Book Review: A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

After reading the second book of Jude Deveraux’s Medlar Mystery series (you can read my review here), I knew that I had to read the first. On the Monday of the Easter weekend, I decided to delve into A Willing Murder.

Genre: Romance, Mystery, Cozy Mystery


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. 

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this novel! It has everything I want in a relaxing read: a teaser of romance, mystery, humour. In addition, the pace of the novel is perfect and I could not put it down. I enjoyed getting to know the three main characters of the series: Sara, Kate, and Jack. In A Willing Murder they are still getting to know one another and working out how they will fit. The reader gets to know them as you would a person in reality – slowly and with preconceptions. In this novel, we do not learn everything about the trio but we do read about the beginnings of a friendship.

The mystery takes place in a small town where I imagine people get to know a lot about their community. The amateur investigators use this cleverly to their advantage. Solving the mystery takes intelligence and tact as well as teamwork. This cozy mystery is unlike a detective/murder story. There are no car chases (or people chases), no high tech forensics, no brutal police force. Instead, the the novel describes ordinary people as characters who want to solve a murder of a person in their community.

I completed this story in a day and, as a result, cannot wait for the next Medlar Mystery to be written. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this novel would be prefect for you.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 34th in my book pledge for 2019)

6 thoughts on “Book Review: A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

      1. I can’t seem to get out of the busy mode, Colline. When I’m not doing other things I’m with my granddaughters and will get even busier this fall when another grandchild arrives. I have too many irons in the fire right now, but being with them gives me a break. I try to pop in to read my favorite blogs now and again, but I just can’t keep up. I thought life was supposed to slow down by now. 🤣🤣🤣


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