Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Review: A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust is Lis Wiehl’s best book yet. The first of her Mia Quinn Mysteries, written with April Henry, A Matter of Trust is a complex crime story, full of surprises and suspense. Mia Quinn is a newly widowed mother of two who has just resumed her position as a prosecutor. As she struggles to balance work and family alone, she faces unique challenges with both of her children and financially, as she discovers some secrets her husband had been keeping from her. When her best friend and fellow prosecutor is murdered, Mia is assigned to the case, but only accepts it on the condition that she can keep working another case, one she believes must be pursued, though her boss and others do not agree. As readers try to figure out who done it, they’ll also be wondering how Mia will manage all she must.

One theme subtly woven through the book is that people and circumstances aren’t always what they seem to be. Mia and the other characters in the book make all kinds of assumptions about the people they encounter throughout the book only to learn that they are wrong, for good or bad. What matters is doing the right thing as far as you are concerned and placing trust carefully where it has been earned. Forgiveness, compassion, and giving others the opportunity to make things right when possible are also stressed.

I enjoyed reading this book and will look forward to the next Mia Quinn Mystery. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending this one in exchange for my honest review.

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