Angel's Verdict (Beaufort and Company Series #4)

Angel's Verdict (Beaufort and Company Series #4)

by Mary Stanton

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Overview

Celestial advocate Brianna Winston-Beaufort is eager to set aside handling appeals for condemned souls and get back to practicing law in the land of the living. Three months after taking over the family practice Bree jumps at the opportunity to work for an earthly client. But when elderly actress Justine Coville walks into Beaufort & Company's office to make changes to her will, she drags Bree right back into a whole other-world of troubles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425239872
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: A Beaufort & Company Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 838,599
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mary Stanton has been writing professionally most of her adult life. Stanton's books include Angel Condemned, Angel's Verdict, and Avenging Angels. She grew up in Hawaii and left the Islands for undergraduate school in the late sixties. She received a BA in philosophy and literature from the University of Minnesota. She currently splits her time between upstate New York and a small home in West Palm Beach.

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Angel's Verdict (Beaufort and Company Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Brianna "Bree" Winston-Beaufort is a lawyer with two practices; one pays the bills enabling her to conduct her other unlisted work at 666 Angelic St; as the celestial advocate pleading for the souls of her clients otherwise condemned to Hell. She seeks evidence in the celestial records to mitigate or acquit the sentence on appeal. In Savannah a film based on the life and murder of Haydee Quinn, a stripper who caught a rich man, but his mother disinherited him. Actress Justine Coville hires Bree to get the Bulloch sisters to grant permission her to wear their mother's brooch during the filming; one of the siblings agrees. Mr. Dent is working the client side of the film and he knows the writers believe the movie about the life and murder of Haydee will be a hit. Dent believes that too as he was there all those decades ago he was the detective on the case, but he a drunk too who ran a poor investigation. To make it back home, he had to do the 12 step program and find the real killer not the one who died in the electric chair. When Bree looks at the brooch, she sees the spirit of Consuela Bulloch who begs her to be her advocate at the Celestial Court hearing because she wants to get out of where she is. The fourth Beaufort and Company legal thriller (see Angel's Advocate and Defending Angels) is an exciting supernatural mystery. The woo-woo elements are a Mary Stanton trademark that adds mysticism to the mix and enable readers to believe that Bree defends condemned spirits in the highest court. Brave Bree tries to do what she believes is the right thing regardless of which court she defends her mortal and otherworldly clients in. The support cast (still breathing, angelic or otherwise) enhances an entertaining mystery. Harriet Klausner
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bree and EB receive a visit from elderly actress Justine Coville, who says that she'd like to update her will. But before she leaves, she admits that she thinks that someone is trying to injure her on the set of Bitter Tide, a movie being made about Savannah's infamous 1950s B-actress Haydee Quinn.Justine is playing the role of Consuelo Bulloch, and is using one of Consuelo's brooches to help her feel a connection to the character. But when Bree touches the brooch, she senses that Consuelo wants her help.Not sure what she can do to help either of them, Bree takes both cases, and soon discovers that they have even more in common than she'd first thought.The concept that when Bree takes over her late Uncle Franklin's law practice, she also accepts proprietorship of his celestial business of defending condemned souls is unique. Stanton has created two believable, intertwined worlds which feel fresh and intriguing after four books, and leave the reader wanting to know more.*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brianna Winston-Beaufort is a singular mystery heroine . A lawyer in Savannah, Georgie ¿ reputed to be the most haunted city in America ¿ she has two parallel practices (from two different offices) that occasionally intersect. One is a run-of-the-mill ¿temporal¿ practice; in the other she pleads cases in the ¿celestial court,¿ saving clients from one of the circles of hell if she can. In Angel¿s Verdict, a temporal client is Justine Coville, an aging actress hired to play the role of a woman (Consuela Bulloch) who may or may not have murdered a young woman in 1950s Savannah. The victim, actress Haydee Quinn, was murdered and a man she knew was executed for the crime. But doubts have been swirling around ever since. Bree winds up hip-deep in the case of an old murder, putting herself in peril. She has the help of her celestial helpers, who are amazingly efficient at helping her get to the truth.I¿ve enjoyed this series from the start. I love the idea that Bree¿s celestial practice is located in a Murderer¿s Cemetery at 666 Angelus ¿ a street that, not surprisingly, you¿ll not find on a map of Savannah. Angel¿s Verdict is well written, with an intriguing premise, an interesting plot -- a satisfying yet quick read.
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kimba88 More than 1 year ago
...Bree is become more confident in her role, we are learning more about other key characters and the storyline was good. Lots of twists and turns..i am looking forward to the release of book 5.
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Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
This latest story in the series is every bit as good as the previous 3. Ms. Stanton has kept her characters on their paths and has remained true. I read the first one a couple of years ago and was instantly hooked on a lawyer having to answer to a higher authority. I like the way the character has grown, how her family stays with her and how she is trying to balance an unpaying workload with the need for money. It is great to see her try to have a love life and try to encompass all of her duties and stay honest. This is a must read for anyone who likes the paranormal stay within tolerable limits. Thank you Mary Stanton for a good read.