The Fallen Angels Book Club by R Franklin James on Tour June 1st - July 31st 2013
Book Details Genre: Mystery / Amateur Dectective Published by: Camel Press Publication Date: May 1, 2013 Number of Pages: 264 ISBN: 1603819177 / 978-1603819176 Purchase Links:Synopsis: 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 school. After one of her fellow members is murdered in a scenario straight out of a club selection, Hollis is once again the subject of police scrutiny. Refusing to get stuck with another bad rap, she sets out to investigate her fellow club members. Is one of them really blackmailing the others? As a second member dies in yet another book-inspired murder, Hollis realizes that time is running out. Everything rides on her finding the killer--not just her career aspirations. She must identify the killer before she herself becomes the next victim. Everyone is convinced she knows more than she lets on. But what is it, exactly, that is she supposed to know?
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 likeable to me as she seems to be a highly realistic and tough character because of everything she has been through in her life. It is because of the events of her past that Hollis is a bit of a loner and what you would call anti-social, but there is still an obvious caring side to her which is shown by the visits she likes to do to a local seniors home and the help she gives them.
This novel is a very fast and enjoyable read and a real page turner. I was constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next and it managed to keep me guessing a lot of the time as well. I have to admit that I did hazard a guess at who the killer was about three quarters of the way through reading which ended up being correct, but that's only because I have a habit of always trying to guess these things when I read mystery books like this and not because it was blaringly obvious.
If you love a mystery novel that doesn't bog you down with unnecessary details but still has enough of a background and storyline to keep everything flowing, then I highly recommend giving this one a try.
Read an excerpt:
Author Bio:R. Franklin James was born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and completed the masters program in Public Policy at California State University East Bay. She has also received her paralegal certification. She and her husband live in northern California with their English Springer Spaniel, Bailey.
Catch Up With Ms. James:
was your inspiration behind writing The Fallen Angels Book Club?
The idea for the Fallen Angels Book Club came from participating
in an online writers course. Participants were spread out all over the globe. Class
was underway when somewhere around week three the response comments of one
member started to become more and more disgruntled moving quickly to agitation
and hostility. Finally, he (or she)
threatened violence on us all.
Well, for a mystery writer this material was gold. My imagination took off. Suppose our unhappy
student was a sociopath? Suppose instead of a writer he was a reader and a
member of a book club? I wanted to push it further suppose this wasn’t just an
ordinary book club—it was a book club of society’s fringe element, ex-felons.
My heroine was a little trickier to develop. I wanted her to be likable but clearly
imperfect and she had to be an ex-felon with the determination to turn her life
And Hollis Morgan was born.
Would you like to share one piece
of advice you would give to other aspiring authors?
want to be published, never, never, never, ever, never give up. Keep writing
and perfecting your craft. I guess that’s
more than one piece of advice.
If you weren't a writer, what
else do you think you would you be doing instead?
imagine not writing. Before finding my
publisher, I was frustrated with the rejections I had been getting and decided
to stop the torture. I told myself I would stop writing – I lasted a half day.
Do you have one particular
special ‘writing place’ or are you fortunate enough to be able to write
I work and have an active family I have learned to write anywhere and anytime I
Are there any authors that have
inspired you along the way?
Fitzgerald, is my one of my favourite authors. Agatha Christie is the mystery author
who provided the greatest inspiration.
Do you have a favourite scene in
The Fallen Angels Book Club (without giving the story away too much)?
several favourite scenes, but I think the climax when Hollis realizes that the
walls she has put up around herself have kept her in, as much as keeping people
Do you have any pets?
an English Springer Spaniel, Bailey.
your favourite way to spend your spare time?
Reading a good mystery.
What’s one thing that most people
wouldn’t know about you?
love jazz as well as chamber music.
one of the most surprising things you’ve learnt about yourself since writing?
easy it is for me to become obsessed with writing stories.
Do you have any new works in the
pipeline which you care to share any details about?
I am working on Sticks & Stones, the second in the
three book series to the Fallen Angels Book Club. In it Hollis Morgan is waiting to get her
California Bar scores when she is approached by her best friend a freelancer
for a tabloid, to help her defend against a libel suit. But Hollis soon finds herself pursuing a
killer who had plenty of reason to make sure that the truth doesn’t
come to light.
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