Murder in the Family

Murder in the Family

by Ramona Richards


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Greed Poisons Even The Sweetest Well

Storm chaser Molly McClelland must return to her small Alabama hometown when she unexpectedly inherits her hoarder aunt's house . . . and all of its contents. Despite her suspicions that her aunt was murdered, Molly wants nothing more than to sell everything and get back to the life she loves. Especially once her homecoming reignites the decades-old family conflict that drove her away in the first place. But when Molly uncovers caches of cash, journals revealing secrets-and a body-amongst the stockpiles, she finds herself locked in a cat-and-mouse dance with a deadly endgame.

Molly teams with local sheriff, Greg Olson, to find the truth. But will her determination and his skills be enough, or will the killer-or killers-put an end to their efforts once and for all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946016768
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing ()
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 641,174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Murder in the Family 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
debhgrty 2 days ago
Deb’s Dozen: Chasing Hurricanes Is Nothing Compared to Murder and an Abandoned Dead Body Ramona Richards gives us an intriguing murder mystery in Murder in the Family. The book, peopled with all sorts of fascinating characters from an antiquarian aunt to raucous relatives fascinated me. You will want to curl up in your chair with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Enjoy getting lost in the vagaries of house cleaning after a hoarder. About the Book Molly McClelland returns to her hometown to deal with an unanticipated legacy left her by her aunt. Molly suffers conflict from being forced to leave behind her hurricane-chasing partners. Her friend and partner Sarah suffered severe injuries during their last chase. And yet Aunt Elizabeth held an important place in her heart and life too. As she arrives at the attorney, Russell Williams’ office, so do two of her feistiest relatives. His secretary urges her inside and locks the door. What on earth? Seems the relatives think they should have inherited. They determine to cause Molly nothing but trouble. She wants nothing to do with the inheritance but a letter from Aunt Liz convinces her to at least look at the house. And Molly doubts Aunt Liz just died—she thinks someone committed murder–either accidentally or on purpose. After arriving in a caravan of the attorney, the relatives and her, the house and contents Aunt Liz left overwhelm Molly. But where to start? And what to do with the cantankerous relatives? Williams tells her he need to place a guard on the house to keep those relatives from walking off with all the contents. The discoveries begin. Why do the relatives seem bent on stripping the house? What smells so strongly? Molly, some helpful neighbors, the sheriff, and the attorney begin the task of clearing the house of decades of junk and debris in order to find anything that may be valuable. All the while, the relatives squabble with the sheriff and with Molly. I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns and surprises as Molly begins her task. If you like a good mystery with fascinating characters and a bit of romance, buy Murder in the Family—and thank the good Lord you don’t have Molly’s family. Five stars! About Ramona Ramona Richards grew up entranced with Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Robin Kane—a lady after my own heart. Presently, she holds the position of Associate Publisher for Iron Stream Media and lives near Birmingham, Alabama. But Ramona still creates new ways of murder and mayhem to thrill her fans. The author gifted me with a copy of Murder In the Family but did not obligate me to write a review.
Erin_Slocum 9 days ago
My Thoughts on Murder in the Family: Mystery novels are definitely my thing. I love them! It’s so much fun to get lost in a great mystery novel and try to solve the mystery before the author gives us the answer. This book was so fast-paced and it took some thinking to remember who was who and why they were important. It was also a bit interesting to try to remember why certain people were so intense on wanting what they weren’t supposed to have. As a member of a family who’s had a death recently where there was one person who seemed to make away with most everything I can relate to pieces of this book. It is so sad when family history just goes missing. This definitely reminds me that I need to make sure everyone knows and understands where any historical pieces I have go. It also makes me want to become even more of a minimalist! But the mystery! I loved it. And I really loved the two main characters as well as wished that I could have met our hoarder aunt. I have to say that Molly is definitely a little fireball and I love her! Her determination and zeal are amazing. Greg, the sheriff, offsets her perfectly and their race against time is wonderfully written. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Publicity Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
CherryPie0420 12 days ago
I was a young adolescent when my paternal great-grandfather passed away. Before the land had settled over his grave there was a battle for his estate, the effects still felt in my family to this day. It nearly ripped my family apart and I distinctly remember my mother telling me that peoples true colors come out when there is a death in the family. So true. Molly McClelland also finds this fact out at an early age, after the passing of her grandfather, with family greed so abhorrent that it made my skin crawl. I will never understand how some people can put stuff over a human being. Twenty years pass and Molly hasn't returned home since greed ripped her family apart, but is now forced to when her Aunt Liz dies in an unfortunate accident, an accident Molly feels deep down isn't an accident at all, but instead murder. As executor of the estate, Molly must face her greed-ridden family as she deals with her hoarding aunts home that is full of more than what she bargained for. Though the pace is slower than I would normally like in a mystery/suspense, but I did enjoy the story as a whole. The characters and town of Carterton have that charming, homespun feel, and I loved all the community and support that Molly receives. The ending, though resolved, felt anti-climactic to me, and the entire story was insanely predictable. Murder in the Family is seeping in drama but I would've loved a little more action with some twists and turns thrown in. All in all, it was a decent read that I believe everyone can relate to. Who doesn't have at least one hoarding or greedy family member amongst them, am I right? *I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions are completely honest, and my own.
pbdkari 15 days ago
Murder In The Family By Ramona Richards I absolutely loved this Southern mystery with some thrillers thrown in. I was flying through each page and felt like I had developed a personal relationship with the main character, Molly McClelland. When Molly must return to her family that had been torn apart decades ago due to familial rifts, she isn’t all that thrilled. Not only is their bad blood and bad memories but she was also appointed the Executor of her Aunt’s Estate and is dreading the process of dispersing the contents, since she was a hoarder. Not everything is always what it seems. The small town people greet her and treat her as family and offer their help. She develops a close relationship with her Aunt’s Lawyer but an even closer one with the local sheriff, Greg Olsen. Suspicions build that maybe her Aunt was actually murdered and now that somebody is now out to get Molly. What is this inheritance worth? Is there more than what meets the eye? And somehow, her old family conflict reignites hotter than ever and maybe her own kin are the ones that want to see her dead. There are a bunch of possibilities and there is another backstory that has you feeling for the characters. I really love how the book was written and how it brings out the readers internal emotions. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Jane_Daly2author 6 months ago
I want to give you a glimpse into a great mystery novel I finished reading in two days. Murder in the Family, by Ramona Richards. I had the opportunity to meet Ramona at a writer’s conference in California several years ago. At that time, she was an acquisitions editor in addition to following her passion to write mysteries. When I saw this recent novel, I couldn’t wait to read it. I wasn’t disappointed! The main character, Molly, received news that she’d inherited her Aunt Liz’s estate. Molly left Alabama twenty years ago and vowed never to return. Although she and Aunt Liz kept in touch, Molly refused all efforts by her aunt to get her to come back. Until now. When she arrives, Molly is drawn into a family drama so fierce, she must hire round-the-clock guards to keep her avaricious relatives from removing things from her aunt’s house. Throw in the fact that Aunt Liz was a hoarder, and her death may not have been an accident, and you have a plot that races along until the end. Ms. Richards includes a spiritual element in the story without being preachy. If you like a good mystery without the violence, language, and sex in most modern novels, then I recommend this book as a great read.
DarleneLTurner 6 months ago
Storm chaser Molly McClelland’s world is interrupted from an attorney’s phone call. She’s inherited her hoarder aunt’s place and all of her belongings. Curious as to why her aunt would leave it to her, she returns to the one place she never wanted to see again—her hometown and all her greedy family. Upon arrival, she immediately begins to suspect all is not what it seems in the small town in Alabama. Was her aunt’s death an accident or something more sinister? On her quest to rid the house of its contents, she discovers more than she bargains for. Can she and the town’s sheriff, Greg Olsen, get to the truth before her greedy family drives her out of the town—or before something worse happens? Murder in the Family is the first novel I’ve read by this author and I gotta say…I loved it! It was a fun read of a quirky family. The author does an amazing job of describing the house and its stinky contents. I could picture it clearly and even crinkled my nose up at some of the descriptions at times! The characters were well crafted. Some you love, some you love to hate. I could picture them, quirks and all! The plot was well thought out and kept me turning the pages. The imagery in this well-crafted novel literally had me breathless at some points. The author knows how to put her reader right into the pages. Well done. I give Murder in the Family four stars. This cozy mystery will keep you guessing! **I received an e-copy of this book by the author for my honest opinion.