The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club

The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club

by R. Franklin James

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The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club by R. Franklin James


Hollis Morgan is a survivor. She married young to flee an unloving family and ended up in prison, paying the price for her charming husband's embezzlement. After finally obtaining a California judicial pardon, Hollis has climbed the ladder from paralegal to probate attorney at a respected law firm in the Bay Area. Unfortunately her first two cases are trials by fire. One involves a vicious family dispute over a disinheritance of family members who seem ready to stop at nothing to get their share. The other is the murder of her former parole officer, Jeffrey Wallace, whose will and family trust she is retained to file with the court. Too many people have motives and family mourners are few, so she resists processing the estate. Without Jeffrey, Hollis' successful reentry into society would never have been possible. It was he who introduced her to the Fallen Angels--his other white-collar ex-parolees seeking a second chance. The book club they formed was a comfort and a distraction, until two murders forced them back under the scrutiny of the law. The group disbanded during the ensuing investigation. Now, realizing their debt to Jeffrey, they come together once more, determined to uncover the truth. Although Hollis has met a great guy--a police detective who knows about her past yet accepts her unconditionally--she is afraid to trust again. Naturally he doesn't want to see her put her life in danger for the sake of a case, but he also knows she won't stop until Jeffrey's murderer is discovered. As both cases heat up, Hollis finds that probate law can bring out the worst in people and sometimes expose a killer. The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club is book 3 in the Hollis Morgan mystery series, which began with The Fallen Angels Book Club and continued with Sticks & Stones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603819213
Publisher: Epicenter Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Series: A Hollis Morgan Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 1,302,319
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author


R. Franklin James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2013, The Fallen Angels Book Club, the first book in the Hollis Morgan Mystery Series, was released. Her second book in the series, Sticks & Stones, was released in May 2014. James is married with two sons and resides in Northern California. For more information, go to www.rfranklinjames.com.

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Hollis was now next in line. The man was short like Jeffrey, but the resemblance ended there. Jeffrey always reminded her of a friendly puffin. His brother looked like a hawk.

"I'm Jeffrey's brother, Calvin, thank you for coming." He reached out his hand for a gentle shake.

"I'm Hollis Morgan, I'm a former … client. I'm sorry for your loss."

At the sound of a raised voice, Hollis looked ahead to see a young man grabbing Gene's arm.

"You're Gene Donovan? I need to speak with you." Brian, Jeffrey's son, put an arm around Gene's shoulder and pulled him aside.

Brian was his father's double--short, with brown hair and a solemn face. Hollis stopped behind Gene, who turned and gave her a questioning look.

"Ah, ah sure … wh-when?" Gene stuttered uncharacteristically. Usually full of confidence, he must have been caught off guard.

Hollis left Calvin and stood in front of Frances. She could see that Brian Wallace had not loosened his grip on Gene's shoulder. But it was clear from her clenched jaw that Frances' plan was to ignore the interchange.

"I'm Frances, Jeffrey's wife, thank you for coming." Either she had repeated the phrase one too many times, or she was simply bored. She sounded like a robot.

Hollis sympathized and wasn't thrown off by her tone. "I'm Hollis Morgan. I was a client of your husband's. He was a very good--"

"You're Hollis? I was hoping you'd come," Brian said. Letting go of Gene's shoulder, he reached across his stepmother with his hand outstretched for Hollis to shake. "Are all of you in the book club?" He pointed to the five of them now bunched together and halting the receiving line.

Gene was going through his jacket pockets, searching for a card.

Hollis looked past Frances to Rena, who was stopped in front of Calvin. Frances, who could no longer ignore her stepson's conversation, was looking more irritated by the second.

"Yes, but maybe we should talk after you've met the rest of the visitors?" Hollis said in a low voice. "We're holding up the line."

"Brian, please." Frances's raised voice was strained.

"Sorry." He spoke urgently to Hollis and Gene. "Call me and let's talk. My father told me about you and I think I could use your help." He gave his number.

Gene pulled a business card from his pocket and scribbled a number on the back. He handed it to Brian. "What kind of help do--"

"Yes, of course we'll call and set something up," Hollis interjected, not wanting to be any more obvious than they already were.

Gene let her lead him away from the line, and they headed down the grassy pathway, back to their cars.

Gene got behind the wheel. Hollis sat in the back.

"What was that about?" she asked.

"You tell me. I guess there's a dysfunctional family out there for everyone." Gene shook his head.

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VicG More than 1 year ago
R. Franklin James in her new book, “The Return Of The Fallen Angels Book Club” Book Three in the A Hollis Morgan Mystery series published by Camel Press brings us into the life of Hollis Morgan. From the back cover: Hollis Morgan is a survivor. She married young to flee an unloving family and ended up in prison, paying the price for her charming husband’s embezzlement. After finally obtaining a California judicial pardon, Hollis has climbed the ladder from paralegal to probate attorney at a respected law firm in the Bay Area. Unfortunately her first two cases are trials by fire. One involves a vicious family dispute over a disinheritance of family members who seem ready to stop at nothing to get their share. The other is the murder of her former parole officer, Jeffrey Wallace, whose will and family trust she is retained to file with the court. Too many people have motives and family mourners are few, so she resists processing the estate. Without Jeffrey, Hollis’ successful reentry into society would never have been possible. It was he who introduced her to the Fallen Angels–his other white-collar ex-parolees seeking a second chance. The book club they formed was a comfort and a distraction, until two murders forced them back under the scrutiny of the law. The group disbanded during the ensuing investigation. Now, realizing their debt to Jeffrey, they come together once more, determined to uncover the truth. Although Hollis has met a great guy–a police detective who knows about her past yet accepts her unconditionally–she is afraid to trust again. Naturally he doesn’t want to see her put her life in danger for the sake of a case, but he also knows she won’t stop until Jeffrey’s murderer is discovered. As both cases heat up, Hollis finds that probate law can bring out the worst in people and sometimes expose a killer. The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club is book 3 in the Hollis Morgan mystery series, which began with The Fallen Angels Book Club and continued with Sticks & Stones. “The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club” is very clever. Hollis Morgan has received a judicial pardon and is now a probate attorney. Someone murdered Jeffrey Wallace, her former parole officer, and Hollis wants to find out who did it. Plus she is handling a nasty disinheritance case. That signals the return of the fallen angels book club. All the members owe Jeffrey and want to see his killer brought to justice so they band together to help the police in their investigation. “The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club” is a wonderful thriller, loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Franklin James has provided us with an action-filled drama which propels Hollis Morgan, and us, to the end in this exciting mystery that leaves you wanting more. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Camel Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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