Archive for the 'Legal Thriller' Category

A Deadly Business – by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A Deadly Business

Mia Quinn is a Seattle prosecutor working on high profile cases in the Violent Crimes unit while juggling the impossible demands of single parenthood. Her husband, Scott, was killed in a car crash that homicide detective Charlie Carlson now believes was no accident. Charlie’s instincts and professional record make it impossible for Mia to refute the evidence she’d rather not believe.

When the powers that be refuse to reopen the case, it’s up to Mia and Charlie to investigate, all the while trying to deny a growing attraction between them. Was her accountant husband really in league with nefarious criminals? And who is the young woman whose photo they find on his computer?

Uncovering the truth may hurt Mia in more ways than one.

My Comments: Wow, talk about juggling. Mia Quinn is a busy attorney involved in a high-profile case, and a single mom of a young child. This is a great series – suspenseful, exciting, and a page-turner. It is a clean suspenseful novel. Two stories beg to be solved – one Mia may not appreciate the solution to.

Final Witness by James Scott Bell

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014


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A cold-blooded killer is destroying all who oppose him. Will there be a final witness to the truth?

Young, idealistic law clerk Rachel Ybarra has just been handed a career-making opportunity––helping in the prosecution of an infamous leader of the Russian Mafia. But when the star witness turns up dead, Rachel discovers the case is not merely a battle for the truth––it’s a battle for her life.

My Comments:  I have read several books by James Scott Bell and they never disappoint.  This book was no exception.  The book grabs you in in the first chapter.  Who couldn’t relate to Rachel Ybarra?  A sweet law student who lost her mother at a rather young age and whose father is wallowing in grief from both losing his wife and his son.  She is taken care of by a sweet grandmother Abi.  Rachel gets a huge change to work on a case involving the Russian Mafia.  We go through all types of twists and turns with her – many very suspenseful.
One thing I love about this book is the Christian message woven throughout very naturally.  Rachel is a believer and not ashamed of her faith.  Rachel’s faith and the message is naturally woven throughout the book – a true to life person with a real faith.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy suspense and legal thrillers that are clean and engaging!  I received a free e-copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

A Mia Quinn Mystery – A Matter of Trust by Lix Wiehl and April Henry

Saturday, April 13th, 2013


When life is murder, who can you trust?  One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death.  Mia’s a natural for heading up the murder investigation, but these days she has all she can do to hold her life together. As a new widow with a pile of debts, a troubled teenaged son, and a four-year-old who wakes up screaming at night, she needs more time with her family, not less—and working Colleen’s case will be especially demanding. But Colleen was her friend, and she needs to keep her job. So she reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate Colleen’s death. But the deeper they dig, the more complications unfold—even the unsettling possibility that someone may be coming after her.  Lis Wiehl’s signature plot twists and relatable characters shine in this absorbing series debut . . . with an intriguing cameo from her best-selling Triple Threat series.


My Comments:   This book kept me turning pages and on the edge of my seat.  I love that Mia Quinn’s life is full of mystery itself.  Her marriage, her job, her children, her father have secrets untold.  I have read all of Lis Wiehl’s books and this one so far is my favorite.  The protagonist is a single mom (widow) with a teenage son and a preschool age daughter.  Her hands are more than full as she tries to work two jobs and be a good mom.  On top of that her husband left her with a boat-load of debt.  Not everything was resolved in this story leaving room for sequels, which I look forward to!  This book includes many aspects I love in story – mystery, law, mothering, Christianity (although somewhat hidden), danger, and twists and turns.  If I were to rate it, this would be a five star book!

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for an honest review, which I have given.


The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer

Sunday, February 12th, 2012


Plea bargains may grease the rails of justice, but for Jamie Brock, prosecuting criminals is not about cutting deals. In her three years as assistant DA, she’s never plea-bargained a case and vows she never will. But when a powerful defense attorney is indicted for murder and devises a way to bring the entire justice system to a screeching halt, Jamie finds herself at a crossroads. One by one, prisoners begin rejecting deals. Prosecutors are overwhelmed, and felons start walking free on technicalities. To break the logjam and convict her nemesis, Jamie must violate every principle that has guided her young career. But she has little choice. To convict the devil, sometimes you have to cut a deal with one of his demons.

My Comments: I loved this book!  Randy Singer is one of my most favorite legal thriller writers because he writes a great, exciting story as well as a clean story.  I usually don’t think a male writer can write from a woman’s perspective, but he does a pretty believable job of it.

False Witness by Randy Singer

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Randy Singer

Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman with the ultimate bounty on the line: his wife’s life. He has forty-eight hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm–an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption. Four years later, law student Jamie Brock is working in legal aid when a routine case takes a vicious twist: she and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, are accused of defrauding the government and have the encrypted algorithm in their possession. After a life-changing trip to the professor’s church in India, the couple also has the key to decode it. Now they’re on the run from federal agents and the Chinese mafia, who will do anything to get the algorithm. Caught in the middle, Jamie and her friends must protect their clients if they want to survive long enough to graduate.

My Comments: Great read second time around as well as first.  There are some changes, so if you want to know why – check out the video.  Click on Randy Singer above to view.  I always love Randy Singer’s books and this is no exception, although some of the subject matter is beyond my comprehension, I still enjoy the suspense and drama!  I love that the main characters are law “students.”  This may give them a little more freedom.

Although this is characterized as Christian fiction, I think all can enjoy the story without offense.  A GREAT read!