Book Review: A Relative Murder by Jude Deveraux

Posted March 21, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 32 Comments

A Relative Murder
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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
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

***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.

About Jude Deveraux

Jude​ ​Deveraux​​ ​is​ ​the​ ​author​ ​of​ ​forty-three​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ ​bestsellers,​ ​including​ ​​Sweet​ ​Liar​,​ ​the​ ​Nantucket series,​ ​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.

32 responses to “Book Review: A Relative Murder by Jude Deveraux

  1. I’ve been much more willing to expand into romantic suspense lately. This sounds like something I might be willing to try.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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?