the previous books in this series, this one is very good. The characters and plot are very realistic. Karen White does a great job bringing the characters to life. This is one of the best cozy mystery series written.

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The narrator has a very odd reading cadence.

Her odd cadence made it less than pleasant to listen to. She tried to do different voices for the characters but would forget which voice she was supposed to be using.

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enjoyable

enjoyed the narrator and her interpretation of the characters. general story was nice. i liked the healing for the family. however i missed the stronger mystery feel that her othe books have. i did enjoy the overall book.

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  • Karen
  • Loves Park, Illinois, United States
  • 08-17-17

Great

Great book, always enjoy Lorna's writing. Can't wait for her next installment. Lovely narration, Karen White is terrific.

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Not even close to believable.

I just had a hard time thinking about grown women calling their ne're do well father...Daddy. Just made me irritated.

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Let down

I was so excited when I received the email that there was another book. I kept waiting and waiting for a story line. This was a let down after enjoying the others so much.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful