Ms. Bernett is an author whose caliber of writing I genuinely enjoy. No detail is too small, and every word and action enhances the story. If you like mysteries with intrigue, lots of action, and characters who have depth to them, give her books a try.

4.5 STAR REVIEW: DEADLY LEGACY by Daniella Bernett

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An Emmeline Kirby/Gregory Longdon Mystery: Book 2
Publication Date: September 23, 2016

A month after her adventures trying to track down the killer of her friend Charles Latimer, Emmeline finds herself in a car that has crashed on a lonely country road in Kent with a dead man as her companion. How did she come to find herself in this predicament? It all started with a man named Ambrose Trent, the fiancé of her friend Claire Sedgwick. But there’s something not quite right about Ambrose. When he ends up dead, Emmeline believes she knows who the killer is. But as new evidence comes to light, she realizes that she’s dead wrong—and only Gregory can save her.

The Review

Deadly Legacy is the second book in the Emmeline Kirby/Gregory Longdon Mysteries series by Daniella Bernett, and it did not disappoint. 

We are reunited with many of the characters we’ve met before, along with many new ones. There are more murders to be solved, and Emmeline needs to be extracted from trouble repeatedly. Gregory is sometimes there at the right time, but others come to her rescue as well. 

Emmeline tries to piece together whodunnit this time along with the police, she is often in over her head and finally realizes it. There is a lot of intrigue and some political manipulations, too. Are the murders committed by the same person, and what are the red flags?  

A betrayal from someone Emmeline considered a friend leaves Emmeline not knowing which end is up. Details concerning why this is happening may temporarily slow her down, but it doesn’t deter her from being in the thick of things. Throw in some red herrings, and things tend to get interesting fast.

Ms. Bernett writes her characters with depth, and her storylines are well-plotted. There are connections to the first book in the series, Lead Me Into Danger, and it was definitely a nice touch. It answered some questions I didn’t even know I had! There is enough backstory given that this book can easily be a stand-alone novel, but there is a nice flow and connect-the-dot moments if the books are read in order. 

As with the Lead Me Into Danger, Ms. Bernett writes in vivid descriptions, making me feel I was there. Gregory is still hoping to reunite with Emmeline more romantically, but she doesn’t seem to want that, or does she? 

There are many antisemitic remarks again, and Emmeline is horrified to hear whose mouths they are being uttered from. There is some closure but many more stories to tell, and I, for one, look forward to reading them all.

Ms. Bernett is an author whose caliber of writing I genuinely enjoy. No detail is too small, and every word and action enhances the story. If you like mysteries with intrigue, lots of action, and characters who have depth to them, give her books a try.Buy Links

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About The Author

Daniella BernettDaniella Bernett is a member of the Mystery Writers of America NY Chapter and the International Thriller Writers. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Journalism from St. John’s University. Lead Me Into Danger, Deadly Legacy, From Beyond The Grave, A Checkered Past and When Blood Runs Cold are the other books in the Emmeline Kirby-Gregory Longdon mystery series. She also is the author of two poetry collections, Timeless Allure and Silken Reflections. In her professional life, she is the research manager for a nationally prominent engineering, architectural and construction management firm. Daniella is currently working on Emmeline and Gregory’s next adventure.



JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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