Monday, July 25, 2016

Lethal Beauty

GIVEAWAY

Wiehl, Lis
Lethal Beauty

It should have been an open and shut murder case, but Mia Quinn finds out nothing about it is simple.

After a young Chinese prostitute is stabbed to death by her rich American client, the tabloids dub Dandan Yee "Lethal Beauty" -- despite the fact that she was the one who ended up dead. Yet even with double standards and naked prejudice working against her, Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn is determined to get justice for Dandan Yee.

But when a key witness goes missing and an unsavory juror shuts down deliberations without explanation, Mia fears the trial -- and the law -- are being tampered with.

A constellation of fresh killings have Mia homicide detective Charles Carlson searching for a common source and puts Mia's family in the crosshairs of a Chinese crime cabal. Meanwhile, Dandan Yee's mother has opted to take matters into her own hands...and the stakes get more lethal overnight.

In the midst of all this, Mia has to contend with a fifteen-year-old son who is growing up too fast for his own good, and the idea that Charlie might want to be more than just friends. Can Mia and Charlie stop the murders and still keep her family safe? Or is the very act of seeking justice enough to cost her everything -- and everyone -- she loves?

My Review:

A legal thriller that's sure to keep you turning pages. It opens with riveting courtroom scenes that showcase Mia's talent as a prosecutor and her heart as a justice seeker. And even though a legal setting is foreign to me, Wiehl does a great job of capturing the environment without burdening the reader in technicalities. Put me in mind of Erin Reagan from the TV show Blue Bloods if that's a helpful reference for you.

I love Mia's gumption and determination to fight for what's right. She doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'quit', which leads to unexpected danger and enough intrigue to keep this armchair sleuth in a tizzy of expectation. The author approaches the topic of human trafficking with relentless honesty. I appreciate the fact that she didn't sensationalize the topic. It's real and raw but never explicit.

While there isn't a romance thread, I feel like a foundation is being laid for future books. Mia has two men waiting in the wings, though she's made it perfectly clear that she's only interested in friendship. I have a clear preference but time will tell if I'm right. And this is a good place to note that Lethal Beauty is the third book in the Mia Quinn Mysteries series. Some things carry over from book to book, especially where Mia's personal life is concerned, but the author does a fantastic job of writing in the backstory in such a way that a new-to-the-series reader won't have any problem starting with this one.

While the first books were missing an inspirational thread, this one has the beginnings of one that I think will become more profound as the series continues. Mia is a woman who likes to be in control but as things begin to unravel at an alarming rate she begins to toy with a profound thought: "But maybe that was what prayers were for, to make you realize you had no control, to make you let go of the notion that you controlled your destiny. Maybe the future was best appraoched on your knees."

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Lethal Beauty please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday July 31 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

28 comments:

  1. A legal thriller..wow! This one sounds like a must read, Kav! Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  2. I love Lis Weihl's books. They are always a thrill to read!! Please enter me in this one! Thank you!

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    1. You're entered, Freda. Good luck!

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  3. Enjoyed the review. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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  4. I'd like to give a legal thriller a try. Thanks, Kav, for the giveaway!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  5. Sounds like a very interesting book! And I don't mind the missing romance, it's good to read something different for time to time :D

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I do have a fondness for romance but this was still a great read. Good luck, Samantha.

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  6. Kav, thank you for your great review. Lis is a new-to-me author. This story sounds intense!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. It is intense and really good. Good luck, Lis.

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  7. Enjoy a good mystery/thriller. This sounds like a fascinating read.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Kav, interesting review. I've only read one of Lis Wiehl's series. I've been looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for offering the opportunity to win a copy of Lethal Beauty.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Kay. Good luck.

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  9. I've heard of Lis's books, she's kind of a new-to-me author in the sense that I haven't read any yet. Sounds like the faith-thread would be there in future books; some series I've read before have the character not yet following God in the first book or so, but by the end, they've given their heart over. I do love reading the redemption stories and seeing the characters grow in it. :-) That may be just the case with this one like you said, Kav!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. That's what I'm hoping, Trixi, because this book is the first one that's had any kind of faith thread at all and it's the third book. Good luck!

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  10. I like suspenseful books, especially clean reads.
    Dianna

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  11. A good thriller is always great to read!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. This one will keep you up at night so you can reach the end. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  12. Sounds like another winner! Thanks for the chance!
    swanphillips4(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck, Wenona.

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  13. This book sounds like another great one! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. So excited about this book. I love books that keep you awake at night because they are so good.
    pam1lunsford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The kind of book that makes you welcome insomnia. LOL Good luck, Pamela.

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