“Based on what we saw this morning, there is something really evil going on that neither of us knows about.”Jude Deveraux, A Justified Murder, p 36
Who enjoys a “who dun it” story? *flings hand around in the air* I sure as hell do! I was happy to see that this book had a bit more craziness going on with it than the last book. I don’t want to give too many spoilers away for those that have not read the book as of yet, but you want to stay open-minded. I like when a book makes me wonder and guess who the guilty may be, making me change my mind a few times in the process as the details of the situation continue to expand, and this book definitely made that happen. There are some books that I have enjoyed where you know who the killer is from the beginning and that brings suspense into the story whereas this book is chalked full of mystery, it is called A Medlar Mystery after all, however, I do tend to enjoy mysteries more as I like the guessing game type. If you’re not a fan of this type of story, this book may not be for you (or you may just surprise yourself and find out it is).
In, A Justified Murder, it picks up pretty much where things were left off with the first book, A Willing Murder, and I love that. I enjoy books that are standalone but I do favor a series as I love being able to find out how characters are getting on with their lives, even if they are not the main characters in the following stories. We do stick alongside with the same main characters, Sara, Jack, and Kate, in this book and I still really like how the focus continues on with the three of them as a group instead of just focusing on one at a time. It brings that roundness that I look for to the storyline.
This time around the three of them are determined not to get involved in the murder that has happened once again in their small town of Lachlan, Florida, nonetheless, this doesn’t seem to stick as they soon find themselves wrapped up in the investigation. I found it funny how, no matter how many times they said they were not going to get sucked into the murder investigation, Sara agreed to take photos of the murder scene and the victim of the crime, dragging the other two along with her. Sheriff Daryl Flynn was insistent on it considering they did so well in resolving the previous murder that had happened in their town. And of course, they didn’t stop there, as they soon found themselves going around town trying to figure out who had it out for Janet.
The bickering between Kate and Jack also continue into this book. I don’t think I would have liked it as much if they weren’t continually picking at one another. They bring an extra level to the story, as instead of the book being all about the heaviness of the murder, they are able to bring some laughter to the situation. I’m still holding out in hopes that at some point Kate’s mindset of seeing Jack as the brother she never had, changes into wanting him in a romantic fashion. I understand that it would change the dynamics of the storyline, but it would also allow it to go in a different direction as well. Add some new curves to the road they are traveling down. I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens as the series continues, which I’m hoping it does as it would seem unfinished if she were to stop writing them now.
About A Justified Murder
The small town of Lachlan, Florida, was rocked last year when two bodies were uncovered in the roots of a fallen tree. Despite their lack of investigative experience, Sara Medlar, her niece, Kate, and Jack Wyatt found themselves at the center of the mystery, working together to reveal the truth behind a decades-old secret in the sleepy town. After a narrow escape, they vowed to never again involve themselves in something so dangerous–until Janet Beeson is murdered.
When Janet’s body is discovered, everyone is shocked by the violence of the attack. The sweet little old woman has been shot, stabbed and poisoned, but no one can imagine who would want to harm one of the town’s kindest, most helpful residents.
Sara, Kate, and Jack are determined to leave this case to the professionals. But they are soon bombarded by townspeople eager to tell their stories and clear their names with the trio who solved the Morris murders. Even the sheriff is hoping they’ll lend their skills to a crime that seems to have no explanation and no motive. And once the town gets talking, they begin to see that there are more secrets buried in quiet Lachlan than anyone could have imagined…
A list of Jude Deveraux’s books can be found on her site here – Book List