Defending Angels (Beaufort and Company Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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,...
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Defending Angels (Beaufort and Company Series #1)

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Overview

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.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A unique angle and smart plotting highlight the launch of Stanton's Beaufort & Company paranormal mystery series. After inheriting her uncle's Savannah, Ga., law practice, Bree Winston-Beaufort gets a call from Benjamin Skinner, a despised-and deceased-billionaire. Bree, thrust into the mysterious world of Celestial Law, agrees to represent the late Mr. Skinner before the Celestial Court, where he is on trial for greed. A cast of colorful and imaginative characters, including handsome, annoying PI Gabriel Striker, support her as she searches for witnesses to Skinner's rare altruism and untimely death. Stanton (A Taste for Murder and others as Claudia Bishop) balances the pace skillfully, seamlessly weaving Bree's bewildering supernatural experiences into her investigation. Engaging and charismatic, angel's advocate Bree will be a breath of fresh air for fans of paranormal cozy mysteries. (Dec.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440644016
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Series: A Beaufort & Company Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 132,299
  • File size: 431 KB

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    Highly Recommended and worth checking out!

    In Stanton’s mystery novel, Brianna Winston-Beaufort has just inherited her uncle’s law practice in—where else?—the most haunted city in the world, Savannah. Since her uncle died in a fire in his office, Bree rents temporary space in an old house located in the middle of an all murderers’ cemetery while she waits for the renovations to be completed. Her first case rises from a local businessman who manages to call her just hours after his death.

    Mystified, Bree is stunned to realize that her new employees, her landlord, a local PI, and ever her recently rescued dog seem to know more about her new law practice than she does. The recently deceased insists he was murdered and won’t rest until justice is served, and dedicated lawyer that she is, Bree works the case to the end.

    An enchanting heroine and an elegant setting that kept me turning the page until the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended for Those Who Enjoy Paranormal Mysteries

    It was my lucky day when I discovered this series. The concept is novel and the the writing is very good. I enjoyed all the characters and the plot line was interesting. I'm thrilled there are 3 more books available and am hoping the author has many more in store. Highly recommended if you like paranormal mysteries.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Mystery with a twist of paranormal

    Great book, I am looking forward to reading the next 2 in series. This is a wonderful mystery with lots of twists. It has a pinch of paranormal. If you've never tried paranormal this is a great way to wet your toes :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

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    A New Genre From A Favorite Author!

    Not being a fan of the paranormal genre, I hesitated starting this series. But due to the strength of Mary Stanton being the pseudonym of Claudia Bishop whose Hemlock Falls series have provided such enjoyable reading over the years, I considered trying this first issue of the "Beaufort & Co Mysteries". I am so glad I did! Brianna Winston-Beaufort, a young law graduate inherits a very unique legal practice from her Uncle who recently died in an mysterious fire, an esteemed past professor for her mentor, an office located in the "murderers cemetery" which is impossible to find, a timeless landlady, staff that is simply angelic, clients who are seemly beyond help, and a pet Bree saves from the jaws of death. The format unravels gradually keeping the reader wondering and enjoying this delightful, unusual and addictive cozy. After finishing this fun debut, I immediately bought and read the next two books in this series. Definitely looking forward to many more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Unexpected & Intriguing

    An old cemetary is a odd place for a law office but it definitly works. If you enjoy stories about ghosts you'll like this one. Sorting out the living from the dead was interesting and unexpected!
    Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    Fun to read

    Very offbeat story that I wasn't sure about purchasing, but am pleased that I did. I enjoyed the originality. It moved quickly and I am looking forward to reading more of the series to learn more about the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

    Cannot Defend Defending Angels

    Don't be fooled by the great cover...I was
    Looked so very promising but did not really deliver

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    Can't stop thinking about these characters...

    Very enjoyable. Just the right combination of paranormal and real life family issues. The author makes you care and root for these characters.
    I quickly read the 2nd book and eagerly await the 3rd..
    Hurry up!!!

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  • Posted December 24, 2009

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    Quite a different topic for this author....

    I enjoyed it, I like the characters very much and I will certainly read another. The reason I sound a little hesitant is because perhaps too much background although I cannot see how she would have completed the story-line without giving us this much background. Hmmmm. Will definitely read more.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

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    Loved the cover

    I thought I had myself a real good find here, only to be disappointed. Everything that happened seemed so random. The episode with the picture, the dog, the face. Nothing is explained in great detail. Everything just happens, then its gone. I am a lover of these kinds of book, both cozy with a good mystery twist. I have read plenty and this is only the second book I have ever read that I could not get through to the end. Maybe the second book is more developed, I dont know. If you want some good reads along these lines, try Victoria Laurie, Charlaine Harris or Shirley Damsgaard. Oh yeah, and of course Madelyn Alt...

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Nice Originality

    This was a good first entry in a series. The background and set up of the characters was solidly done without too much being given away too soon. It is a light mystery with a supernatural aspect to it that makes it more interesting than a standard mystery. Lighter than Heather Graham, but a good read nonetheless.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    Picked up on a whim

    and the back cover grabbed me. I could not put the book and friends at church have wanted to read it. I cannot wait for the next one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2009

    Original and well-written

    Mary Stanton has a winner with this series. It's premise is different from anything else I've read before. A real page-turner. I passed it on to my daughter and we are both waiting eagerly for the next in the series!

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    A Paranormal Legal Mystery That Works

    A new series by Mary Stanton has promise with a few twists and turns as well as a few surprises. The plot is well designed to keep you wondering about several small mysteries inside the big plot as you go. Can't wait to read the second in the series to see what is up next and how the ongoing story lines are handled. A fairly quick read and worth the time to see where this series will go. Also Recommend All Charlaine Harris, Diane Mott Davidson, Robert B. Parker (Jesse Stone Series), Katherine Hall Page, Dan Brown

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

    More Mystical than Mystery

    The teaser sounded interesting since I like mysteries and those especially set in the South. The mystery portion was pretty much reserved for the last 1/4 of the book. Prior to that, it was entertaining enough to keep the pages turning in anticipation of the mystery to come. In the end, it was too light on the mystery aspect for me.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    UNIQUE, FUN, AND A GREAT READ

    I really enjoyed this book. It had the humorous dramatic mix that you find in Charlaine Harris, Evanovich (minus the paranormal, of course), and Casey Daniels. There is the potential for some romance although not clearly developed in this first book. In fact, there is a lot to keep you guessing and I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Posted October 18, 2008

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    superb paranormal legal thriller

    In Savannah, Georgia, Bree Winston-Beaufort takes over her late Uncle Franklin¿s law practice. While renovating his office, she temporarily rents space walking distance from her town house from weird elderly Mrs. Lavinia Mather who mentions the cemetery turns people off from the historical early eighteenth century edifice.<BR/><BR/>However, before she can settle into her practice, Bree receives a call from despised billionaire Benjamin Skinner, who pleads with her to defend him. However, as she considers taking on the case, Bree knows there is a minor problem with this client; he is dead. Benjamin desperately needs an attorney to defend him in the Celestial Court for violating the Celestial Law code on avarice. To make a case in his defense, she needs willing witnesses ready to testify that Skinner had altruistic moments. Private investigator Gabriel Striker accompanies Bree as their search for a character witness feels increasingly like finding a needle in a haystack.<BR/><BR/>The stunned Bree makes this superb paranormal cozy into a great tale as she adapts to the wonder yet perplexing celestial realm, celestial law, and celestial courtroom procedures. Readers will enjoy her journey into the supernatural side of Savannah along side the hunk of a sleuth. Fans who relish something different will want to accompany Bree as she mounts a defense for a client whose middle name is greed in an angelic court not of his peers. <BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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