In her striking debut, Val Bruech weaves the rich, layered story of defense attorney Susan Marshfield’s investigation into the violent death of her beloved friend and mentor with the sure hand of a seasoned pro. The driven Susan is at once passionate and aloof, vulnerable and iron-willed, a character whose strengths and weaknesses make her someone to root for, and someone you’d want on your side in a fight—in the courtroom or out. Judicious Murder satisfied my number one hope for a book: it kept me up way past my bedtime, anxious to know what happens next. The ending packed a double-barrelled wallop, and left me eager for Susan’s next outing. For my money, Val Bruech is an author to keep an eye on.





‘As taut and well-paced and tensely unspooling a thriller as I have read in a year. Real people, actual honest confused brave greedy fearful and angry people, not puppets; real people, not mashups of movie characters; and a swerving turn at the end that comes as one of those rare and oddly delightful things, a shock. Wonderful read.’




Author of Mink River


Award-Winning Author of the Skin Kadash Mysteries




Val grew up in Chicago where she rode her bike to the library to check out mysteries.  After law school, the opportunity to practice criminal defense gave her first-hand experience with wrongful verdicts, pathological liars and unsolved homicides. All of these themes are woven together in her novel, Judicious Murder. In the course of representing the unjustly accused for more than twenty years in Oregon and Illinois, she learned that the true story often originates from the darkest chamber of the soul.


When she’s not writing she’s biking around Portland, Oregon, hiking in the Columbia River Gorge or swimming. Fur, the feline in Judicious Murder, is modeled after Izzy. At the shelter, Izzy had a red “x” on her cage which meant it was to be her last day on the planet. That was sixteen years ago. She and Val have lived happily together since.

Valerie’s been published in Oregon Coast Magazine and took first place in the Portland Japanese Garden writing contest. She’s a member of Willamette Writers where she served as secretary for two years.



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