A Willing Murder

A Willing Murder

by Jude Deveraux


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New York Times bestselling 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778369295
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: Medlar Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 72,323
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jude Deveraux is the author of forty-three New York Times bestsellers, including For All Time, Moonlight in the Morning and A Knight in Shining Armor. She was honored with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013 for her distinguished career. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide.



Date of Birth:

September 20, 1947

Place of Birth:

Fairdale, Kentucky

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A Willing Murder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the reason Jude is one of my favorite. I can't wait for more of Sara, Kate and Jack!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Devereaux's new mystery is a great start to a new series...I'm looking forward to more of the Kate, Sara and Jack. The chemistry between the three is fun, the dialog witty and the mystery is intellectual. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps your attention every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stayed up all night to finish. Each clue lead to more questions. Loved the knock out ending. Can't wait for the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book it has me laughing crying and wanting to hurt ppl for lying thank you Jude!!! Lol
Anonymous 12 days ago
I loved this book. Kate Medlar moves in with her aunt Sara, whom Kate had never met. Jack Wyatt, building contractor, also lives with Sara. They discover two dead bodies at a house Jack was going to remodel. Soon their investigation consumes their time and efforts. These murders were 20 years old. The trio solve the case. It was a great book. I liked the banter between the three and genuine affection that grows between all of them. I must read the next book.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I did not love the part that whan the one person die that made me so sad and the people in the story and you people would like this story have fun reading it !
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Great read
Anonymous 5 months ago
I enjoyed this book, as i have enjoyed all of Jude Deveraux's books!
Ricoh4 5 months ago
Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteousness in the act but an enduring threat of evil that persists into the present day. Lachlan is a fictitious township within the Fort Lauderdale area in Broward County. A great setting for the elements the author wants to share in her wonderful story. A place where old money doesn't mix, where family name and history is everything and although gossip may abound some secrets can be kept, but at what cost. The novel is high on character and the chemistry that binds Kate with her Aunt Sara and her live in lodger she has almost adopted Jack Wyatt. There is a dynamic relationship that builds cleverly through the book as they get to know each other and work to solve a 20 year old cold case of murder. I loved the interplay and sharp dialogue between these three. Used to writing romantic fiction I guess we can forgive the author for classic moments of boy meets girl. It did lead me to a false start reading the book. I'm glad the lure of a sinister crime story brought me back again. The sexual tension drips at times as though the AC has packed in. I loved the humour especially in what is often a dark tale. The fun with the satnav had me laughing out loud and almost rolling about the floor. So too the constant references to food, Jack eats for fun while Kate is on a no fun diet. Ultimately it is a story about a tree that toppled over in a storm and exposed not only its roots but brought into the light local family trees that were not only damaged but unhealthy. The role of Fathers is also a common theme. In Jack fighting his genes and Kate desperate to learn more about her Dad. A well planned and finely tuned murder mystery that is easy to read, grabbing and maintaining your attention. The real skill is keeping the reader interested when we think we know everything from the very beginning. A clever format in sharing different characters memories from the past is another aspect that makes this novel standout for me. There are also many layers of the natures and past of these people that you are hooked into this series and wanting the saga to continue.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really liked. It was different than her other books but a nice change
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great read
Anonymous 10 months ago
I really enjoyed reading this one. It kept me reading.
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Charlotte-P More than 1 year ago
A thrilling riveting read from the 1st page in the first in a new series of Medlar mysteries. Takes you along at a pace you really don’t want to put the story down. You are really drawn into small town life in Florida where everyone knows your business, or do they? Kate comes to small town Lachlan to stay with Aunt Sara start a new job and find out more about her dad. She runs right into the middle of a 20 year old double murder. There are plenty of twist and turns to satisfy the most ardent sleuth. Strong characters that you really connect with. This is the start of a new must read series by an award winning author and you will not want to miss the next instalment. I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story, but I found the storytelling to be somewhat wooden, the characters one-dimensional. Couldn’t resist finishing it, but the writing just seemed uneven and frustrating in many ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jude Deveraux has long been one of my favorite authors, but not for mysteries. This book was a pleasant surprise, and held my interest from start to finish and I look forward to a continuation of this series.
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Im thinking this so called mystery will turn into a silly Hallmark mystery movie but the writing will need lots of work. I knew from the beginning who the killer was it was so obvious and the story itself was silly and predictable. Jude needs to go back to writing books like Knight in Shining Amor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down.