Book review: A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

Every novel that I have read by Jude Deveraux I have enjoyed so when I saw a copy of her latest, A Justified Murder, at the Harper Collins booth when attending the OLA Super Conference I picked up a copy with no hesitation.

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Adult Fiction


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…

My thoughts:

This book was exactly what I was looking for – a light murder mystery tinged with a bit of romance. When I began reading this story I did not realise there had been a book before this one. However, not having read the first novel did not prevent me from enjoying this one – though there were moments when the first encounters of Sara, Kate, and Jack were referred to and I did not know the back story.

A Justified Murder was a quick and easy read that had me smiling in parts because of the relationship between the three main characters of the series. I loved how the personal story of these three people was interlaced in the murder mystery. The novel is not hard and gritty as some murder mysteries can be; but it is not all fluff either as the reader does experience some surprises.

Unlike many of Jude Deveraux’s novels, this one did not have me reaching for the tissue box. Instead I enjoyed the country-like feel of the story as I read through the unravelling of the mystery with the life-like characters that the author has created. I enjoyed A Justified Murder so much that I intend to play catch-up with the story; and look forward to reading the next Medlar Mystery.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 22nd in my book pledge for 2019)

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