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Defending Angels (Beaufort & Company Mystery #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,150 ratings  ·  194 reviews
With a long list of ethereal clients who need her help, Savannah lawyer Brianna Winston Beaufort's career choice is beginning to haunt her

An already dead businessman needs Bree's help to find his murderer and prove his innocence against the charge of greed, which comes from the mightiest hand of the law, the Celestial Court. And the verdict in this case could put Bree's l
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Berkley
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Defending Angels is the first book in the Beaufort & Company series. A blend of mystery and fantasy, the story focuses on Brianna Winston-Beaufort as she takes over her great-uncle’s hinky law practice in Savannah. It’s a concept with a lot of potential, although the thread of the story gets muddled at times.

The mystery aspect is relatively straightforward: Determine who murdered a local magnate and why. Bree runs about town conducting some rather weak interviews in the hope of catch
A cosy mystery-comfort food for my soul! This had everything you could want for a quick fun read. A murder, a handsome detective, fun characters, and a dog. Add angels and the fact that she had to defend the dead guy in heavenly court and what more could you ask for. Finished it in 2 days -- another plus for a summer, "yeah I just got out of school" read.
Defending Angels is more a mystery or legal novel than an urban fantasy or paranormal mystery. The fantasy is barely there, and I guess I expected more angels and less defending. Even still, the paranormal characters are interesting, and the case is decent. The story was able to keep my interest throughout even though I didn't really care who killed who. I stuck in there to find out more about the angels and the Celestial Sphere, and unfortunately, there isn't much said about it. I was disappoin ...more
Our heroine, Bree Winston-Beaufort inherits a law practice in Savannah from her uncle. Her first night in town, as she is unpacking, she receives a call from billionaire Benjamin Skinner, who just happens to have died earlier that day. She is as confused by this as she is by the fact that most people are unable to find her office, until she talks to one of her old law professors, who informs her that she is to try this case in the Celestial Courts, where Skinner has been charged with greed.
Meet Bree Beaufort, Savannah Georgia's newest attorney for the Celestial Court. Her first case involves solving the murder of a local businessman who is accused by the court of greed, one of the 7 deadly sins.

To be honest, im not sure how I feel about this book. The premise was really good, and there were times throughout the book that really grabbed your attention, but then fell flat again after a few pages of excitement. Bree as a character is somewhat likeable, but ultimately forgetable. I h
Jun 25, 2012 Faithann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Faithann by: Karen Spor
Shelves: 2012
I don't usually read mystery novels, but my mom recommended this book, so I checked it out from my local library and gave it a shot. It was so worth it, and I have already reserved the second book and can't wait to get the call that it's in and ready for pick-up.

Brianna has been practising law in her father's law firm, but when her Great Uncle Franklin dies and leaves her his client list, she packs up and moves to Savannah to strike out on her own. While waiting for her Great Uncle's old office
This was a debute for a new series called Beaufort and Company Mysteries. This new series starts off with a bang. The characters are wonderful and exciting to follow. The heroine, Bree, is described as the woman that goes where angels fear to tread and you can believe it. The pages turn quickly as the story builds and the characters grow. The sister, Antonoia, is what every little sisters is and can be in her quirky way of going through life.

All the other characters that make up the Company as p
Jeanna Read
Another awesome new series! I rarely read 2 books in a series in a row, but I would happily read book 2 in this series right now! Highly recommend.
Heather Tisdale
It's between okay and I liked and I see potential so I'm giving it a chance. I liked that the idea was something that I haven't seen before and I'm excited to find out what will happen next. I see some missed opportunities with whatever is going on action wise, but I think the author might be trying to remain vague so that the plot can unfold further in future books. If the "action" sequences had a little more substance to them I would have really enjoyed it. Hopefully the next one will reveal m ...more
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I couldn't even finish this book. When I got to the half-way point, I realized I was so bored. She was STILL just starting her first case -- 150 pages in and no progress had been made! Most of the time, even with a crappy book, I feel invested enough to finish reading, but I found this incredibly boring and pointless. Don't waste your time!
Mike Farrell
Good start to anew series

A nice, quick story that includes ghosts and angels. The main story involves a young lawyer in Savannah, Georgia, who gets involved in a murder investigation based on a tip from the ghost of the person killed, even though the official cause of death is ruled accidental.

Bree, the young lawyer, sets up her office in the middle of a cemetery for executed criminals, and winds up hiring a staff that, unbeknownst to her, are all angels.

The story concludes with Bree defending h
I have had this book sitting on my nightstand for a while (I was cheating and piling new books on top of it instead of below). I purchased it at the strong recommendation of a friend and really against my will. :)I don’t generally read paranormals and I really don’t read religious reads and I really don’t care for “angel” books, so…anyway.

After reading it, I have to admit it held my attention and skipped along at a pretty good pace. I had some issues with the book but not what I would expect. Th
What marvelous book! I will be following this series. Thanks to the author and the mountain of research that made this possible.
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This is a really unusual paranormal mystery. Bree Winston-Beaufort is a lawyer who defends dead people in a higher court than most lawyers work in. This is the first book in the series so a lot of time is spent in helping Bree understand what is happening in her life and in helping the readers understand the concept. I think the idea is interesting and the mystery was well done. I love the characters and am looking forward to continuing reading the series.
If you want something truly unique to read, Defending Angels is it. The plot and characters are quirky and refreshing. No there arent any vampires, werewolves or zombies; but, there is murder, ghosts, and angels. Bree Beaufort just inherited the law firm of her late uncle. He died in a fire in his office. She moves to Savannah, Georgia and immediately begins looking for temporary office space. After reading an ad in the paper she stumbles on an old house located next to the only privately owned ...more
The new one is out, so I decided to re-read the first two in this series. My evaluation hasn't changed. Very fun to read, but a very unsatisfactory ending with several loose wires dangling in the wind.


This was terrific, and very hard to set aside. A young lady southern lawyer finds herself wrapped in a murder mystery with a company of helpers who are real and not real. The mixture of murder mystery and fantasy is novel and exciting, and the writing, the dialogue
Ruby Hollyberry
Many years ago I acquired two fantasy novels where all the characters are horses, The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West and Piper at the Gate. They were pretty good, though not perfect, and I had this feeling that the author had a lot more potential than was showing. (How much can you do when the characters are all horses?) I never saw anything else by the author and forgot to look after a while. Apparently during part of the time I missed she wrote a children's series about a princess and ...more
Defending Angels by Mary Stanton was a somewhat awkward start for an interesting new paranormal mystery series starring Briana "Bree" Beaufort, newbie lawyer who inherits her uncle's practice. The premise of the series is a unique take on the Southern gothic set in Savannah, GA--notable haunted heartland of the south. Bree's first client Benjamin Skinner is a recently deceased billionaire charged with Greed, one of the Seven Deadly Felonies, to be tried in Court of Celestial Law. However, the ev ...more
Silver James
I'd never heard of Mary Stanton or the Beaufort & Company mysteries before one of the books, AVENGING ANGELS, was recommended to me. When I discovered this was a series, and being a linear sort of reader (I hate dropping into the middle of an established series), I snagged the first book. I don't quite know how to classify this book, or series for that matter. It's paranormal. It's fantasy. But it's not Urban Fantasy or a Paranormal Romance. It's published by Berkley Prime Crime Mystery but ...more
Brianna (Bree) Winston-Beaufort is striking out on her own, having inherited her eccentric uncle's law practice in Savannah, Georgia. She could not be more excited: it’s an opportunity to prove herself and to move away from her well-meaning but overbearing parents. Unfortunately, her uncle's law office fell victim to fire, and so Bree is forced to find a temporary working space during the renovation process. She finds a house on Angelus Street that is too good to pass up. The price is right and ...more
This book is EXCELLENT. I won the third in the series from the author and (Thank you!). Being the obsessive type where series are concerned, I went back and started from the beginning. I am definitely glad to have found this wonderful series.

Bree inherits her great-uncle's client list and decides to move to Savannah and open her own law practice. Because his offices burned in the fire that killed him, she needs temporary quarters for her firm. The book opens where she is interviewi
If the same person authors a different subject, can the reading experience be a new ball of wax? I’m relieved to find it can. Mary Stanton attracted me with such an original premise and cast of characters, I collected a few non-paranormal stories too. I tried ‘Claudia Bishop’s’ ‘Hemlock Falls’ first since it’s older, featuring a chef. Bickering sisters were a turn-off and frequent use of expressions I detest like ‘God damn’. I pushed to the end, apprehensive of the Mary Stanton volumes I’d alrea ...more
I read a recoomendation on Goodreads for this series and so I picked up the first book in the Beaufort and Company Mystery series not too long ago and have pretty well read the rest of the books to date. This series is now at the top of my favourite mystery reading pile. Mary Stanton has found unique storyline in that Brianna Winston Beaufort (Bree) inherits upon her uncles death the daunting (and unknown to her at the time) task of becoming an advocate for the dead and working along with her ne ...more
As most folks are aware, the first book in a series drops names and relies on character development, so I've given this one a 4th star for being a promising series debut.
Bree came off as a quite likable protagonist; rooting for her came easy. However, I must admit that she was a bit dwarfed by the supporting cast - on audio I suspect this effect was highlighted by the author's dramatic (campy?) inflection when they spoke. The incident of her finding the dog Sasha struck me as slightly dark, but
I had so much fun reading this book. It's a very well written story, with great characters I wanted to know.
Bree is setting out on her own in her own law practice she inherited from her Uncle Frank in Savannah Georgia. She is setting up shop, temporarily, in an old home set in the middle of the Murderers Cemetary.
Bree's team is made up of her landlady, a window dresser, the brother of the woman Bree thought she was hiring, and very enigmatic (and hot) PI named Gabriel Striker who always shows
I was very excited for this book; not only for the fact that it was supposed to be paranormal, but also because it's a series, which I love (because I just can't let stories and characters go after just one book). Anyway, the book started out promising, and even had some scary, heart-pounding moments. I think that somewhere in the middle of the book, the author forgot that this was supposed to be a paranormal mystery. It honestly took me a month to read the last 100 pages because it was just so ...more
Okay, I read this book 1) on no sleep, 2) I was sick and 3) I happened to be very distracted. Not a great set of circumstances when trying to read a book.

Anyway, I am not crazy into "cozy mysteries" (that's what the genre type is called, right?), I've NOT read tons of 'em. So baby steps for me, no BIG judgments as of yet. I did find the book kind of slow paced, too slow for my taste. The mystery part wasn't too appealing. And I found the characters a little flat. I did enjoy the potential that w
As if it isn't enough that Bree is trying to set up her own new life and legal practice away from her family, now she's got office space in an all-murderer's cemetery, she's got her odd land-lady telling her what to do, her sister shows up unannounced, oh and her first big client hired her to prove he was murdered - several hours AFTER he died!

This is a quirky, delightful unusual story. Mary Stanton has created a clever, interesting cast of unlikely characters to help Bree with her highly unorth
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Mary Stanton was born in Florida and grew up in Japan and Hawaii, after which she returned to the United States and received a B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Minnesota.

Stanton’s career as a fiction writer began with the publication of her first novel, The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West, in 1984. A beast fable similar in tone and theme to Watership Down, it was pub
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Beaufort & Company Mystery (5 books)
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“This was our last night. We only had one curtain call, Bree. And I thought they were going to give us a standing ovation, but no-o-o-. Do you know why half the audience stood up?"
"To get a head start on the traffic," Bree said.
"To get a head start on the traffic," Antonia agreed in indignation. "I mean, here we are, dancing and singing our little guts out, and all those folks want to do is get to bed early. I ask you, whatever happened to common courtesy? Whatever happened to decent manners? Doesn't anyone care about craft anymore? And on top of that, it's not even nice.”
“Forget the garden rake. Remember that time you dived over the desk at that guy in moot court? Had him by the throat in two seconds flat, that's what I heard."
"You heard wrong."
"And they suspended you for how long?" Antonia innocently asked.
"A day. And I apologized. Actually I crawled like a slug and ate dirt," Bree said ruefully. "But that was years ago, and have I pulled a stunt like that again? No, I have not.”
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