Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Matter of Trust - by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Mia Quinn has a lot of troubles on her plate already: her husband has died, she's struggling financially, and now she's being asked to investigate the death of her friend and fellow prosecutor, Colleen.  While Mia is trying to keep her family afloat, and trying to keep her son Gabe from traveling down the wrong paths, she is also trying to find whether there is somebody targeting Seattle prosecutors, because if there is, she could also be in danger.  But when you're investigating the death of a coworker, how do you know who to trust?

I don't typically read a lot of murder mysteries, and this one reminded my why.  This book is not one to read by yourself in your home alone late at night.  I was definitely a little twitchy at every sound, and double checked my door locks.  So, from that aspect, it was a well-written suspense novel.  I was looking behind Mia's shoulder, and wondering how many of the odd occurrences in her life would turn out to be related.  In the end, however, I was a bit disappointed in how the mystery was solved. Without trying to spoil the ending, coincidental breaks that turn out to be unrelated can ruin an otherwise well-written mystery for me.

Mia herself was also a conundrum as a character.  While she expressed doubt about several people i her daily life, she didn't have a problem discussing her case details with just about anybody she talked to.  It felt out of character with the rest of her life where she worked very hard to stay in control.  Even with the inconsistencies, I was still rooting for her to restore the relationships in her life and to solve the mystery of her best friend's death.

Overall, I give this book 3 stars.  It kept me engaged, I wanted to know who did it, and I didn't quite solve it before it came together.  But I would have liked a few less deliberate wrong turns along the path to the conclusion.

You can find A Matter of Trust HERE.
You can find Lis Wiehl's website HERE.
You can find April Henry's website HERE.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson as a part of their Booksneeze program, in exchange for my honest review.

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