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You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that the person accused of murdering movie director Richard (Big Dick) MacArthur is calling them-except that the accused is Rosie's own niece, Angelina. That case is bad enough, but the family problems don't end there: Rosie's brother, Tony, may be on the wrong end of a strong-arm graft proposal; the son of one of the firm's lawyers has just been busted on a drug charge; Mike is having a clandestine affair with a woman judge . . . and Rosie herself has a dark secret that may make all of it seem irrelevant. An intricate plot, immensely likeable characters, powerful suspense, and more than a touch of humor-these have already become Siegel's hallmarks. Criminal Intent will keep you turning pages until its final, surprising end.


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You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that You can pick your friends, they say, but you can't pick your family. And lately, Mike Daley's family has been keeping him very busy. An ex-priest, ex-public defender, and ex-corporate lawyer, Daley and his former wife, Rosie Fernandez, now run their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Most of their cases are fairly small-time, which is why it would be surprising that the person accused of murdering movie director Richard (Big Dick) MacArthur is calling them-except that the accused is Rosie's own niece, Angelina. That case is bad enough, but the family problems don't end there: Rosie's brother, Tony, may be on the wrong end of a strong-arm graft proposal; the son of one of the firm's lawyers has just been busted on a drug charge; Mike is having a clandestine affair with a woman judge . . . and Rosie herself has a dark secret that may make all of it seem irrelevant. An intricate plot, immensely likeable characters, powerful suspense, and more than a touch of humor-these have already become Siegel's hallmarks. Criminal Intent will keep you turning pages until its final, surprising end.

30 review for Criminal Intent

  1. 4 out of 5

    HBalikov

    This is the third novel in Siegel’s series about a boutique San Francisco criminal defense law firm. It takes place several years after the first two. It can be read as a stand-alone, but you would find that some references might be a bit obscure. As in the previous two, we see everything from the perspective of Mike Daley, a former partner at a prestigious SF law firm who is now partnering with his ex-wife, Rosie Fernandez, in this venture. Mike and Rosie have been able to set aside their failed This is the third novel in Siegel’s series about a boutique San Francisco criminal defense law firm. It takes place several years after the first two. It can be read as a stand-alone, but you would find that some references might be a bit obscure. As in the previous two, we see everything from the perspective of Mike Daley, a former partner at a prestigious SF law firm who is now partnering with his ex-wife, Rosie Fernandez, in this venture. Mike and Rosie have been able to set aside their failed marriage in order to be “good parents” to their only child, Grace (who is about to enter her teen years). Pardon the long introduction, but this one is all about family. Family charged with murder; family charged with possession with intent to sell; family accused of taking a bribe; family illness and so forth. On top of this (I guess pun intended), Mike is “dating” a judge…a situation just waiting for a conflict of interest, since neither party has gone public with this relationship. If this seems to veer toward a soap opera, Siegel has to use all his procedural tricks to keep the real tension (Who really murdered the famous film-maker if not Rosie’s actress niece?) front and center. One of the things, aside from courtroom drama, that Siegel does well is give us a good sense of life in SF. We get the venues, the cultures, the changing neighborhoods. Some of the observations are just “throwaways.” Such as: "A two-bedroom fixer-upper will set you back at least two million dollars." And this observation is a bit dated so I would guess that we are now upwards of three million dollars in that particular neighborhood. The main attraction in Criminal Intent is the murder of a self-styled "master" in the world of commercial cinema whose future was leveraged on the performance of his wife in a comeback “blockbuster.” The wife is the chief suspect and she was found in his car in a parking lot at the Golden Gate Bridge with the alleged murder weapon in the trunk and a bag of “white powder” next to her. This set of circumstances carries the action as more about the others attending the evening pre-screening of the movie all hopes were riding on was only a matter a few hours before the murder. Politics and the DA’s desire for higher office may affect choices by the prosecution. The mental stability of their client is also a big concern for Mike and Rosie. I made my guess as to the actual perp and motive, but felt that it was just a guess. For me, this one had too heavy a helping of soap opera and not enough of the courtroom tactics and drama that made the first two books so compelling. See below: “We’ll need a lot of help from your mother and your brother. You’re going to have to look after Angel—and probably Theresa. You’re the only family they have.” “Carolyn and Pete and I will worry about the legal maneuvering and the investigation. Somehow, we’ll get through this.” “Easy for you to say.” “It’s the best we can do.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Siegel’s third offering in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series may require the reader to take notes on the plot/characters to keep it all straight. And that is just for the main plot. Add in two more subplots and it starts becoming a mess. In his first two novels of the series, Siegel’s strength was his talent in writing courtroom drama. In this offering, the courtroom is mostly missing. Instead, the focus is on the murder investigation and interrogation of witnesses/suspects as Siegel’s third offering in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series may require the reader to take notes on the plot/characters to keep it all straight. And that is just for the main plot. Add in two more subplots and it starts becoming a mess. In his first two novels of the series, Siegel’s strength was his talent in writing courtroom drama. In this offering, the courtroom is mostly missing. Instead, the focus is on the murder investigation and interrogation of witnesses/suspects as the duo perform their due diligence to defend Rosie’s niece, accused of murdering her movie mogul husband. The author portrays the Entertainment Industry as a cesspool of moneyed backers, shady deal-making, and adulterous relationships. There are plenty of potential suspects. Uncovering the truth is a slow, twisty business.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    This series is going downhill. I thought Special Circumstances was one of the best legal thrillers I'd ever read, and certainly the best one I'd read in years. Unfortunately, the second book was nowhere near as good and now we have Criminal Intent which is quite possibly the worst legal thriller I've read. It started off with a decent premise, and the writing was strong throughout, though it could have been tightened up in a couple of places. The sense of mystery as to who really killed the victi This series is going downhill. I thought Special Circumstances was one of the best legal thrillers I'd ever read, and certainly the best one I'd read in years. Unfortunately, the second book was nowhere near as good and now we have Criminal Intent which is quite possibly the worst legal thriller I've read. It started off with a decent premise, and the writing was strong throughout, though it could have been tightened up in a couple of places. The sense of mystery as to who really killed the victim was maintained right up until the end. It's too bad that was long past the point where I cared about who might have done it. And that's where the issues begin. This book had one main problem: the protagonists were completely incidental to the plot. Everything would have unfolded in exactly the same way if they weren't there. Mike spent the entire book running from one place to the next, effectively doing nothing and finding no new information. He (and the reader since this is told in first-person) knows the same information in chapter 47 that he knew way back in chapter 1. Then everything's wrapped up off-camera by a minor character. The big reveal at the end was very much anti-climactic by that point. Very poorly done. And did the victim really have to be called "Big Dick?" Seriously? That name alone nearly ruined the entire story. It's hard to take anyone seriously who calls themselves Big Dick. Was his son supposed to be Little Dick? Gee, I wonder why that nickname never caught on.... What makes this worse is that the author could have changed it. The nickname added nothing to the character, and if it was meant to give the reader insight into the victim's personality then it fell flat. Next we have the subplots. The troubled teen who's a really good kid but just did something dumb, the corrupt political scheme that starts off with arson and threats and dissolves into a quiet chat amongst friends, and the doomed romance. Ugh. None of it mattered in the end. It all just ended. It was almost like the author had a convoluted, interwoven plot, and gave up on it halfway through the book. As for the characters... Since we're told at least once every chapter in each of the first three books that Mike and Rosie are completely incompatible with each other, why don't we ever see it? Maybe because they're the two characters with the least depth to them. Mike's thoughts are often witty and sharp but his speech isn't. Rosie doesn't do much of anything. She's given cancer in this book, but even after three books I still don't care about her so it's hard to muster any sympathy. Leslie was the most well-rounded character in the book. The suspects were all interchangeable with each other. Special Circumstances was a wonderful book. It's a shame that the quality hasn't carried through. I'll probably try the next book in the series but this one is worth skipping. As other reviewers have pointed out, there's no courtroom drama here. The book would have been infinitely better if there had been.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Another enjoyable legal murder mystery from Sheldon Siegel. Mike Daley and his partner/ex wife Rosie Fernandez are called on to defend her niece Angel Chavez, charged with murdering Angel's much older husband, "Big Dick" MacArthur. She was found passed out in a car near the Golden Gate bridge. There was a bag of cocaine on the front seat and an Oscar statuette with blood on it in the trunk. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot and not until the end did I figure out who the killer was. I Another enjoyable legal murder mystery from Sheldon Siegel. Mike Daley and his partner/ex wife Rosie Fernandez are called on to defend her niece Angel Chavez, charged with murdering Angel's much older husband, "Big Dick" MacArthur. She was found passed out in a car near the Golden Gate bridge. There was a bag of cocaine on the front seat and an Oscar statuette with blood on it in the trunk. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot and not until the end did I figure out who the killer was. I enjoy the author's sense of humor: "My car is semi retired. I can take it up hills only twice a week." A solid 4 stars out of 5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    June Ahern

    My first read of Sheldon Siegel’s murder mysteries and probably not my last. I’m as close to a native of San Francisco as one can be without being born there. There’ve been other novels that I’ve read that take place in San Francisco and besides my own novel, “The Skye in June”, Siegel does an excellent job of moving around the city and Bay Area. Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Daley and Fernandez are law partners and former spouses who get along better as colleagues than they do as husband and My first read of Sheldon Siegel’s murder mysteries and probably not my last. I’m as close to a native of San Francisco as one can be without being born there. There’ve been other novels that I’ve read that take place in San Francisco and besides my own novel, “The Skye in June”, Siegel does an excellent job of moving around the city and Bay Area. Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez. Daley and Fernandez are law partners and former spouses who get along better as colleagues than they do as husband and wife. They share her daughter, Grace and she keeps their relationship close. To the story: A big crisis arises when the police find Rosie's niece, Angelina, past out in her car near the Golden Gate Bridge in the wee hours of the morning after her husband, Richard “Big Dick” MacArthur, has been found dead, she claims to know nothing of it and that she had blacked out after party at their Sea Cliff mansion. It is soon known that Big Dick was bludgeoned to death with his own Academy Award. The police do not believe Angel's flimsy story and they arrest her for murder on the near-eve of her to-be-released move – a comeback to grace for her producer/director, now dead, husband and her debut as a leading lady. I mostly like Seigal’s writing style because it is easy to follow, a lot of dialogue (which I like), and moves along smoothly even with all the subplots. I had a hard time at the beginning of this book in a way that Siegel filled in all the necessary information about the characters. Quite frankly I found it boring and thought he could have done it in another way as the story progressed. But I know there’s a spot amongst authors to give as much information in the very beginning of the story as necessary, something I don’t always agree with the way it’s handled. All in all and by the time all of the plots have merged together, Siegel brings the mystery to a surprise conclusion and the happy ending for all those that deserve a happy ending. And for those villains that don’t, they get their just desserts. I recommend this book for those who enjoy figuring out killer. The Skye in June

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Turashoff

    Another entertaining book in the series. Even though I wouldn't rank this one up there with the previous two books in the series, which is because I didn't think the mystery end of it lived up to my "Whodunit" level, I still enjoyed the characters, the attention to detail and the way the author always adds what Mike Daley is thinking before he says anything. I think that is a definite plus for the story. Also, aside from some of the glaring mistakes in grammar, I feel the books are really well wr Another entertaining book in the series. Even though I wouldn't rank this one up there with the previous two books in the series, which is because I didn't think the mystery end of it lived up to my "Whodunit" level, I still enjoyed the characters, the attention to detail and the way the author always adds what Mike Daley is thinking before he says anything. I think that is a definite plus for the story. Also, aside from some of the glaring mistakes in grammar, I feel the books are really well written and I'm enjoying Mr. Siegel's books enough to, so far, plan on reading the whole series. I don't mean to say readers should pass this one up, I still thought it was a page-turner, I'm just being brutally honest as I would expect from my readers. So another excellent courtroom mystery/thriller from a gifted storyteller and a must read for lovers of a good mystery.

  7. 5 out of 5

    deryl taylor

    Ingenious Siegel is an ingenious storyteller able capitalize on intrigue and suspense. The Daley and Fernandez are competent lawyers who you can't help but root for. You hope and wish that they work out their personal relationship because they seem to be so good together. The curiosity of the ending of "who done it" comes as a sad surprise because of the effect on the lawyers. Siegel hit another home run in the Daley and Fernandez series. I give it 5 stars. A must read. I can't wait to read the n Ingenious Siegel is an ingenious storyteller able capitalize on intrigue and suspense. The Daley and Fernandez are competent lawyers who you can't help but root for. You hope and wish that they work out their personal relationship because they seem to be so good together. The curiosity of the ending of "who done it" comes as a sad surprise because of the effect on the lawyers. Siegel hit another home run in the Daley and Fernandez series. I give it 5 stars. A must read. I can't wait to read the next book 4 in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alan Zabel

    "Criminal Intent" is #3 in Sheldon Siegel's Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series. I liked the first two very much. This one, I liked, but not quite as much. The reason is that I was expecting plenty of courtroom maneuvering and drama. I was disappointed that there was very little of that in this book, in contrast to the previous books. The case was interesting, but the story was played out mostly in the investigation. A good story worthy of page turning, but not so much in the courtr "Criminal Intent" is #3 in Sheldon Siegel's Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series. I liked the first two very much. This one, I liked, but not quite as much. The reason is that I was expecting plenty of courtroom maneuvering and drama. I was disappointed that there was very little of that in this book, in contrast to the previous books. The case was interesting, but the story was played out mostly in the investigation. A good story worthy of page turning, but not so much in the courtroom. I was entertained well, however, and will read the next book in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Pribus

    I've been reading these in order. Unlike Grafton's characters, these people age a year or two between books with subtle changes in relationships, especially the one between the formerly married Mike and Rosie who can be best friends and soulmates, but not spouses under the same roof, despite their love for their daughter. In this one, Rosie's movie-star niece is accused of murdering her philandering , movie-mogul husband. Of course, we know it will all turn out OK in the end. Or will it? No spoil I've been reading these in order. Unlike Grafton's characters, these people age a year or two between books with subtle changes in relationships, especially the one between the formerly married Mike and Rosie who can be best friends and soulmates, but not spouses under the same roof, despite their love for their daughter. In this one, Rosie's movie-star niece is accused of murdering her philandering , movie-mogul husband. Of course, we know it will all turn out OK in the end. Or will it? No spoilers here~~~

  10. 5 out of 5

    Judy Van Hine

    Great stories I have read the first three novels and I am hooked! Not only are the accused in each story complicated, the twists and turns involving Mike and Rosie themselves are complicated also. I look forward to reading the next legal/love story in this series. Thanks for writing these books .

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan DELLNER

    This is the 3rd book in the series and I’ve already acquired book 4. I really enjoy the characters in this series and of course over time their personalities fill out until you feel like you know this bunch. The law practices are interesting and the cases are not always solved in the courtroom but the twists and turns do deliver the bad guys to justice… almost always. This time the crime was solved but justice was not served which makes these stories even more authentic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Grogan Bugher

    Legal thriller Criminal Intent is number three in the Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez legal thriller series. I have enjoyed every book. Michael and Rosita are a divorced couple who simply can’t live together or apart. They love each, have a ten-year-old daughter and a law firm together. This is another terrific book in this series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joc

    +++ I was really surprised by the ending. Talk about cold. Did not see that coming. There was a lot of pointless running around and subplots in this book. All the other suspects just seemed to lie for their own benefit. Just chasing whispers. There is no actual courtroom drama in this book which is what attracted me to the series in the first place so I was disappointed by that. Rosie and Mike - I don't know what to think about them anymore. They are told by everyone they should be together but +++ I was really surprised by the ending. Talk about cold. Did not see that coming. There was a lot of pointless running around and subplots in this book. All the other suspects just seemed to lie for their own benefit. Just chasing whispers. There is no actual courtroom drama in this book which is what attracted me to the series in the first place so I was disappointed by that. Rosie and Mike - I don't know what to think about them anymore. They are told by everyone they should be together but yet they rarely seem to be apart. I guess I don't really care much either so that is a bad sign. The series like the books are uneven and not gripping enough for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Who murdered the Hollywood producer, "Big Dick" MacArthur, on his own deck, with his own Academy Award? Was his his young starlet wife, Angelina, who also happens to be Rosie's niece? Richard MacArthur, Junior, who didn't get along with his father? Hollywood insider Martin Kent, who committed suicide shortly after the body was found? Carl Ellis, from Vegas, who has mucho moolah tied up in the China Basin development project? The "cast" (pun intended) of characters is large, but the question rema Who murdered the Hollywood producer, "Big Dick" MacArthur, on his own deck, with his own Academy Award? Was his his young starlet wife, Angelina, who also happens to be Rosie's niece? Richard MacArthur, Junior, who didn't get along with his father? Hollywood insider Martin Kent, who committed suicide shortly after the body was found? Carl Ellis, from Vegas, who has mucho moolah tied up in the China Basin development project? The "cast" (pun intended) of characters is large, but the question remains: WHO DID IT?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Charlette

    Good third book! I enjoyed the book but it didn't grab me the same way as the first two did. I missed the court room scenes and the suspense of who done it. I guess the subject matter with the other people involved just didn't do it for me or I didn't understand their business. The guilty person seemed to be a convenient way to end the story in a hurry. Also, reading about Rosie's medical problem hit home with me and made me relive my own nightmares with a similar problem. Still a good book. Good third book! I enjoyed the book but it didn't grab me the same way as the first two did. I missed the court room scenes and the suspense of who done it. I guess the subject matter with the other people involved just didn't do it for me or I didn't understand their business. The guilty person seemed to be a convenient way to end the story in a hurry. Also, reading about Rosie's medical problem hit home with me and made me relive my own nightmares with a similar problem. Still a good book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    I thought it was another good novel in the series, I will read the next one. This one was a little different in the fact that there was really no court room scene but more investigative instead. That does not mean it was bad just different. I feel that the novel had a good ending to it. I also enjoy the direction the main character. are going . I would say read it

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Fair-to-Good (again!) The main (title) characters in this series are believable people. The rest of the folks in this particular book? I don't know; I'd have to say they stretch the credibility factor. But, I'm (mostly) an East-coast guy, and perhaps I really know nothing about Hollywood-types? Could they all really be THAT strange and conniving? Fair-to-Good (again!) The main (title) characters in this series are believable people. The rest of the folks in this particular book? I don't know; I'd have to say they stretch the credibility factor. But, I'm (mostly) an East-coast guy, and perhaps I really know nothing about Hollywood-types? Could they all really be THAT strange and conniving?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    A solid four stars plus. I am a big fan of this series, I read #4 in the series earlier and am now backtracking to catch up. Terrific dynamic characters, plots that make sense, fully engaging stories. I am particularly enjoying these as audiobooks, but the series is worth following in any format. I am on to #5!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sherron L Pace

    Did she murder her husband? Sheldon Siegel presents an excellent choice in legal thrillers. This case starts out in the first pages and builds to an interesting climax. It's a who done it love story I think it's going to be enjoyed by most people. Did she murder her husband? Sheldon Siegel presents an excellent choice in legal thrillers. This case starts out in the first pages and builds to an interesting climax. It's a who done it love story I think it's going to be enjoyed by most people.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tocci

    Justice Relationships and Irony I just love this author. His novels are so full of genuine e feelings, interesting tidbits, and ironic twists. While not the best "Who_done_it" mystery, this is an excellent read! Justice Relationships and Irony I just love this author. His novels are so full of genuine e feelings, interesting tidbits, and ironic twists. While not the best "Who_done_it" mystery, this is an excellent read!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Don't hold your breath, you need to breathe Excellent court procedural. I was on the edge of my seat hoping they would get their client off. There are so many others that could have been the murderer but how can they prove it? Don't hold your breath, you need to breathe Excellent court procedural. I was on the edge of my seat hoping they would get their client off. There are so many others that could have been the murderer but how can they prove it?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joey Billups

    Great Book Love reading about Mike and Rosie. So glad there are still so many books in the series. Three first 3 were terrific.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Ibarra

    Mike Daley, a former priest and public defender, now runs his own defense firm with his ex-wife, Rosie. his life is very busy as he is now having a relationship with a woman judge, a dangerous situation that may involve conflict of interests. This new case involves Rosie's niece, charged with murdering her film producer tycoon husband. Things do not look good and every finger points at her guilt. This murder appears to be related to the approval of a millionaire development plan in which several Mike Daley, a former priest and public defender, now runs his own defense firm with his ex-wife, Rosie. his life is very busy as he is now having a relationship with a woman judge, a dangerous situation that may involve conflict of interests. This new case involves Rosie's niece, charged with murdering her film producer tycoon husband. Things do not look good and every finger points at her guilt. This murder appears to be related to the approval of a millionaire development plan in which several very important businesspeople have invested or are at risk of losing millions of dollars. What I most like about this author is his case development in trials, but when compared with the previous two books, I felt somewhat disappointed with this one. Too much discussion about the millionaire project and family issues.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pontiki

    Great mystery. I was guessing all along, and still got it wrong. Someone kills a Hollywood director with his Oscar, and everyone he knows could have done it. Love the way Mike narrates with his own comments in and amongst the dialogue. Rosie seems real, independent, but the voice of perspective. Pete is still my favourite-cynical, smart, and unstoppable in ferreting out information. I like Kaely Joy, his sidekick in this book, too. I actually really liked Ellis and Petrillo, for some reason. Oh, Great mystery. I was guessing all along, and still got it wrong. Someone kills a Hollywood director with his Oscar, and everyone he knows could have done it. Love the way Mike narrates with his own comments in and amongst the dialogue. Rosie seems real, independent, but the voice of perspective. Pete is still my favourite-cynical, smart, and unstoppable in ferreting out information. I like Kaely Joy, his sidekick in this book, too. I actually really liked Ellis and Petrillo, for some reason. Oh, and Tony was brilliant in how he dealt with the bribe/threat against him and his business. Great characters, many stories with layers and interconnections. Really good. KU

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Wow! Amazing, twisted tale Sheldon Siegel is a master storyteller, hands down one of the most entertaining novelists I've read in years. With an ever candid flowing inner mind commentary, Michael Daley conducts business with his law partner and ex wife Rosie Fernandez. They are criminal defense lawyers in San Francisco just working hard to defend their clients and live their lives. Rosie's niece, Angelina needs their help. She's been accused of murdering her husband. They can't not help, but wha Wow! Amazing, twisted tale Sheldon Siegel is a master storyteller, hands down one of the most entertaining novelists I've read in years. With an ever candid flowing inner mind commentary, Michael Daley conducts business with his law partner and ex wife Rosie Fernandez. They are criminal defense lawyers in San Francisco just working hard to defend their clients and live their lives. Rosie's niece, Angelina needs their help. She's been accused of murdering her husband. They can't not help, but what are they getting into? The tale bears reading itself. I never give spoiler reviews. This author is so great I'm off to read another. Hope you enjoy this one.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sapthagiri

    Intensity of the Intent is Cold! This is my 3rd novel of Sheldon Siegel. Title of my review reflects my feeling of this read. Film Director McArthur is found dead nearby his home. His wife Angelina is found passed out in her husband's car with a packet of coke next to her and an Oscar Trophy in the car trunk. Police are sure shot that it's Angelina who has murdered her husband. Lawyers Mr. Mike and Ms. Rosie take up the case on behalf of Angelina, who also happens to be her Sister's daughter. The Intensity of the Intent is Cold! This is my 3rd novel of Sheldon Siegel. Title of my review reflects my feeling of this read. Film Director McArthur is found dead nearby his home. His wife Angelina is found passed out in her husband's car with a packet of coke next to her and an Oscar Trophy in the car trunk. Police are sure shot that it's Angelina who has murdered her husband. Lawyers Mr. Mike and Ms. Rosie take up the case on behalf of Angelina, who also happens to be her Sister's daughter. The author has tried to induce a lot of twists and turns to make the plot interesting. Well, there's certainly a murderer and to know who it might be, please read this novel.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I have been reading the mysteries in this series by Siegel in order. It's not really necessary, but I enjoy reading about the daughter Grace as she gets older and involved in different activities, and I also like how that the relationship between Mike and his former wife Rosie develops. With the way that Criminal Intent ends, I'm curious about where the story line will continue in the fourth book. I still think that the first book in the series is the best so far. In the successive books, Siegel I have been reading the mysteries in this series by Siegel in order. It's not really necessary, but I enjoy reading about the daughter Grace as she gets older and involved in different activities, and I also like how that the relationship between Mike and his former wife Rosie develops. With the way that Criminal Intent ends, I'm curious about where the story line will continue in the fourth book. I still think that the first book in the series is the best so far. In the successive books, Siegel brings in too many characters and subplots, in my opinion. However, his detailed descriptions of the characters and especially his entertaining dialogue continue to entertain and appeal to me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    I’m enjoying the books, but this one had a bunch of sloppy editing. This was more of a weak 3.5 than a solid 4. Mike ran around constantly trying to figure out stuff and I’m wondering how people can go without sleep for days. While the first book was great and you learned how they came to be. This one didn’t have any depth whatsoever. He says he has his daughter every other week but, in the books, when they have a case the daughter is always at grandma’s house. That’s shows the author throws in s I’m enjoying the books, but this one had a bunch of sloppy editing. This was more of a weak 3.5 than a solid 4. Mike ran around constantly trying to figure out stuff and I’m wondering how people can go without sleep for days. While the first book was great and you learned how they came to be. This one didn’t have any depth whatsoever. He says he has his daughter every other week but, in the books, when they have a case the daughter is always at grandma’s house. That’s shows the author throws in some characters to make them seem well rounded in the book, yet they are just that...extra characters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "The Truth Is Hard To Find" In this powerful story, Mike and Rosie (Mike's ex-wife) are partnered in their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Movie director Richard MacArthur has been murdered and Rosie's niece, Angelina, is accused as the murderer of her husband. Things are hectic for all the characters in Mike and Rosie's life, and many secrets are unveiled. This novel is fast-paced and engrossing. You'll also be surprised at the ending. Excellent, entertaining story. Highly recommended c "The Truth Is Hard To Find" In this powerful story, Mike and Rosie (Mike's ex-wife) are partnered in their own San Francisco criminal defense firm. Movie director Richard MacArthur has been murdered and Rosie's niece, Angelina, is accused as the murderer of her husband. Things are hectic for all the characters in Mike and Rosie's life, and many secrets are unveiled. This novel is fast-paced and engrossing. You'll also be surprised at the ending. Excellent, entertaining story. Highly recommended crime thriller.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jean D. Welch

    Unexpected outcome, and touching ending I was piqued by the story from the beginning. I really tried (but didn’t quite succeed) in believing Angelina completely innocent. However, I was surprised by her reluctant admission of guilt. The characters were right on target, and believable in their roles. I appreciated Pete’s role in the mystery. I suspected that he knew the truth about the murder but was reluctant to share it with Rosie. A lot of twists and turns and a double mystery!

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