Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

Mia Quinn discovers that a series of seemingly unrelated murders are linked. How far up are the strings being pulled--and what happens when one of her own is at risk?

The murder Mia is prosecuting seems like an open and shut case--until the accused claims he was the real victim and that the dead girl attacked him first. The tabloids dub her a "lethal beauty." Still, a conviction seems imminent. Then a key witness goes missing. Just when it looks like the killer could walk free, the dead woman's mother takes matters into her own hands.

Meanwhile, Charlie Carlson, a Seattle homicide detective, is investigating the murder of a man whose body washed up on the beach of Puget Sound, but he's got little to go on. He has no dental work, fingerprints aren't on file, and he doesn't match any missing person reports. Then a church pianist is senselessly gunned down before horrified parishioners.

All three cases seem unrelated--but are they? Together, Mia and Charlie race to find the answer before another crime hits too close to home.

My review:

  I have enjoyed this series most of the ones I have read by Lis Wiehl, and this book is the best one so far. I like a series where most of the same people are in it, and that is the case with this series. I wish more books had a male lead, but Mia Quinn is a great lead for this series. I like her character, and her challenging home life of raising a teenage boy and a little girl. while still dealing with the mess her dead husband left her.

  The main plot of the book revolves around human trafficking, and the book gives a look at what people might go through who are caught up in that. In this book, the ones trafficked are brought in from other countries and enslaved for work and prostitution.

 The book picks up some story line from other books, and brings it to a conclusion. It had a lot of suspense and drama that her books are becoming known for, and I would put this one up against a John Grisham book in style and excitement.

  One problem I have with this book, and the previous one, is it ended rather abruptly. I would have liked to have read a little more after the climax of the story, but there isn't much after the most exciting part of the book. I still enjoyed the book and read it in one sitting. I highly recommend it to readers of suspense and legal thrillers, though the series should be read in order.

About the author:

Lis Wiehl is the author "Face of Betrayal," a New York Times Best Seller. 

She has also written "Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life" and "The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It." 

In addition to her written work, Wiehl is currently a legal analyst for Fox News. She has been with the network since 2001. 

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Wiehl is an adjunct professor at New York Law School.

Check out her website.

Lethal Beauty is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for the review copy.