Daily Review: A Dead Mother by Anna Celeste Burke

While investigating Beverly’s murder, they uncover cruelty, lies, deceit, and a Ponzi scheme.

Jessica Huntington is back in the fourth Desert Cities Mystery by USA Today bestselling author, Anna Celeste Burke.

Jessica’s ex-husband, James Harper, and her mother, Alexis, are in big trouble in A Dead Mother. Family dysfunction, infidelity, murder, and mayhem—what else can you expect from members of the rich and famous who move in Jessica Huntington’s circles?

An arraignment in court goes off the rails after Jim Harper’s Bel Air mansion is trashed and a man is left fighting for his life. Jessica’s love life almost veers off track, too, as she struggles to balance job, family, sleuthing, and her attraction to Attorney Paul Worthington and Detective Frank Fontana.

When the body of a prominent member of the Palm Desert community is found dead on the side of the road, Jessica gives up hope that this year will be better than the last. It’s a three-ring-circus of calamities as Jessica and her friends get pulled into another whirlwind whodunit. There are plenty of well-heeled heels to choose from among the suspects with murderous motives: love, lust, lucre, and loathing.

Grab your copy and find out whodunit!

Anna Celeste Burke

Amazon Review

By Bonnie Dale Keck

Jessica’s ex-husband, James Harper, and her mother, Alexis, are in big trouble in A Dead Mother. Family dysfunction, infidelity, murder, and mayhem—what else can you expect from members of the rich and famous who move in Jessica Huntington’s circles?

An arraignment in court goes off the rails after Jim Harper’s Bel Air mansion is trashed and a man is left fighting for his life. Jessica’s love life almost veers off track, too, as she struggles to balance job, family, sleuthing, and her attraction to Attorney Paul Worthington and Detective Frank Fontana.

When the body of a prominent member of the Palm Desert community is found dead on the side of the road, Jessica gives up hope that this year will be better than the last. It’s a three-ring-circus of calamities as Jessica and her friends get pulled into another whirlwind whodunit.

There are plenty of well-heeled heels to choose from among the suspects with murderous motives: love, lust, lucre, and loathing.

Amazon Review

By RO G’ma

A Dead Mother is the fourth book in Anna Celeste Burke’s awesome Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery Series. The writing style flows smoothly at a calm and steady pace and the storyline is well plotted with the three-dimensional characters, humor, and some suspenseful moments. There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings to keep the reader engaged. Readers will find themselves pulled in from the beginning and anxiously turning pages until they find themselves at the end of the story and wanting more. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading a well-crafted cozy mystery.

Jessica Huntington has settled into her position at Canady, Holms, Winston & Klein’s Palm Desert satellite office, but her personal life is in turmoil. She’s given herself a year to adjust to her divorce and get her life together.

The mutual attractions between her and Attorney Paul Worthington and Detective Frank Fontana are still strong and she knows she’ll have to make a decision soon before she hurts one of them. She’s taken Father Martin’s advice and put her black AMEX card away, and although the numbers on the card are ingrained in her mind, she’s resisting the strong urges to go on shopping sprees. Alexis,

Jessica’s mother has suffered a medical emergency and set back in her battle against drug and alcohol addiction, but with the love and support provided by Giovanni, her fourth husband, Jessica, and Bernadette, she’s determined to overcome her addictions and win her battle with cancer. Her divorce from Jim Harper has been final for almost a year, but she just can’t seem to get him out of her life. Jim and his new trophy wife, Cassie, are both filing for divorce and preparing to battle over custody of their newborn daughter, but these are the least of the issues plaguing him.

A party in their home took a bad turn with drugs and murder, and Jim, who’s accused of killing Marty Hargreaves, has hired Paul to represent him. As if all this isn’t enough, Jessica is devastated when she learns a client, Beverly Windsor, has been murdered. Beverly and her daughter, Leslie, aren’t just clients, the three women had developed a friendship during the few months Jessica had been their attorney.

Jessica has a wonderful support system, the Cat Pack, which is an intriguing group of friends who help her with investigations and provide support and shelter from threats. While investigating Beverly’s murder, they uncover cruelty, lies, deceit, and a Ponzi scheme.

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  • Anna Celeste Burke

    Thanks so much! I’m so honored to have my new book on your wonderful blog. Your recognition and support means a great deal to me.

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