A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) by Jude Deveraux

A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1)

New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story of old secrets, deadly grudges and an improbable group of friends who are determined to uncover the truth regardless of the consequences...Sara Medlar is a household name in romance, with millions of books sold. But lately, retirement has been boring her and she's found herself back in her hometown of Lachlan, Florida, remodeling the gran...

Details A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1)

TitleA Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1)
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherMira Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Romance

Reviews A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1)

  • Lesa
    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a retired romance writer, lives in Florida, boxes, lifts weights, and drives a yellow Mini Cooper. I hope Deveraux has as much fun writing the character as I did readi...
  • Rob Banks
    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It’s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book at ALA and she described a strong backstory to really set this up for a lot of potential future books. It was a fun read.
  • Jenea Whittington
    A Willing Murder is the first book I’ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try.The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an author, and wants to keep to her self, that is until she receives a second house guest, Kate. This little town if Lachlan has some secrets that it would like to keep burie...
  • Janie
    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out and becomes part of the cohesive story line.A fun read with the murder resolved satisfyingly but not the relationships. More to come?Pub Date: 18 Sep 2018 by HARLEQ...
  • Susan Krich
    This book was given to me through Goodreads.There are stories within the main story.I enjoy books by Jude Deveraux but this one was a bit hard to get into the story.There are a lot of characters and it took a bit to keep them and their relationships to each other straight without having to look back at previous pages.Once I was able to remember who was who, the plot moves right along with many twists.There is some good-natured bantering that made...
  • Cheryl Riecke
    I have read many of Jude Deveraux's books. This one was a mystery with constant action and back stories.It started a bit hectic as much happened at the beginning and as it began to unravel things progressed.It is a great read, just different than her other books.I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, thanks for that!
  • Evelyn
    Thanks to Mira Books and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Ok, I admit I was skeptical—one of my all time favorite romance authors writing a mystery?Kate Medlar moves to Florida to sell real estate, staying with her aunt, world-famous romance author Sara Medlar in hopes of learning more about her father who died when Kate was only four. Also staying with Sara is bad boy Jack Wyatt, a local contractor updating he...
  • Meg
    What happens when a romance novelist becomes entangled in a mystery? The answer is the book "A Willing Murder". Although a writer by vocation, Sara and her two housemates stumble into a who-dunnit mystery that they cannot leave unsolved. Trying to get information from the tight-lipped townspeople is a herculean task, but the trio manage to do so and solve the mystery. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
  • Katy
    Romance, intrigue, family trauma and a twenty-year-old murder make this story driven tale one you can settle in with on a dark night.It all began with murder… The dirt had been shifted, moved from beneath. Were one of them still alive? Once the tree was in place and dirt filled in around it, it would all be over.Straight out of college, two years ago, Kate Medlar started selling real estate, a job she loved, however, selling the same suburban t...
  • Kari Marie
    A quirky older lady, a hot man with a reputation and a young woman discovering her history. These are three main characters of Jude Deveraux’s new book A Willing Murder. Kate (the young woman) discovers her aunt is the famed author Sara Medlar (the quirky old lady) and decides to go find out more information about her family. Kate takes a job in the town of Lachlan and asks Sara if she can stay with her. Sara is trying to help her friend Jack w...
  • Heidi
    I struggled with this one. I believe I wanted toLike it more than I did (especially the beginning), but I did finish the last page with a smile on my face. I admittedly am a Jude Deveraux fan, and I usually POUNCE on new books. I feel like her writing style is usually so vivid I’ve visually stepped through the pages and wrap myself in the characters lives. This one, I just didn’t get that vibe til almost the end... maybe it will be a series a...
  • Leslie
    I read this ebook courtesy of NetGalley. Small town people can have very long memories and that is clearly illustrated in this story. Kate comes to Lachlan, FL to stay with her newly discovered aunt, Sara, when she accepts a real estate job. New town, new family, and a new romance are what Kate finds right away. Sara, a retired famous romance writer, has a young man living with her, but to Kate's relief, Jack is not trying to rip her off or take ...
  • Alicia Proctor
    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. The one thing that bothered me as I started reading (and obviously still does) was how quick some of the character/relationship building happened - for example, Kat...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Think of this as a cozy because that's what it is. Sara has retired and moved to Lachlan, Florida. She's already got Jackson, who is renovating for her, living in her home, when her niece Kate shows up and moves in as well. Then, they discover skeletal remains! Well, of course, this unlikely (not really) trio has to investigate. The mystery is well done but it's the interplay between the characters that I liked the most. Does a writer ever really...
  • natalie
    As usual, my thanks to Goodreads for the opportunity to win this book. I recognized this author's name, but read her many, many years ago. To move from writing romance books to murder/mystery seemed a bit odd to me, but she did a pretty good job of it.I think this would make a good series. It was a good murder/mystery full of a lot of different ideas and things, but very slow moving at the start. I had a hard time staying with it, but I persevere...
  • Cole Swafford
    I would like to begin my review of A Willing Murder by thanking Mira Books for delivering me one free review copy. You’re hooked from the first page! Come for the murder-mystery, but stay for the charming characters! At the heart of this novel is a question: what does family mean to you? This story has it all: romance, mystery, murder, drama, familial ties, everyone has a secret, a quiet town that is not as it appears... I could go on and on, b...
  • Beverly
    I won a copy of "A Willing Murder" on Goodreads Giveaways. I've read several of the author's previous books and really enjoyed them. I read that this was her first mystery book and it was really good. I recommend it highly.
  • Tracy
    This has a distinctly different feel than other Jude Deveraux books, and yes I've read most if not all of them! The story is good, I was pretty sure of who did it right away, but not quite how.
  • Ms Clifton
    Fun mystery! Loved the banter between Sara and Jack. Looking forward to her other books in this series.
  • Louise Scholl
    I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It is an ARC, and due to be released 9/18/18. I really enjoyed this book. I can’t wait for the next one.
  • Susan
    This was ok, but seemed a bit more rushed than other books by this author.
  • Liz V.
    Won ARC from Goodreads 6/30; received 8/1/18.This is my first book by Deveraux, but it won't be the last.I was with some reservation that I started the book, as one of the protagonists is a romance novelist. The mystery, however, is central to the story and, while an attraction between the two younger protagonists is clear, the bantering is fun and a relief from the dark and sordid crimes.
  • Amy
    Like another reviewer mentioned, at a recent ALA conference I had the pleasure of meeting this author and getting a copy of her new book. I read Deveraux years ago in my teens and twenties. My reading tastes have evolved since then, but I couldn't pass up reading this book due to the circumstances. Therefore, this review is more a reflection of my reading tastes than on Deveraux's writing. I think fans of Deveraux will enjoy her slight shift into...