Books are food for my soul! Pull up a beach chair and stick your toes in the sand as the Jersey surf rolls in and out, now open your book and let your imagination take you away.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Wages Of Sin by Nancy Allen (Book Review)

In association with Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for The Wages Of Sin by author Nancy Allen!

The Wages Of Sin by Nancy Allen
Book 3: Ozarks Mysteries Series
Publisher: Witness Impulse / HarperCollins
Publication Date: eBook - April 26, 2016 / Paperback - June 14, 2016
Format: Paperback - 320 pages
               Kindle - 1008 KB
               Nook - 725 KB
ISBN: 978-0062438768
Genre: Legal Thriller

Buy The Book:

Buy The Series: Ozarks Mysteries Series
Book 1: The Code Of The Hills
Book 2: A Killing At The Creek
Book 3: The Wages Of Sin
Book 4: Until Ozarks (Pub Date: Jan. 15, 2017)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.

Book Description:

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.

“The Elsie Arnold series deserves to run and run.”— Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door

“Unflinching and gritty.” — Library Journal

My Book Review:

In The Wages Of Sin, the third book in the Ozarks Mysteries Series, author Nancy Allen once again draws upon her professional legal experience to weave a riveting legal thriller that captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end. Set in the small town of Barton, Missouri, in the heart of the Ozarks, the reader follows Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold as she aggressively pursues and brings to trial a death penalty murder case against a man who allegedly killed his eight month pregnant girlfriend and their unborn child.

The author transports the reader into the small Ozark town of Barton with its close-knit townspeople and its many dark secrets. As McCown County Prosecutor Madeleine Thompson and Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold prepare to bring the case of the State of Missouri v. Larry Paul to trial, their rocky working relationship is a big problem, and issues arise during their investigation of the murder suspect and victim, leaving one little six year old girl to help them get justice, even though danger lurks around the corner.

The Wages Of Sin is a fast-paced, multi-layered, gripping, and complex story that has a great mixture of intrigue, romance, violence, and enough suspenseful twists and turns, and richly descriptive courtroom drama that will leave the reader breathless. The reader is taken on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride as they follow Elsie on her difficult journey, she is determined to seek justice in a convincing and brutally honest style where no one is left unscathed.

If you are a fan of legal thrillers, then I would highly recommend reading the Ozarks Mysteries Series!


About The Author

Nancy Allen practiced law for 15 years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks. She has tried over 30 jury trials, including murder and sexual offenses, and is now a law instructor at Missouri State University. Her first novel,The Code of the Hills, was published by HarperCollins in 2014.

The Wages of Sin, is the third book in her Ozarks mystery series.

Author Website

Virtual Book Tour Event

Tour Schedule:

Showcase & Excerpt @ Celticladys Reviews
Review w/excerpt @ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Showcase/excerpt @ Socrates Book Review Blog
Interview @ BooksChatter
Showcase/excerpt @ Bless Their Hearts Mom
Review @ Buried Under Books
Showcase/excerpt @ A Bookaholic Swede
Review @ Booked on a Feeling
Showcase/Excerpt @ Fiction Zeal
Showcase @ 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
Showcase @ just reviews
Showcase /excerpt @ The Reading Frenzy
Showcase/excerpt @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Review @ Booksie’s Blog
Interview @ Suspense Magazine
Showcase/excerpt @ CMash Reads
Showcase/excerpt @ Thoughtful Tinker
Guest post @ Deal Sharing Aunt
Showcase @ Around the World in Books
Showcase w/excerpt @ Books Direct
Review w/excerpt @ Roads Go Ever Ever on. . .
Showcase @ Cozy Up With Kathy
Showcase @ Wall-to-wall books
Review @ Mystery Suspense Reviews
Interview w/excerpt @ Writers and Authors
Review @ Book Reviews from an Avid Reader
Review w/ excerpt @ The Book Divas Reads


  1. Your review has intrigued me to put this book on my reading list. Great post. Thank you.

    1. Hi Cheryl! This is an awesome legal thriller series, I hope you get a chance to read them. :)

  2. OOO I am so glad you loved this one!
    Def. makes me want to read it too!

    1. Hi Wendy! I love this series, definitely is a good read! :)