Back to Lazarus

Back to Lazarus

By Judy K. Walker

  • Release Date: 2014-07-10
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 131 Ratings
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The First Exciting Installment in the Sydney Brennan Private Investigator Mystery Series:
PI Sydney Brennan crisscrosses north Florida to reconstruct a tragic family history when she’s hired to investigate the suicide of a man who murdered his wife twenty-four years ago. But by following in the murdered woman’s footsteps, does Sydney risk sharing her fate?

From the Back Cover:
When I was six years old, my father killed my mother. He beat and choked her to death. I'm told that he was found hanging from a homemade noose in his cell. I want to know why he waited so long to do it.

Sydney Brennan isn't sure how to answer her client's question, short of holding a séance, and the Tallahassee detective has some questions of her own. Why does Noel Thomas remember so little about her childhood? Why is she delving into her father's suicide now? And, most importantly, why is Noel lying to her?

Crisscrossing the Florida Panhandle to reconstruct the tragic Thomas family history, Sydney stumbles across a link between the decades-old violence and a present-day web of deceit and corruption. To understand the connection, Sydney must go Back to Lazarus, back to the town where Noel's beautiful but troubled mother began her inevitable descent over twenty years ago. But by following in the footsteps of the murdered woman, does Sydney risk sharing her fate?

Rooted in bars and back roads and Panhandle prisons, forgotten towns and forgotten people, at its heart Back to Lazarus is about stories: the stories people tell us, the stories we tell ourselves, and what happens when we realize it's all a lie.

Other books in the Sydney Brennan Mystery Series include Secrets in Stockbridge, The Perils of Panacea, No Safe Winterport, and the upcoming Braving the Boneyard.


  • Great Story!

    By 1chicagokid
    Read this book in one sitting! Just couldn’t put it down. Can't wait to spend time reading the next one!
  • Back to Lazarus

    By Happytchr1
    This book was well written, moving the story along at a good clip. The protagonist was refreshingly different from the usual, predictable, apologizing self-doubting woman, and the other characters weren't the predictable doubters.
  • Must read more!!

    By Will's Tunes
    Just finished Back to Lazarus and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the next one. Good twists and turns kept it interesting and it was a fun read.
  • Back to Lazarus

    By loidav
    Good read. Stayed up too late finishing it!
  • Great beginning

    By imaccrazy
    The synopsis caught my eye and I'm glad I downloaded this. An engaging and entertaining read.
  • Loved "Lazarus"

    By ElviaLucia
    Thoroughly enjoy the smart, witty, gallant, female perspective that kept drawing me into the story! So good! Thank you!!
  • Back to Lazarus

    By Hayestrent
    The sign, to me, that I've read a good book is that I can't put it down. The second one is that I don't want it to end. Back to Lazarus is one of those books. I look forward to reading another book from Judy Walker!
  • Back to Lazarus

    By stingiestmanintown
    I couldn't put this one down. Read it in a day. Sydney Brennan is just the right mix of smarts and sass. Will definitely be reading more!
  • Great read

    By GimmeGimme21086
    To be honest I had a hard time getting into this book. I read a few chapters, put it down and read a few other books, came back again... I'm glad I stuck with it! It really started getting good about midway through, and I enjoyed it. Well written, fleshed out characters. Worth the read.
  • Completely awesome

    By Circleburner
    Worth the read. Great writing.