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Fans of J.A. Jance and Lisa Gardner will love this exploration of the little-known job of death investigator in small-town Missouri where Angela Richman finds herself investigating the lives and secrets of the one percenters in Chouteau Forest. Chouteau Forest’s wealthy are being targeted by the Ghost Burglars, who’ve carried out twelve burglaries over two weeks. So far, t Fans of J.A. Jance and Lisa Gardner will love this exploration of the little-known job of death investigator in small-town Missouri where Angela Richman finds herself investigating the lives and secrets of the one percenters in Chouteau Forest. Chouteau Forest’s wealthy are being targeted by the Ghost Burglars, who’ve carried out twelve burglaries over two weeks. So far, there’s been no bloodshed . . . until Tom Lockridge is brutally slain inside his marble mansion during the latest raid. Angela Richman, death investigator for Chouteau County, is called to assess the scene and the body by Detective Jace Budewitz. As they investigate, Jace becomes obsessed with proving the Ghost Burglars weren’t involved in the murder. Can the burglars be ruled out so easily? Is there more to Cynthia Lockridge, Tom’s wife, seeking solace in the arms of the ambitious local lawyer Wesley Desloge? What about Tom’s long-suffering daughter, or his loose-lipped housekeeper or office manager? Everyone is keeping secrets, but whose erupted into violence that fateful night?


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Fans of J.A. Jance and Lisa Gardner will love this exploration of the little-known job of death investigator in small-town Missouri where Angela Richman finds herself investigating the lives and secrets of the one percenters in Chouteau Forest. Chouteau Forest’s wealthy are being targeted by the Ghost Burglars, who’ve carried out twelve burglaries over two weeks. So far, t Fans of J.A. Jance and Lisa Gardner will love this exploration of the little-known job of death investigator in small-town Missouri where Angela Richman finds herself investigating the lives and secrets of the one percenters in Chouteau Forest. Chouteau Forest’s wealthy are being targeted by the Ghost Burglars, who’ve carried out twelve burglaries over two weeks. So far, there’s been no bloodshed . . . until Tom Lockridge is brutally slain inside his marble mansion during the latest raid. Angela Richman, death investigator for Chouteau County, is called to assess the scene and the body by Detective Jace Budewitz. As they investigate, Jace becomes obsessed with proving the Ghost Burglars weren’t involved in the murder. Can the burglars be ruled out so easily? Is there more to Cynthia Lockridge, Tom’s wife, seeking solace in the arms of the ambitious local lawyer Wesley Desloge? What about Tom’s long-suffering daughter, or his loose-lipped housekeeper or office manager? Everyone is keeping secrets, but whose erupted into violence that fateful night?

30 review for Life Without Parole

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    It was being intrigued by the job of Death Investigator (DI) that drove me to choose to read this novel by Elaine Viets, but I was unaware that it was the 6th in a series set amidst the Chouteau Forest County community, close to St Louis, in Missouri. Fortunately this worked reasonably well as a standalone, featuring Angela Richman, a widow of over two years, as the DI working under the Medical Examiner's Office, she is in a relationship with Chris Ferranti, a patrol officer. The wealthy Forest It was being intrigued by the job of Death Investigator (DI) that drove me to choose to read this novel by Elaine Viets, but I was unaware that it was the 6th in a series set amidst the Chouteau Forest County community, close to St Louis, in Missouri. Fortunately this worked reasonably well as a standalone, featuring Angela Richman, a widow of over two years, as the DI working under the Medical Examiner's Office, she is in a relationship with Chris Ferranti, a patrol officer. The wealthy Forest community are being targeted by the Ghost Burglars, in the past fortnight there have been 12 burglaries. However, the latest burglary has resulted in murder with the shooting of 66 year old Tom Lockeridge at his exclusive home, with Detective Jace Budewitz calling in Angela to the crime scene. Angela's job involves her taking down extremely detailed notes and photographs with regard to the victim and his home, and interviews with relevant persons of interest. Lockeridge was married to a demanding and beautiful woman 34 years younger than him and who had grown up in a trailer park, Cynthia, she had introduced Tom to the wild side of life, partying with drugs and drink, insisting on a lifestyle that was draining him financially, that he could ill afford. There is plenty of gossip and rumours of Cynthia's affairs with other men, including her lawyer, Wesley Desloge. This makes Cynthia the prime suspect in the killing of her husband, especially as a divorce would have resulted in her only getting a $100 000. There are other deaths and murder as Angela and Budewitz try to get to the truth in their dangerous investigation. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable and entertaining read, and I really liked the character of Angela as she wrestles with her personal issues, and goes off to investigate personally to help Jace, whose career is being threatened by his boss. However, I found the non-stop details documented in the narrative for every death, a little too much for me. Additionally, it had at times a feel of cozy crime, which is fine but it is not a genre I tend to favour, although it helped that this is on the grittier side. I can see this appealing to many crime and mystery readers, and it does have a terrific central character in the determined Angela. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Angela Richman is a death investigator for the Chouteau County, Missouri’s medical examiner’s office. Her latest case takes her to the exclusive neighborhood of Chouteau Forest where Cynthia Lockridge is the prime suspect in the murder of her wealthy husband, Tom. Other cases that Angela is assigned involve other wealthy people in the area including a man shooting at intruders, but killing an innocent bystander, a woman who kills someone while driving drunk, and a woman who overdoses on drugs. A Angela Richman is a death investigator for the Chouteau County, Missouri’s medical examiner’s office. Her latest case takes her to the exclusive neighborhood of Chouteau Forest where Cynthia Lockridge is the prime suspect in the murder of her wealthy husband, Tom. Other cases that Angela is assigned involve other wealthy people in the area including a man shooting at intruders, but killing an innocent bystander, a woman who kills someone while driving drunk, and a woman who overdoses on drugs. Angela wants justice for everyone, regardless of their bank account or political connections, which puts her at odds with some of the higher ups in the police department. I love Angela’s dedication to the job and not being swayed by someone’s standing in the community. However, after a while she and some of her colleagues complain so much about the residents of the area that maybe it’s time for them to move on to a job somewhere else! This series is grittier than the author’s two cozy series. However, the books have a nice balance of different cases, Angela’s personal life, and humor to lighten some of the heavier crime scene details. On the personal side, Angela is having a hard time allowing herself to move forward in a new relationship with police officer Chris Ferretti while still grieving for her deceased husband. I wasn’t shocked when Tom’s killer was revealed, but I still enjoyed the story. I liked some of the prior books in the series more, but still recommend it for fans of this author or of author Annelise Ryan. I received this ebook from NetGalley through the courtesy of Severn House. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE by Elaine Viets Working for justice is doubly hard when other officers “make allowances” for the rich and powerful, covering up for their DUIs and misuse of firearms, and letting them go free to do more harm. The claim that a victim was "collateral damage in the war against crime” hit close to reality. Thank goodness for those who stand up to the bullies, for the sake of us all. Angela Richman does her best, though she does sometimes wonder, “Why couldn’t people die at a decent LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE by Elaine Viets Working for justice is doubly hard when other officers “make allowances” for the rich and powerful, covering up for their DUIs and misuse of firearms, and letting them go free to do more harm. The claim that a victim was "collateral damage in the war against crime” hit close to reality. Thank goodness for those who stand up to the bullies, for the sake of us all. Angela Richman does her best, though she does sometimes wonder, “Why couldn’t people die at a decent hour?” Indeed, this book was so compelling that I didn’t eat or sleep at decent hours, and postponed all else as I read on. It was so worth it, concluding perfectly, or as close to it as mere mortals can achieve. Angela’s circle of good, helpful people was heartening, with lessons on the value of information from hairdressers, cleaners, and neighbors. The plot was so satisfyingly twisty and well-written, with a perfect bit of romance, a book so good that it's almost unfair to other books. ;-) Take-Away Lesson: “time to woman up and face the facts”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    A man is shot while sleeping in his bed…another fascinating case for death investigator Angela Richman. Angela is called to investigate the man’s body and the scene while the police collect evidence. This is only one of the cases that Angela will work before the man’s murderer is found. After her serious health scare years ago and her husband’s death, Angela has found friendship, and maybe something more, with patrol officer Chris Ferretti. She is also called to the scene of a woman who was run A man is shot while sleeping in his bed…another fascinating case for death investigator Angela Richman. Angela is called to investigate the man’s body and the scene while the police collect evidence. This is only one of the cases that Angela will work before the man’s murderer is found. After her serious health scare years ago and her husband’s death, Angela has found friendship, and maybe something more, with patrol officer Chris Ferretti. She is also called to the scene of a woman who was run over while crossing the road, a young man that was killed by a stray bullet and a woman who died from an overdose. Each case was interesting in the details of her investigation and how her efforts assisted the police. The stories flow smoothly through the book as she deals with each case to find justice for the victims. I have also read and enjoyed the previous four books in this series. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    It had been quite some time since I read Elaine Viets books featuring her death investigator, Angela Richman. I was glad to see this character return. The writing was good, as usual, and I enjoy the fact that Elaine uses Missouri as the location for this particular character, as I am a native Missourian. She uses just the right tone in describing life in the Midwest and that makes sense since Ms. Viets was a Missouri citizen for a number of years, working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch prior to It had been quite some time since I read Elaine Viets books featuring her death investigator, Angela Richman. I was glad to see this character return. The writing was good, as usual, and I enjoy the fact that Elaine uses Missouri as the location for this particular character, as I am a native Missourian. She uses just the right tone in describing life in the Midwest and that makes sense since Ms. Viets was a Missouri citizen for a number of years, working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch prior to her very successful career as an author of "cozy" mysteries, as well as the Angela Richman series. I look forward to more in this series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    There's a lot of questions in this mystery, a lot of secrets, and a quest for solving a murder. It's a gripping and twisty novel that kept me reading till late in the night. It's a character driven whodunnit that I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't put down as I wanted to understand who-did-it and what are the reasons. Angela is a very interesting, clever and strong woman that I like. The most interesting character is Cynthia, a sort of red woman with a past: I liked/disliked her but I also think she There's a lot of questions in this mystery, a lot of secrets, and a quest for solving a murder. It's a gripping and twisty novel that kept me reading till late in the night. It's a character driven whodunnit that I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't put down as I wanted to understand who-did-it and what are the reasons. Angela is a very interesting, clever and strong woman that I like. The most interesting character is Cynthia, a sort of red woman with a past: I liked/disliked her but I also think she's the most complex character. The mystery kept me guessing and the twists surprised me. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Complicated I really like this series. Angela Richman is death investigator for Chouteau County medical examiner. In this, the 5th book in the series, there are multiple crimes occurring that are all connected. The story is told from Angela’s POV, but the other characters are very much involved. I hope there a more books to come, but I found the ending very satisfying. This is a darker series but there is no objectionable language.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Spring

    winner As always Elaine Viets delivers! This book has it all: great characters, plot and real emotions. Something for everyone who enjoys a good mystery where not everything is as it appears. After all the wealthy all have the same problems as everyone else

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hoppe

    you are the best I loved this book and so glad to know you! Your talent is a gift to us all that read your books! I love how you have pursued your career and included your home town in your books. Hope we can have lunch the next time your are in St Louis.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    review This series gets better and better with each book! Elaine Viets is truly a master storyteller! I Love her books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim Shumake

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Hacking

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janice

  15. 4 out of 5

    D'Ann Day

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Leight

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie Ryder

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mike Piscitelli

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kay

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol Levin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nadine E. Levine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monica Johnson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carol Filipow Pigg

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hidee

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Zerjal

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