"Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn't surprised to learn she's the sole beneficiary of her late father's estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville--a house she didn't know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie's inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother's murder. Callie's not keen on dredging up a thirty-year-old mystery, but if she doesn't do it, there's a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more
than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father's wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic?"
That's the blurb for a book titled Skeletons in the Attic. My immediate question: Did the author think to ask a lawyer if such a condition to an inheritance would be accepted by a probate judge? My instinctive response: No way. Even if the "move to Marketville" condition might be enforceable (but does that constitute a condition prohibiting sale of the house?), there's no way that the "solve her mother's murder" condition is possibly enforceable, especially given that the murder occurred 30 years before the story begins. (And that's leaving aside the scheming psychic, which sounds like part of the title to a bad Perry Mason pastiche: The Case of the Scheming Psychic.) Faced with that as a set-up, I don't care how well-written I am told the book is, I'm not buying.