A Matter of Trust (Mia Quinn Series #1)

A Matter of Trust (Mia Quinn Series #1)

by Lis Wiehl, April Henry
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A Matter of Trust (Mia Quinn Series #1) 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 she hears 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 it’s 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 Mia reluctantly teams up with detective Charlie Carlson to investigate. 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.

 

“A stunning crime series debut . . . Smart, suspenseful, and full of twists that only an insider like Wiehl could pull off .” —Linda Fairstein, New York Times best-selling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401688196
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/18/2013
Series: Mia Quinn Series , #1
Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 86
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lis Wiehl is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels. She is a Harvard Law School graduate and has served as a federal prosecutor in the state of Washington and as a tenured faculty member at The University Washington School of Law. She is a former legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel. Visit her online at liswiehlbooks.com.

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A Matter of Trust 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
bahh27 More than 1 year ago
I love Lis Wiehl books and was very excited to see that Thomas Nelson Publishing offered her newest book for free through their Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.  As is typical for Wiehl, this book is a murder mystery with a female lead investigating the case. I didn't even read the teaser before requesting the book, as several of my recent favorite books have been Lis Wiehl books. I enjoyed this one almost as much as the previous books. I did find that this one seemed to repeat itself a lot at the beginning of each chapter, which got to be a bit redundant  I could understand it more if it was a movie or series, as someone could have missed a moment or episode, but with a book it's unlikely someone would skip a chapter. Despite that, I would recommend this book to friends. It has real characters that readers will care about and a storyline that will keep you coming back for more of the story. There are several minor storylines that I found myself caring about almost as much as the main story. I look forward to more books by Lis. 
LyndaR More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Trust is my sixth Lis Wiehl book. I enjoy how she incorporates her experiences in litigation through her characters. She also incorporates her Christian beliefs in her books which I also enjoy. I love her books!
myonlyvice More than 1 year ago
Mia's husband has recently passed away. Before he died he was keeping secrets from Mia. After his death Mia is left with more bills than she can handle. Having quit work to raise her children, Mia is now going back to work as an attorney for the district attorney's office. When she is on the phone with a co-worker and friend the unthinkable happens. Mia hears a gunshot and then her friend barely breathing. Mia leaves her son Gabe on the line to listen if Colleen says anything as Mia rushes to her house. Colleen slowly dies as Gabe is listening. Mia's current case that she is investigating is a group of high school bullies who's threats and torment has led to a student committing suicide. When the DA asks Mia to investigate Colleen's murder she is reluctant to give up the bullying case and also reluctant to spend more time away from her kids. Mia doesn't know what else to do though in order to pay all of the bills that are coming in so she agrees to team up with Charlie from the local law enforcement office. Charlie has been married 3 times and gets on Mia's nerves but he is a good police officer even if he is a bit high-handed. Mia and Charlie make a good team and are soon hot on the killer's trail. Mixed in with their investigation is Mia's home life that sometimes seems to be falling apart. Her son is 14 and trying to fit in to high school and her 4 year old daughter Brooke has been having screaming episodes in the middle of the night. Sometimes Mia barely feels like she is keeping her head above water. And then there is her father who seems to have had a change in his life. From being absent when Mia was a child he is now wanting to be there for her and his grandchildren. Claiming to have a changed life in Christ, Mia has a hard time trusting him from his past track record and she definitely doesn't know how she feels about his new interest in church. I really enjoyed A MATTER OF TRUST. The mystery kept my attention along with all of Mia and Charlie's interactions together. There is a potential for a couple of romantic relationships in future novels. I believe this is the first book in the Mia Quinn Mystery series. There were a couple of times that I felt that I was missing part of the story. I felt like I was coming into the middle of something that the author thought I should already know. In my opinion it detracted a little bit from the story but I was able to catch up with what was going on eventually. Other than that, this was a solid mystery and I definitely will plan on reading the next book in the series. I reviewed The Triple Threat series by this author last year and really enjoyed those. If you like mysteries I definitely recommend A MATTER OF TRUST and The Triple Threat series.
ChuckLaBee More than 1 year ago
Good character development - you grow to like the main characters and desperately want them to succeed. Satisfactory conclusion, with surprises along the way, as with any good who-dun-it story. Good detail along the way of what a Prosecutor's job is like. Looking forward to reading more of the series.
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
This is a book you will want to read all in one day. It was so hard for me to put down. The first few pages have you wanting more so fun of intensity, then you are so far into the book that you just have to keep going and going.. well, you get the point. The mystery was very well written. I loved how in depth she took us, and how everything tied together even threw every twist she brought to the book. I can’t imagine what the other books in this series will be like. If they are anything like this book they will be absolutely worth the money spent! Lis has a beautiful writing technique, the words run smoothly, and there is so much open for your imagination as the story plays out in front of your eyes. The characters are relatable; their stories and emotions are real. Although the murder of Colleen is the central plot, this book tackles bullying and secrets, making A Matter of Trust a little more challenging than just a great mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book begins with the brutal shooting of Mia’s colleague and friend, Colleen. Mia is tasked with heading up the investigation as it is suspected that Colleen’s death is related to the murder of another one of Mia’s colleagues four years ago. Unlike your average book, this one shifts point of view through multiple characters to help tell a more detailed story filled with tons of surprises. This makes for an interesting twist as you start to piece together each of the views to find out if the murders are connected and who’s behind them.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Suspense Women can Relate To Today’s women can relate to Mia as a working mom, a wronged wife, and a struggling woman. The suspense of the story keeps the reader’s interest, while the realistic attempts of Mia as a mother dealing with a teen and the actions of her deceased husband creates a real person. All mothers who work or deal with teens, struggle to raise their children well. You can feel Mia’s struggle as she tries to solve the mysteries. This book is highly enjoyable to all readers of suspense with a female detective, but it fits that small unused gap of books for mature women, too. If you are into mystery/suspense get this book! 
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lis Wiehl with April Henry in their new book, "A Matter Of Trust" Book One in the Mia Quinn Mystery series published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Mia Quinn. From the inside jacket flap: 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. Yay, a brand new series from the writing team of Lis Wiehl with April Henry. Welcome Mia Quinn. Mia is a highly relatable character, she is a widow, has lots of debts, is trying to raise her son and is forced back into the work force. A murder is committed right before her ears, she is on the phone at that time, and she is given that assignment as well as a few others. I needed Mia to figure out who the murderer was because I sure couldn't. "A Matter Of Trust" is an excellent murder mystery filled with marvelous characters, great plot twists, suspense and thrills. This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and suspenseful. I am enjoying this series and look forward to the next book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. 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."
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Prosecutor, Mia Quinn, is a new widow with a teen-aged son and a four year old daughter.  While talking on the phone to her best friend in the office, Coleen, Mia hears a shot then nothing but strange breathing from Coleen.  Coleen's death resembles another prosecutor's death from many years ago.  Mia and detective Charlie Carlson are teamed up to investigate the possible connection between these two deaths.  But having a teen-aged son can cause problems of in itself. I liked the interaction of all the characters in this book.  The problems and situations were very realistic.  Wiehl was able to follow three cases seamlessly and interestingly within this one story.  Great start for a new mystery series! I listened to this on Audible and found it added to the enjoyment of this book.  
AllenJessica More than 1 year ago
Plot: This book had a couple of different cases being solved. You have the main story of the prosecutor who was shot, and then you have a couple smaller cases to follow. It wasn't too much though. It was the right amount to keep you engaged in everything that was going on. Characters: The character development in this book was great. You have Mia, the main character who you learn about in the beginning of the book, but then you also have several supporting characters who's lives are revealed as you read. Themes: I can't say that I could effectively identify a theme in this book. There is nothing that could be learned from reading it. It's just a crime novel and a good read, but not one that teaches and has you come away thinking. Emotion: There was not a lot of emotional pull in this book. The characters in the book had definitely had emotion, but not enough that the reader could feel it. There was however a lot of depth to the notion of emotion that the characters were feeling. Overall: I really enjoyed this book. There was a good amount of mystery and suspense. There was also a good amount of personal struggle on the part of Mia. The plot twist at the end is a great surprise. ---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---
The_Psychotic_Housewife More than 1 year ago
Lis Wiehl is one of my favorite authors, and I loved the Triple Threat series, so I was excited to read this one. This is book one in a brand new series, and I am going to be impatient waiting for the next one. ;) I had a hard time putting this one down when reality called! If you are familiar with this author already, I think you'll enjoy this one too because it's got the same page turning, fast paced writing you're used to. If you're not familiar with the author, and you love mysteries or crime novels - what are you waiting for?
Anonymous 4 days ago
Keeps you on the edge of your seat. You don't know who is responsible until the very end Great puzzle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got the sample to read before I bought this but there was nothing to read (only 3 pages) so I had to get this at my library
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Well written an researched. Interesting characters. Kids seemed real. And another free one.
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westdiana More than 1 year ago
Clean, page turning mystery. will seek out more butat a discount please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was enjoyable with an unexpected ending. I would definitely read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to get in to. Story was not very interesting although it started off with a bang, literally. After that it dragged.
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meganhambly More than 1 year ago
Mia Quinn is on the phone with her good friend and fellow County Prosecutor, Colleen, when Mia hears a loud noise and Colleen suddenly isn't responding. Mia realizes the sound she heard was a gunshot, calls 911, and rushes to Colleen's house. Colleen has been murdered. Soon, Mia is assigned to Colleen's murder case and has to juggle solving the case, caring for her two children, working with a detective who is swift to bend the rules, and piles of debt her late husband left her--all while hoping the killer isn't coming her way next. Part of the reason I chose to review A Matter of Trust was that I knew it would be a quick read. I crossed my fingers that it wouldn't be too formulaic--sometimes I just have to roll my eyes at legal thrillers because, after a while, they all sound the same. I was happy to find, though, that A Matter of Trust contained enough interesting plot turns to keep me guessing while not being so over-the-top as to be unrealistic. When, at last, the killer was revealed I was truly surprised, which I appreciated. When I reached the end of the book, I was kind of annoyed because I felt the book left a few ends not at all neatly tied. But, after looking on Lis Wiehl's website, I discovered A Matter of Trust is the first in a series of legal thrillers, all starring Mia Quinn (whose story, incidentally, based on Lis Wiehl's actual life). I am looking forward to reading more of the Mia Quinn series as they are released.