Absence of Reason

A Hilary Adams Mystery, #1

Linda Y. Atkins, introduces a superior sleuth in this debut series story. Hilary Adams is a fine leading lady; here skills as a criminal defense attorney are superior and her determination is admirable. I enjoyed the maturity of this story, it did not shy away from Hilary's flaws or the flaws of other main characters. The mystery itself was interesting and kept my attention throughout the novel. The myriad of supporting characters all added their own important pieces to the puzzle, plot and pleasantness of the read. The details added just the right amount of jargon and atmosphere without overwhelming or making me feel like I was reading a text book. I felt as if I really were a part of the police investigation and the actual court case. The police officers and court workers added and authenticity that added to the action. Watching Hilary interact with her staff, clients, coworkers and the killer gave a lot of insight into her character and I cannot wait to see just what she comes up against next. If you are a fan of a solid legal mystery this is a fantastic choice.

When her childhood friend is arrested and charged with murder, criminal defense attorney Hilary Adams takes his case determined to solve the crime herself if she has to. All evidence seems to point towards Professor Tom Blackstone after one of his students is found strangled. When yet another young woman is found murdered in the same way he becomes the suspect in that case as well. Can Hilary find a killer and save her client and herself for that matter?


Book Blurb for Absence of Reason

When a friend is accused of murder, a feisty attorney will have to outsmart a serial killer if she wants to prove her client’s innocence—and stay alive.

Criminal defense attorney, Hilary Adams, is about to tackle the case of her career—defending an accused serial killer. In each murder, the evidence gathered against her childhood friend, Professor Tom Blackstone, was overwhelming; the motive obvious, at least to the police and the local prosecuting attorney. But to Hilary, nothing in this case has been right from the beginning. It has all the earmarks of someone systematically setting up her client. But who would want to and why? Coeds, sexually assaulted and murdered, are turning up everywhere. Time is short and the list of suspects even shorter. Hilary has to act fast to save her client and in the end to save herself.

Suspense * Mystery * Hardboiled


Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 4.00