Like the first two books in the Mia Quinn Mystery series by Lis Wiehl with April Henry, Lethal Beauty is intense, unpredictable, and a little bit educational. Wiehl has a gift for bringing all sides of societal issues to light. Mia Quinn’s Lethal Beauty cases deal with human trafficking, slavery happening in America—now, and steroid hazards. She also explores the strengths of America’s justice system and weaknesses criminals try to exploit.
If you haven’t met her yet, Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn is a recently widowed, single mother. She often works with homicide detective Charlie Carlson to solve the mysteries that come her way. She also works with public defender Eli Hall as an adjunct professor at the University of Washington law school, often crossing paths with him on cases, too.
In Lethal Beauty, Mia is prosecuting an American businessman accused of murdering a Chinese prostitute. But everything is going wrong in what should be an open and shut case. As Mia tries to discover why, she learns that a character from Wiehl’s previous book, A Deadly Business, is trying to reach her, seeking her help. When he goes missing, Mia’s life gets really complicated. Getting justice for victims and keeping her family safe start to seem like conflicting goals.
Though the overall mystery is introduced and concludes with this one book, Mia’s personal story has continued from the first. In other words, you can read them out of order, but I recommend starting at the beginning with A Matter of Trust. I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of Lethal Beauty for this review.