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Angel Condemned (A Beaufort & Company Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Brianna (Bree) Winston-Beaufort, against her better judgment agrees to represent her Aunt Cissy's future husband, Prosper White, in a fraud case. White has been accused of fraudulently obtaining a magazine that he has on display in the Frazier Museum. The person bringing the suit is Allard Chambers. White was responsible for Chamber losing his, and also his wife's, professor's jobs.
As White is about to begin a speech on the steps of the Frazier Museum, a group of protesters is forming and suddenly White is stabbed to death. the weapon uses is a knife from Aunt Cissy's kitchen.
Chambers and White, in the past had involved in illegally obtaining rare artifacts and this is really what has been the problem. In an earlier dig a young is drowns in the ocean during a storm. Bree learns that this drowning and White's murder seem to be tied together.
Bree must defend the young man who drowned before the Celestial Court before she loses any members of her family. Stanton skillfully weaves the Celestial Court into the rest of the book and makes it all believable.
This is a very enjoyable series, written around a great cast of characters.
I have read all the books in the series and would highly recommend them! I now have a better understanding of the "Celestial Courts" and the way the legal system works for Bree when she tries a case.
If you enjoy the southern style, mystery and mayhem, you'll love this book and the entire series! I can't wait for the next adventure for Bree, EB, Ron, Petru, Sasha and all the others! Don't rush that relationship with Hunter!
Bree is working a secular mundane case representing her Aunt Cissy's fiancé museum curator Prosper White in a fraud suit. At an exhibit at the museum, Prosper is killed with a knife belonging to Cissy. Other evidence points to her as the killer too. She is arrested, but quickly exonerated with new information surfaces. The new suspect is linked to a person appealing a Celestial Court ruling. The attorney digs deep at the archeological excavation of the Cross of Justinian which took place decades ago because it connects her two cases in the Georgia and Celestial Courts.
The latest Beaufort & Company legal thriller (see Avenging Angels and Angel's Advocate) is filled with helping angels and creatures who blinded by the light turned from the heavenly glow. The intrepid heroine deals with nasty demons, haughty nephilim and evil with aplomb as if that is an everyday occurrence. She anchors the whimsical paranormal tale with solid footing in two realms, but then again she has friends in high places.
By: Mary Stanton
Copyright November 2011
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime
Reluctantly agreeing to defend museum curator Prosper White, her Aunt Cissy's fiancé in a case of fraud, Bree hopes to settle the matter out of court. When Prosper is murdered on the steps of the Frazier Museum, Bree discovers that Aunt Cissy is the only one who found her fiancé engaging.
Cizzy is arrested for the crime, and to clear her aunt's name, Bree must solve the mystery of the Cross of Justinian, an artifact of great interest to the multiple suspects who wanted Prosper dead. The Cross is also a crucial piece of evidence in Bree's newest celestial case, a case that threatens her mortal family as well as her very existence.
Bree is definitely NOT a happy camper. Her Aunt's Fiancé (who is not liked by anyone in the family) is being sued and she is forced into defending him. She finds herself also being contacted by a new celestial case which turns out to be connected to her mundane case and the hole she's fallen into just keeps getting deeper and deeper.
While her celestial office staff and do their stuff, unless it directly affects the well being of Bree they can't get involved in the mundane. Guess what? Bree's complete compliment of staff, plus walk ons will be coming across your pages. Bree is going to be stretching herself to the limit in this case. In fact this one case is going to be more trouble than all her other cases to date rolled into one.
It's another roller coaster ride and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. I totally expect everyone to find this a great read, and a wonderful investment of your reading time.
FTC Full Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Brooklyn Public Library System for the purposes of writing this review.
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Nowhere on the book's cover does this book mention anything about actual angels or other celestial beings. I thought it was going to be a cozy mystery. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jean
This was one of Mary Stanton's better reads. The characterizations were believable and entertaining. She finished it well,and I look forward to more of this genre from her.Published 4 months ago by margaret d. patterson,.
Once you have a "willing suspension of disbelief)" (Coleridge) of the series' premise that an angel can move between this world and the celestial one, you will enjoy the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marvera Murphy
I started with the first book in the series and could not stop until there were no more books in the Beaufort and
Company series. They were great. Read more
I was very happy with the delivery time! The product was just as it was stated. Very pleased! These books are a must read!Published on May 28, 2014 by Mom2cml9806