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Bad Trust

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Rachel Gold is an attorney in St Louis.  She is feisty, she is smart, and she is a busy woman.  Besides maintaining her private practice, she is also raising several children on her own, and trying to balance both her personal and private life at the same time.  In Bad Trust by Michael A. Kahn, Rachel is representing two sisters who have a trust fund dispute with their brother.  This disagreement takes an ugly turn when the brother is murdered.  Meanwhile, Rachel is also defending a client involved in a lawsuit that also takes an ugly turn, forcing Rachel into a courtroom showdown.

This book was entertaining from beginning to end.  The characters and their descriptions are very well-done.  I think I could pick out most of them from a police lineup!  The dialogue is crisp, the plot is excellent, and the story flows effortlessly.

This is the first Rachel Gold mystery I have read but, based on how much I enjoyed this book, it definitely won’t be my last.  I have found a whole new series to look forward to.  What a great read! 
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for review.
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A really admirable, feisty, and unusual character of integrity is the protagonist of this compelling legal series. I'm really thankful to have discovered this Series through NetGalley and plan to read all. St. Louis civil attorney Rachel Gold, Chicago native, confronts a brace of puzzling cases, one of which leads to a murder, the other to serious physical threats against herself. I particularly enjoyed not only the dual plot, but the deep issues involved, the characters and their evolution/devolution, the humour and character interplay. Also significant is the religious background of Judaism, including the concept of "blood libel" and its ugly, too prevalent, history. Much integrity here. Additionally, Rachel's law partner is Trans, adding a new layer of intrigue and interest. I could definitely spend a week or so binge-reading this entire series.
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My favorite attorney, Rachel Gold, is back for a romp through the legal system.

Two sisters are arguing with their brother, who is in charge of their trust fund. The arguments grow deadly when he is found murdered in his office ... and one of the sisters is charged with the crime.

In another case, a very wealthy woman buys a $10,000 dress and then tries to return it a few days later. The creator of the dress refuses, saying there is evidence that she has worn the dress. The two wind up in a screaming match using very ugly language. The woman is now suing and Rachel is defending the clothing maker.

If all this isn't enough, Rachel is finding it hard to balance her private life with her professional one. Her young son always seems to be in bed by the time she gets home in the evening ... thank goodness she has her mother's help. She also has a man-friend who would like to be more, but Rachel in some ways is still grieving the loss of her husband.

Although 11th in the series, this is easily read as a stand alone. It's fast-paced with solutions that only Rachel could think of. As the author is a trial lawyer by day, I expected some semblance of credibility ... and she exceeded my expectations.

Many thanks to the author / Poisoned Pen Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of this legal thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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I really enjoyed this novel. I love a good legal thriller and this one was just right up my alley. This is the first book I read by this author but I have already gone to Amazon and put the rest of the books in my cart this was a winner
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This was my first book in the Rachel Gold series, and I am excited to see an entire backlist waiting for me!!! This was a book that I genuinely looked forward to when I got home from work, and that kept me up late into the night so that I could see what happened next. I heard about this book way back in October, and was thrilled to have a chance to read an advance copy!

I'm picky with my legal thrillers, because I want them to be realistic but I also don't want to become too bogged down in procedure. This book was a good blend of excitement and legal issues, and really kept me turning the pages to see what happened. I didn't feel that I needed to skim through any parts, nor did I feel that the story became unbelievable and therefore not exciting. The writer kept me engaged from the first page to the last page, and I really wanted to know what happened next.

I liked that this book balanced two cases, including elements that were not exclusively murder. Though a good murder mystery is exciting, I thought having other case elements added to the story and made Rachel seem like a more realistic attorney.

I thought the characters were complex and flawed, making them realistic and appealing. I really liked Rachel and I am already looking into the backlist to read about her other cases and stories.

Even though this is part of a series, I didn't feel lost without reading the other books, and it was quite a pleasant surprise to see that this is a series. I think the mark of a good book series is that you are really excited to carry on with the characters- I definitely felt that way with Rachel. I wanted her to do well and was really rooting for her to be successful..

I would recommend this to anyone who likes legal thrillers that are believable, thrilling, and entertaining. As a fan of Grisham, Turow, Connelly, and Margolin legal mysteries, I can say that I have now added Mr. Kahn to my list of solid legal writing.

I'm excited to see what is next for Rachel, and will be tracking down the other books in this series for my summer reading list!

Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the opportunity to review this book before the release date!
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This was an entertaining book. Rachel Gold has been hired by two sisters to bring a civil suit against their brother, but when he is found killed, she has to defend one of the sisters who is being charged with murder. Rachel uses her knowledge and skill creatively on their behalf.  I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
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Fans of the legal novel should definitely pick this one up even if they haven't read the earlier books in the series.  Rachel Gold has a lot on her plate (son, mother, dating) outside work- where there's much going on as well.  She's got a great partner in Jacki and friend in Benni.  She's also great in the courtroom and in this outing she's dealing with both a libel suit and a family argument over a trust fund.  The legal ins and outs are easy to follow, the various players both rotten and nice (but keep an open mind), and the mysteries (such as they are) just complex enough to keep you guessing.  This is a more accessible read for non-lawyers than Kahn's last (which focused on the dreaded rule against perpetuities) but it never dumbs down the legal issue.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  Excellent read.
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Where has Rachel Gold been my whole life?!? I read this book in one sitting!

My only regret is that I'm so late to this party and picking up this series on book 11....

Rachel Gold is a successful lawyer and mother with her own practice. Her best friend, Benny is a law professor, and the other partner in her law firm is a 6'3 transgender, Jacki. These characters were so much fun to read about. I loved their carefree, witty banter.

The two cases that go on during the duration of the story were extremely interesting and were easy to follow. 

I look forward to picking up the next Rachel Gold adventure!

A special thanks to NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press, and of course, Michael A. Kahn for providing me with an ARC.
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This is the first Rachel Gold mystery that I have read and I enjoyed it. Rachel Gold is a St Louis attorney and she has two intriguing cases on her hands. One is to do with a trust fund between siblings which soon becomes a murder case and the other is a libel case where a fashion designer is being sued by a client with a fraudulent claim nicely exposed in the courtroom scenes.
Nicely structured and written with some humour, this was an intriguing read.
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I really enjoyed this novel. This is the first Rachel Gold novel that I have read and I found it quite entertaining. I’m not often impressed by legal thrillers but this one was witty and didn’t tried to be too cumbersome with all the legalese.  The book drew me in from the beginning and made me really root for  and like the main characters.  I look forward to reading more books in the series.
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First book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
It's a gripping and entertaining read, with a plot that flows and keeps you on the edge and an interesting cast of characters.
The mystery part is interesting and solid.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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First book I’ve read in the series, and hopefully not the last. The characters seemed genuine and the plot, including two interesting cases, make for an addicting read.
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