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.
I found the idea of a book club with members who all have a criminal record intriguing. I liked Hollis, the main character, because she was doing her best to get her life back together after she was lured into a white-collar crime by her now ex-husband. She is a paralegal at a high powered law firm but does pro bono work at a elderly home on the side.
Her life seems to be getting back on track when one of the members of her book club is murdered. It turns out that he is murdered in the same way the character in their last book club book was murdered. The cops show up on Hollis' doorstep and soon she becomes a suspect. Hollis known she can't go back to jail and will do anything to find out who the killer is.
As Hollis begins digging into the lives of her fellow book club members she finds an unlikely ally in an associate at work. While she's searching for the murdered her ex-husband, the man who helped put her behind bars, starts calling and asks to see her. Hollis can't imagine why he wants to speak with her and she hasn't gotten over her anger at having him put her in jail for his crimes. But when she figures out he's somehow connected to the murders she agrees to see him just one more time.
It's a race against time as Hollis tries to find the murderer before going to her rehabilitation trial to clear her name. The only problem is, the murderer is looking for her and she might just be his next victim.
I give this book 3 ½ out of 5 stars.
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.
*I received a copy of this book for my honest review.*
Teena in Toronto
I enjoyed this book.
R. Franklin James
Thank you for your review. You'll be able to read more about Hollis' detective skills in book two: Sticks & Stones due out in early 2014.
Very nice review and post! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this title.