Lis Wiehl with April Henry in their new book, "A Matter Of Trust" Book One in the Mia Quinn Mystery series published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Mia Quinn.
From the inside jacket flap: When life is murder, who can you trust?
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.
Yay, a brand new series from the writing team of Lis Wiehl with April Henry. Welcome Mia Quinn. Mia is a highly relatable character, she is a widow, has lots of debts, is trying to raise her son and is forced back into the work force. A murder is committed right before her ears, she is on the phone at that time, and she is given that assignment as well as a few others. I needed Mia to figure out who the murderer was because I sure couldn't. "A Matter Of Trust" is an excellent murder mystery filled with marvelous characters, great plot twists, suspense and thrills. This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and suspenseful. I am enjoying this series and look forward to the next book.
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I typically finish books I start. However, after stopping and starting several times and reading nearly 100 pages, I decided to set this one aside. I enjoyed Lis Wiehl's previous fiction series (although later books shared a lot of similarities to James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series), so I was looking forward to this one.
Unfortunately, I didn't like Mia, the main character. AT. ALL. The premise of the book is that Mia is on the phone with a friend when her friend is shot. She hands the phone to her teenage son to listen to her dying breaths and leaves her two children (the youngest of which is preschool age) alone while she drives across town to "help" her friend. Seriously? Who does that?! It just seemed super selfish and pretty much set the stage for how Mia acts throughout the rest of the book (or at least as far as I read).
So, in this instance an unlikeable character was too much for me to get past. It's also worth mentioning that not much happened in the first third of the book. Pretty slow-moving plot. I don't plan to read the rest of this series. [DNF]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson's Booksneeze program in exchange for my fair and honest review.
We must follow the character of Mia Quinn who hears her best friend shot while on the phone. How did she hear the shot from all the way down the street when her friend was in the basement, you might ask? Well, let's just say that's an unanswered question. It is almost always the mark of an amateur writer to tell us things in dialogue that are already entirely obvious from the context. The pages of this book are full of repetitions, which is sad, considering the percentage derived from pop psychology and other media entertainment for its source material. Furthermore, for a prosecutor who, we are told, is on top of her game, she has to ask a lot of ridiculous questions that even an uninitiated audience should know are rhetorical at best. The only way to make it through is to dispose of any logical sense you might have, hold your nose, and simply refuse to do anything but scream on the roller coaster ride that is this book.
My thoughts: A Matter of Trust is the first in a series - "A Mia Quinn Mystery." It opens with the main character, Mia, engaged in a phone conversation with her friend. While talking, Mia hears a gunshot and then silence. She flees to the scene leaving her teenage son with the responsibility of caring for her young daughter.
Mia is a member of the prosecution's staff and is given the task of solving the case of her friend's murder, who was also a member of the prosecution's staff. This case seems to be tied in with one which also involved the murder of another member of the prosecution's staff.
This book is a mystery. It is also the tale of Mia who is struggling personally with the recent death of her husband who left her with a large debt and their children. But it also involves social issues of school bullying and the ramifications of which that can be life threatening.
The story moves quickly, is engaging, captures your imagination, and has a twist at the end to surprise you. I find it interesting to delve into the mystery genre from time to time, and it is a pleasure to read one written by a Christian author that is a "safe read" avoiding the pitfalls of foul language and scenes about which we do not wish to read.
A big applause to author Lis Wiehl for this book and I certainly look forward to reading the sequels of it.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review from BookSneeze on behalf of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and the author, Lis Wiehl.
There are your favorite authors that can't write fast enough. Lis Wiehl is one of my favorites and was thrilled to see she had written a new book. She keeps getting better and better with each book. This is one of the best suspense books I have read.
This is a Mia Quinn mystery. The storyline starts with a intriguing murder that sets this book into many plots, twists and remarkable characters. Mia is talking with a friend from the prosecutors office and hears a gunshot over the phone. She realizes her colleague is dying and heads over there while her son stays on the phone in case she says anything-bad idea. She wants to head up the murder investigation but with so much on her plate she needs help and the storyline unfolds. Mia is a new widow with lots of debts, troubled teenage son, a four year old who wakes up screaming at night and just trying to keep her job. As they dig deeper, more complications unfold and she finds herself a target.
I was so absorbed by this story and the different themes. She touched on being a successful prosecutor, trying to be a mom and holding it all together. Appearances can be deceiving and Mia learns this from the strong characters throughout the book. This is one book I will keep and cannot wait for the sequel. Please Lis-write faster!
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for this free copy for my honest opinion