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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Review & New Release - The Judge's Story by Joyce T Strand

Book Review
The Judge's Story
by Joyce T Strand

A Superior Court Judge with a passion for social justice as well as the law strives to discover the truth behind the mystery of a robbery-murder in a small California town in 1939.

When the Judge hears testimony against a 14-year-old teenager, he realizes that the boy participated in a robbery-murder. However, the accused did not actually pull the trigger. But unless the boy identifies his partner, the Judge must sentence him as a murderer, which would result in prolonged jail time. The Judge’s investigator, along with the precocious 16-year-old girl who identified the boy as one of the thieves, explore different approaches to uncover the murderer. In the backdrop of escalating war in Europe, the financial scarcities of the Great Depression, and the Judge’s caseload, their attempts to find justice for the accused boy and unmask the killer lure the Judge and his friends into sordid criminal activities.
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“book arises above your typical legal thriller…plot itself is succinct and fresh…originality and hope”-Book review, Nick Rossi, Reading Other People

“Full of realistic crime, relatable characters, a great ending and the perfect mystery this book surpassed my expectations and is definitely a novel I would recommend to all crime lovers.”
-The Book Detective blog

“easy writing style…situations seem so normal and not at all over-the-top. So relatable…highly recommend it to fans of the murder mystery genre.”-Team Author Blog

Our Book Review
The author has read the casenotes of a 1930 judge and created an excellent novel. Mark Twain meets Harper Lee is the best way to describe the authors writing and storyline in this book.  An excellent read which will touch the hearts of everyone who reads it.

It will make you think about how you treat and make decisions about the people you come into contact with.  She uses the judge thoughts to remind us that not everyone has been taught right from wrong by their peers and follow the only way they know. The novel also tries to show us with the right treatment and lessons and someone to believe in them people can be put on the right path and atone for previous misdemeanours.

In times of the papers reporting bad news this book is a timely reminder that if time is given to help people the problems for the future can be solved.   A book that will and can inspire you to do more and will have a positive impact on your life. 
Our Rating

About the Author
Joyce Strand, much like her fictional character Jillian Hillcrest, served as head of corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing articles and press releases and delivering presentations to publicize her companies.

Joyce has been a mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy stories as a teen-ager. She has always enjoyed the challenge of following clues to solve a mystery before it is revealed. Therefore Joyce relished the transition from writing press releases to writing fiction.

Joyce received her Ph.D. from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.   She lives with her two cats in Southern California near San Diego.
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  1. This sounds like a book I would read! Thanks for sharing, I need to get myself a copy :)

    Kirsty xx

  2. Looks like an interesting book. I will look it up on Amazon.

  3. Uh Oh--another book that is to be added immediately to my GROWING TBR list. This definitely sounds like the kind of book that I would get totally drawn into and enjoy.

  4. I usually love stories set in the 30's and 40's. Thanks for the great review and for putting this author on my radar.

  5. This book sounds a lot like To Kill a Mockingbird so I bet I would love this!

    1. Funny you should say that, To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite all time read, as soon as hubbie read this one he told me that I must read it too, knowing how much I would like it. x

  6. Sounds fantastic, right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. He was so young at the time, I hope things turn out in his favor!


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