3 out of 4 stars
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You Be The Judge by Kathie Keppler is a story of a famous crime writer who was tried previously for the murder of her first husband but got off. The book opens with her being arrested for the murder of her much younger second husband. Do you think she killed her husband or not? Do you think she'll go scot-free?
Two selected jurors are clever women who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Burke and Jackie become fast friends during the trial. The defendant's lawyer, Eugene McGuiness, is decent and handsome, and Burke instantly falls in love with him. However, he was in love with his client, Maura, the writer, and the defendant. They go through the trial, and it seems like whoever did it dressed and looked like Maura. Jackie and Burke find out information regarding the trial, and Burke tries to use it to entice Eugene so that he'll fall for her and fall out of love with Maura. Do you think she'll succeed? Do you think things will work out with the attorney and Maura?
You Be The Judge by Kathie Keppler is a very captivating story. I was immediately taken with it. Maura's kindness to people was indeed very unique. I enjoyed the nerve-racking performances. The pace of the book was fast, which made it more interesting. The writer also left clues for the readers to unravel, which will have the readers eager to read the next chapter.
I related to Burke's feeling of doing anything possible to get what you want, which was inspiring. I liked that Maura was calm and collected even in her state of misery. I also liked that Burke and Jackie became friends to the end, given their character difference. Indeed Kathie Keppler did an excellent job on the characters.
I also liked that during the trials, different witnesses, friends and co-workers, and even police officers were questioned. I also liked that the judge was impartial in her ruling. However, I didn't understand some parts of the story. I could not tell the difference between a flashback and the present. I also didn't understand the part where we were told that Maura took part in the death of her second husband. It was very confusing. I found an error In the book as it was professionally edited.
The negative aspect affected my satisfaction with it. Hence, I rate the book three out of four stars. I did not remove any other stars as the book was an interesting read.
I recommend this book to adults, teenagers, and lovers of crime fiction.
You Be The Judge
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