Recently widowed Mia Quinn is just barely managing to hold things together on her own. Between the two jobs she holds down to keep her head above water financially and two children who need more of her time than she can spare, she doesn’t need more responsibilities. When her friend and colleague Colleen is murdered, Mia’s boss urges her to work with homicide detective Charlie Carlson to solve the case. She agrees to work on the case if she and Charlie are also allowed to work on a case involving school bullies that has grabbed her attention. Both cases throw some big surprises at Mia and Charlie as they work against the clock to find a killer who may be targeting others in the prosecutor’s office.
I have read several novels by Lis Wiehl during the past year and have added them all to my keeper shelf. “A Matter of Trust” has earned its place among them. Its well-crafted plot and realistic characters are characteristic of her other novels and is one reason why I will continue to read anything this author writes. The descriptions of the legal process were both interesting and informational. The suspense built at just the right pace with natural breaks for real life family matters that helped me as a reader to know the characters better, especially Mia. Although “A Matter of Trust” is not an overtly Christian novel, I appreciated both the references to faith and the absence of objectionable subject matter.
I hesitate to say more for fear of spoilers. If you are a fan of legal suspense, do yourself a favor and give “A Matter of Trust” a try. You may find yourself a fan of Lis Wiehl just like I did.
A digital copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publisher’s BookSneeze program.
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators. Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor. She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School. Her column “Lis on Law” appears weekly on FoxNews.com.
Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered. Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.
Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.
Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time.
She lives with her husband and two children in New York.
Noted author Roald Dahl helped New York Times bestselling author April Henry take her first step as a writer. When April was eleven, she sent the famous children’s author a short story about a frog who loved peanut butter. He read it to an editor of an international children’s magazine, who then asked to publish it. April has since written several highly acclaimed mysteries and thrillers. Her books have been short-listed for the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, and the Oregon Book Award, and translated into several languages. Two have been chosen for BookSense by the independent booksellers of America. April lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.