Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

This novel starts out with intense action. Mia Quinn, a prosecutor with King County, is in the courtroom for a sentencing when the killer manages to attack her and nearly slice her throat with a razor.

While she manages to survive the attack, her trouble is just beginning. Charlie Carlson, a detective with the Seattle PD, is convinced Mia's husband did not die accidentally several months ago. When Mia and Charlie look into her husband's auto accident, they begin to uncover actions that puzzle Mia. Her husband had been involved in illegal activities. The suspense increases when Mia's life is in danger.

This is another great suspense novel from this writing duo. We are treated to the difficult life of a prosecutor as Mia is assigned to prosecute young teens for their nearly deadly actions. We get to see some of the action behind the scenes concerning the strategy in bringing them to trial. Mia is also a mom and a woman saddled with debt from her husband's dishonest accounting work. Mia is an adjunct professor at the U of W so we learn some about courtroom strategy too.

I really liked the novel. The action is continuous and suspenseful. There is a twist at the end that surprised me. Mia is a well crafted character – a combination of mom and prosecutor. Those who like courtroom suspense will enjoy it. While this is the second in the Mia Quinn Mysteries, it reads very well on its own.

Lis Wiehl is a best-selling author, Harvard Law School graduate, former federal prosecutor, and a popular commentator and legal analyst for the Fox News Channel.
April Henry is the best-selling author of mysteries and thrillers. Her books have been short listed for several awards. She and her family live in Portland, Oregon.

Thomas Nelson, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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