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