Jacqueline Fullerton has always loved writing. When she was a child, she wrote short stories about a meddling skunk that insisted on saving the day for her fellow woodland creatures. Jacqueline Fullerton obtained a MBA in Business, as well as a law degree. She has now returned to her first love writing mysteries. She has now replaced Sarah the skunk with a meddling ghost. Jacqueline Fullerton is currently a practicing attorney in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and dog.
Piercing the Veilby Jacqueline Fullerton
Tim is a snake. Be careful, Anne. This man will stop at nothing to get what he wants. In the tradition of Iris Johannsen, Jacqueline Fullerton weaves the supernatural and human greed into a tale of murder set against the backdrop of a sleepy little college town. Piercing the Veil has the unlikely crime-solving duo of court reporter, Anne Marshall, and her
Tim is a snake. Be careful, Anne. This man will stop at nothing to get what he wants. In the tradition of Iris Johannsen, Jacqueline Fullerton weaves the supernatural and human greed into a tale of murder set against the backdrop of a sleepy little college town. Piercing the Veil has the unlikely crime-solving duo of court reporter, Anne Marshall, and her father’s ghost who is investigating Tim Sherman, a divorcing wealthy businessman suspected of hiding assets in an offshore account. In the process of trying to prove his deception, the duo may have set into motion events that result in the murder of a key witness in his divorce trial. Compelled by guilt to solve the murder, Anne Marshall and the dearly departed stumble into the killer’s path, putting Anne’s own life in jeopardy. You will fall in love with Anne Marshall and friends in this first of Jacqueline Fullertons murder mysteries
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This is the first book in the series of Anne Marshall and her "ghostly" father. It is the story where she learns that her father's ghost is helping her to solve murder mysteries. While this is a bit unnerving for Anne, she also loves it as she planned to go into law practice with him after her graduation from law school. But a sudden heart attach prevented that and now he is helping her from the "great beyond". Tim and Isabelle Sherman are getting a divorce and everyone feels Tim is hiding money. Can it be proved? In a word, no. But that doesn't stop Anne's father from coming to her and asking her to help prove Tim is a no good. Between going to law school, working as a court stenographer, being engaged to Jason and the people in her study group, Anne is a busy girl. She still goes about trying to get the proof that Tim is hiding money from Isabelle. Tim couldn't leave well enough alone and is a womanizer to boot. The "flavor of the day" believes he will marry her once Tim's divorce is final and plots with him on hiding money. Just to complicate matters, she is found dead. Now all think Tim is a murderer as well. To find out how this all works out, you will need to get a copy of PIERCING THE VEIL.
While not a "who done it", you will not find a "caper" story either. Both of these storylines have a strong influence but neither predominates in this well written enjoyable book. Jackie Fullerton has the ability to construct good believable characters in tight stories. The result is a high-energy book that grabs and holds our attention. The characters are so well done that I never had to think about who they were as each is recognizable. A note on the "supernatural" aspects of this story, Anne Marshall's father is dead. She "sees him" at points in the story but this is NOT a ghost story. Those looking for an active mobile involved ghost will not be happy. Those thinking of not reading the book because of this will miss a good story. This is a nice easy fun read. The story grabs us and the characters are engaging. Be careful, things are not always, what they seem. Comfortable assumptions and easy expectations may not be valid.
Twenty-six years old Anne Marshall and her dad dreamed of practicing law together as a father and daughter team, but he died at sixty-two from a heart attack. Although she misses him, she attends Compton Law School and works as a court reporter. However, when she begins hearing him, she fears for her sanity perhaps from too much work and she is still grieving after two years. The voice of her dad insists his acquaintance fiftyish Tim Sherman is a dangerous snake who has embezzled $10 million from his firm depositing it over time in off-shore accounts. As she begins to believe her dad's ghost is trying to partner with her from beyond, Tim and his wife Isabelle are divorcing in the court where Annie works. Tim looks forward to breaking up their business and personal partnerships by vanishing without a trace. Tim also enjoys the concept that his affair with office manager Stephanie will end the same way his relationship with Isabelle will end. Mentored by her dad, Anne with the help of her study group, searches for legal evidence that Tim has stolen company funds while her boyfriend ADA Jason Perry worries about her recent behavior professionally and personally. When his mistress, a witness to the divorce proceeding, is murdered, Anne feels guilty, though her father, also feeling remorse, tells his angel that the murder is not her fault, but that of the snake. Feeling a need for justice, Anne, her other worldly partner, and her study group try to find proof Tim is a killer. PIERCING THE VEIL is an engaging paranormal investigative legal thriller starring a likable but over her head heroine and her late dad, a true believer in justice for all. The story line is fast-paced from the first time Dad communicates with his shocked angel and never slows down. Although the climax feels abrupt, sub-genre fans will enjoy this entertaining tale. Harriet Klausner