Undetermined Death

A Legal Thriller

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Pub Date 17 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 10 Aug 2021

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Public defender Ashley Montgomery's latest case will push her to the limit.

"Twisty crimes and complicated relationships...you won't want to miss." —Shannon Baker, award-winning author of Stripped Bare

When teenager Rachel Smithson is charged with murdering her newborn baby in a hotel room, Ashley is appointed to represent her. Determined to prove her client innocent, Ashley delves into the secret life and relationships of the quiet teen. And turns up more questions than answers.

Meanwhile, Ashley's longtime friend and sometimes rival, police officer Katie Mickey, investigates the alleged murder with the aim of ensuring Rachel's conviction. Despite working against each other, the two women begin to share the same awful suspicions, and the tragic case takes an even darker turn when rumors surface that the father of Rachel’s baby is an adult in her life.

Then Ashley falls victim to a personal attack, and she and Mickey find themselves racing to unmask a different, far more dangerous offender.

Readers will stay up late into the night untangling the web of deception and betrayal in Undetermined Death.

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"Snider hits it out of the park....This is an author you’ll add to your favorites list." —Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, USA Today Bestselling author of Damaging Secrets

"The action is swift, the dialog is sharp...a winning combination of perfectly drawn characters, seemingly clear-cut cases, and a good grasp of legal procedures..." —Cynthia Hamilton, author of Spouse Trap


Public defender Ashley Montgomery's latest case will push her to the limit.

"Twisty crimes and complicated relationships...you won't want to miss." —Shannon Baker, award-winning author of Stripped Bare

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Advance Praise

"Snider hits it out of the park....This is an author you’ll add to your favorites list." —Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, USA Today Bestselling author of Damaging Secrets

"The action is swift, the dialog is sharp...a winning combination of perfectly drawn characters, seemingly clear-cut cases, and a good grasp of legal procedures..." —Cynthia Hamilton, author of Spouse Trap

"Snider hits it out of the park....This is an author you’ll add to your favorites list." —Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, USA Today Bestselling author of Damaging Secrets

"The action is swift, the dialog is...


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This book was so good that I read it on one entire day! Thankfully it was my day off or I would have had issues!! It was the perfect mix of Law and Mystery but not so scary that it would keep you up at night. I will say, somehow I got got second book In the series, and it does give spoilers to what goes on in the first book. So make sure you read the first book first! That being said I hope there are more books in this series as I would like to see what happens next!

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Rachel Smithson, barely 18, is charged with the murder of her newborn child, and once again Public defender Ashley Montgomery finds herself in an unpopular position. Her police officer friend Katie is digging more to make a solid case, but finds herself more on Ashley’s side, and on the budget cut edge of the department. There is always more to the story, more behind the scene. We also find out more what made these 2 women be who they are, she how their relationship and friendship with each other and others is growing. Great book 2 – strong characters, solid friendships,.. can’t wait to read more about this awesome team. Page turner, eyes glued to the page, not wanting it to end and waiting it to end. When is book 3??? Thank you to NetGalley and Severn River Publishing for a chance to read this book early for my honest opinion.

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Undetermined Death: A Legal Thriller by Laura Snide was a pleasant surprise. I really liked this book and the plot, strong characters, and believable storyline. I love a book that can mix mystery and legal action, and this book did just that. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen and was surprised with each page turn. I will definitely read other Laura Snide books, and I would recommend this book for fans of legal action and a good mystery. #UndeterminedDeath #NetGalley

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In this legal thriller we follow Rachel who has allegedly killed her baby and Ashley her defense attorney while they prepare for trial. I love legal thrillers even though I’ve only read a few and this one was definitely my favorite. I was anxious, freaking out the whole time and very close to tears. The legal aspect was spot on, and the author explained everything in a way that made you keep up without being too info dumpy. Rachel’s case is delicate, and we also follow as trouble catches up to Ashley’s personal life, making it all a very nerve-racking experience for an anxious person like me. What I liked the most though was how the women found ways to help each other while in toxic environments such as the police and defense/prosecutor’s offices. The main point here was not the case but how these women navigated oppressive situations and environments made by men. There were small details that showed how dense these women were and how much they did to lift the other one up. The only reasons I didn’t give it 5 stars was because it stated nowhere that this was a sequel and because sometimes, I felt like the characters were too naïve on topics that were staring them at the face. About it being a sequel, I got this from Netgalley and it wasn’t on the website and the book didn’t mention it until the author’s note (and until this date it’s still not registered on goodreads). I get it that’s not the author’s fault and the book was made in a way you didn’t miss anything, and it didn’t even feel like a sequel, but I feel like I’m not going back to the first one now even though I loved this one. You can totally read it separately (as I did) but I feel like the whole experience must be a lot better since it’s such good writing and story. I also highly recommend this for people who are still not sure about legal thrillers and want to start with something easy but impactful.

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Undetermined Death is book two in the Ashley Montgomery series. This can be a stand alone read but after reading it you will want to go back and read the first book. Ashley has been appointed public defender for Rachel Smithson accused of murdering her newborn son. Rachel is meek and mild, very closed off while accepting her fate of going to prison. Ashley investigates the charges against Rachel only to discover there is much more going on than has been revealed. While waiting for her trial, Rachel, she seems to be changing, coming out of her cocoon. Meanwhile Ashley's health takes a turn for the worse. Will she be able to save Rachel while fighting for her life. This was a really good book. It captured my interest until the very end. It is a fast paced story with lots of twists and turns until the reveal at the end. The characters are well written and fully developed. This is one of the best I have read this year. I highly recommend it.

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