But Names Will Never Hurt Me: A Hilary Adams Mystery by Linda Y. Atkins

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But Names Will Never Hurt Me: A Hilary Adams Mystery by Linda Y. Atkins
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (317 Pages)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Hilary Adams, a talented criminal defense attorney, receives a late night phone call from her friend, Judge Susan Emmett-Bradley, who has found her estranged husband, John Bradley dead—viciously murdered.

In defending the judge, Hilary finds herself catapulted into a tangled web of deceit, corruption and infidelity. John Bradley clearly wasn’t whom she thought he was, and the unknown side of him gets creepier by the minute. And what’s worse, Susan doesn’t seem herself either, and her secrets can make her defense very difficult. When Lieutenant Peter Elliot starts asking the hard questions, Hilary will have to do everything she can to stop him from sending the wrong person to trial.

I’m sure we’ve all gotten caught up in books we couldn’t put down. For me, But Names Will Never Hurt Me is such a book and my six fur friends were not happy that their dinner ended up late as a result.

The plot is complex and fast-moving. Just when I though I had things figured out, another twist would take me in a new direction. The clues were all present. The author plays fair with her readers. Nevertheless, I couldn’t figure it all out until the end.

Hilary Adams is a wonderful, strong, well-defined character and I liked her from the moment I met her, as she was awakened from a deep sleep in the middle of the night by a phone call from her friend Judge Susan Emmett-Bradley. Susan’s husband, John Bradley, has been viciously murdered and Susan has found him.

From the moment Hilary arrives on the scene, she discovers that things are not what they seem. It also doesn’t help that Lieutenant Peter Elliot is in charge of the investigation because Peter and Hilary were involved and then Hilary backed off from the relationship, feeling that it was too soon after the death of her husband. That added dynamic enriches the plot and causes both Hilary and Peter to react in ways that they might normally not have done.

Hilary is very smart and she is going to need every ounce of her intelligence and her detective skills to defend a client who is less than truthful, a friend who has been keeping some pretty major secrets from her. I really didn’t like Susan much and there are a number of other suspects who were equally unappealing personally, but they definitely ramped up the suspense and made Hilary’s job harder.

If you’re a mystery fan, looking for a riveting tale which can’t be put down, then this might just be what you’re looking for. But do feed any fur friends first.

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