Beaufort & Company Mystery, No 5
November 1, 2011 / ISBN: 0425244628
Paranormal Mystery / Attorney/Sleuth
by Brenda Weeaks
Attorney of Law Brianna Winston-Beaufort's current case has a former
professor accusing a Museum curator of fraud. The curator is engaged
to Bree's Aunt Cissy. Not long after Bree takes the case, the museum
curator Prosper White is murdered in public with Aunt Cissy as the
The case, now a murder, involves an ancient relic - a bejeweled
Cross. The Cross brings forth a tortured soul crying murder, giving
Bree's Angelus Office a new client as well. Bree is visited by the
late Schofield Martin, as well as some other dark, deadly beings.
Bree eventually discovers Martin's death leads back in time, back
to her mother.
For Bree both cases hit close to home. She wants to defend her
Aunt, but doesn't want to handle Schofield Martin vs Celestial Court.
Bree states a conflict-of-interest and requests a referral. Will
the Celestial Court allow Bree to pass the case on or will they
force her to confront the demons of her mother's past as well as
her own future.
Angel Condemned is chocked full of surprises. Readers
can expect a multifaceted mystery with plenty of twists. Without
a doubt this is one advocate case Bree will never forget.
If you like the writing style and imagination of "Buffy's"
Joss Whedon, you'll enjoy Staton's Beaufort & Company (Angel)
series. It's a celestial realm hidden within our world (Sorry, no
vampires). It's a mix of mystery, light and semi-dark fantasy, action-
in that there is always a showdown - and plenty of legalese (she
is a lawyer, after all). So far the sub-characters have been just
as memorable as the primary ones. Also, Stanton uses a culmination
of Faiths strictly for entertainment purposes.
It's a southern, paranormal world of Good and Evil that just keeps
getting better and better.
Reviews of others in this series:
Defending Angels [review
Avenging Angels [review]
Angel's Verdict [review]