R. Franklin James’ STICKS AND STONES, is the second novel in the Hollis Morgan Mystery series, in which a San Francisco Bay Area paralegal persists with pursuing her goal to be an attorney after being pardoned as an ex-felon, but while waiting for her scores from the bar exam, her good friend seeks her help in a libel suit, however, before they can work together, her friend is murdered to ensure the story dies with her. Hollis is determined find her killer. Even as she stays one step ahead of the murderer, she is working on another job assignment when she discovers a box of eighty year old letters that tell a tragic story of greed, betrayal and revenge and it is then she realizes that words can cut deeper than any stick or stone.



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 on both counts. Left holding the bag in an insurance fraud scheme concocted by her now ex-husband, she served her time and now 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 identity the killer before she herself becomes the next victim.

The Fallen Angels Book Club is the first book in an exciting new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Hollis Morgan.

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Sticks & Stones by R. Franklin James

The Fallen Angels Book Club by R. Franklin James

An ambitious paralegal’s membership in a book club of white-collar ex-felons threatens her chances to clear her name when murder and betrayal become part of her real life next chapter.