Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl ~ Book Review
This is the first book in the Mia Quinn Mystery series. I must confess I have already read #2 and #3, reviewed here and here. I received those for review and really liked them so when I saw number 1 on clearance at the book store I nabbed it and picked up the beginning of Mia's story. It was a fast paced murder mystery that kept me guessing as it delved into bullying, accepting others for who they are, and appearances not always being what they seem. Having been a stay at home parent, Mia was struggling with her husband's unexpected death just a few months before and was forced back to work quickly because of unknown to her debts that her husband had accumulated. And then one thing after another just continues to pile onto her plate. I really was pulled into her story, sympathizing with her and the family issues she was having to deal with. Single parenthood, debt, and all that comes with returning to work unexpectedly while her and her family were still trying to deal with their grief, the struggle of a young teen pulling away and not knowing how to help him. The character of the teenage son was also well written and I really felt for him in his grief and trying to fit in at school and all of a sudden having to grow up so fast and help around the house so much. His struggles as he deals with death and school were tough. There were two mysteries woven into the story and I thought they played out well and the author was able to interweave them into the story without confusion. A good mystery earning 9/10 from me.
Reading Challenge Goals Met: A trilogy (bit of a cheat because I'd already read the other 2 but at least I completed a trilogy), book by a female author, A mystery or thriller, A book from an author you love but haven't read yet