Julianna Burke is a renowned mystery novelist who divides her time between her Scottish stone house on the North Sea, and her South Carolina beach house on the Atlantic Ocean. Now, at age 58, she has recently been widowed. Her beloved second husband Connor has been murdered in their own home. Also, she has been suffering debilitating memory loss recently – causing her faithful assistant to have to remind her of her widowhood on a daily basis. When she is lucid, she is working on a re-write of her latest novel that has the working title of “Murder, Forgotten“.
Logan Arnette is Julianna’s adult daughter. She works in an internist’s office by day and her spare time is devoted to her art. She is a talented water-colorist. Since her step-father’s murder, Logan has been living at the beach house with her mother. Connor Burke is the only father she has known since she was nine years old, and she grieves for him too.
Harrison Arnette is Julianna’s adult son. He covets her multi-million dollar beach house and his avarice and sense of entitlement know no bounds.
Who killed Connor? Why didn’t Julianna or her assistant Margot hear anything during the time of the murder? Why didn’t Julianna’s vocal dog alert them to an intruder?
Are you looking for an engaging murder mystery? This just might be the book for you.
Set for the most part on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, the novel features a tight-knit community – yet one of them is a killer! Logan Arnette questions everything she previously assumed about her friends and neighbors, and this suspicion upsets her life and world view.
Featuring some interesting plot devices, the author surprised me on occasion, though several factors of the ‘how‘ the murder was done seemed overly obvious to me. That didn’t really mar my enjoyment of the read however, for the ‘who‘ evaded me until the last pages.
I was riveted to “Murder, Forgotten” while reading it, and recommend it highly to all lovers of a good ‘whodunit’.This review was written voluntarily and my rating was in no way influenced by the fact that I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Lion Hudson Ltd. via NetGalley.
Publication date: September 18, 2020
ISBN: 9781782643111 -ASIN: B08CLXMG8W – 304 pages
“Murder, Forgotten” is a finalist in the 2021 Silver Falchion Award for Best Mystery! Deb Richardson-Moore is the author of four fiction titles and a memoir, The Weight of Mercy, about her early years as a pastor at the Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
A former national award-winning reporter for The Greenville (SC) News, Deb is a popular speaker at book clubs, universities and churches. She has won numerous awards for community involvement, including the 2020 Humanitarian Award by Upstate Housing Connections and the 2017 Leadership Greenville Distinguished Alumni Award.
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Deb and her husband live in South Carolina.
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