Sunday, May 31, 2015

New Series, I, Lawyer #Book Review


A university fraternity has a toga party and nude photographs of one young partygoer suddenly emerge worldwide on the Internet. The girl believes she was assaulted while unconscious and her father seeks legal help for her. He is also the District Attorney and is conflicted out of the prosecution so he appoints attorney Christine Susmann to investigate and prosecute. A courtroom drama unfolds as all boys deny all wrongdoing. 

The fraternity boys fire back. A murder occurs and Christine is devastated. Then a second and third murder occur and she suddenly finds herself defending the original toga party victim. 

Join Christine in her legal thriller series spinoff from the popular Thaddeus Murfee series by author John Ellsworth. 


I've been a fan of John Ellsworth for a while reading his Thaddeus Murfee legal novels.  I joined his mailing list and he was kind enough to offer his newest series to his fans at a reduced price.  I'm happy to say, I'm glad I'm on his list.  He didn't disappoint.  I will note, there were a few errors in the book and some repeats I noticed, but those are small things and doesn't, to me, deflect from the story.

This is a novel that was long overdue. I fell in love with this character in the Thaddeus Murfee series. Christine Sussman is an ex-Marine, who has seen active duty and has since retired from the force. She became a paralegal working alongside Thaddeus in his practice and became his right arm. While working as a paralegal, she decided to go back to law school to get her degree.  This lady is as tough as they come.  I absolutely love her strength, and Lord knows she was truly tested in this novel.

In Chris’ first installment of a great series to come, she’s married to a wonderful man named Sonny. She has two children, Jamie and Janny. Jamie’s IQ is off the charts and I suppose he gets his smarts from his mom. He’s extremely resourceful and knows exactly what he wants and he’s only in middle school. 

Chris got to try out her legal chops with a high-profiled sexual assault case. Her client, Bussie, was in college studying to be a doctor, when one of her roommates became ill and couldn’t go to the Toga party happening at one of the frat houses. Bussie wasn’t into partying, but she was all too eager to help out her friends. She gets dressed in the Toga gear and heads on out. While there, several of the frat brothers were dancing and drinking it up and offered her a cup of beer. Bussie, not being a drinker, much less a social one, drank up and the next thing she remembers was being on a couch, nude, with a blanket over her. She was in pain, but didn’t think much of it at the time.

It wasn’t until Bussie receives a text from her best friend showing Bussie posed nude in sexual situations plastered all over the Internet when she soon realized that something terribly went wrong at the frat house. Unbeknownst to the alleged frat brothers who did this to her, they picked the wrong unsuspecting wanna-be med student to mess with. Bussie’s father is a prosecutor for the Chicago courts. When it is revealed to him what has happened to his daughter, all hell literally breaks loose, and this is when Christine Sussman’s legal training comes into play.

If trying this case wasn’t challenging enough for Christine, she soon gets wind of another case happening in Alaska where her expertise is also sought out. Chris agrees to take that case head on, which leads to several other catastrophic things to happen in her life.

There are several cases that take place in this one great story and will keep you turning the pages to find out just how they all come together. Mello and June give I, Lawyer four stars. It’s a very interesting story with characters you’ll be interested in learning and grow to love. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this series plays out.

Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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