Wiehl and Henry open their new Mia Quinn Mystery series with a cutting-edge story of murdered prosecutors and vicious online teenage bullying that leads to suicide in Matters of Trust. Mia Quinn, recently rehired by the King County District Attorney’s office after a five year hiatus, is the Seattle prosecutor assigned to the cases. She reluctantly agrees to investigate with lead homicide cop, Charlie Carlson, not realizing the part he would soon play in her life.
For now, Mia struggles with grief and the financial dilemma she finds herself in. Their family was deep in debt and Scott had never said a word just let the hole grow bigger. She didn’t know which was worse, “the hole in her heart” from his death or the financial hole that caused her to schedule a garage sale that might at least afford groceries and gas.
That’s where Colleen Miller’s phone call found Mia—rummaging through boxes in the basement for items to sell. Mia’s best friend and fellow prosecutor updated her on office activities since she’d been gone, cautioned her about office politics then told her how important social media and the Internet now were to investigations.
She told her about the vicious remarks left on the teen suicide’s Facebook page that caused her to consider the charge of “…a hate crime…” Mia imagined her smile when Colleen said,“… Facebook is God’s gift to prosecutors.”
Then Mia heard a “sudden boom” and what sounded like the phone dropping. Fear rose in her throat as she spoke Colleens name repeatedly. Even though she listened intently she could only hear the sounds of “…wet bubbly breathing…and moans…”
Thus the clever, fast-paced Mia Quinn series begins with an appealing lead character that’s convincing as a single mom with two kids as well as a gusty prosecutor and investigator. One who’s determined to find the murderer of her best friend.
Mia’s struggles with a rebellious teen, angry creditors and debt that exceeds her full-time job as prosecutor and part-time teaching job at the University of Washington is realistic. Working with Charlie, who once caused her to lose a case because he didn’t follow protocol, was a realistic compromise many make in the work world.
Contemporary themes of online bullying, gun rights, social media, children raised by single parents and more give the dramatic narrative authenticity. Spiritual themes aren’t predominant, except for Mia’s dad who recently accepted Jesus. The hint of future romance suggests more books to come with stories that keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.
Wiehl and Henry write suspenseful, well-plotted mysteries without the use of profanity, salty language or off-color details found in other mainstream fiction. Yet the action, drama and suspense is every bit as intense with a story that strongly resembles the real-life murder of Seattle Federal prosecutor Tom Wales in October 2001. Great start to a new series!
‘A Matter of Trust: A Mia Quinn Mystery’ by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry, Thomas Nelson, 2013, 320 Pages, Hardcover, 978-1595549037, $26.99
‘A Matter of Trust: A Mia Quinn Mystery, #1’ by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry
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.
‘Face of Betrayal: Triple Threat series #1’ by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry
FOX News legal correspondent and former Federal Prosecutor Lis Wiehl has created a suspense series as timely as tomorrow’s headlines.
While home on break, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares television reporter Cassidy Shaw, Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. Together, these life-long friends call themselves The Triple Threat—a nickname derived from their favorite dessert as well as their uncanny ability to crack cases from their three unique positions of power.
Together, they must find the one face of betrayal amidst a crowd of growing suspects—including a US Senator—before they become the next victims.
Lis Wiehl’s expertise in law, politics, and criminal investigation merges with April Henry’s narrative genius to create a gripping mystery filled with rich characters, real danger, and a shocking yet satisfying final twist.
“One of top ten best books of year” —Suspense Magazines
‘Hand of Fate: Triple Threat series #2, by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry
When the host of a popular radio talk show is murdered, the suspects almost outnumber his millions of listeners.
Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate dies tragically when poisonous gas fills the studio while his polarizing show, “The Hand of Fate,” is on air.
The triple threat of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce must piece together the madness, motive, and mystery of what just happened. And this time, it’s personal since one of the women was secretly dating the host and has access to his home . . . as well as possible evidence.
In the days following Fate’s murder, these three friends confront a betrayal within the team while unearthing the not-so-public life of Jim Fate. Together, they must uncover the stunning truths behind this cold-blooded murder.
‘Heart of Ice: Triple Threat series #3’ by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry
Elizabeth Avery could easily be the girl next door. But what she has planned will make your blood run cold.
At first glance, the crimes appear random. Arson. Theft. Fraud. Murder. But these are more than random crimes. They’re moves in an increasingly deadly game. And the one element they have in common: a woman who is gorgeous, clever . . . and lethal.
Elizabeth Avery has a winsome smile and flawless figure, but underneath is a heart of ice. She’s a master manipulator, convincing strangers to do the unthinkable. And she orchestrates it all without getting too close. Until now.
When Elizabeth ruthlessly disposes of an inquisitive young reporter, her crime catches the attention of Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce, FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, and crime reporter Cassidy Shaw. They know they’re dealing with a cold-blooded murderer who could strike at any time. What they don’t know is that they’re already on a first-name basis with the killer.
And one of them may be next on her list.
‘Eyes of Justice: Triple Threat series #4’ by Lis Wiehl w/April Henry
When One of the Triple Threat Is Murdered, All Eyes Turn to Justice.
Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice everyday—Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole as an FBI agent, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they’re a Triple Threat to be reckoned with. A force that, together, has solved the toughest mysteries.
Until a ruthless killer finds a way to isolate and murder one of the three.
When the authorities keep the survivors at arm’s length in the investigation, the women’s desire for justice goes into overdrive. They find an unexpected ally in a quirky private investigator named Ophelia whose unorthodox methods seem to offer a possible breakthrough in the case.
Yet, just as the police appear to have the killer in custody and justice within sight, the murderer strikes again. Not knowing whom to trust, the team must engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse where nothing can be taken at face value . . . and nothing will ever be the same.
A riveting Triple Threat mystery that will leave readers shocked and satisfied.
‘Waking Hours: East Salem Trilogy’ by Lis Wiehl w/Pete Nelson
Welcome to East Salem, a deceptively sleepy town where ancient supernatural forces are being awakened.
A local high-school girl is found murdered in a park amid horse farms and the wealthy homes of northern Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl—yet none remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot—something tied to an ancient evil?
Across town, former NFL linebacker Tommy Gunderson finds his state-of-the-art security system has been breached by an elderly woman. Mumbling threats in Latin, she attacks him with an uncanny, preternatural strength. Before he has time to process the attack, someone close to him is implicated in the girl’s murder at the park. He agrees to help—and finds himself working with Dani, the only girl who could resist his charm years ago when they were in high school.
A heavy darkness is spreading. Yet a heavenly force is also at work.
Dani and Tommy suspect there’s more to the mystery than murder, more to their growing friendship than chance . . . and more to the evil they’re facing than a mere human killer.
‘Darkness Rising: East Salem Trilogy’ by Lis Wiehl w/Pete Nelson
The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakes—and the darkness—are rising.
Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status.
But as they race to uncover what’s really happening behind the high walls of St. Adrian’s Academy, it becomes clear that supernatural forces have been at work here for generations. And now those forces are intent on making sure Dani and Tommy don’t interfere.
When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayal—but angels and demons.
“Wiehl’s latest is a truly creepy story with supernatural undertones that seem eerily real.” —Romantic Times review of Waking Hours