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In Book #2, Attorney Merit Bridges finds herself in danger again in Music Notes: Texas Lady Lawyer vs L.A. Baron. When client Liam Nolan is slain with his own guitar, Davey Ray Bell shows up claiming to be Nolan’s illegitimate son. L.A. Baron, Nolan’s former manager, makes a back-door music deal and tries to grab the estate for himself. When the probate court pushes Baron In Book #2, Attorney Merit Bridges finds herself in danger again in Music Notes: Texas Lady Lawyer vs L.A. Baron. When client Liam Nolan is slain with his own guitar, Davey Ray Bell shows up claiming to be Nolan’s illegitimate son. L.A. Baron, Nolan’s former manager, makes a back-door music deal and tries to grab the estate for himself. When the probate court pushes Baron out of the power position, he pursues Merit with a vengeance. Using the dark web, he ruins her reputation, destroys her career, and finally attempts to take her life. Who will come out on top of the scales of music and the scales of justice?


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In Book #2, Attorney Merit Bridges finds herself in danger again in Music Notes: Texas Lady Lawyer vs L.A. Baron. When client Liam Nolan is slain with his own guitar, Davey Ray Bell shows up claiming to be Nolan’s illegitimate son. L.A. Baron, Nolan’s former manager, makes a back-door music deal and tries to grab the estate for himself. When the probate court pushes Baron In Book #2, Attorney Merit Bridges finds herself in danger again in Music Notes: Texas Lady Lawyer vs L.A. Baron. When client Liam Nolan is slain with his own guitar, Davey Ray Bell shows up claiming to be Nolan’s illegitimate son. L.A. Baron, Nolan’s former manager, makes a back-door music deal and tries to grab the estate for himself. When the probate court pushes Baron out of the power position, he pursues Merit with a vengeance. Using the dark web, he ruins her reputation, destroys her career, and finally attempts to take her life. Who will come out on top of the scales of music and the scales of justice?

30 review for Music Notes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Good story. Familiar Austin places, music and scenes. Probate case of Austin guitar player, song writer. Cyber bullying, fake news created by power and money hungry people trying to take down Merit Bridges. 2.5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Probate cases, cyber bullying, and her reputation going to hell in a handbasket! That’s what Austin, Texas’ wine-drinking, fun-loving lady lawyer Merit Bridges is up against in Manning Wolfe’s second of her series, Music Notes. When Liam Nolan, a beloved Austin musician who is a recovering drug addict is murdered one night, Merit begins handling his estate. Suddenly, Davey Ray Bell appears, claiming to be his son, making a claim on the meager estate. Next thing Merit knows, L.A. Baron, Liam’s for Probate cases, cyber bullying, and her reputation going to hell in a handbasket! That’s what Austin, Texas’ wine-drinking, fun-loving lady lawyer Merit Bridges is up against in Manning Wolfe’s second of her series, Music Notes. When Liam Nolan, a beloved Austin musician who is a recovering drug addict is murdered one night, Merit begins handling his estate. Suddenly, Davey Ray Bell appears, claiming to be his son, making a claim on the meager estate. Next thing Merit knows, L.A. Baron, Liam’s former manager, wants in on the action and petitions the court to take over as executor. That’s not the half of it! Some sleazy, slimy so-and-so is out to destroy Merit’s reputation by posting fake news about her all over social media, wreaking havoc with her clientele, her charity work, and the bar association. Not only that, this person is out to get his greedy hands on Liam’s estate any way he can. Then there’s the murder complicating things. Merit and her investigator, Ag, have their hands full. As in Dollar Signs, there is enough legal jargon and procedural information for law junkies. I’m not one of those readers, but it wasn’t mind-numbing enough to put me off. I did miss some of the more personal aspects that the first book had, as it seemed that Betty, the office manager, had less of a presence in this book. Ag, while he had a prominent role, seemed to have toned down his personal interest in Merit. Bridges’ son Ace has matured a bit and is off at a special school for dyslexic students in Houston. He makes a few cameo appearances and makes some key contributions during the course of conversations. The primary force in Music Notes is Merit Bridges herself. She’s smart, practical, fair-minded, altruistic, and can be surprisingly witty. She’s also a tough, plucky fighter who will stand up for what’s right. When Davey, a down-and-out young guy comes to her, she doesn’t judge him. She does her due diligence, but she treats him fairly. As in the debut novel, the bad guy has no redeeming features. He is, as they say, “bad to the bone.” Predictably, the more he wants to win, the more desperate he becomes. His bad behavior becomes more and more despicable as time goes on. How far will he go? Will Merit still have a law practice by the time it’s all said and done? I didn’t enjoy this second book quite as much as the first one, but it still had enough personality and plot to keep me entertained. I wish to thank the author and Starpath Books for providing me with the opportunity to read Music Notes in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. 3.5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    4.5 Stars Combining both the legal world and the music business, it's another rip--roaring case for Attorney Merit Bridges and her team. Having fallen on really tough times, Liam Nolan was finally getting his life in order. He'd been dry and sober for a while and was looking forward to the future. He had been working with Merit in getting his catalogue of music in order. But someone brutally murdered Liam before he could realize his dreams... and before he signed a new will. Davey Ray Bell is a you 4.5 Stars Combining both the legal world and the music business, it's another rip--roaring case for Attorney Merit Bridges and her team. Having fallen on really tough times, Liam Nolan was finally getting his life in order. He'd been dry and sober for a while and was looking forward to the future. He had been working with Merit in getting his catalogue of music in order. But someone brutally murdered Liam before he could realize his dreams... and before he signed a new will. Davey Ray Bell is a young homeless man. He claims he is possibly Nolan's illegitimate son and has questions about his rights to the estate. And he's not the only one .... Someone else wants Liam's estate .. and he's willing to do anything at all to get what he wants... anything at all. How Merit battles against having her reputation ruined, her law degree questioned, being accused of embezzelment, and finally the death threats make this a highly suspenseful book. She makes a terrific series charcter. Merit is a tough, feisty attorney, with a huge sense of humor, but also a huge sense of right and wrong. She's a character that jumps across the pages in larger-than-life form, not to be easily forgotten. This is the second in the series and although this one is easily a stand-alone, I would highly recommend starting with the first book, Dollar Signs. Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of this riveting book. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    First I’ve read of this author. It was good. But a little bit too much legalese for my tastes. I’d give it 3.5 stars. It was a good story line, was not predictable and had good characters but I just found myself skimming over some of the more in-depth legal stuff. I received a complimentary copy from Book Reviews 4 You with no requirement for a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vera mallard

    STORY-LINE: Texas lady lawyer Merit Bridges has her hands full in Music Notes. She volunteers for various organizations to help the needy, supports many groups financially, and has a highly successful practice with many wealthy clients. Not all her clients are wealthy as we see with Liam Nolan. Once an ultra-rich rock singer and songwriter, he hit bottom after too much booze, women, and drugs. Seeking redemption, he contracts our lady lawyer and enters a homeless shelter as he starts putting his STORY-LINE: Texas lady lawyer Merit Bridges has her hands full in Music Notes. She volunteers for various organizations to help the needy, supports many groups financially, and has a highly successful practice with many wealthy clients. Not all her clients are wealthy as we see with Liam Nolan. Once an ultra-rich rock singer and songwriter, he hit bottom after too much booze, women, and drugs. Seeking redemption, he contracts our lady lawyer and enters a homeless shelter as he starts putting his life back together. However, danger is stalking Liam. After he is murdered, Merit finds herself in a fight for her practice, her clients, her integrity, and her life. She is also trying to help Davey Ray Bell who claims to be Liam's long forgotten son. She is hit from all sides as she fights a foe without any moral compass L. A. Barron is determined to have it all from Liam's will probate and royalties from his songs, to deals made under the table; he vengefully plans to destroy our fierce lady lawyer and her firm in the process. Nothing is beneath Barron, not even murder. Come along for an "edge of your seat " story of murder and greed in this tale of good versus evil. My suspense mystery book reviews follow. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: Manning Wolfe crafted a novel I could not put down. Grabbing me from the first paragraph, I raced forward to the action-packed finale. Her characters are fully developed and believable. The antagonist, L. A. Barron, is a vastly unlikeable man who allows greed and selfishness to take over his life at an early age. Merit and her team are moral, upstanding, and ethical to a fault. They must face the question of how far are they willing to go to counter this evil; an evil determined to destroy everything they have built. Adding in bits of humor and a variety of personalities gives this tale a realistic feel. The reader sees the human side of lawyers rather than the "greedy, dishonest lawyer" facade often believed by the public; you will find a legal team you would love to have as friends. By the time I closed my E-reader, I felt I intimately knew each member of the team. The plotting of this tale is skillful, intriguing, and kept me on the edge of my seat. When I thought L. A. Barron could not fall any further into insane evil, he would find another avenue to torment and harass our heroine. Using the dark web to infiltrate Merit's life is extremely scary and mind-boggling. It is frightening how damaging and believable "fake news" becomes once released on the web. Wolfe's story should teach all of us a lesson in discernment; take nothing on the internet or in print at face value. MY OPINION: I found this an intriguing, suspenseful, and action-packed tale with well-developed characters. Along with a well-developed storyline and plotting which is excellent. I like novels which keep me on the edge of my seat gasping and guessing what is coming next; this novel fits the bill to a T. Music Notes is a perfect weekend read; I enjoyed my journey through the music industry, the dark web, and a law firm on the side of good. MUSIC NOTES RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 I would not hesitate to buy this novel for myself or a friend. ALSO PLEASE NOTE Additionally, I received a copy from the Bookreviews4you and the author. I chose to review the novel with honest book reviews voluntarily. Lastly, reviews of any novel are dependent on the author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews online and on my blog, are my opinions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tony Burnett

    Music Notes is Manning Wolfe's second installation in the Texas Lady Lawyer series. It's a fast-paced, intense thriller with an eclectic cast, one of those stories that will keep you up so late at night you'll need extra coffee in the morning. Merit Bridges, the perky but powerful protagonist and her quirky team of paralegals find themselves, yet again, in opposition to a deliciously delusional villain intent on their demise. When the rehabilitated rock guitar hero, Liam Nolan, is brutally murde Music Notes is Manning Wolfe's second installation in the Texas Lady Lawyer series. It's a fast-paced, intense thriller with an eclectic cast, one of those stories that will keep you up so late at night you'll need extra coffee in the morning. Merit Bridges, the perky but powerful protagonist and her quirky team of paralegals find themselves, yet again, in opposition to a deliciously delusional villain intent on their demise. When the rehabilitated rock guitar hero, Liam Nolan, is brutally murdered with his own guitar, Merit is not only responsible for his estate but feels morally obligated to help solve the crime. Enter Davey Ray Bell who claims to be Liam's love child. Though Davey seems lost and alone there may be some validity to his claim. Meanwhile, Liam's former manager, L A Baron, hopes to grab all the glory and the cash. When he fails to convince the legal authorities of his claim to the riches, he uses his vast resources to attempt to destroy Merit's career and reputation. The writing is very visual and personal. Wolfe's characters are complex and for the most part driven by more than just material gain. Though the story is definitely dark, it's handled with a quirky humor and panache that brings this storyteller to the pinnacle of legal thriller authors. As an extra bonus, it's set in Austin Texas where the old hippie culture still clashes with the techno-boom of the early 21st century. Wolfe's Texas Lady Lawyer stories scream to be made into a Showtime summer miniseries featuring Reese Witherspoon and her ponytail as the protagonist. Check your local listings, but as always read the book first.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Arguelles

    First off, I'd like to say that I appreciated that while fiction, this book did have some facts about Austin, Tx. included, which added to the story for me. I'm a native Texan, who visits Austin often, and knows the other places referenced as well. I liked that it felt like the story could be real, just because I knew these places are real. As for the story itself, I enjoyed it a lot. The characters were interesting, the plot was good, and the hunt to figure out "who did it" was a good one that First off, I'd like to say that I appreciated that while fiction, this book did have some facts about Austin, Tx. included, which added to the story for me. I'm a native Texan, who visits Austin often, and knows the other places referenced as well. I liked that it felt like the story could be real, just because I knew these places are real. As for the story itself, I enjoyed it a lot. The characters were interesting, the plot was good, and the hunt to figure out "who did it" was a good one that had me guessing more than once. I can see where there is an opening to spin off a few characters, and hopefully that will happen in the future. This wasn't a super long book to read, only took me a couple of days of off and on reading to complete. I would say that this would be interesting for anyone who likes suspense, mysteries, a bit of drama, and murder.. it's appropriate for older teens, like age 15 and up. I was given an advanced copy by BR4U with no obligation to write a review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janice Moran

    Manning Wolfe pulled it off again. Her love of the law and legal expertise shine through in her latest novel "Music Notes". Mystery, music, money and murder mix it up like a classic song on the streets of Austin , Texas. Merrit Bridges comes out swinging just like her blonde pony tail. She is up against a powerful opponent both in the boxing ring and out. Determined to carry out the wishes of her client. Merrit is willing to win no matter the cost or is she? The twist and turns on the music fill Manning Wolfe pulled it off again. Her love of the law and legal expertise shine through in her latest novel "Music Notes". Mystery, music, money and murder mix it up like a classic song on the streets of Austin , Texas. Merrit Bridges comes out swinging just like her blonde pony tail. She is up against a powerful opponent both in the boxing ring and out. Determined to carry out the wishes of her client. Merrit is willing to win no matter the cost or is she? The twist and turns on the music filled streets of Austin will keep you turning the pages. Who is watching and listening to her every move? Is Ace, her son, safe? Where did these pictures come from showing up on social media? Who can she trust?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    A legal thriller with action/adventure overtones. Lawyer Merit Bridges faces off against some pretty intense and unwell people. Psychotic killers and untreated folks with mental disorders seem to abound around her. Hackers and snoops with mad skills, nasty and nice politicians - a garden variety tour of redneck south with a few crazy west coast imports. I read an advance copy of the book. I found Merit, Ag, severa Staffers and victims quite compelling. I didn't enjoy a few sections where it was A legal thriller with action/adventure overtones. Lawyer Merit Bridges faces off against some pretty intense and unwell people. Psychotic killers and untreated folks with mental disorders seem to abound around her. Hackers and snoops with mad skills, nasty and nice politicians - a garden variety tour of redneck south with a few crazy west coast imports. I read an advance copy of the book. I found Merit, Ag, severa Staffers and victims quite compelling. I didn't enjoy a few sections where it was a bit too technically legalease filled. An exciting thriller, except for the characters who were everyday people, and nice normal psycho killers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    While I was reading the first part of this book I thought, "I think i've found a new favorite author." Then came the long Cyber Bullying or Defamation of character section. This part went on and on...and on. WAY too much detail. Suddenly a quick few sentences, and we were on to solving the problem. Wham, bam, it was all cleared up! My take? Too much problem, not enough solving. Guess I won't be reading anything more by this author! Too bad. While I was reading the first part of this book I thought, "I think i've found a new favorite author." Then came the long Cyber Bullying or Defamation of character section. This part went on and on...and on. WAY too much detail. Suddenly a quick few sentences, and we were on to solving the problem. Wham, bam, it was all cleared up! My take? Too much problem, not enough solving. Guess I won't be reading anything more by this author! Too bad.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sherrel

    Music Notes I enjoyed this book as much as the first! Fast paced, the characters are realistic-warts and all, so to speak. The plot is not so complicated but rather like watching a car accident happen and not being able to look away. Merit Bridges and her team work for the good of underdogs and the community but the attacks of cyberstalking/bullying/fake news with fake pictures are an astute look at our current reality as a society.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    I always heard that being int he music business was cut throat, but my word! This story shows the reader what lengths some people will go to get what they think belongs to them, legally and money wise. It is an exceptional story that will have you cheering for Merit Bridges and hoping she makes it out alive! I voluntarily reviewed this book because I loved Dollar Signs so much! The review is my own opinion.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Why would someone now kill Liam, he was getting his life back in order, and getting his music cataloged. Then there is a claim they are an heir, or his manager, who has little scruples. Which turns into a life or death situation for Merit. Good plot, and intriguing of how Merit will come out, with nothing to lose, hopeful justice will be done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    David E. Anderson

    This is a fast-paced, entertaining book with several surprising plot twists. The characters are very well-developed. I do think that the story was resolved a little too simply and quickly, and for that reason I give it only 4 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Rock and Roll! Merit's newest client is an aging rock and roll musician who is now drug free. He wants Merit to catalog his music. When he is found beaten to death by the only guitar he never pawned to support his narcotic habit, things get very interesting! Rock and Roll! Merit's newest client is an aging rock and roll musician who is now drug free. He wants Merit to catalog his music. When he is found beaten to death by the only guitar he never pawned to support his narcotic habit, things get very interesting!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Ammons

    Music Notes, takes us on the adventure of Merit being cyberbullied … to the point of her losing clients and having to give up working with a charity she believes in. Does she figure out who is behind her torment?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Susan Riley

    A true Austin treasure.. I loved reading a book set in areas that have been so much a part of my life. The story has twists and turns, and so much Texas character. Well done!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Entin

    Loved it! Especially taking place here in Austin, as well as the knowledgeable legal aspects and some playful and inferences also! Captivating to feel connected!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wpayne

    Music Notes Good story. Liked Merit and her crew. Things that happened sure made you wonder what would happen next. Lots of twists and turns

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janice Harris

    I enjoyed this book. Enjoyed the references to a town and areas I am familiar with. Very current and enthralling.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    There's no mystery to the reader. We only wait for Merit and her team to figure it out. Average writing. There's no mystery to the reader. We only wait for Merit and her team to figure it out. Average writing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Megan Hiles

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joan C. Gendreau

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Dobson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Avid reader Di

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becki Willis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Wilson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Doan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anca Perieteanu

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