by R Franklin James
on Tour June 1st – July 31st 2013
The Fallen Angels Book Club has only two requirements: the members must love books and have a white-collar criminal record. Hollis Morgan fits the bill. Left holding the bag in an insurance fraud scheme concocted by her now ex-husband, she served her time and is trying to rebuild her life. All she wants is for the court to pardon her conviction so she can return to law school.
After one of her fellow members is murdered in a scenario straight out of a club selection, Hollis is once again the subject of police scrutiny. Refusing to get stuck with another bad rap, she sets out to investigate her fellow club members. Is one of them really blackmailing the others? As a second member dies in yet another book-inspired murder, Hollis realizes that time is running out. Everything rides on her finding the killer–not just her career aspirations. She must identify the killer before she herself becomes the next victim. Everyone is convinced she knows more than she lets on. But what is it, exactly, that is she supposed to know?
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R. Franklin James was born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and completed the masters program in Public Policy at California State University East Bay. She has also received her paralegal certification.
She and her husband live in northern California with their English Springer Spaniel, Bailey.
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Reader review . . .
Hollis Morgan is a member of a book club, but she would rather not meet their qualifications. The Fallen Angels Book Club is made up solely of readers who have committed white-collar crimes. Hollis has petitioned for an overturn of her conviction in order to return to law school and is doing everything in her power to lead a blameless life. So when members of the club fall victim to a murderer and the police question Hollis, she realizes that the only hope for her new life is to find the killer and clear her newly-good name.
This debut novel is an exciting beginning to a new mystery series. The use of a book club and the books they read is a wonderful premise. Hollis’ remorse and embarrassment regarding her conviction gives the reader a reason to care about her future. I especially enjoyed the secondary storyline involving her pro bono work at the San Lucian Senior Residence & Community Center. The interaction between Hollis, Marla, and Lily added to the novel. Hopefully, the Center and its residents will return in a future installment of the series.
This mystery kept my attention from beginning to end. Although I had my suspicions of one character, the solution to the mystery surprised me. And that, my friends, is the mark of a good mystery.
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