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This was a very good book. There were three separate cases, one murder and two civil cases. They were all quite interesting and it was a big surprise about the murder. I felt like I got to know Stan, Paula and Jodie. There was even a side story about Stan's personal life that was really a surprise. I would definitely recommend this series and want to read more of them. I like that it takes place in Dallas, where I live and I can recognize the street names and some of the locations. Clair Barfield - Goodreads 2/7/15
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Paula isn't happy with Stan'srevelations, particularly since he has been of little help to her during the trial. In the past he has been right there with her from thebeginning to the end, but this time he has been busy helping their newassociate Jodie Marshall with her defense of an ex-Army MP who thwarted a thief in a jewelry store heist, but managed to shoot the store owner in the process.
Stan has his own troublesome bankruptcy case too. APakistani immigrant has been defrauded of his life savings of $250,000by a thug preying on fellow countrymen seeking to immigrate to the U.S.Stan puts his client into a chapter 11 reorganization but the thug haslittle respect for U.S. laws or its judicial system, causing Stan's plan to go awry.
Stan's unexplained absences from the office furtherexacerbate his shaky relations with Paula, particularly when shediscovers he's apparently having liaisons with a hooker!
- ASIN : B00QS9IP7C
- Publisher : Top Publications, Ltd. (December 8, 2014)
- Publication date : December 8, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3592 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,442,533 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the first real mystery I’ve read/reviewed and the first time I’ve read anything written by William Manchee. The unfortunate thing for me is this is the 11th book in the Stan Turner series of mysteries so I don’t know anything about the main character for the series or any of the other characters, which might be either a good or bad thing.
Reading this book, I had visions of Perry Mason and his private detective Paul Drake coming to my mind. But unlike those stories I watched on television as a child, and now thanks to NetFlix I’m watching again, I found having two addition unrelated storylines to have been somewhat of a distraction to the main storyline revolving around three diners who died from poisoning at a well-known local restaurant in Dallas, Emilio’s; and a poor unsuspecting waiter who gets arrested for this crime. [The name of this restaurant, by coincidence is the name of an Italian restaurant my OH and I love to dine at.]
Of two distractions, the first involves his helping a new lawyer, Jodie Marshall with civil defense of a former Military Police officer who prevents a jewelry store from being robbed, but somehow winds up shooting the store’s owner instead.
The second distraction deals with Stan helping a immigrant from Pakistan who’s been conned out of his life’s savings by a thug, a thug who doesn’t give a damn about anything, especially anything regarding our legal systems and laws.
Neither of these two distractions have anything to do with the main premise of this book, other than infuriate Paula with Stan’s lack of attention to her and her needs.
Just as I mentioned in the above, the plot twists, the murder and the disappearances of witness are all reminiscent of the Perry Mason episodes I mentioned above. This also includes the surprise ending; which is why I found this book somewhat endearing.
As far as the book itself is concerned, I personally found having chapters heading with character’s names and which basically revolve around them to be somewhat of a distraction. But, then, I’ve read/reviewed about three other books in which their authors have used the same pattern for their chapters; so there must be a reason for it.
The writing lends itself to its readers for an enticing experience to keep turning the pages to the book’s conclusion.
Given the above, I’m happy to “Deadly Dining” 4 STARS.
The setting is wonderful as most of the time we are in the office, as cases are discussed, planned for, and individuals are interviewed. Stan has Paula as a partner, and a new associate, who proves herself as she takes on her first live trial... I loved each of the characters and how they worked to help each other even though one individual was responsible...But, really, when they decided on an intervention for Stan...LOL...I knew exactly what they were going to find... Not so, with the legal cases...
The major case is related to four individuals in Emilio's Italian Restaurant becoming sick and then three of them dying...It was determined that rat poison had been placed in the Parmesan cheese which each of the individuals had accepted to be added by the waiter... Of course, the waiter was accused! Although Stan had worked for Emilio before, he turned the case over to Paula who was the only lawyer with criminal defense experience. Emilio had agreed to pay the legal fees for Ricardo, not believing his long-time employee was guilty.
A compelling case was being built up for a local mobster and this men. They were known and already under investigation by the FBI so everybody hoped that the murders would be the final action they needed to finally put them in jail!
And then there was the Pakistani couple who had gathered up $250,000 to buy into a store in America...Then the part owner stopped working but still demanded half of the income...Stan suggested several legal options to him, including bankruptcy...but while he was getting things back in order, the owner started to harass him...and burned down the store!
In the meantime, the really incongruous case began, when Jodie Marshall's first trial case was to defend a young ex-MP who had stopped a robbery at a jewelry store and during the struggle, the gun accidentally went off and hit the store owner in his leg... He was suing "the hero" for damages, medical expenses and stress...
One of the things I hadn't thought about in small legal offices, was that the lawyers themselves might have to do the investigations and actually get into dangerous situations... And in all three cases, no matter which one, there was the involved criminal(s) who didn't care about the people they were hurting...only that they wanted what they wanted and aimed to get it! The level of legal expertise for each of these cases was high and the writing of the story was well-done since readers are watching, yet seeing the results of each case during the trials.
I do wish I had the time to go back and start right at the beginning of this legal series. It is different enough, by the setting being in a law office, that, after reading this one, I can just imagine the kind of cases that Stan and his group would potentially handle. Though serious cases, the read was fun, moving from one issue to another, making sure I was remembering which case I was now working on... Fun, yes, but in not one case did I successfully project what the ending would ultimately be. That's my kind of book! If you are a legal fiction fan...you need to check out this series! Highly recommended...
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This book starts out with Stan bringing Rebekkah home after surgery and the pizza place they had eaten at hits breaking news on TV.
Alternating chapters from each of the two women and Stan himself have cases that each other have tips on how to investigate and I love the input from them all.
Many are in harms way in this book and others try to help and sometimes that puts them in danger also.
So much to this story as more is involved as the investigations continue. Love the travel, things they find, talking to others and even what to wear to a trial, fast paced, easy to keep track of suits being brought to others and why.
Other works by the author are listed at the end. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Top reviews from other countries
This book has three separate cases going on at the same time, each led by one of the principal lawyers – Stan, his partner Paula Waters and new associate Jodie Marshall. All of them are strong characters and the book moves on at a cracking pace.
There are always sub-plots going on in Stan Turner books and his wife’s medical condition and stubborn refusal to seek diagnosis made me want to scream at her.
And then we come to the ending. Normally I’m good at guessing the outcomes – whether in books, film or TV drama but the ending of this book was a true “wow – I never expected that” moment. And if that wasn’t enough, there was the Epilogue – normally a bit of a graveyard where loose ends that the author can’t be bothered to elaborate on are buried. But not here. Two “wow – I never expected that” moments in the same book makes it absolutely worthy of a 5-star review.