Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust:
A Mia Quinn Mystery

Lis Wiehl with April Henry
(Thomas Nelson)
ISBN: 978-1595549037
April 2013/320 pages/Hardcover/$26.99
($15.83 on Amazon and
Also discounted on and

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.


Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators. Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor. She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School. Her column “Lis on Law” appears weekly on

Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered. Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.

Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.

Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time. A Matter of Trust is her seventh novel.

She lives with her husband and two children in New York.

April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April's path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children's author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children's magazine. By the time she was in her thirties, April had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published more than a dozen mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with five more under contract.

The New York Times-bestselling author of over a dozen mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.


I really enjoyed Lis Wiehl's first collaborative series with April Henry, The Triple Threat Club, and am excited that she is starting a new legal mystery series. The novel starts off with a bang (pun intended!) as Mia Quinn's friend and co-worker is shot while they are talking on the phone. A chilling glimpse of the unknown assailant's perspective in the opening paragraphs immediately captivated me, and I was quickly submerged in the pages of the story. Wiehl's portrayal of Mia Quinn as a single mom (newly widowed) trying to juggle all of the responsibilities in her life-many of which seem to be teetering on the brink of disaster-is reflective of many women today. In addition to investigating the murder, Mia is also endeavoring to bring a cyber-bullying case to trial. With plenty of issues and deep emotions attached to both cases, the stakes are high and Mia isn't sure whom she can trust. While I enjoyed this novel, it was not as tightly woven as her previous series, and the ending seemed a big abrupt and forced. However, this new series shows promise, and I look forward to seeing what is in store next for Mia Quinn.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an copy of this book free from BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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