Published: October 2013
Length: 314 pages
My Rating: ****1/2--4.5 Stars
Source: an e-copy from author in exchange for honest review
Taylour Dixxon, a modern-day small-town lawyer, befriends Sarah Cockrell
Baines, a New Jersey socialite and millionairess. As their friendship
begins, Sarah is arrested for the murder of her husband and is put into
jail. When Taylour volunteers to defend Sarah, she has no idea that her
struggling solo practice in the sleepy, fictional, small town of
Marlinsville, Texas, will be turned upside down. From a lovable,
adolescent nephew who moves in with her, to a hired assassin who is
determined to hide the truth, and a handsome Texas Ranger who becomes
the object of affection in a love triangle between the two friends,
Taylour’s life will never be the same.
Taylour Dixxon is a lawyer in a smallish town and when a chance meeting leads her to representing a woman accused of murdering her husband, she finds herself in a race against time to solve the mystery.
I've often wondered, as I read murder mysteries, how I would feel if I happened to be a character in the story. I liked Taylour and her matter-of-fact ways, yet I could detect a glimmer of fear and uneasiness in her, which make her seem real to me and that much more likeable. She was a hard worker and so kind, especially when she helped her nephew out.
I really enjoyed the way the story came together. The mystery slowly unraveled and left the reader quickly turning pages to find out what really happened and why. I thought the author did a good job of engaging the reader, however, there were times when the characters didn't feel as much emotion as I thought they should have. Some things just seemed to be quickly brushed off and there were a couple of loose ends--one part of the ending felt a little abrupt. I enjoyed the dialogue and the writing style and look forward to reading more of this author's works.
Content: a murder and attempted murders without anything graphic; no language or intimate scenes; a brief reference to religion. Clean!!
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