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. Murder in the Family, by Ramona Richards. 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, 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 the 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 is an award-winning author of two books, From Grief to Hope, and The Caregiving Season. She has written numerous magazine articles and has been a guest on Focus on the Family’s radio program. Jane is an active blogger, teaches at writing conferences, and is working on her next book to be announced soon!

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