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The Fallen Angels Book Club (A Hollis Morgan Mystery #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
The Fallen Angels Book Club has only two requirements: the members must love books and have a white-collar criminal record. Hollis Morgan fits the bill. Left holding the bag in an insurance fraud scheme concocted by her now ex-husband, she served her time and is trying to rebuild her life. All she wants is for the court to pardon her conviction so she can return to law ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Camel Press (first published April 25th 2013)
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Teena in Toronto
Jun 03, 2013 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
A few years ago, Rebecca Lynley was a law student and happily married to Bill. He was in the insurance business and had asked her to sign a couple documents. She did ... and the next thing she knew she was heading to prison with Bill letting her take the rap for fraud.

When she gets out of prison, she starts her life over. She goes back to school to become a paralegal, gets a job in a large law firm and changes her name to Hollis Morgan (her second name and maiden name). Hollis' goal is to have h
Jun 10, 2013 Tammy-&-Michelle rated it really liked it
The Fallen Angels Book Club is the debut novel of author R. Franklin James. This is also the first book in what will become the Hollis Morgan Mystery series. The Fallen Angels Book Club has only two requirements. Members must be 1 - book lovers and 2 - white collar ex-felons. The story line jumps right into the book club and introduces all members. Each character is so unique and quirky, you immediately get a feel for the group dynamics.

This book is narrated from the perspective of Hollis Morgan
Shirley Schwartz
Jun 14, 2013 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it
Great first effort! I was asked to review this book and I was really looking forward to it. It did not disappoint. This is the first book in a proposed new series. The premise is a book club made up of white collar felons and they must love books. This mismatched group of ex-cons would get together each month to review the book that had been decided upon at the beginning of the month. Then, one of the members is found dead and when Hollis Morgan (a woman from the club) hears the story, she ...more
Victor Gentile
Jun 07, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
R. Franklin James in her new book, “The Fallen Angels Book Club” Book One in the A Hollis Morgan Mystery series published by Camel Press brings us into the life of Hollis Morgan.

From the back cover: The Fallen Angels Book Club has only two requirements: the members must love books and have a white-collar criminal record. Hollis Morgan fits the bill. Left holding the bag in an insurance fraud scheme concocted by her now ex-husband, she served her time and is trying to rebuild her life. All she wa
Marika Charalambous
Sep 30, 2014 Marika Charalambous rated it really liked it
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In Sticks & Stones, Hollis Morgan is an ex-convict who is part of a book club of a special kind: all members are ex-convicts who like to read and discuss their books. But I really wanted to see how it all started, and why she was a convict in the first place.

As it turns out, she was the innocent (or rather gullible) partner of her ex-husband Bill who once things went awry with his fraud scheme, set her up to fall instead of him. Afteral
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Jul 02, 2013 Kristi (Books and Needlepoint) rated it really liked it
Being a book lover, I thought it would be fun to read a book about a book club. Even though once I started reading the book, I discovered that there wasn't a lot of time spent "with" the book club, it was still a really good book.

I liked Hollis right away. The fact that she was set up to take a rap by her 'then' husband was horrible. But I am sure that stuff like that happens far more often that what I would like to believe. She has served her time and has been working really hard to recreate he
Jul 15, 2013 Suzy rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I received a copy of the ebook The Fallen Angels Book Club by R. Franklin James from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers and I loved it! I'm a big fan of mysteries and this one really kept me turning the pages. James has created a likeable and sympathetic sleuth in Hollis Morgan, a paralegal ex-con who ended up in jail simply because she put her trust in her ex-husband who used her as the fall-guy when his scams caught up to him. Now that she's out of prison, she's changed her name and is working on ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Jun 15, 2013 Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it
This is R. Franklin James' debut novel, a fact which I find hard to believe. She has created a character I love in Hollis Morgan, and a great plot. Morgan has spent time in prison for her ex-husband's white collar crimes. While she was in law school and not paying enough attention, he got her to sign some documents. She sort of knew it was wrong to sign but just did it to get him out of her hair so she could go on studying. Later in court, when she was convicted of fraud, he just shrugged his ...more
Jul 28, 2013 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Hollis Morgan is a member of a book club, but she would rather not meet their qualifications. The Fallen Angels Book Club is made up solely of readers who have committed white-collar crimes. Hollis has petitioned for an overturn of her conviction in order to return to law school and is doing everything in her power to lead a blameless life. So when members of the club fall victim to a murderer and the police question Hollis, she realizes that the only hope for her new life is to find the killer ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: zz2013-read, ebooks
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and thought the whole concept of a book club created purely for white-collar criminals an intriguing idea. To me it's a great way for people to become active in a safe social setting again without being too harshly criticized or looked down upon because everyone else is in the same boat, has the same common interest and is something that I think would work really well in real life.

The main character and one of the Fallen Angels, Hollis Morgan, was very like
Beth Cutwright
Jun 05, 2013 Beth Cutwright rated it really liked it
I found The Fallen Angels Book Club a delightful read. It certainly contained mystery, murder and mayhem and the only thing in common with the crimes was our heroine Hollis Morgan. Hollis became a fairly strong character, frightened that she would be the one charged with the murders although she knew she hadn't committed them; but then a few years back, she went to jail in lieu of her ex husband Bill Linley. She was an innocent, and he was excessively guilty and free. I had not figured out who ...more
Jul 11, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I found the idea of a book club with members who all have a criminal record intriguing. I liked Hollis, the main character, because she was doing her best to get her life back together after she was lured into a white-collar crime by her now ex-husband. She is a paralegal at a high powered law firm but does pro bono work at a elderly home on the side.

Her life seems to be getting back on track when one of the members of her book club is murdered. It turns out that he is murdered in the same way t
Sep 17, 2013 Fenny rated it really liked it
The Fallen Angels Book Club is a proper old-fashioned amateur detective. Hollis, eager to get her pardon so she can get on with life, starts to investigate the members of the Club after one of them is killed.

If you think that information about you is private – than think again. So much of our lives are
captured under “public information.”

As she finds out more about her fellow club members, it becomes only more confusing. And what exactly is Hollis’ ex-husband Bill’s part in it all? It doesn’t
Oct 04, 2013 Vicki rated it really liked it
What a good time I had reading this book. First of all, it’s about a group of book lovers who belong to a book club. But this book club is unlike any I’ve ever heard of before. All the members are ex-cons. Yep, you can only join if you have a white-collar criminal record.

I love a good murder mystery, and these murders where mirrored from the books the club read. I loved that!!

Hollis took the wrap for something her her ex did, and now that she’s out she just wants to have a normal life. So much f
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 14, 2013 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
The Fallen Angel's Book Club is a story about a book club for felon's. It was created by a parole officer who thought it a good idea to get convicted felon's together. These people in the club are not murders...or is there one in the group?? The main character Hollis Morgan just wants to get on with her life after spending time for fraud. Her now ex husband left her holding the bag and she does not want to have any further contact with him. Since getting out of prison and putting the past behind ...more
BBMoreB ~
Jun 17, 2013 BBMoreB ~ rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The Fallen Angels Book Club has only two requirements. Members must be 1) book lovers and 2) white collar ex-felons.

This debut novel set in the San Francisco Bay area is a first-person account told by amateur sleuth, Hollis Morgan. This is a very intriguing murder mystery with a startling cast of characters. This book allows the reader to take part in the investigation; I felt my suspicions sift as each new clue was revealed. This is a remarkable well-rounded mystery and I HIGHLY recommend this
Gina's Library
Jun 10, 2013 Gina's Library rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I received this book for a fair and honest review. This book is book 1 in a series.

This book had a mini mystery storyline within the main one. Hollis was trying to help out some elderly residents in a nursing home. She was able to figure that mystery out eventually though.

The main mystery however was the murders of two book club members. For me, it was a real twist who the murder was. I didn't see that one coming at all.

Hollis sure hasn't had an easy life. She was trying to get her life back a
Feb 28, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
A well written crime novel that keeps you guessing until the end. It starts with an unusual premise for a book club - that all members have been convicted of a white collar crime. This also means that all members are highly intelligent and perhaps not all are reformed. When one of the book club members is killed, Hollis Morgan, trying to clear her name so she can finish her law degree, sets out to investigate. Not only does her future career hang in the balance while she herself is a suspect but ...more
Michele Drier
Jun 05, 2013 Michele Drier rated it it was amazing
James has created one of the most intetesting book club requirements...members must have been convicted of a white-collar crime that they don't discuss with each other. Hollis was set up to take the fall for her ex-husband and now she finds herself a suspect in the murder of another book club member. Hollis is a complete and complex character and James sets the scenes with such a deft touch that I was there.
There will be more coming from James and I'm lookng forward to them!
Jul 15, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
R. Franklin James pens "The Fallen Angels Book Club" in a plot that is filled with mystery, thrills and murder by the book. The author's characters were likable, realistic and interesting. The first book in a new series 'A Hollis Morgan Mystery' and the Author's debut novel, this is one book that kept me guessing from the beginning and a must read for all mystery fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Susan Spann
Jan 11, 2015 Susan Spann rated it it was amazing
This was a fun, complex mystery that kept me guessing until the end. The characters are well-developed and three-dimensional, and the writing is strong and fast-paced. I loved Hollis Morgan's human conflict between truth and lies - and found her both engaging and fully believable as a sleuth and a person. Best of all, I didn't figure this one out before the ending - which made it even better!
Jul 22, 2016 AJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good But Needs Editing

Book is good but it needs to be edited better. I got confused quite a few times because there was an abrupt change of scenes and the author did not make that easy to realize. There would be a sentence between 2 characters and the next sentence was between 2 different characters. Story itself was good.
Winni Mattos
Jun 11, 2013 Winni Mattos rated it it was amazing
If you like mysteries, you'll like this one. If you love San Francisco, you'll be pleased the story takes place in The City! R. Franklin James is new to me...but I'm eager to read the next Fallen Angels book!
Jul 24, 2013 Barb rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of the early reviewers program. I really enjoyed it. It introduced some great characters that were well-developed and was an intriguing story. I am looking forward to the next one!
Jul 27, 2016 California rated it it was amazing
Excellent finish! Engaging for sure! Ready for "The Return of the Fallen Angels Book Club" - book two of The Hollis Morgan Mystery series.
Melissa Fowler
Aug 09, 2014 Melissa Fowler rated it liked it
Good mystery. Kept me guessing until the end. Pacing was a little off. Story moved fairly quickly at first then seemed to bog down a bit. But I'm still looking forward to more from this author.
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Other Books in the Series

A Hollis Morgan Mystery (3 books)
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