Wages of Sin by Nancy Allen
Ozarks Mystery #3
A string of curses split the air under a bright blue September sky stretching over the Ozark hills.
This is the third book in The Ozarks Mystery Series. I have not read the first two, but this seems like a series that you can jump right in. I was a little confused as to who was who, and who the series was supposed to follow, but it didn’t take me long to figure it out.
This follows a domestic abuse case that ends in the pregnant woman being murdered. The witness is the woman’s 6 year old daughter, Ivy. In the beginning the case seems pretty open and shut, and to be all about the death penalty. But as we get to know Ivy better, and read from different points of view, we learn that there is more going on than what meets the eye. Some of it is obvious, and some of it is told to us.
Elsie is not the first pick to assist Madeliene with the case, but she jumps at the chance. Trying a death penalty case is much more difficult than she thought it would be. She begins to second guess herself when the morality of the death penalty begins to weigh on her. She seems to be the only one who can get through to Ivy, but there is so much that Ivy is not telling her.
If you are expecting an action packed thriller, you may be disappointed, as the action doesn’t kick up until the end after the trial has taken place. The story unfolds much as it would if you were a lawyer talking to witnesses and building a case. This is not a bad thing at all, but it is far from the lawyer movies that are most popular. The lawyers in this book are simply lawyers, for the most part. When Elsie figures out the secrets that Ivy has been keeping she sheds her lawyerly persona and runs to the rescue without a plan. But something tells me that this is not the first time, nor will it be the last. I enjoyed it enough to want to check out the rest of the series.
Elsie tapped her white cup against Bree’s, splashing the liquid onto Bree’s pants. “Here’s to us girlfriend.”
A copy of Wages of Sin was given to me by the publisher, Harper Collins, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
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