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Subject: Defending Angels by Mary Stanton
Date Posted: 3/17/2009 1:02 PM ET
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Has anone else read this book? I've been trying to get through it for a week now. I'm about 140 pages in and so far it doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

In ways it does sort of but mostly it doesn't. I put the 2nd on on my wishlist hoping that this one will turn out to be better than I think it is. Right now, however, I'm about ready to either give up or it or throw it at the wall.

There aren't any reviews of the book so I thought I'd see if any of you liked it.

 

 

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 6:06 PM ET
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Sorry, I've never even heard of it, but I wanted to bump this up for you in case someone else has. What's it about?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 3/17/2009 6:48 PM ET
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The author is also Claudia Bishop. I've never been able to get into any ot her books under that name either but this one sounded so good. Here's the synopsis of it.

With a long list of ethereal clients who need her help, Savannah lawyer Brianna Winston Beaufort's career choice is beginning to haunt her...An already dead businessman needs Bree's help to find his murderer and prove his innocence against the charge of greed, which comes from the mightiest hand of the law, the Celestial Court. And the verdict in this case could put Bree's life on the line—as well as her client's afterlife.

Basically she's sort of a lawyer for dead people I guess you could say. That's what I'm getting from it so far. But at 140 pages she still doesn't realize what's going on. I mean she knows the guy she's defending is dead but she doesn't really know it's him she's defending. The client is actually this woman who was working for him (his 2nd in charge bascially). She supposed to be figuring out who murdered him. But there's this old lady who lives upstairs from her practice that keeps talking about this dead guy in the cemetary like he's still alive. Then there's this painting that sort of "comes to life" and Bree has been dreaming of it since she was a little girl. But so far nothing is coming together.

I'm just wondering if the book is worth continuing.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 4:25 PM ET
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I just got done reading it and it was a totally different type of cozy than I usually read (with the "ethereal clients" aspect).  I think it takes a while to figure out what is going on exactly because it is the first in a series and things are essentially being "set up".  It does all come together in the end, but remember it has the aspect of those not from this world in it.

I also have the 2nd one on my WL and although I did like this one, it will be interesting to see if the next is good (because as I said this was something different than I usually read).

Don't know if that helps, but I would finish the book if I were you just so you aren't left "confused" if nothing else.

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Well, you made it sound interesting.  I looked it up on Amazon and it sounded like it might be fun.  I had a difficult time with the Shirley Damsgaard books when I first started those.  Every one raved about them and they irratated me.  A whiney main character.  But book four she became less whiney or I got used to her...lol

If you want to get rid of it I'll be glad to take it off your hands.

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Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Darn it, clicked the wrong thing, sorry!



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Date Posted: 4/3/2009 5:05 PM ET
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Hmm...I just picked this one up for a buck at the library book sale.  It's a paperback and in perfect condition.  If I don't like it, I can always post it here.

It's gonna take me a while to get to it though!

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/8/2009 5:28 PM ET
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I'm at 100 pages and like it so far.  I'm with you that Bree is a bit slow on the uptake though.  Maybe if it was happening to me in "real" life I'd be slow on the uptake too...lol.

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 5:39 PM ET
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Well I finsihed it a couple of days ago. It was not bad. By the time I finished it I like it alright. I went ahead and left the 2nd one on my wishlist but I am not sure about it. I'll hold out judgement on the series until after I read the 2nd one. It did start to make sense finally but it took an awfully long time to get to the point I thought.

Anyway...to each their own. I did enjoy the last part though. It go exiciting in the last 75 pages or so. Too bad it couldn't have been that way about 150 pages earlier.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 4/11/2009 6:38 PM ET
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I finished it yesterday.  I'm with Michelle, by the time I finished it I liked it so much I wanted more right now.  It slowed down just a bit past the middle.  I wanted to see what would happen so I kept reading.  Then it picked up and turned into a page turner.

I suppose because I was sitting back and reading it I kept thinking for pity sake Bree don't you realize who and what these people are?  Not giving it away.

Though I figured out who the murderer was early on I sure couldn't figure out how or why - now that was a bit different.  I mean the method of murder. 



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Date Posted: 4/17/2009 9:01 AM ET
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I liked the book a lot. You have to stick with it for it to make sense. It all comes together eventually. I, too, put the second on my wishlist.

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 8:31 PM ET
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I liked it a lot.  The end wraps up the story. 

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 3:15 PM ET
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Read it and loved it. I read it in 2 sittings and I think that helped. That's one I'll want to read again sometime in the future.

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 7:14 PM ET
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I read it earler this month and didn't care for it.  I thought it would really be good, but Bree was just to dense for words.  I love my books to have a bit of the "woo woo", as my friends call it, to them but this one was just kind of blah to me.  I'm a big fan of paranormal mysteries and urban fantasies.  This one didn't seem to fall anywhere.  Mostly boring.