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Sweetheart Deal (Lilly Cleary) Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
A former appellate attorney and former member of the writing faculty at Florida State University College of Law and the University of Oregon School of Law, Claire Hamner Matturro lives in Georgia.
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Top Customer Reviews
As she mounts a defense for mommy dearest and investigates the homicide, Lilly runs up against her mom's home (should be an EPA superfund site), someone trying to kill mom with red ants, avaricious developers and the sale of endangered species as specialty meats sold to expensive restaurants. Still her prime reason is to not battle the environmentally challenged including mom's abode; it is to get mom free so Lilly can immediately head south and away from this insane termagant who makes DNA cleansing seem politically correct.
The latest funny clearly chick lit legal thriller (see SKINNY DIPPING and BONE VALLEY) is an entertaining tale that affirms the belief you can't go home as Lilly learns the hard way that mom still is a lunatic and her efforts to defend her lead to dangerous scenarios for the courageous neurotic attorney. Although in many ways more a neurosis filled amateur sleuth than a legal family drama, readers who appreciate a spunky phobic heroine will enjoy Lilly's escapades especially her jocular asides even when they slow down the action.
Called by her frantic brother Lilly Belle drives up from Sarasota where she is a law partner to Bugfest, GA [no, that's not a typo], to which she vowed never to return when she fled. There she finds her mother under police guard in the hospital, unconscious, sedated, and apparently someone is trying to murder her.
While the plot is well-thought out, its presentation is overly cutesy for my taste. That doesn't mean someone else might not be amused by the writing and dialogue.
Lilly renews friendships and helps clean out her mother home. Willette Cleary is a recluse and hasn't been out of her house in years, a fact that is apparent by the clutter she's left.
A lot of puzzle pieces turn up, but to what puzzle? Lilly learns about a land grab deal, a motorcycle riding, abusive wife of a County Commissioner; and who is the man her mother is accused of killing; then there's an attempt to murder her mother, and burn her house down.
Claire Matturro has given us a "sweetheart" of a novel. A fun read with lots of puzzles and action.
Review by Wanda C. Keesey (author Lost In The Mist release May 2008)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful stories about characters you really grow to like. Lilly Cleary is a loveable obsessive compulsive lawyer with a good heart. The plot is wonderful, complex and unexpected. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Lynne Walters
Although not as good as her other books, this is a simple quick read based mostly outside of Sarasota,Florida. Read morePublished on December 24, 2007 by K. Bammel