From the publisher: Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for decades and hopes to make up for his absence in Darla’s life. But some of the ladies of the book club find their Southern hospitality strained as they question the motives behind this sudden reunion.
After a dead man is found in Molly Mathews’s backyard, their concerns grow more serious. Lizzie Turner saw Darla arguing with the stranger the day before, but when the police question her, Darla proves to be an unreliable narrator. It’s up to the book club to uncover the real story . . . before another victim is written into the plot.
Law and Author is the fifth book in Erika Chase's popular Ashton Corners Book Club mystery series. It introduces us to the granddaughter of one of my favorite book club members, Bob. Darla and Bob have never even met because of his estrangement from her mother, so everyone is stunned (and somewhat suspicious) when she shows up completely unexpectedly. Lizzie witnesses an altercation between Darla and a stranger in town, and the next day the same man is found dead in Molly's backyard. Bob and Molly cannot believe that Darla had anything to do with the murder, and enlist the help of the book club to clear her name. Then the arrival of Darla's abusive, druggie boyfriend puts everyone into their most dangerous situation yet.
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