Saturday, June 6, 2009

Review: Angel's Advocate by Mary Stanton (and giveaway!)

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (June 2, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780425228753
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating: 3.5/5

Money’s been tight ever since Bree Winston Beaufort inherited Savannah’s haunted law firm Beaufort & Company along with its less-than-angelic staff. But she’s finally going to tackle a case that pays the bills representing a spoiled girl who stole someone’s Girl Scout cookie money. But soon enough she finds that her client’s departed millionaire father needs help too. Can she help an unsavory father/daughter duo and make a living off of the living?

Ok, I have to admit...I generally don't read cozies or paranormals, so you would think this book would be completely unappealing to me. For some reason the description caught my eye and I thought I would give it a try. I'm really glad that I did. Angel's Advocate is the second installment in the Beaufort & Company series. The mixture of southern charm, the quirky cast of characters and suspense really works.

Since I don't usually read paranormals I was afraid there would be an overwhelming amount of unbelievable things happening. I didn't want this to be distracting as that's not my usual cup of tea. Overall, this wasn't the case. There were a few things (like the slime) that didn't really work for me, mostly because I just have a hard time believing in it, but I found the angels and their "extra" space around Savanna very fun.

My favorite part of this book, by far, was the eccentric and funny cast of angels sent to help Bree out. They range from a Russian paralegal, to a fashion conscious secretary, to a buff PI/bodyguard. The characters often had me laughing or shaking my head, but they were always entertaining.

I prefer my mysteries to be a little more hard core. Blood and guts don't bother me at all. While this wasn't my usual mystery book, I enjoyed this part of the story. However, I didn't find the mystery as compelling as the characters were.

Since this is only the second book in the series, I would recommend starting with the first book, Defending Angels. This book really helped set the stage and set up all the relationships between the characters. 3.5 stars

Be sure to visit the blog tour page and check out the other reviews, guests posts and author interviews.


The Giveaway:

Mary Stanton is giving away a signed copy of her book, Angel’s Advocate, to one lucky tour visitor. Go to Mary’s book tour page,, enter your name, e-mail address, and this PIN, 5546, for your chance to win. Entries from Shhh I'm Reading will be accepted until 12:00 Noon (PT) tomorrow. No purchase is required to enter or to win. The winner (first name only) will be announced on Mary’s book tour page next week.

Good Luck!


Literary Feline said...

I enjoyed this one too--and you're right, the characters are really what make this book stand out. Thanks for your great review!

itsamystery said...

The more I read abou this book, the more intriqued I become. Thanks for sharing your review!

Cindy said...

Great review, and thanks for sharing about the giveaway :)

misterreereeder said...

I can relate. I generally do not read mysteries like this one - I have those others I like to read. One thing is for sure, "a little spice is nice" and this was definitely a different but pleasing change!!!

Cindy said...

Thank you for telling us about this giveaway. This sounds like one that I would really like to read.

Gwendolyn B. said...

I've missed the deadlines for this giveaway just about everywhere. I read an occassional cozy and I've never read a paranormal -- but there's something about this book that is really appealing to me!

Gaby317 said...

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Zibilee said...

This sounds like a different type of mystery than I normally read, and I am glad you liked it. Based on your review, I think I might give it a try. Thanks!
I would also like to be entered in this giveaway.