Sweetheart Deal by Claire Matturro

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Sarasota lawyer Lilly Cleary has had her share of odd cases. She's defended everyone from a pet psychic to an orange libeler, and she's done so with finesse. But it's another situation entirely when she finds out that her phobic and dysfunctional mother has been accused of murder.

Although she's been estranged from her family for years, Lilly drops everything to return to the little town of Bugfest, Georgia, and steps into more than she bargained for. For one thing, her mother's house is beyond a mess. Important papers are missing, and on the back porch there's a freezer whose contents are very odd. Bugfest itself is under attack by developers who want to turn it into a resort community, a plan that would displace many of the longtime residents.

And then someone tries to murder Lilly's mother with red ants while she's strangely oversedated in the hospital.

Lilly has come to the rescue, but can she get to the root of these mysterious doings in time to save her mother's life?


About Claire Matturro

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A former appellate attorney and former member of the writing faculty at Florida State University College of Law and the University of Oregon School of Law, Claire Hamner Matturro lives in Georgia.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The tiny South Georgia town has too much dirt and insect life for her clean-freak taste, and the elaborate courtesies and delusions of the Old South don’t suit the urban New South efficiency she’s adopted.

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In Sweetheart Deal, upscale lawyer Lilly Cleary returns to her hometown in Georgia upon receiving the news that her mother has killed someone.

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In Sweetheart Deal, her fourth outing, neurotic Florida lawyer Lilly Cleary returns to her backwoods hometown of Bugfest, Georgia, to wring wacky chick lit-style adventures out of a mystery.

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Lilly Belle Rose Cleary, now known as Lilly Cleary, is a respected Sarasota attorney.

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