A Relative Murder
Series: Medlar Mystery #4
by Jude Deveraux
Publication Date March 29, 2022
Published by MIRA
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Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Even the closest families have secrets hidden away.
Bestselling novelist Sara Medlar is skilled at sharing stories about other people, but she hoped the truth about her own family would never surface. Her home in Lachlan, Florida, is her refuge and she loves having her niece Kate and dear friend Jack Wyatt together under her roof. The Medlar Three, as they are known around town, have sworn off getting involved in any more murder investigations.
When the sheriff unexpectedly leaves on vacation, Jack is surprised to find himself appointed as deputy. So when Kate stumbles upon a dead body while visiting a friend, the Medlar Three are back in the sleuthing game. Kate also has a charming new real estate client with a mysterious past. He seems to be followed by trouble and that makes Sara and Jack uneasy.
It doesn’t take long to discover that the murder and the new man in town are somehow related—the question is how. When the stranger’s true identity is revealed, Sara realizes her carefully crafted story is about to unravel and she fears she’ll lose Kate and Jack forever. But she desperately hopes that love and honesty will win out over years of lies and deceit. And besides, family is family—even if you sometimes want to kill them.
A Medlar Mystery
Book 1: A Willing Murder
Book 2: A Justified Murder
Book 3: A Forgotten Murder
Book 4: A Relative Murder
A Relative Murder by Jude Deveraux is her fourth book in her Medlar Mystery series and can be read as a stand-alone book. This lovely mystery has fascinating characters and a mystery that I couldn’t put down.
Sara Medlar, her niece Kate, and their friend Jack have given up on solving murders, but when the sheriff leaves town and deputizes Jack to take his place, they all get involved in one more murder that takes place on their friend, Charlene’s farm on the outskirts of town. This murder investigation also opens up family drama for Sara and Kate. Will their relationship survive the secrets?
This is a twisty mystery that had me on the edge of my seat until the end. These characters are well developed and I liked Sara, Kate, and Jack immediately. They are smart, curious, and kind characters. I also enjoyed the pacing of the story as I was immediately immersed in the story and couldn’t wait to find out who was the murderer as well as the family secrets.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I’ve been much more willing to expand into romantic suspense lately. This sounds like something I might be willing to try.
Me too! Thank you!
I read an earlier book in this series (can’t remember which one but they were in England) and didn’t love it but I wonder if that’s because they weren’t at the home base. I’ve been in a big romantic suspense mood lately so I should give this a try.
This one was set totally in Lachlan, Florida. Thanks!
I can’t say I have read a romantic suspense before but this one does sound interesting!
Thank you, Joanna. I don’t read much romantic suspense, but this sure was good.
I really enjoyed your post!
I have book #3 and found the first two as audiobooks on Hoopla. Thanks for letting us know we can read it as a standalone, but I will try to read the others first. I do love romantic suspense. Great review, Wendy.
I think it’s better to read these in order as I did feel like I missed a bit of the relationship.
Ooh I love a good twisty murder mystery! I’m glad you enjoyed this and happy to know this can be read as a standalone. I’ll have to check it out.
Thank you, Nick!
I’m glad to know that even though this book is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. It does sound like a fun read. 🙂
Thank you, Lark!
Love this cover! This sounds like a good one too- I’m in such a murder mystery mood lately!
It’s was a good mystery. Yes, it’s a great cover too.
I have heard of this author but not read anything by her. This sounds like a good mystery.
She’s been around a very long time!
Intriguing! I feel like murder mysteries are getting a little more buzz lately. I wonder why?
I don’t know, Kami? Maybe because the stakes are so high?
This sounds like it might be right up my alley. I’ll have to check out the first book in the series and see if I like it.
Yes, I would suggest starting with the first book for sure. I hope you enjoy it.
Great review! It sounds really good 🙂
Thank you, Cindy. It was pretty good!
I haven’t read a lot of romantic suspense, but I have liked what little I have read of it so far! I’ll keep an eye out for this book.
Thank you Lydia. I don’t read much romantic suspense either, but this is a good series.
This sounds like a great series 💕
Thank you, Jenny. it is a good series.
I used to read some Jude Deveraux but it’s been a while, and I lose track of many authors along the way. That being said, this series sounds like fun. Wondering if I have to start with book #1 to enjoy?
I did not start with book 1, but I wish I had. I think I would have got more out of the book.
I really enjoy this series too. So glad you liked it. Excellent review, Wendy!
Thank you, Tessa! It was very good.