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A Willing Murder

(A Medlar Mystery #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  602 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Mira Books
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

A murder mystery story. First in a series.
A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortable they are in each other’s space, yet they all find it necessary to go off to their own section of the house and do their own thinking. Intriguing personalities.
I’d like to read the next and see how they solve the next
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 reading about her in A Willing Murder.

Sara Medlar bough
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, whodunit
I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I’ve deleted it.

Here’s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result.

I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being “sinful”. It just went ON AND ON. Find another way to show how “flawed” your otherwise perfect character is. Maybe don’t have her love interest tease her about needing to go to the gym after she eats a sandwich. So cringeworthy.

Food is a
Rob Banks
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries.

A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. While the mystery was a little simple, it was nicely thought out. A fun entry for the genre.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her new series, mystery books.

This a great book. I loved the characters, but would have loved to learn more about Kate's father and his relationship, with his sister, Kate's Aunt Sara. I also wish that Kate and Jack
Alicia Proctor
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
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, Kate walks into Sara's home for the first time - hasn ...more
Jenea Whittington
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

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 buried.

Kate is a real estate agent and has big hopes of
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed at the lame writing--not sure how to describe it but it came across as if it had been written by a child, with dorky references to romance and other aspects of the characters' relationships. The entire premise of ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going to help anyone decide to pick up this book or not. Instead I'm just going to say that this one was not for me. I know Jude Deveraux is a very popular romance writer and this is her first foray into the mystery genre ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)Never warmed up to Kate. It was SO STUPID ...more
When Kate learns that the father she never knew had a sister who's a famous novelist and living in their home town, she can't resist the urge to move to Florida and meet Aunt Sara. The first thing she learns is that everything she heard about Sara, and about her live-in houseguest Jackson Wyatt, is wrong. The second thing she learned is that the house that Jackson just bought (he's a contractor) has two skeletons hidden in the back yard. As the trio tries to find out how those skeletons got ther ...more
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clued in the person she was talking to. The ending was a bit rushed, with a TSTL moment and inadequate explanation for how the "good guys" got to a certain location. I've filed this under "cozy" but it's closer to a "t ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada)
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude’s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely and has a great ending.
Sana Zameer
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This year I thought had my fill of mediocre cosy mysteries. It was the beautiful cover that made me pick this up. It turned out to be a bit better than what I have read. The plot was good but it was the execution that lacked. The writting felt disjointed and I couldn't connect with the characters. Their interaction with each other felt unrealistic. I knew who the killer was halfway through the book so it lost the the surprise factor. I read the rest of the book to see how the author worked it ou ...more
Connie Janzen
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book! I can’t wait until book #2. Refreshing characters and storyline. It had me from the first page to the end.
Rebecca Kordesh
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed that the author felt the need to close the story with a "no the villain is really a bad person" bit instead of allowing the story to rest.
I'm also not sure what the tone of this was supposed to be--it was a weird
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors.
Susan Krich
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 me smile.
The surprise ending finally explains th
Cheryl Riecke
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-read
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!
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 her mansion, as well as rehabbing neighborhood homes.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Louise Scholl
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 type homes left her feeling like she wanted to do mor
Pat Lott Berry
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Pat Lott Berry

A Willing Murder, Jude Deveraux, 2018. An Olympic Gold Medal book by Deveraux, a Queen of Romance, and now a Queen of Murder Mysteries.

I loved this book. Can't say enough good things about it.

Outstanding book by Jude Deveraux, simply outstanding. A sparkling gem that touches your heart, makes you laugh, and makes you want to know these people.

Kate Medlar moves from her mother’s northern home to Lachlan, Florida, to stay at the residence of an unknown aunt, Aunt Sara,
Kari Marie
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 who has recently lost somebody. Kate coming to town g ...more
Ashley Hite
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate recently discovers that she has a long lost aunt, Sara, that she never knew about, she is the sister of her father she never knew. Hoping to get to know her and her past she moves to her father's home town and while she is getting settled Sara has offered to let Kate stay with her. Sara is a famous romance author worth a lot of money and she has young man living with her. Is Jack using Sara for her money or do they have some other relationship going on. Before Kate can get to the bottom of ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
“The three of them were close together, tight, bodies mashed side by side, needing the warmth, the sharing of humanness. Needing not tobe alone. It was going to take some time for Jack to come back to now, back to reality. He had to let go of that pull to another world where pain no longer existed. As Kate waited, she watched the fading light illuminate the tree in front of them. The sun lit the red blossoms and seemed to catch fire. It was the magnificent tree's last blaze in her long life. Tom ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital-arc-read
I struggled with this one. I believe I wanted to
Like 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 and fill out more. I would pick it up for a read.

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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo