A Deadly Business  -     By: Lis Wiehl
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When a twenty-two-year-old killer walks into the courtroom, his eyes confirm what Mia Quinn already guesses; he blames her for his conviction. In seconds, he knocks her to the ground and holds a razor blade to her throat. She manages to escape, but it's just one more reminder that Mia's job prosecuting Seattle's most dangerous criminals is risky.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 11.11 X 6.11 (inches)
ISBN: 1595549048
ISBN-13: 9781595549044
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Series: Mia Quinn Mystery

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Publisher's Description

“Wiehl’s experience as a former federal prosecutor gives the narrative an authenticity in its depiction of the criminal justice system. Henry’s expertise in writing mysteries and thrillers has placed her on the short-list for the Agatha, Anthony, and Oregon Book awards. The coauthors’ . . . fast-paced detective series will keep legal thriller readers and John Grisham fans totally engrossed.” —Library Journal

A prosecutor of violent criminals. A detective on a dangerous beat. When these two pros take on an off-the-books case, the line between professional and personal becomes perilously blurred. 

When a twenty-two-year-old convict walks into the courtroom, his eyes confirm what Mia Quinn already guesses: he blames her for his conviction. In seconds, he knocks her to the ground and holds a razor blade to her throat. While she manages to escape without injury, it's just one more reminder that Mia's job prosecuting Seattle's s most dangerous criminals is far from low risk.

As a single mom, the last thing Mia wants is for her work to follow her home or discover that it already has.

Now Detective Charlie Carlson is suggesting the very thing Mia doesn't want to believe—that her accountant husband’s deadly car accident was no accident at all. When Mia and Charlie encounter resistance to reopening the case, they take the investigation into their own hands. And they find much more than they bargained for.

Was Mia's husband more than an accountant . . . and less than an honest man? As the truth becomes more shocking and the case grows more complex, her husband's killers take note of Mia . . . and her children. How far will this prosecutor go to learn the truth about her husband—and how far will she have to go to protect her family?

Author Bio

Lis Wiehl is a New York Times best-selling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor. A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears weekly on The O’Reilly Factor, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Imus in the Morning, Kelly's Court, and more. Visit her website at www.liswiehlbooks.com Twitter: @LisWiehl Facebook: LisWiehl

April Henry is the New York Times best-selling author of mysteries and thrillers. Her books have been short-listed for the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, and the Oregon Book Award. April lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

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  1. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deadly Business
    July 28, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read all of Lis Wiehls fiction books and have enjoyed all of them, and this second entry in the Mia Quinn series is no exception. The story is set in Seattle, Washington. This time there are two cases being explored at the same time, one officially and one unofficially.

    Mia is a prosecutor of violent criminals in Seattle. She also is a widow for seven months now. Three teens commit a crime and it is up to Mia to decide whether to charge them as juveniles or adults. Assigned to work with her on the case is homicide detective Charlie Carlson. As they begin to question teachers and family members of the teens, more questions are raised than answers provided. The sole decision for the future of these teens lives rests with Mia. Her boss is up for re-election and has been taking a pounding on being too lenient with criminals. He has left the decision up to Mia and will support her, but he might lose the election depending on how these teens are tried. No pressure, right?

    Also, Charlie has been looking into the death of Mias husband. Her husband was killed in a one-car accident with alcohol a contributing factor according to the official report. As Charlie digs deeper, more and more inconsistencies arise. As Mia is forced to look deeper into her husbands life, more and more deception is discovered. Did Mia even really know this man she was married to for so long? With this poking and prodding, someone becomes uncomfortable and targets Mia.

    I really like Lis writing style; it draws me into her stories right away. There is plenty of action and tension in this legal/detective thriller to keep readers engaged page after page. I also liked the potential new romantic interests in Mias future perhaps. She also is so relatable to as a working mom, trying to keep her life together as well as the lives of her children, and sometimes failing. This is a great series so far and I look forward to what happens next in Mias life. Keep up the good work, Lis!
  2. Pastor
    Wisconsin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Deadly Business
    July 26, 2014
    Pastor
    Wisconsin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    " A Deadly Business" is written by best selling author Lis Wiehl. It is the second book in a new series of Mia Quinn Mysteries. The book opens with a life threatening court scene and the excitement continues throughout the book. It is a real page turner.

    There four main threads throughout the book. One is the court case Mia and Charlie is working on. The difficult decision Mia has to make is to try in court two teenage boys as adults or juveniles. The choice is harder because Mia works for the District Attorney and it is election time. The District Attorney's office is already being accused of being soft on crime.

    Another thread is trying to find out if Mia's husband was killed or had an accident. Her and Charlie are doing some investigative work on their own when the local police refuse to reopen the case after seven months.

    Then Mia has two men interested in her. There is Charlie the homicide detective and Eli a public defender lawyer. Which one will she choose if either. You will have to stay with the series to find out.

    The last and most important thread is of Mia trying to raise two child by herself after their father's death.

    All of this leads to a very busy life for Mia Quinn. I think you will really enjoy the book. And as far as the mystery goes, you will not find out the answers to your questions until the end.

  3. Callie
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 30, 2014
    Callie
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read a few of Lis Wiehl's books before, and I've enjoyed every one I've read so far. A Deadly Business was no exception!

    Mia Quinn is struggling to balance it all since her husband Scott died in a car crash months ago. But when she finds out his death may have been murder, and as she unravels some of Scott's deceptions, her life may be in danger as well.

    I read the first book in the Mia Quinn series a couple years ago, so I was excited to read another book in this series. I could empathize with Mia's character as a mom, and I felt like her struggles to balance taking care of her children with her work life were believable.

    Wiehl incorporates a couple different plots in this book, the investigation into Scott's murder, and a trial she is working on that involves three juveniles. I felt like the two plot lines were balanced really well, and both were interesting. There is also a subtle romantic triangle developing in the book, and I am curious to see how it plays out. I can't even decide who I want to root for because I thought all of the characters were likable (but I think I'm going with Charlie - we shall see).

    The ending was exciting and not something I was expecting. Wiehl is great at suspense and knows how to write a good climax. I really enjoyed this book! I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series.

    Note: I received this book for free from Booklook in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
  4. Melissa
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun Story, but Easy To Solve Mystery
    June 22, 2014
    Melissa
    Three teenage boys were goofing around when their fun turned to tragedy. On a walkway above a busy shopping center, the boys dropped a shopping cart onto the pedestrians below critically injuring the shopper. As the boys are arrested, violent crimes prosecutor, Mia Quinn, is assigned the case and must decided if the suspects should be tried as juveniles or adults. While Mia is working through the challenges of this case, Homicide Detective Charlie Carlson gives her some surprising news about her husband. It's possible he didn't die from an accident, but rather was murdered. As Mia's life continues to become more and more complicated, she must face difficult truths about her husband while trying to make the right decision about her current cases. In the second book of the Mia Quinn series, Deadly Business is a fun story, but an easy mystery to figure out.

    I am really enjoying the Mia Quinn series. She's a fun, sympathetic character that I want to give her a hug. Her vulnerability combined with her remarkable strength makes for a flawed individual that's easy to love. However, it's her life like actions, thoughts, and decisions that really brings alive her personality.

    Wiehl and Henry do a very nice job with this book. Deadly Business has two main story lines, the first one being Scott's death and the second one being the three teenage boys. There is little mystery surrounding who dropped the shopping cart, but instead, what is the best way to punish the boys. Should they be tried as juveniles or adults? The authors present a very compelling case for both options and highlight the difficult decisions facing prosecutors. In addition to the legal aspect of this crime, there is also the social implication of their background and family life. It would have been nice to spend a little bit more time with this issue, but the authors show good restraint and keep the story moving rather than more deeply exploring this topic.

    While the mystery surrounding Scott's death is very easy to solve, the story that is told is quite entertaining. There are still a lot of lose ends that hopefully subsequent books will tidy up, but at this point, I really like the direction it's heading. It's possible readers will never fully know Scott, but the complicated mess that he got himself into makes for a very good story.

    Overall I'm very pleased with Deadly Business. It's a fun, easy read with an enjoyable story line and loveable characters. With lots of dangling plot lines, it'll be interesting to see where Mia's life goes from here.

    Review copy provided courtesy of Thomas Nelson
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great legal thriller
    June 15, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This novel starts out with intense action. Mia Quinn, a prosecutor with King County, is in the courtroom for a sentencing when the killer manages to attack her and nearly slice her throat with a razor.

    While she manages to survive the attack, her trouble is just beginning. Charlie Carlson, a detective with the Seattle PD, is convinced Mia's husband did not die accidentally several months ago. When Mia and Charlie look into her husband's auto accident, they begin to uncover actions that puzzle Mia. Her husband had been involved in illegal activities. The suspense increases when Mia's life is in danger.

    This is another great suspense novel from this writing duo. We are treated to the difficult life of a prosecutor as Mia is assigned to prosecute young teens for their nearly deadly actions. We get to see some of the action behind the scenes concerning the strategy in bringing them to trial. Mia is also a mom and a woman saddled with debt from her husband's dishonest accounting work. Mia is an adjunct professor at the U of W so we learn some about courtroom strategy too.

    I really liked the novel. The action is continuous and suspenseful. There is a twist at the end that surprised me. Mia is a well crafted character - a combination of mom and prosecutor. Those who like courtroom suspense will enjoy it. While this is the second in the Mia Quinn Mysteries, it reads very well on its own.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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