Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wages of Sin by Nancy Allen

It’s always a pleasure to share with you when I know an intriguing new book is about to hit the bookstores.

Today I want to highlight THE WAGES OF SIN by Nancy Allen, published by Witness Impulse. While this book became available in eBook (ISBN: 978-0062438751) yesterday, the print format (ISBN: 978-0062438768) doesn’t release until June 14. This is the third installment in Nancy’s Ozarks Mysteries series.

THE WAGES OF SIN is another suspenseful legal thriller set in the Ozark hills starring prosecutor Elsie Arnold, who’s ready to deliver justice for a pregnant woman who was killed--with the only witness her young daughter--but, arguing for capital punishment in a small town, Elsie’s in for more than she bargained.

Here's a brief synopsis of the book …
In rural McCown County, Missouri, a young pregnant woman is found beaten to death in a trailer park. The only witness to the murder is Ivy, her six-year-old daughter, who points to her mom’s boyfriend—father of the unborn child. County prosecutor Madeleine Thompson promises the community justice, and in the Ozarks, that can only mean one thing: a death sentence.
When Madeleine’s first choice for co-counsel declines to try a death penalty case, she is forced to turn to assistant prosecutor Elsie Arnold. Elsie is reluctant to join forces with her frosty boss, but the road to conviction seems smooth—until unexpected facts about the victim arise, and the testimony of the lone eyewitness Ivy becomes increasingly crucial. Against Elsie’s advice, Madeleine brings in the state attorney general’s office to assist them, while cutthroat trial attorney Claire O’Hara joins the defense.
Elsie will not let the power of prosecution—of seeking justice—be wrested from her without a fight. She wants to win the case, and to avenge the death of the mother and her unborn child. But as the trial nears, Elsie begins to harbor doubts about the death penalty itself. Meanwhile, the child Ivy is in greater danger than anyone knows.


Author Nancy Allen
Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now a law instructor at Missouri State University.

For more on Nancy and her writing, visit her at Goodreads.

Other books in the Ozarks Mysteries series included: THE CODE OF THE HILLS (Book #1) and A KILLING AT THE CREEK (Book #2).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to be on the lookout for this fascinating book. Have you read the earlier books in this series? Does it matter if the prosecutor is male or female in the stories you read?


  1. Fitting name - the wages of sin is death.
    She certainly understands how the law works with her background.

  2. This sounds like an interesting series, Mason! And the setting is really appealing, too. The Ozarks can make for a great context for a mystery. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sounds like a thrilling book! Thanks for sharing your review!

  4. Cool title. Sounds like an intriguing book.

  5. Sounds like an exciting read.

  6. I don't have a preference as far as male or female. This sounds like a good read.

  7. Awesome! My mom is from Missouri, as is her entire family, so I'm very familiar with the Ozarks!

  8. Interesting premise and I'd be rooting for whomever brought the creep to justice.

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  10. Many thanks for your insightful review of The Wages of Sin! So glad you enjoyed the read--and meeting my Ozarks prosecutor (with feet of clay) Elsie Arnold!


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