Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{Book Review} The Fallen Angels Book Club by R. Franklin James

The Fallen Angels Book Club
by R. Franklin James
Publisher: Camel Press
Released: May 1st 2013
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery, Amateur Sleuth
How I got it: Received an ARC from author

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.
After one of her fellow members is murdered in a scenario straight out of a club selection, Hollis is once again the subject of police scrutiny. Refusing to get stuck with another bad rap, she sets out to investigate her fellow club members. Is one of them really blackmailing the others? As a second member dies in yet another book-inspired murder, Hollis realizes that time is running out. Everything rides on her finding the killer--not just her career aspirations. She must identify the killer before she herself becomes the next victim. Everyone is convinced she knows more than she lets on. But what is it, exactly, that is she supposed to know?
The Fallen Angels Book Club is the first book in an exciting new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Hollis Morgan.

Review: Hollis made some mistakes in her past, did her time and is now trying to get her life back on track. She's got a good job, is working toward getting a pardon so she can study law again. Then one of the people she has a book club with ends up dead. Having a tainted past puts Hollis in the spotlight and on suspect list, which could jeopardize her chances at being pardoned. Having so much to lose she takes it upon herself to figure who is killing club members.
I'm not usually a fan of the amateur sleuth type of mystery, I find them annoying. The thing that sets the Fallen Angel Book Club apart and drew my interest was that the main character was a felon. Ok white collar but still who's ever heard of a heroine who's been a felon. This was a new one for me. Hollis is a really good character, very real. Her past made her more believable. It made what she does understandable, because she actually has something to lose.
The beginning of the book was really good dropping clues at the right moments, giving hints. The side plots are ok, but the only one that had merit was the one about Hollis getting her pardon. Yeah the others tied into the main plot, but eh they didn't actually help you figure out what was going on.
I was a little disappointed by the ending because it was a bit out of left field for me. While reading I had very few suspects, so I was left trying to figure out whodunit. The reasoning was a good twist, but still... I felt let down. I'll say this was a decent read and had a unique premise.


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