Friday, May 30, 2014

A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl

If the hours don't kill you, the accused just might.
Mia Quinn is a Seattle prosecutor working on high profile cases in the Violent Crimes unit while juggling the impossible demands of single parenthood. Her husband, Scott, was killed in a car crash that homicide detective Charlie Carlson now believes was no accident. Charlie's instincts and professional record make it impossible for Mia to refute the evidence she'd rather not believe.

When the powers that be refuse to reopen the case, it's up to Mia and Charlie to investigate, all the while trying to deny a growing attraction between them. Was her accountant husband really in league with nefarious criminals? And who is the young woman whose photo they find on his computer?
Uncovering the truth may hurt Mia in more ways than one.

Seventy hours a week, unending pressures at work and home, attempted attacks by defendants, and the chance that her husband was murdered. Mia Quinn has an insane lifestyle that is only getting more deadly. A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl is an action-packed novel that mixes a little legal action with a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. The second Mia Quinn mystery, A Deadly Business ties in well with the first novel, but if you did not read A Matter of Trust, you would be able to read this novel without too much confusion because the books does give a little background on what has happened before. The plot line is well developed and thrilling, containing elements of mystery, suspense, mystery, a little romance, and unexpected twists that kept me riveted to the pages. There is not much mention of God in this novel, but Mia is becoming more open to the idea of trusting God and forgiving others, even as she learns more bad news about her husband's character. The majority of the mystery and action in A Deadly Business occurs outside of the courtroom, which was a little disappointing because I enjoy a good courtroom scene and some legal action, but it fit the nature and plot of the book so it was not a huge issue for me. 

The characters of the novel were dynamic and well-developed, and since the majority were characters that were in the first novel, the second novel added a lot of added depth and knowledge about their personalities for the reader. Mia experiences a lot of turmoil in this novel, and it really allowed me to connect with her character as she still tried to provide for her family and to find out the truth. There are two great male characters, Eli and Charlie, that are very different and are both very interested in Mia. They make excellent foils to her character and provide additional depth and intrigue to the story. There was less emphasis on Mia's children in this novel, but there was enough to understand how they are growing and how much Mia cares for them.
Overall, I highly enjoyed this novel, and I would definitely recommend A Deadly Business to any reader who loves a good mystery/thriller.
I received this novel for free from Book Look Bloggers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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