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Stanton's third Beaufort & Company mystery is a gem. It's an original and thought-provoking concept, and Stanton's imagination knows no bounds. --Romantic Times

The latest Beaufort paranormal legal thriller is an engaging tale due to a strong cast starting with the lead attorney. Fans will enjoy this still unique quirky angelic spin on the afterlife. --The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

You will need to read the book to fully fathom Stanton's ingenuity with plot, but trust me, her narrative is out of this world. Give this very original series a trial read. Verdict: excellent! --Mystery Scene

I loved the idea of a Celestial Court and angels looking out for us both in this life and in the next. Mary Stanton has taken an unusual premise and given it wings. --Fresh Fiction
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Product Details

  • Series: A Beaufort & Company Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Berkley Prime Crime Mass-market Edition edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042523309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425233092
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Stanton has been writing professionally most of her adult life. She divides her time between a goat farm in upstate New York near the Finger Lakes region and a small home in West Palm Beach.

Stanton is the oldest daughter of William Bishop Whitaker and Caroline Whitaker, both of whom were college professors for parts of their careers. She has two sisters; Cynthia Bishop Whitaker, Esquire of Seattle, Washington and Deborah Susan Whitaker Hairston of Ithaca, New York. She was born in Winter Park, Florida while her father was Dean of Men at Rollins College. When William Whitaker was recruited back into the Navy in the early fifties, he and his family were posted to Japan. Leaving active Naval service for the Reserves and a position in the State Department, Whitaker was posted to Hawaii where he occupied a position as Director of Educational Services for Southeast Asia.

Stanton grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Kailua High School. She left the Islands for undergraduate school in the late sixties. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and received a B.A. in philosophy and literature from the University of Minnesota. She attended a year of law school, then a year of graduate school majoring in Rehabilitation Therapies. She worked at a series of jobs in Minnesota, including a year as a nightclub singer as part of Sheik's Singing Sextette, a medical examiner for Social Security, a claims adjuster for Crum&Forster Insurance Company and Director of Volunteer Services for Hastings State Hospital. She married Robert Tom Nelson in 1967. The marriage ended in divorce.

In the mid-seventies, Stanton left Minnesota for Rochester, New York. She worked for Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Companies, one of the first outside female claims adjusters in the United States. She began a career as a copywriter in the early eighties, working for several advertising agencies and Xerox Corporation until she opened her own marketing communications company in 1985. The company specialized in the research and writing of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award applications. Clients included Xerox Corporation, Westinghouse, American Express, and Eastman Kodak Company. Stanton took on a junior partner, Daniel J.Hucko, in 1985, and sold the business to Young and Rubicam in 1992. She left the business in 1994 to write full time.

She married Robert J. Stanton Esquire of Walworth, New York in 1974. There are three stepchildren from that marriage; John Robert Stanton, Harry Cole Stanton, and Julie Stanton Schwatrz.

Stanton's career as a fiction writer began with the publication of her first novel, The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West, in 1984. A beast fable similar in tone and theme to Watership Down, it was published in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. The sequel to that novel, Piper at the Gates, appeared in 1989. She sold her first mystery to The Berkley Publishing Group in 1994. In all, Stanton has written nineteen mystery novels, two adult fantasy novels, eleven novels for middle-grade readers (including the successful series, The Unicorns of Balinor), and three scripts for a television cartoon series, Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, as well as edited three short story anthologies. Her nonfiction articles on horse care and veterinary medicine have appeared in national and regional magazines.

Mary publishes the Hemlock Falls mysteries under the name Claudia Bishop. See the Claudia Bishop web site for more information: claudiabishop.com

Stanton's interests outside writing have remained consistent over the years. She is a horsewoman, a goat aficionado, an enthusiastic (if inept) gardener, and a fan of gourmet food, but not an expert. She has developed a writing program for teens and middle grade readers that has had considerable success in schools.

Stanton has been a dedicated reader all her life, with particular emphasis on biography, history, veterinary science, medicine, psychology and current affairs. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America. She may be contacted through her literary agent, Eleanor Wood of the Spectrum Literary Agency, 320 Central Park West Suite 1-D, New York, NY 10025.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle-aholic on April 5, 2010
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I really liked the first book in this series. The second was OK, left a lot unanswered, but I was hoping for more from book 3. I'd give this one 2-1/2 stars if I could do 1/2 stars. Still a decent read, but I'm having trouble rooting for the main character now, and that's a big problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on May 21, 2011
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Scarcely has she closed the books on the Probert Chandler case (as told in Angel's Advocate (A Beaufort & Company Mystery)) than Bree Winston-Beaufort, attorney for the unjustly damned--and occasionally the less-than-honest living--finds herself caught up in a baffling new one. Attending the auction of the goods belonging to a banker named Russell O'Rourke, who supposedly blew his own head off with a shotgun after his business collapsed and his fortune evaporated, she is contacted by what she believes must be O'Rourke. But is it? As she delves deeper into his case, she becomes convinced that his "suicide" was in fact murder--but less certain that it was he she heard from. Meanwhile she's also learning something of the mother she never knew--Leah Winston-Beaufort was apparently in the same line as herself--and trying to "figure out what had pissed [the ghosts of Josiah and Olivia Pendergast] off at her." Then a weird and scary paranormal experience in her late uncle's just-renovated office leaves her wondering just how many directions she's in peril from--and she also begins to realize that being an advocate for the dead may be changing her into something not entirely human. Stanton continues to develop her wonderfully intriguing paranormal mystery series with flair, and even readers who don't entirely accept her picture of the afterlife should enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By recipemama on August 26, 2011
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This book was a very humorous book with paranormal twists. I could not put this book down until I finished reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S M Senden on October 7, 2010
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I found the whole premise a little hard to buy into, and the story was thin. I did enjoy the parts about Savannah.
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When Brianna Winston-Beaufort took over her late Uncle Franklin's Savannah law practice Beaufort & Company, she had no idea what she let herself in for as she works legal matters in the Celestial Court. Her clients are typically spirits and her assistance angels as she is the only mortal (and lawyer) who can enter 66 Angelus St.

Her current case is a suicide victim banker Russell O'Rourke who allegedly killed himself due to the recession leading to his bankruptcy and shame. Although she struggles with the lack of a law library on line, Bree knows the heavenly law about killing one's self. However, she with Sasha her angelic guard dog at her side and her assistant angels investigate only to find Russell's widow euphoric with his death. As she begins to wonder if Russell's is a victim of a homicide, someone wants Bree needing a lawyer defending her in Celestial Court before she learns the truth of how Russell died.

The latest Beaufort paranormal legal thriller is an engaging tale due to a strong cast starting with the lead attorney. The story line is fast-paced on earth and in court as Bree and company investigate the suspicious death of Russell as well as appeal his sentencing in the heavenly court. Although similar in tone to the previous two defending their lives entries (see Angel's Advocate and Defending Angels), fans will enjoy this still unique quirky angelic spin n the afterlife.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Creative Expressions on May 16, 2011
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I really did not enjoy this much. It just wasn't what I expected at all. The book was labeled a mystery in the library but it should have been labeled Fantasy. Plus the fantasy aspects were not that appealing. It just felt rather wordy, without a whole lot of substance. Even the ending was odd, as the spectre who was trying to contact Bree was not she thought they were. A waste of my time pretty much and I doubt that I will read any other books by this author.
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this light-hearted mystery series about a young lawyer who defends the deceased is rather a novel( no pun intended) approach to the cozy series for me. I like that the office is set next to a grave yard and that not only are the employees angels, but the dogs used in the series are as well.
The characters, true to most cozies, are not too deep but detailed enough to ensure the reader wants to read the next installment.
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By Kindle Customer on February 8, 2010
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I just love this series, it gets better and better and more mysterious, is Bree's birth mother actually dead and if not then where is she, what are the pendagrast really after and what's happening to bree hersef, is she becoming an angel or part angel? That alone with the rest of the questions this book raised without answering the ones I already had just keeps me wanting more and more so keep them coming
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