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Angel Condemned by Mary Stanton
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Brianna Winston-Beaufort (Bree) isn’t certain her Aunt Cissy has shown great judgment in her choice of husband-to-be. In fact, Bree’s certain there’s something off about him. When Prosper White winds up dead, however, she’s forced to investigate his death – seeing that Cissy is in jail for the murder. In Bree’s real-world law practice, that’s her main concern.

But, as readers of the series know, Bree has another practice – a celestial practice defending souls who have been sent to Hell and want to have their cases reviewed. And, as it turns out, her current celestial case, which she tried to turn down, may have a bearing on the murder of Prosper White. It may also have something to do with Bree’s late mother.

Although I enjoyed the first two books in this series immensely, subsequent books have left me underwhelmed. I think they’re too confusing, too complex and more like sci-fi than mysteries. Angel Condemned is just so-so. ( )
  NewsieQ | Feb 12, 2014 |
Synopsis: Bree's aunt Cissy has fallen in love with a museum director, however, no one in the family seems to be thrilled with her choice. His murder is tied to one that occurred 30 years previously and has sentenced a soul to hell. Bree must clear her aunt and plead the case of the lost soul. In the process, she loses someone else who is dear to her.
Review: This is a solid book with well developed characters and a completely involving storyline. ( )
  DrLed | Jan 13, 2014 |
Angel"s Condemned is the fifth book in A Beaufort and Company Mystery series.

Brianna (Bree) Winston-Beaufort, against her better judgment agrees to represent her Aunt Cissy's future husband, Prosper White, in a fraud case. White has been accused of fraudulently obtaining a magazine that he has on display in the Frazier Museum. The person bringing the suit is Allard Chambers. White was responsible for Chamber losing his, and also his wife's, professor's jobs.

As White is about to begin a speech on the steps of the Frazier Museum, a group of protesters is forming and suddenly White is stabbed to death. the weapon uses is a knife from Aunt Cissy's kitchen.

Chambers and White, in the past had involved in illegally obtaining rare artifacts and this is really what has been the problem. In an earlier dig a young is drowns in the ocean during a storm. Bree learns that this drowning and White's murder seem to be tied together.

Bree must defend the young man who drowned before the Celestial Court before she loses any members of her family. Stanton skillfully weaves the Celestial Court into the rest of the book and makes it all believable.

This is a very enjoyable series, written around a great cast of characters.


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  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
My rating 3.5 See more of this review and others on my blog:Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Angel Condemned by Mary Stanton is the fifth in a cozy paranormal mystery series called Beaufort and Company. In this installment we have an ancient artifact that may be a key to one of the gates of hell, a murder and a case that can be linked back to Brianna’s mother Leah. This suspenseful novel was delightful and I loved re-visiting all the unique and colorful characters.

Brianna Winston-Beaufort has recently opened two law firms in Savannah, Georgia. She inherited the practices from her Uncle Frank. The first office is located in a beautiful old office building on Bay Street. She has hired a spunky secretary who works part-time while obtaining her GED. She plans to go to college to become a Para-legal. Here Brianna deals with temporal cases or cases involving living clients. Brianna’s second office is located in a house on Angelus Street. This office is surrounded by a cemetery. Here Brianna’s staff consists of angels. This is her celestial office and she deals with souls who believe they have been wrongly condemned to hell. A lot of times the two cases are connected. Since opening her doors, Brianna and her staff have solved four murders for her temporal office and reduced or eliminated the sentences for four souls. All of this occurs because she and her staff are forced to act as detectives to solve the celestial cases. Because of the nature of her work, she has been provided a lot of heavenly help. She has a loving dog named Sasha who can communicate and warn her. Vicious guard dogs, her staff and an Arch Angel who appears when she is in grave danger.

In this novel, Brianna’s Aunt Cissy wants her to represent her fiance in a lawsuit regarding a magazine. This case is anything but simple, when the fiance is murdered with Aunt Cissy’s kitchen knife. Then an old artifact surfaces with a soul condemned to spend eternity in hell. Brianna has been burning the wick at both ends, and these two cases may be more then she can handle. The tale that unfolds is interesting with twists and turns.

The characters in Stanton’s novel are delightfully southern and each unique. I always enjoy their interactions. Brianna’s family would give me a headache with their meddling ways, but they love Brianna. Stanton does a wonderful job of describing Savannah and the buildings there. The celestial court, Brianna's role and the cases are all fascinating and Stanton's attention to detail is appreciated.
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  kimbacaffeinate | Mar 30, 2013 |
I love this series And this one was great!
  Rennee | Dec 2, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425244628, Mass Market Paperback)

Representing her Aunt Cissy's fiancé, museum curator Prosper White, in a case of fraud, attorney and celestial advocate Brianna Winston- Beaufort hopes to settle the matter out of court. But when Prosper is murdered and Cissy's arrested for the crime, Bree will have to solve the mystery of the Cross of Justinian-an artifact of interest in both Prosper's lawsuit and Bree's celestial case-to clear her aunt's name...

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:20:17 -0400)

When her Aunt Cissy's fiance is found murdered on the steps of the Frazier Museum, attorney Brianna Winston-Beaufort, a celestial advocate, must race against time to clear her aunt's name while solving the mystery of the Cross of Justinian--a case that places her mortal family in grave danger.… (more)

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