Lethal Beauty

Lethal BeautyLethal Beauty by April Henry, Lis Wiehl
Series: Mia Quinn Mystery
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Suspense
Published by Thomas Nelson on March 3, 2015
Pages: 336
Also by this author: The Newsmakers

 

For King County prosecutor, Mia Quinn, her current case should have been open and shut. A young prostitute is murdered by her client and for all practical purposes, the killer is caught red handed. But the defendant is wealthy and connected and Mia’s star witness is missing. As a result, the once sure conviction suddenly becomes a lot less certain.

Homicide detective Charlie Carlson is working on a case with an unknown victim and very little evidence. No one has reported the man missing and he appears to have no background that allows for identification. However, as Charlie digs deeper into the murder, his case begins to cross paths with Mia’s trial. Could the two cases actually be related and if so, how? With justice for Mia’s client sudden in danger and Charlie digging into the dark underground world of human trafficking, Lethal Beauty is a quick and easy read with important social issues for the reader to think about.

Lethal Beauty is a quick and easy read with important social issues for the reader to think about.

I have very much enjoyed the Mia Quinn series. Her so very chaotic life that she somehow manages to keep balanced makes her a quite endearing character. The backstory, which deals with her husband’s death, has been interesting to follow and I’ve enjoyed watching the different pieces of this mystery come together. However, as with the previous books in this series, there is a pattern Lethal Beauty follows in which Mia faces personal crisis, work crisis, and social issues.

For the most part, there isn’t a mystery to solve in this book—at least not from the reader’s perspective. Of course, Mia and Charlie are not privy to the same information as the reader and it therefore takes much longer for them to put the pieces together. To a certain degree, this hurts Mia and Charlie’s credibility. Parts of this story deals with human trafficking and in particular, Chinese illegal immigrants. Because the reader is seeing things from a different perspective, oftentimes Mia and Charlie seem naïve. While Mia’s interpretation of a scene could be excused, it’s hard to believe Charlie would not have drawn the correct conclusions.

As with the previous books in this series, there is a pattern Lethal Beauty follows in which Mia faces personal crisis, work crisis, and social issues.

Throughout this series, Mia has had to manage more than just her job; she’s also had to juggle her personal life. This isn’t always easy with her teenage son, Gabe. Gabe has played some integral parts in this series and this time he is used to introduce the dangers of steroid use. While overall this is a small part of the story, it’s a very enlightening storyline. Most of the information presented is not new to those who follow sports, but it is important and helpful to parents that might not be big sports fans.

A minor part of this series that I would love to see get more attention is the mini-plot with Mia’s houseguests, Kali and Eldon. So far they haven’t played a major role in either book two or three in this series. However, I think it would be very interesting to see their backstory developed and for them to have a prominent role in a future book. There has to be a story with these two waiting to be told. J

For the most part, there isn’t a mystery to solve in this book—at least not from the reader’s perspective.

Overall Lethal Beauty is a fun and entertaining story. It’s an easy read that falls more into the dramatic suspense category than thriller or mystery. This book covers some good social issues and the characters continue to remain interesting and compelling. I look forward to more books in the series and seeing how Mia continues to manage her thoroughly chaotic life.

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