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Publisher's Summary

Heartbreak. Home. Gunshots.

Former small-town girl turned big-city lawyer Lilly Atkins has tidily checked off her adult to-do list.

Prestigious law degree
Flourishing career
Designer wardrobe
Well-bred fiancé
In a moment of cliché, her list gets whipped out the window. And run over a few times.
So she heads home to Brooks. Where the creek is cool and the gossip is always hot.
Lilly sets up shop to work off her broken heart. Before the paint can dry, her former flame, Dr. Cash Stetson, shows up requesting representation for his divorce. Two new clients involve a possible negligent homicide and the desecration of human remains, both cases stemming from the local hospital. Run by Cash. When her not so unrequited love's wife turns up dead, Lilly begins to wonder if the former bad boy is up to no good.

©2015 Kalan Chapman Lloyd (P)2015 Kalan Chapman Lloyd
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3 out of 5 stars
By Elisabeth Carey on 10-13-17

A light, mostly humorous mystery

Lilly Atkins left small town Brooks, Oklahoma to be a big city lawyer in Dallas, and was quite successful at--until everything came crashing down with the discovery of her fiancé in their shared bed with his secretary. Now she's home in Brooks, setting up a local law practice.

She knows she's got trouble when her high school on-and-off boyfriend walks in the door, wanting her to handle his divorce. She just doesn't know how much trouble.

Lilly Atkins and her female family and friends take the duties and responsibilities of Southern womanhood very seriously, and that means some entertaining petty revenge when the husband of one of their number is caught cheating on her. It's a bit less clear what it means when Lilly's former boyfriend, now a doctor and running the local hospital, in addition to wanting a divorce, may also be engaged in organ smuggling.

The overall tone of this is light and humorous, and yet it really is, in part, about organ smuggling. That created a certain dissonance for me, that I wasn't happy about. Of course, it's also about small town closeness, the importance of family and friends, and remembering where you came from, and the light humor is far more appropriate for that.

I do rather like Lilly.

Enjoyable, if you're only looking for a light distraction sort of read.

I bought this audiobook.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Eva on 05-19-18

Good story, needs a better reader

Lily fled her small Oklahoma town for college, then on to practice law for a big firm in Texas. Living her ideal life and engaged to the perfect man, her world comes crashing around her when she discovers her fiancee in bed with his secretary. Heartbroken, she packs up and moves back to her hometown to start all over.

For a light mystery/romance, with the charm and manners of the south, it is not a bad start to a short series. The characters, from smothering parents and grandparents to the old high-school friends, are interesting and I look forward to seeing more of their interaction in the books to come. HOWEVER, the author, who is also the narrator of the book, is just so-so. Her voice is annoying and the mispronounced words are really distracting. I have never heard words like vehemency and diplomacy pronounced so weirdly.

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