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    Doris R. Meredith
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    Fawcett; Reissue edition (December 12, 1987)
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Murder by Impulse book. In sh Murder by Impulse is riveting and - sexy. I must admit, it was the title, which first caught my attention.

Murder by Impulse book. As a logical and somewhat meticulous person, my concept of murder includes thorough planning and meticulous execution, certainly no impulse. After all, murder mysteries revolve around the idea that the murderer has a plan to get away with his deed; the detective tries to unravel the usually complicated plot.

Librarian Megan Clark and her reading group steal a page from Christie. Librarian Megan Clark discovers a series of corpses, making her the prime suspect. To clear her name, she'll need to find the killer who's obviously been boning up on Agatha Christie novels. Could it be a member of her own book club? When a client is accused of murder, Lara's investigation leads her to the Orkney Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland.

Eight months later, it’s murder, according to Sergeant Ed Schroder of the Special Crimes Unit, and the probable murderer is the widower

Saatavilla äänikirjana. A Lincoln Continental driven by Amy Steele, wife of millionaire rancher, James Steele, rams a tanker full of gasoline. Eight months later, it’s murder, according to Sergeant Ed Schroder of the Special Crimes Unit, and the probable murderer is the widower. Standing between James Steele and Sergeants Jenner and Schroder is John Lloyd Branson, reputed to be the best criminal defense attorney in Texas. In his formal three-piece suits, cowboy boots, Phi Beta Kappa key, he is certainly the most eccentric attorney.

or murder? A Continental rams the back of a gasoline rig, and in the ensuing pile-up two people die.

Narrated by Michael Bowen. Publisher: Books in Motion AudioReleased: Aug 15, 2013ISBN: 9781614534204Format: audiobook. More Audiobooks By . carousel previous carousel next.

Every book has to have a primary focus. Michael Bowen is spot on as John Lloyd Branson. I didn't mean for my post to sound like an advice column for the would be writer. If you need your spirits lifted if you are snowed in or even if you're not, go to ww. ooksinmotion.

Both the setting in the Texas panhandle and the character of "Lawyer Branson" are captivating and after reading the first book in the series "Murder by Impulse" I had to get the other books in the series. The interaction between Branson and his young clerk Lydia Fairchild is enjoyable and adds romantic and comic elements to the series themes of the books.

When Amy Steele, wife of millionaire Jim Steele, dies in a traffic pile-up, it looks like an accident

When Amy Steele, wife of millionaire Jim Steele, dies in a traffic pile-up, it looks like an accident. Then police find the remains of a sedative in Amy's coffee, and soon Branson and Fairchild are racing to expose the killer before another "accident" occurs.

Accident . . . or murder? A Continental rams the back of a gasoline rig, and in the ensuing pile-up two people die. One of them is Amy Steele, beautiful wife of Jim Steele, a Texas oil millionaire. Eight months later, police find the remains of a thermos jug containing coffee drugged with a sedative. Someone had wanted Amy Steele to crash. Now eccentric attorney John Lloyd Branson, counsel for the wealthy Steele family, and his beautiful assistant, Lydia Fairchild, are challenged by a crime as unfathomable as it is fascinating. Branson must find a way to force the killer's hand . . . before another "accident" occurs.

This is a republication of a novel that first came out in 1988. The Author has included a Foreword to point out its beginnings, no doubt to account for facts such as no cell-phones. A reference to the year could have been inserted early to establish that, and what is called Foreword would be better placed at the end. A Prologue follows – why not call it chapter one? – but once the book begins and the mystery to be solved is revealed it moves along with a good pace.

The story is set in a real locality in Texas. I’ve marked in on my map of places to be avoided. That’s because of the extraordinary characters that people the book – not one of them is likeable, and I wouldn’t want to meet any of them in real life. This personal reaction is a plus for the book – it means they are well drawn.

Murder by Impulse is one of The John Lloyd Mysteries series. John Lloyd is a brilliant lawyer who is a step ahead of the police at all times, but as a man he’s unbending, pedantic and would be impossible to live with. Unless… There’s a hint at the end that he could unbend a little in follow-up volumes. Do I want to find out? I’ll think about it.

The number of errors that occur is disappointing. Whether they stand uncorrected from the original or came about through conversion from print to digital, more care would bring about a better product.

D.R. Meredith’s name was a new one to me, but I expect she has many fans, for her writing is confident and this shows she has mastered her genre. If crime fiction is your passion and you missed this title first time around, it’s worth catching up with now.
I read my first book by D. R. Meredith in the early 1980's. I was most disappointed when there were no more books from her after 2006.
Then last month I discovered her books were being put on Kindle and there was the possibility of new stories as well as out of print stories I'd never had a chance to read.
In some cases she has gone back to her orginal manuscript and restored them which adds wonderful dimensions to her stories and characters.
I generally have a problem with books that have characters and settings I know something about. For example I seldom read stories involving horses. I got so annoyed with the mistakes even very good writers made that I even wrote a book about Horses For Writers.
There are other subjects I tend to avoid as well of course, but in D. R. Meredith's case I happily settle down with her books about the Texas Panhandle, lawyers, professors, book stores, ranches, as well as a number of other subjects that I know something about, knowing that I won't be throwing the book across the room. Okay, I only did that once, but that story...Naturally I don't toss my Kindle around, but I am tempted occasionally.
I believe anyone who enjoys "cozy" mysteries will love hers. In fact, anyone who treasures a well constructed mystery of any sort will like D. R. Meredith's.. And, fabjouls joy (I'm sure she'll know where this came from) there are three series to revel in. not to mention various stand alones and lots and lots of short stories.
Do give D.R. Meredith a chance to entertain you.
`Murder by Impulse' is the first of five books about Texan attorney John Lloyd Branson. Written by DR Meredith in 1988, this series was recommended to me by some crime-fiction aficionados on the Amazon discussion boards. Apparently the `John Lloyd Branson' series is little-known, but hailed by the niche group of readers who live for all things crime-fiction. And I've got to say... I was impressed.

The book opens with a curious murder. A truck carrying gasoline is followed by a hectic car, which eventually crashes into the truck thus killing both the car and truck passengers.

In Amarillo, Texas one Sergeant Jenner is assigned the seemingly open-and-shut case of a drunk/tired driver unfortunately killing herself and a truck driver in a car accident. The driver being one Mrs. Amy Steele of Canadian, Texas. But the case has pricked the interest of Special Crimes Unit detective Ed Schroder, who does some digging and discovers that Amy Steele's widowed husband recently remarried (while his wife's body was still cooling).

Meanwhile, in Canadian, twenty-four year old law student Lydia Fairchild is meeting John Lloyd Branson for the first time. Lydia has been assigned to understudy with the brilliant attorney on recommendation of her University Dean, but John Lloyd is not what Lydia expected. For one thing, John Lloyd is a southern gentlemen bordering on chauvinistic. He dresses like a riverboat gambler and his office is harks back to the Victorian era (though he's only in his early thirties). John Lloyd pushes all of Lydia's buttons, and within a few minutes of meeting him she finds herself threatening to commit bodily harm on his person and cursing like a sailor... but John Lloyd seems to think theirs is a perfect partnership.

The three storylines converge when it is revealed that John Lloyd is the attorney of Mr. Jim Steele, whom Detective Schroder and Sergeant Jenner are travelling to Canadian to visit and question about the suspicious death of his wife.... what happens next is a twisted and layered plot, with thick-as-molasses intrigue and only John Lloyd Branson to wade through the lies.

`Murder by Impulse' is a wonderful crime novel in itself. It is a murder mystery, character exploration and family drama all rolled into one. The crux of the story is Amy Steele - and the mystery as to why everyone in her family wanted her dead. She was, by all accounts, an evil woman. She makes Cruelle Devill look like Florence Nightingale. She abused animals, killed beloved family pets, staged car accidents and disfigured a Steele family friend. The unravelling of her character history is fascinating, coupled with the investigation into her murder... DR Meredith has beautifully constructed this whodunit. And there's nothing in the technical crime-solving to hint that this novel was written in 1988. Apart from a lack of mobile phones or mention of the Internet, there's still forensic analysis and computer lab technology to placate crime-fiction connoisseurs.

I loved the narrative perspectives in the novel. Our two primary narrators are Lydia Fairchild and Sergeant Jenner. These two are navigating new partn erships with the `old-timers' in their respective fields. For Jenner, he is partnered with Detective Schroder and unwittingly taken under the older policeman's wing and taught how to defend the innocent and find the guilty party. Lydia Fairchild is likewise partnered with the best attorney in Texas (though to ask John Lloyd, he would say `the world'). Lydia is in her last year of law school and about to enter the courtroom arena, from John Lloyd she is learning about how to question witnesses, keep the police at a distance and uncover the truth away from prying eyes. I loved the contrast of old/new, up-and-coming versus old dogs. Just as Jenner and Fairchild are trying to figure out how their mentors tick, readers are likewise trying to keep up with these teachers.

But the absolute stand-out star of the novel (and series) is without a doubt John Lloyd Branson. He's a little bit of every witty curmudgeon, snobby intelligentsia and antihero hero that we love. I would liken him to Gregory House, Alan Shore and Sherlock Holmes... but with his own distinct style. He wears three-piece suits, boleros and Stetsons. He is a Southern gentleman through and through, but with a cut-throat sensibility. He doesn't use contractions, and he prides himself on his manners. He is brilliant. And the best thing about John Lloyd Branson is that he is entirely believable. He opens his mouth and can cut a man down at twenty paces. He is *that* intellectually intimidating and sure of himself. But John Lloyd is only a man in his early thirties, and that comes across. John Lloyd has so much passion and fire, especially for the law and his role as an attorney, and when he talks about his responsibilities you know this is a man for whom the law is life, and his appreciation is infectious...

John Lloyd's believable brilliance is not just in how other characters react to him either. It's not a case of Schorder *saying* John Lloyd is clever and witty. It's more a case of DR Meredith writing brilliantly acerbic dialogue for John Lloyd and perfecting his Southerly mannerisms. Still, it is hilarious to read character's reactions to John Lloyd.

`Murder by Impulse' is a murder-mystery of Machiavellian proportions, beautifully executed by DR Meredith's talented pen. But it's also a little romantic, which surprised me. There's definite heat and spark between Lydia and John Lloyd. This will be a slow-burn romance, since John Lloyd seems wholly aware of Lydia's developing crush on him and hell-bent on preventing it... but what John Lloyd doesn't seem to know is that he's slowly falling under Lydia's spell too. I love how these two bounce off each other, and I can't wait to read more of their combustible attraction.

This novel is superb. It is a crime-fiction delicacy to be savoured for its melt in your mouth brilliance. Everything comes together perfectly; the whodunit, the heroes and villains and an intimidating but brilliant protagonist to cut your teeth on. I can't wait to read the next four novels in DR Meredith's series.

Elastic Skunk
Really great book about a North Texas defense lawyer and his new associate in training. Set in the 1980s it is still an amusing read. John Lloyd is the defense lawyer in Canadian, TX and he is known throughout the state as the man to get you off. Lydia is his brand new gorgeous amazonian associate in training. Murder by Impulse has a great pace that keeps you interested and makes you want the next book in the series. It had a great story line that has an OMG moment which really surprised me. I think if you like really great characters well written and if you love any mysteries set in the south these books are for you.(less)