Angels's Advocate: Wendi's Book Corner17 July 2009
Perfect for: Personal reading, book club read, anyone who enjoys a fun mystery
In a nutshell: Angel’s Advocate is the second book in the Beaufort & Company Mystery series, following Defending Angels…but don’t worry – you don’t need to read the books in order, although after reading this one, you will probably want to go back and read the first if you haven’t already! This book is not simply for mystery-lovers. The tone and characters could easily bridge the gap for non-mystery readers as well. This was a delightful book, in which Mary Stanton was able to create a captivating legal-thriller, while weaving in a hint of home, some good-old-fashioned detective work, and some angelic help with a nice amount of humor to create a book that is very hard to put down.
Extended Review: Nothing seems to be normal for Bree! She inherited her late uncle’s law firm in Defending Angels, which is located at an address that only spirits can find, and she employs two angelic legal experts, and has an angelic guard dog. Bree generally spends her time working with the Celestial Courts defending those spirits who are appealing their sentences, but the book starts off when her aunt asks her to defend the 17 year-old daughter of a friend, who was video-taped stealing money from a Girl Scout selling cookies! While working on the case, the spirit of the girl’s father asks for help, simply telling Bree that he was murdered and that there is some connection to his business. Bree is determined that the cases must be connected in some way, and as she is working on both cases, she finds out that two evil spirits have crossed over “The Bridge” to the mortal world and they are determined to bring harm to Bree. As if that is not enough, Bree is offered additional help in the form of two additional angelic guard dogs. The story is a wonderful and amusing mystery, full of characters that will make you want to cozy up with a cup of something hot and read all through the night!
Characters: Bree and her sister Antonia seem to be very close and get along nicely. Her parents are enjoyable, and there is a hint of what-might-have-been in the form of Able. Bree’s celestial employees Petru and Ron (angels) add some off-beat humor and provide help as Bree learns about the legalities of the Celestial Courts.
Story-Line: I loved the combination of legal thriller / celestial paranormal that filled this book!
Readability: A very fun and enjoyable read.
Overall: I can’t wait to read what happens next in Winged Justice, Mary Stanton’s current project, and book 3 in the series!
— Wendi B., Wendi’s Book Corner
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