In Wiehl and Henry's latest Quinn mystery, A Deadly Business, Mia learns there are "even more ways to die than she thought" when she walks into the courtroom for the sentencing of twenty-two-year-old Bernard Young. Her prosecution had been "airtight" against the defendant for the rape and strangulation of two runaway girls and she'd recommended life in prison to Judge Rivas so he would "never be able to hurt anyone again." She felt confident "Young would get it."
Now she stood behind the prosecution table for Young's sentencing and saw him walk into the courtroom behind his attorney. Without missing a step he broke away from the guard and run toward Mia with a "face filled with rage." She felt him crash into her and they tumbled to the floor, his weight knocking the breath out of her.
Thoughts of now fatherless fourteen-year-old, Gabe and three-year-old Brooke fueled a fresh burst of adrenaline until Mia "felt the small sharp edge of a razor blade against her throat." Her husband had been killed in a single car accident seven months ago and Gabe and Brook just couldn't lose her too. Seconds later she felt the crush of piled on bodies ease and she heard a deputy say, "I got his wrist...cuff him from the other side."
Thus begins book two of the Seattle based Mia Quinn series where Mia prosecutes high profile cases for the Violent Crimes unit. She still struggles with the loss of Scott, her accountant husband and the mountainous "pile of debt he'd left behind" and feels ill-equipped to be a single parent.
Detective Charlie Carlson's suspicions Mia's husband's death wasn't an accident adds intrigue to an already complicated murder investigation when Mia's house is broken into by someone who didn't find what they were looking for.
Mia's pending decision whether to prosecute three fifteen-year-old boys as juveniles or adults for dropping a shopping cart from a bridge onto a woman below adds to her stress. Was it an accident or deliberate? A question she struggles with. She knows her decision will not only affect the boys lives it will also affect her bosses bid for reelection if she makes the wrong choice.
Add teaching law classes at night to her already busy schedule, a home break in and a killer who knows where she lives and Mia has little time for district attorney Eli Hall's romantic intentions.
The complex plot offers multiple plot lines with an action packed tale of deception and intrigue that keeps the pages turning, although the underlying Christian theme is more subtle than in previous books.
However, the suspense is solid, the courtroom scenes realistic and there is no obscene language which makes "A Deadly Business" a fun, easy read. Book three, Lethal Beauty is scheduled to release March 3, 2015.
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A Deadly Business, a Mia Quinn Mystery, by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry, Thomas Nelson, 2014, 320 Pages, 978-1595549044, $26.99
Midwest Book Reviews—"Gail's Bookshelf:" July 2014
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