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Sweetheart Deal (Lilly Cleary #4)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sarasota lawyer Lilly Cleary has had her share of odd cases. She's defended everyone from a pet psychic to an orange libeler, and she's done so with finesse. But it's another situation entirely when she finds out that her nutty mother has been accused of murder. Although she's been estranged from her family for years, Lilly drops everything to return to the little town of ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Avon (first published October 30th 2007)
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Returning to Bugfest, Georgia isn’t a trip that Lilly Cleary, an attorney, in Sarasota, Florida, would ever willingly choose to do. When she receives a phone call that Willette Rose Cleary, her mother, has murdered a man Lilly returns to Bugfest.

Lilly arrives at her brother Dan’s home to find that her mother is in the local hospital and has been sedated to the point that she can’t communicate with anyone. Willette has been a recluse for sometime refusing to leave her home. It seems that a bill c
Diane A Brown
If life was made to be simple, then Lilly Belle Cleary definitely missed the boat! While in the midst of a complex trial, she receives a phone call from her brother Dan. Unprepared for the astonishing news Lilly is stunned.

Bugfest, Georgia is a small town. Keeping a secret is out of the question, so everyone knew Lilly Belle was coming home. She hated every step. When familiar landmarks passed by, unwanted memories rushed back. Growing up had been one traumatic experience after another. Many ye
Deon Stonehouse
Sweetheart Deal by Claire Matturo will keep you amused if you are in the mood for a light mystery. Florida attorney Lilly Cleary has a few quirks. She gets the heebie jeebies from entering a hospital or doctor’s office (seems sensible to me) and she isn't’ too fond of airports. Her mother cornered the market on odd, tossing her kids out as teenagers and locking herself in her house, shunning any contact with the world. Lilly is startled when her brother calls wanting help. Their mother has been ...more
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I think I would describe this mystery as a southern-fried cozy. The author, a former professor at FSU's school of law, creates a story set in a tiny SW Georgia town called Bugfest. The protagonist is a high-powered attorney (who possibly has a series--there were allusions to past events that indicated so) who returns to her hometown after her mother apparently shoots and kills a man. She's drawn into trying to figure out what happened, adventures ensue, ex-loggers try to set her up with their av ...more
Aug 08, 2008 Mascanlon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humorous mystery lovers
This was my first read in this series. Like Hiaasen, the author keeps you with her all the way laughing. Matturro has a fresh voice and lively style. Lots of wacky characters that ring true, this was a little bit legal thriller and a little humorous mystery in the best of the southern detective genre. I'll be looking for the early books in this series.
Fast paced, well plotted thriller.
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Claire Hamner Matturro was a newspaper reporter, a lawyer, and a college teacher before tackling legal thrillers. Her debut, SKINNY-DIPPING, won ROMANTIC TIMES' BEST FIRST MYSTERY award, first place in the SEAK Legal Fiction competition, was a BOOKSENSE 2004 Pick, and received a Barry nomination. WILDCAT WINE, her second, received a Georgia Author of the Year nomination.

Matturro lives in Georgia,
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