Angel's Advocate
by Mary Stanton


Berkley Prime Crime, 2009. ISBN 978-0-425-22875-3.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 07/04/2009

Fiction: Mystery; Fiction: Paranormal

How do the dead get justice? Do they contact a lawyer? In Mary Stanton's latest release, Angel's Advocate, we get a paranormal glance at the funny, and sometimes dangerous, side of lawyering for the Celestial courts.

When a 17-year-old girl decides to mug a Girl Scout selling cookies, the old Savannah family network kicks in. A young lawyer by the name of Briana Beaufort, Bree for short, is coerced by her aunt to take on the case as a family favor. Through twists and turns in the "Cookie Mugger" case, Bree gets tangled in a web wherein she finds herself with the real client—the teen girl's dead father who may have been falsely condemned to one of the lowest planes of Hell.

Working with Angels as your backup should be a walk in the park, but it's more like a walk in the cemetery for Bree, as she thinks to herself: "Well, let's see. In the past twenty-four hours, I've retained another dead soul as a client, dealt with a kid so screwed up she torments dogs, and discovered that yep, I'm being followed by a pair of corpses who've jumped through the barricades between this world and the next so they can take me on a permanent, highly unpleasant tropical vacation."

I giggled out loud as I met some of the quirky characters and shuddered at some of the spooky scenes, so it's easy to get involved in this book. I did get a little tired of hearing so many people tell the heroine how tired and unwell she looks, but the upsets in the plot kept me intrigued through to a surprising end. This new twist on mystery is sure to be a fun series to follow.


Mary Stanton is the author of several series and mystery novels. In addition to her writing, Stanton's interests outside writing have remained consistent over the years. She is a horsewoman, a goat aficionado, an enthusiastic (if inept) gardener, and a fan of gourmet food, but not an expert. She has developed a writing program for teens and middle grade readers that has had considerable success in schools. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached via her website.

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