Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Matter of Trust (A Mia Quinn Mystery)

A Matter of Trust (A Mia Quinn Mystery)
by April Henry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, March 19, 2013

A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl
 "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."

Wow - this seems as if it is going to be a series I can really sink my teeth into. I am very surprised that with all of the books that this author has produced that I have not read anything by her yet. I am so glad I have now and I hope her past books live up to this one.

With this book, book 1 in this new series, we get to meet Prosecutor Mia Quinn and Detective Charlie Carlson - they seem to be the people we are going to get to know the best as this series progresses.
This book opens with Mia on the telephone with her good friend Colleen, another member of the Prosecutors office. They are chatting about life and the tag sale they are going to be having. Suddenly Mia hears a gunshot, a gurgling and Colleen doesn't speak to her again, then life goes to Hell a little more.

This was a great, well thought out and well plotted mystery. It really kept me guessing since I truly suspected someone else throughout the entire book, than who really `did it'. The characters come alive and we learn a lot about Mia and her family. We learn a little less about Charlie, but I figure we will be learning more about him as well as some of the others members of the Prosecutors office as the series goes on.

The characters that we do meet, are well fleshed out, believable and mostly likeable. I didn't spend a lot of time while reading this thinking that their actions are inane or unbelievable.
The novel is set at a pace that keeps you flipping the pages faster and faster, nearly tempted to skip to the back of the book to see who and why did it.

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