Justine is playing the role of Consuelo Bulloch, and is using one of Consuelo’s brooches to help her feel a connection to the character. But when Bree touches the brooch, she senses that Consuelo wants her help. Not sure what she can do to help either of them, Bree takes both cases, and soon discovers that both her earthly and “spiritual” clients have even more in common than she’d first thought.
During the investigation Bree is introduced to an outcast angel, Dent, who is really one of two detectives from the original case. He needs to seek forgiveness for arresting the man wrongfully convicted and executed for the murder. Between the two of them, the sleuthing duo manages to determine the real killer’s identity, but will it be too late to save Justine as well as help Consuelo and Dent achieve their heavenly reward?
Angel’s Verdict, author Mary Stanton’s fourth novel in her Beaufort and Company Mystery series, is a lively, fast-paced story that will thrill and chill readers as they race through the pages to find out “who dun it.” Stanton’s creative storytelling is flawless and her inclusion of a spiritual aspect to her mysteries gives the series the novelty edge that pushes them to the forefront of favorite cozy mysteries.
— Sharon Galligar Chance, Fresh Fiction
In Angel’s Verdict, a temporal client is Justine Coville, an aging movie actress hired to play the role of a woman (Consuela Bulloch) who may or may not have murdered a young woman in 1950s Savannah. The victim, actress Haydee Quinn, was murdered and a man she knew was executed for the crime. But doubts have been swirling around ever since. Bree winds up hip-deep in the case of an old murder, putting herself in peril. She has the assistance of her celestial helpers, who are amazingly efficient at helping her get to the truth.
I’ve enjoyed this series from the start. I love the idea that Bree’s celestial practice is located in a all murderers’ cemetery at 666 Angelus — a street that, not surprisingly, you’ll not find on a map of Savannah. Angel’s Verdict is well written, with an intriguing premise, an interesting plot — a satisfying yet quick read.
— Cozy Library
There is not as much scary stuff as in the past two books in the series. The first one scared the bejeezus out of me, the second one eased up and this one is only a weensy bit scarey. It’s more about the relationship Bree has with her sister and her angels and her clients.
I really enjoyed this read and can’t wait til the next one, ANGEL’S VERDICT, out next year. Five angel beans….
— Vixen’s Daily Reads
Tully is busy trying to open a theater company and Bree has to deal with a list of peculiar suspects from the artistic world, along with her melodramatic sister who desperately wants to become an actress. She also ends up with a dead body on her doorstep, which does nothing to help her budding romance with a local police lieutenant.
Mary Stanton offers a refreshingly unique take on murder mystery in Avenging Angels. It’s a fun read with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the end. There is also a delightful cast of supporting characters, including the angels she works with, her flamboyant sister, and a quirky aunt.
This book can be read as a stand-alone, but you will be missing some of the back story from the previous books in this series, especially the relationships between Bree and her angel companions. The action is fast-paced and makes this a quick and easy read that I’d definitely recommend.
— Clare, TwoLips Reviews]]>