Mini Reviews: A Criminal Defense & The Ringmaster

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Good morning and welcome to the new mini-review post! Today I’m featuring two crime books: one legal and one police procedural which I quite enjoyed. I would recommend both to genre fans.

A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr

32487612.jpgAs soon as I started reading this book I realized it was like reading a legal blockbuster flick. It had all the cliché ingredients (not that I care…), despicable characters, a high-profile case and a mystery that seems pretty clear from the beginning (of couse… nothing is as it seems). The book was non-stop entertaining, super fun to read and there were also plenty of twists, some of which were GREAT. While the writing wasn’t excellent (too much telling, not showing, in my humble opinion), I believe this novel is the perfect “summer” read and I wouldn’t mind reading the sequels when I’m in the mood for a fast-paced, thrilling legal mystery.

The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon


I read and enjoyed Vanda Symon’s first book in the Sam Shepard series and I am happy to admit that the sequel was as good as its predecessor! The setting was quite different this time, changing the rural setting of the first book for Dunedin, but it was still pretty original. I’m gonna be honest here: New Zealand is so far away that I’m super fascinated by it, I wish I could visit it! As for the book, the mystery was intriguing and full of red-herrings. In addition, I never saw that ending coming, so I don’t really have any complaints. What’s more: Sam is wonderful as ever, her best friend Maggie is fierce and fun as well, and there were other supporting characters that made this book stand out.

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of them? 💙

8 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: A Criminal Defense & The Ringmaster

  1. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    No surprise that I haven’t read either of these, but I’m glad you liked them both, Annie. It’s so nice when reading is working!


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