Book Review

Book Review: Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

“But maybe that’s what prayers were for, to make you realize that you had no control, to make you let go of the notion that you controlled your destiny. Maybe the future was best approached on your knees.”

Lethal Beauty Cover

Series: Mia Quinn (Book #3)
Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Thomas Nelson
Publication Date:
March 10, 2015
Number of pages: 

From the Publisher:

Mia Quinn discovers that a series of seemingly unrelated murders are linked. How far up are the strings being pulled–and what happens when one of her own is at risk?

The murder Mia is prosecuting seems like an open and shut case–until the accused claims he was the real victim and that the dead girl attacked him first. The tabloids dub her a “lethal beauty.” Still, a conviction seems imminent. Then a key witness goes missing. Just when it looks like the killer could walk free, the dead woman’s mother takes matters into her own hands.

Meanwhile, Charlie Carlson, a Seattle homicide detective, is investigating the murder of a man whose body washed up on the beach of Puget Sound, but he’s got little to go on. He has no dental work, fingerprints aren’t on file, and he doesn’t match any missing person reports. Then a church pianist is senselessly gunned down before horrified parishioners.

All three cases seem unrelated–but are they? Together, Mia and Charlie race to find the answer before another crime hits too close to home.

My Review:

I really don’t have much to say.

Surprising, isn’t it?

I enjoyed reading the first two books of the Mia Quinn Mysteries series and was really hoping for some significant changes in the characters’ personal lives but there was none.



The story developed and the plot twists were intense — which was great — but a book isn’t interesting if the characters don’t change in some way.

Does Mia’s relationship with her kids grow into something better?


Does her heart decide on Charlie or Eli?


Does she develop a closer relationship with God?


These were all things that I was looking forward to seeing happen in this book, but they never did. I am not going to spend more time reading through another book in this series (if there is one) to see character developments that should have taken place in Lethal Beauty.

I thought the mystery/thriller part of this story was invigorating. It kept me on my toes the whole time while I tried to uncover the truth to the Lethal Beauty court case and figure out all the plot twists and secrets. It’s just the undeveloped characters that I was truly disappointed in.


★ ★ ★

This was an invigorating thriller full of plot twists and nail biting scenes. If you love mysteries and thrillers, then you may like this book.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to young teens or those who don’t have a tolerance for murders and harsh crimes. This book contains gory murders, abuse, rape, modern day slavery, drugs, and other upsetting crimes which are all not put lightly. They are things that happen all the time in the world which is something we need to understand. I think that Lis Wiehl handled these issues very well in this story.

Find Lethal Beauty on:



Barnes and Noble

Thomas Nelson Publishers

Connect with Lis Wiehl:

Lis’s Website

Lis’s Facebook Page

Lis’s Goodreads

Other Books by Lis Wiehl:

Mia Quinn Mysteries:

A Matter of Trust (Book 1)

A Deadly Business (Book 2)

(Note: Lis Wiehl has many other books but I chose to list the  books in the Mia Quinn Mysteries series.)

*I received this book from Thomas Nelson and BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you, Thomas Nelson and BookLookBloggers for the privilege to review this book! *

*Photo borrowed from Thomas Nelson’s website*


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