States of Grace (Grace Locke Mystery Series) by Mandy Miller – Review by M Policicchio

States of Grace (Grace Locke, #1)States of Grace by Mandy Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

States of Grace (Grace Locke Mystery Series) by Mandy Miller

4 out of 5 Stars

Grace Locke is a mystery. Grace was a highly successful prosecutor with an Ivy League education. Now she is defending court-appointed clients in order to regain her bar certificate. Grace joined the military out of a sense of duty. She is now a vet with PTSD and missing a leg. Grace used to live in the richest neighborhood in Miami. She now lives in a rundown motel owned by an ex-ganster that she wrongfully convicted but got out. Grace’s life is a study in contradictions.

When Zoe Slim is accused of murdering her guidance counselor, Grace believes that this high profile case that could put her back on top or closer to the top. Grace convinces her soon-to-be-ex-husband to convince Zoe’s mom, Gretchen, to hire Grace. Grace artfully uses the unique characters that now share her life to solve this crime. Could Zoe actually be innocent? Who would want to frame her?

The suspense is wonderfully tense. The characters are delightfully flawed. The legal procedures are masterful. I want to be in the gallery the next time Grace defends her clients. This series has a permanent space in my book case!

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