Murder in the Family, by Ramona Richards.

This is a change of pace for my blog. I want to give you a glimpse into a great mystery novel I finished reading in two days.

I had the opportunity to meet Ramona at a writer’s conference in California several years ago. At that time, she was an acquisitions editor in addition to following her passion to write mysteries. When I saw this recent novel, I couldn’t wait to read it. I wasn’t disappointed!

The main character, Molly, received news that she’d inherited her Aunt Liz’s estate. Molly left Alabama twenty years ago and vowed never to return. Although she and Aunt Liz kept in touch, Molly refused all efforts by her aunt to get her to come back. Until now.

When she arrives, Molly is drawn into a family drama so fierce, that she must hire round-the-clock guards to keep her avaricious relatives from removing things from her aunt’s house.

Throw in the fact that Aunt Liz was a hoarder, and her death may not have been an accident, and you have a plot that races along until the end.

Ms. Richards includes a spiritual element in the story without being preachy. If you like a good mystery without violence, language, and sex in most modern novels, then I recommend this book as a great read.

You can find more information on Ramona on her website!

Jane S. Daly is the author of two nonfiction books and seven novels.

Jane is addicted to coffee, purple pens, and her husband, not necessarily in that order. A self-proclaimed introvert, she enjoys the solitude of riding shotgun in Rigsby, her 37-foot motor home. But when they pull into a new campground, her favorite thing is to make new friends and find hangouts featuring local musicians. Her fantasy involves writing lyrics for country music songs and hearing them played on the radio. In the meantime, she’ll stick to writing novels. And seeing as much of the country as possible.


  1. Jane, thank you so much! I love this review, and I really appreciate the time you took to read the book. You rock!

  2. Thanks Lady Jane!

    I’m not a fiction/mystery reader, but Alean is, so I can snag this for her!

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