MURDER IN THE FAMILY by Paula Bernstein

Hannah Kline is a successful Los Angeles obstetrician and the recently widowed mother of a young daughter. She is barely managing to hold it all together, when her life is shattered once again by the brutal murder of her beautiful, bright, zany and recently divorced sister-in-law Beth. Detective Daniel Ross of the LAPD thinks the killer had a very personal motive. Hannah is determined to do whatever she can to assist the police in finding the murderer. She finds herself obsessed with the details of Beth’s life, and as she encounters her sister-in-law’s eclectic collection of friends and former lovers, she discovers that all was not as it seemed.

Beth is stabbed to death. No enemies. No suspects. DNA evidence points to a relative, but who? Not only was Beth a woman with a secret life, but her secrets may have led her to a rendezvous with her killer.

The author has created a fictional story based on the true events of the brutal murder of a beloved friend and cousin. The first version of the story as a psychological novel remained unpublished, and then came a short story written from another point of view, until the novel in its present form was accepted for publication.

Not a bad mystery.  Writing as therapy.  Write away your demons.  I learned that from reading too much.  Also makes one terribly suspicious of one’s family.  But then, isn’t that what families are for?

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