A Willing Murder

A Willing Murder

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...

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Title:A Willing Murder
Author:Jude Deveraux
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A Willing Murder Reviews

  • Rob Banks

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It’s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book at ALA and she described a strong backstory to really set this up for a lot of potential future books. It was a fun read.

  • Jenea Whittington

    A Willing Murder is the first book I’ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try.

    The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an author, and wants to keep to her self, that is until she receives a second house guest, Kate. This little town if Lachlan has some secrets that it would like to keep buried.

    Kate is a real estate agent and has big hopes of

    A Willing Murder is the first book I’ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try.

    The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an author, and wants to keep to her self, that is until she receives a second house guest, Kate. This little town if Lachlan has some secrets that it would like to keep buried.

    Kate is a real estate agent and has big hopes of making her a good career in this little town. I have to say, that I really enjoyed Kate. She is a woman who doesn’t hold back and is quite sassy and very determined. When she first meets her Aunts other houseguest, she doesn’t like him at all. In fact, he just rubs her the wrong way. But after the discovery of a set of bones found on a property that Jackson owns, these three amateur sleuths set out to find out what happened and who they are.

    Kate, Sara and Jackson find themselves in some sticky situation, and it was clear who ever murdered these two was willing to do just about anything to prevent the truth from coming out. There was plenty of creepy and dangerous situations that the trio didn’t bargained for. I enjoyed following the clues that were sprinkled from start to finish. But while I was on the right track to figuring out who the murderer was, Deveraux threw a monkey wrench in my path and it ended up being a little different than I expected, but man was it good!

    Overall this was a great read. It had some great characters too, one you love and ones you love to hate too. I thoroughly enjoyed Kate and Jackson with their slow building friendship turn slow burning romance. It was a nice little addition to the story. But at the heart of this was the murder mystery. And if you enjoy unraveling clues and a little bit of romance along the way, this would be a great one to pick up.

  • Kirsten

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries.

    A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. While the mystery was a little simple, it was nicely thought out. A fun entry for the genre.

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

    A murder mystery story. First in a series.

    A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortable they are in each other’s space, yet they all find it necessary to go off to their own section of the house and do their own thinking. Intriguing personalities.

    I’d like to read the next and see how they solve the next

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

    A murder mystery story. First in a series.

    A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortable they are in each other’s space, yet they all find it necessary to go off to their own section of the house and do their own thinking. Intriguing personalities.

    I’d like to read the next and see how they solve the next mystery.

    I received an early copy of this book from the publisher.

  • Lesa

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a retired romance writer, lives in Florida, boxes, lifts weights, and drives a yellow Mini Cooper. I hope Deveraux has as much fun writing the character as I did reading about her in A Willing Murder.

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    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a retired romance writer, lives in Florida, boxes, lifts weights, and drives a yellow Mini Cooper. I hope Deveraux has as much fun writing the character as I did reading about her in A Willing Murder.

    Sara Medlar bought a big mansion in Lachlan, her hometown, and hired Jack Wyatt, grandson of her childhood sweetheart, to remodel it. But, she's rattling around in that house. When Jack breaks his leg in a tragic accident, she invites him to move in. Then her niece Kate Medlar accepts a job as a realtor in Lachlan, and Sara is excited to offer her a suite in the house. But, Kate's just a little suspicious of Jack's motives. However, Kate's not there long when the trio finds something they all have in common. They all troop over to check on Jack's properties when a tree goes down. Sara has her camera, but it's Kate who accidentally backs up into a skeleton. Twenty years earlier, someone planted a poinciana over the freshly dug grave of two murder victims. And, Jack knows just who they are, Verna and Cheryl Morris.

    Although the local sheriff has little interest in opening a cold case when he suspects Jack's father was the killer, Sara, Jack, and Kate feel otherwise. They're all determined to snoop and find justice for the dead women. But, their best intentions go awry when some of their expected sources are killed. Someone is just one step ahead of the trio, someone who is adept at throwing suspicion on others. And, in a town sharply divided by money and class, the community would like to forget the murder of two women with reputations.

    Deveraux has been praised and won prizes for her romances. Her debut mystery is just as delightful. It's an amusing, witty mystery that never loses sight of the reason for the murder investigation, or the tragedies that arise because of secrets.The characters are well-developed and engaging. It's the banter-filled conversations between the trio that make this mystery shine, though. Kate and Sara are sassy, determined women. And, there's just enough of a romantic spark to add interest. A Willing Murder is a solid, entertaining mystery. I'm looking forward to the February release of the next Medlar Mystery.

  • Catherine

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her new series, mystery books.

    This a great book. I loved the characters, but would have loved to learn more about Kate's father and his relationship, with his sister, Kate's Aunt Sara. I also wish that Kate and Jack

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her new series, mystery books.

    This a great book. I loved the characters, but would have loved to learn more about Kate's father and his relationship, with his sister, Kate's Aunt Sara. I also wish that Kate and Jack would have gotten together, but there's always the next book.

    And I guessed who the murderer was!!

  • Alicia Proctor

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. The one thing that bothered me as I started reading (and obviously still does) was how quick some of the character/relationship building happened - for example, Kate walks into Sara's home for the first time - hasn

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. The one thing that bothered me as I started reading (and obviously still does) was how quick some of the character/relationship building happened - for example, Kate walks into Sara's home for the first time - hasn't seen her for 20 plus years - and they don't really acknowledge that they barely know each other. It's hard to put into words exactly what I didn't like about how some of the characters originally meet, but it's almost unrealistic/unnatural to me. But that thought aside, I do look forward to the next installment - I can't wait to experience the relationship between Sara and Kate, and especially Kate and Jack(!) to grow.

  • Becky

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I’ve deleted it.

    Here’s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result.

    I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being “sinful”. It just went ON AND ON. Find another way to show how “flawed” your otherwise perfect character is. Maybe don’t have her love interest tease her about needing to go to the gym after she eats a sandwich. So cringeworthy.

    Food is a

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I’ve deleted it.

    Here’s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result.

    I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being “sinful”. It just went ON AND ON. Find another way to show how “flawed” your otherwise perfect character is. Maybe don’t have her love interest tease her about needing to go to the gym after she eats a sandwich. So cringeworthy.

    Food is amazing. I don’t need this negativity in my life.

  • Lara

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed at the lame writing--not sure how to describe it but it came across as if it had been written by a child, with dorky references to romance and other aspects of the characters' relationships. The entire premise of

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed at the lame writing--not sure how to describe it but it came across as if it had been written by a child, with dorky references to romance and other aspects of the characters' relationships. The entire premise of Kate going to live with her aunt was because she wanted to find out about her dad. Did we find out about her dad? Nope. And what was the deal with Kate's and Sara's problem with weight? Who cares? Or is it because there are more of these planned that we're left hanging? Now that I think about it, I wonder if she's trying to write books like Janet Evanovich's number series. Personally, I think she should stick to trashy romance novels. I liked those much better.

    Just one of the annoying passages:

    ""Immediately, Jack looked guilty. "Get the thick-cut kind." He swallowed. "Maybe Cheryl told me. I'm not sure."

    "And you're just now remembering that important fact?"

    Jack gave a weak smile. "Guess so. You want some hot dogs?"

    "No. They're poison." Kate pulled her cell out of her bag.""

    What. Was. The. Point of that entire paragraph???

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