Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Book Review Blood Defense by Marcia Clark Review by Dawn Thomas 398 Pages Publisher: Thomas & Mercer Mystery & Thriller, General Fiction (Adult), Legal, Courtroom Drama, Women Sleuths This is the first book in the Samantha Brinkman series. In this series, Samantha is a defense attorney as opposed to the Rachel Knight series where the main character is a prosecutor. The news is full of stories about a police detective accused of murdering two young women. Samantha needs a case like this to keep her office afloat. She knows taking his case would be good for her career and would give her publicity. On the other hand, everyone knows she is not fond of the police. She has mixed feelings when she receives a call from the detective that he would like to meet with her. Dale, a well-known police office without any blemishes in his career is accused of the double murder and asks Samantha to represent him. In the case, she knows she does not have to prove anything; she only has to provide reasonable doubt. When Dale reveals some surprising news to Samantha, she is shocked to her core. The case turns personal to Samantha when her…

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker

Book Review A Covenant with Death by Stephen Becker Review by Dawn Thomas 240 Pages Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Legal, Courtroom Drama, Psychological The book is set in Soledad City, New Mexico in 1923. Louise Talbot is a beautiful young woman and spends her days sitting on a rail fence watching people pass by. One day she is found murdered in her home. All fingers point to her husband, Bryan Talbot. He swears he did not do it and his lawyer, Parmalee, believes him. Benjamin Lewis is a judge living in the same city. He is not hearing the murder case but sits in the gallery listening to testimony. There is a lot of coverage on the trial. During the case, we discover evidence of Bryan’s misdeeds and transgressions. Ben is a fair young man living with his mother. The governor appointed him a judge as a favor to his father. He has been dating Rosemary, a teacher in Albuquerque. She is friendly but Ben is not convinced she is the one for him. He dreams of Rafaela, a girl/woman he has known all his life. He must make a few hard decisions that…

Book Review The Competition by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review The Competition by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas 419 Pages Mulholland Books Mystery & Thriller This is the fourth book in the Rachel Knight series. This book is more intense than the first three. It involves a mass shooting at a school and then a movie theatre. The killers are trying to prove they are better than other mass murders. It is a competition for them.  I was a little apprehensive when I started the book because I could tell where it seemed to be going. This is by no means a horror or slasher book and there was minimal description of the victims which I appreciated. The book unfolded and I felt as if I was riding in the car with Rachel and Bailey (and with Bailey at the wheel you better have your seat belt on). There were leads that turned into dead ends and case seemed to be going nowhere fast. I could not imagine how they were going to pull it together. Ms. Clark shows us there is more to being a prosecutor than writing legal documents and courtroom proceedings. This book was a nail biter with so many twists and turns. You…

Book Review Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books 657 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the third book in the Rachel Knight series. The book begins with the disappearance and possible kidnapping of two teenagers. Hayley is the daughter of a prominent Hollywood movie producer. She and her boyfriend Brian stage a kidnapping but something goes terribly wrong and they both end up dead. One of the two men accused of the murders is a Hollywood manager and a good friend of Hayley’s father, Russell. Russell does not believe Ian is guilty and stands behind him during the investigation and trial. As the details come to light, there are still questions Rachel cannot answer. She must sort out why the ransom drop was in the wrong location and why the possible theft of a screenplay a decade ago so important. As the book comes to the end light is shed on these questions along with other nagging concerns. This book is different than the first two books in the series. While the other books had some courtroom drama, the majority of this book is based in the courtroom. It feels like we are given an…

Book Review Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books449 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the second book in the Rachel Knight series. We begin in the past with the murder of police officer in his home. We move to present time and see the murder of a homeless man.  Rachel is in court waiting for her turn to be called when a case before her is about to be thrown out. The prosecutor did not have the necessary witnesses ready to take the stand and the judge dismisses the charges on lack of evidence. Rachel sensing the defendant will disappear if he is released files a motion to retry the case. This gains her the wrath of the prosecutor who believes she is cherry picking cases for publicity. What Rachel uncovers will rock her world. We get a peek into Rachel’s life as a young girl. On her birthday, her older sister, Romy, is doing everything Rachel wants to do. During a game of Hide and Seek, Romy disappears. This destroys Rachel’s family. Her father begins drinking to ease the pain and her mother becomes distant. Now in present day, Graden, Rachel’s boyfriend, uncovers…

Book Review Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
Fiction , Legal , Mystery , Thriller , Uncategorized / September 20, 2014

Book Review Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark Reviewed by Dawn Thomas Mulholland Books373 Pages Mystery & Thriller This is the first book in the Rachel Knight series. Rachel is a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles. Her world is upended when Jake, her friend and colleague, is found dead in a seedy motel with a minor. Everyone immediately speculates that Jake was a pedophile and he killed the boy before turning the gun on himself. Rachel doesn’t buy this story and begins to investigate. Unfortunately her superiors have a different agenda for her.  Because of the sensitivity of the case, it has been handed off to the FBI. Rachel has been warned to stay away but how can she? She knows Jake is innocent of those allegations and wants to clear his name. Jake’s cases are distributed to the other DAs. Rachel is given a rape case of Susan, a 15 year old girl. Susan’s father is a wealthy doctor with many health clinics around the city. The initial suspect is a gang leader that Susan had been tutoring to pass his GED. Rachel begins interviewing the family and neighbors. As the case unfolds more twists and turns appear….