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Ramona Richards gives us an intriguing murder mystery in Murder in the Family. The book, peopled with all sorts of fascinating characters from an antiquarian aunt to raucous relatives fascinated me. You will want to curl up in your chair with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy getting lost in the vagaries of house cleaning after a hoarder.
About the Book
Molly McClelland returns to her hometown to deal with an unanticipated legacy left her by her aunt. Molly suffers conflict from being forced to leave behind her hurricane-chasing partners. Her friend and partner Sarah suffered severe injuries during their last chase. And yet Aunt Elizabeth held an important place in her heart and life too.
As she arrives at the attorney, Russell Williams’ office, so do two of her feistiest relatives. His secretary urges her inside and locks the door. What on earth? Seems the relatives think they should have inherited. They determine to cause Molly nothing but trouble. She wants nothing to do with the inheritance but a letter from Aunt Liz convinces her to at least look at the house. And Molly doubts Aunt Liz just died—she thinks someone committed murder–either accidentally or on purpose.
After arriving in a caravan of the attorney, the relatives and her, the house and contents Aunt Liz left overwhelm Molly. But where to start? And what to do with the cantankerous relatives? Williams tells her he need to place a guard on the house to keep those relatives from walking off with all the contents. The discoveries begin. Why do the relatives seem bent on stripping the house? What smells so strongly?
Molly, some helpful neighbors, the sheriff, and the attorney begin the task of clearing the house of decades of junk and debris in order to find anything that may be valuable. All the while, the relatives squabble with the sheriff and with Molly.
I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns and surprises as Molly begins her task. If you like a good mystery with fascinating characters and a bit of romance, buy Murder in the Family—and thank the good Lord you don’t have Molly’s family. Five stars!
Ramona Richards grew up entranced with Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Robin Kane—a lady after my own heart. Presently, she holds the position of Associate Publisher for Iron Stream Media and lives near Birmingham, Alabama. But Ramona still creates new ways of murder and mayhem to thrill her fans.
The author gifted me with a copy of Murder In the Family but did not obligate me to write a review.