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The Wages of Sin: An Ozarks Mystery by [Allen, Nancy]
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Book 3 of 3 in Ozarks Mystery (3 Book Series)
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“Anyone wanting to learn about legal issues and court procedures within a good story should read Allen’s books. She brings her experience and knowledge to the page to make the plots and characters believable.” (Elise Coopier for Crimespree Magazine)

About the Author

Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now a law instructor at Missouri State University. A KILLING AT THE CREEK is her second novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Witness Impulse (April 26, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0166JUGPM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In The Wages Of Sin, the third book in the Ozarks Mysteries Series, author Nancy Allen once again draws upon her professional legal experience to weave a riveting legal thriller that captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end. Set in the small town of Barton, Missouri, in the heart of the Ozarks, the reader follows Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold as she aggressively pursues and brings to trial a death penalty murder case against a man who allegedly killed his eight month pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child.

The author transports the reader into the small Ozark town of Barton with its close-knit townspeople and its many dark secrets. As McCown County Prosecutor Madeleine Thompson and Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold prepare to bring the case of the State of Missouri v. Larry Paul to trial, their rocky working relationship is a big problem, and issues arise during their investigation of the murder suspect and victim, leaving one little six year old girl to help them get justice, even though danger lurks around the corner.

The Wages Of Sin is a fast-paced, multi-layered, gripping, and complex story that has a great mixture of intrigue, romance, violence, and enough suspenseful twists and turns, and richly descriptive courtroom drama that will leave the reader breathless. The reader is taken on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride as they follow Elsie on her difficult journey, she is determined to seek justice in a convincing and brutally honest style where no one is left unscathed.

If you are a fan of legal thrillers, then I would highly recommend reading the Ozarks Mysteries Series!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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3.5 Stars, Legal thriller. Interesting storyline. Believable characters with distinct personalities. Realistic and informative dialogue.

A compelling look at Domestic Violence, drug trade, dead-end lives and hatred spewed in the name of religion.

This book also gives one another view of working in the legal system including police, court and lawyers.

Not all questions are answered but it is not a cliff-hanger.

Excellent information!
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I doubt I will re-read this story. I am interested in other works by this author.
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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.

3 stars
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I have read each of the books in this series, but new readers can definitely jump right in and follow the action right from the beginning of this book. Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold isn’t perfect. She often drinks too much and hasn’t learned to pick her battles with her difficult boss or her handsome boyfriend, but that’s what makes her a realistic character that you can relate to and root for.

Elsie is assigned tough cases that get you thinking. The person on trial in this book committed a brutal crime, but Elsie still finds herself haunted by the possibility that a guilty verdict could result in the death penalty. The point is made without preaching and makes the story more interesting than books I have read by other authors that deal with this issue.

It’s obvious from the realism in the cases and legal procedure that the author is an expert in the law, and in addition, the book is very well-written with dialogue that rings true. I am familiar with the Ozarks setting of the book, so that makes it even more enjoyable for me. I recommend this book and the entire series for those who enjoy an intelligent legal thriller with a smart, fun main character.
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