You know the feeling when you've been reading a good book, and it suddenly ends? You know the story is over, but you just weren't ready to give it up yet. And the next book you begin, just can't measure up to the one you finished. I felt that way about A Deadly Business by Lis Wiehl. I have never read anything by her before, but I absolutely will again. I was captivated from page one. The action began in the first chapter, and didn't end until the last. This is the second book in the Mia Quinn series, and now I am dying to go back and read the first!
Mia Quinn is a prosecuting attorney in Seattle. Her husband, Scott, was killed seven months earlier in a car accident. She is trying to raise two children on her own. Mia has been called in by the district attorney to handle a case involving three teenage boys who dropped a shopping cart four stories onto a woman's head, nearly killing her and traumatizing her son. Mia has 48 hours to determine if the boys should be tried as juveniles, or as adults. She must research and question witnesses, victims, friends and family to decide what the boys' frame of mind was when they performed this horrible crime. As if that's not enough, Mia's friend Charlie Carlson, a homicide detective, has discovered that Scott's death may not have been accidental after all. He and Mia begin to investigate the car accident, while still trying to figure out if the boys can be held responsible for the shopping cart incident. This book has everything! (In a good way.) Drugs, murder, tax evasion, codes, jewels...you name it and Mia and Charlie probably encounter it in this book!
From the time I started this book until it was finished, I used every spare minute to read it. It was a great mystery/thriller. Although it is technically a Christian book, I only noticed anything religious once near the end when Mia was in trouble and prayed. Maybe her relationship with God will be developed more in future books. Because there must be future books! Of course Charlie and Mia solve the mystery in A Deadly Business, or at least most of it. There was just enough left to make for a very interesting book three in the Mia Quinn series!
I loved the plot of this story. I had some of it figured out early, but then a wrench was thrown into the works that I totally didn't expect. I thought Lis Wiehl's storytelling was masterful. Things happened in ways that made sense and seemed logical. My only problems with the book came at the very end. I didn't like part of the yacht scene, and the final courtroom scene was a little awkward, and the final two or three sentences very cheesy, but not enough that I would even change my five star rating. If you like crime and mystery, but hate the bad language and lewd situations that often come with them, check out the Mia Quinn series. Lis Wiehl is a New York Times Bestselling Author for a reason!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.