Love Betrayal Murder

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Pub Date 16 May 2023 | Archive Date 30 May 2023

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From the bestselling author of Dead Certain and The Perfect Marriage comes a smart and twisty legal thriller about love, life, and truth, that careens to a shocking conclusion you won’t soon forget…

Matthew Brooks and Vanessa Lyons are a perfect love match, both attorneys at a powerful New York City law firm. But there’s a hitch: Matt just made partner, and Vanessa is coming up for partner next year. And Vanessa’s husband, the profligate Bradley Lyons, has his suspicions.

Vanessa is assigned to the biggest case at the firm, the one that will determine her future. Unfortunately, Matt has been working the case for years, leaving him no choice but to supervise his lover in violation of firm policy. When Vanessa is denied her partnership, despite assurances to the contrary, she can only assume that her affair with Matt was the reason.

Then, on a crowded Manhattan street corner, a knife flashes in the midday sun, leaving behind a scene of horror. But with so many having been betrayed, will the murderer be brought to justice? A gripping criminal trial will leave readers unsure of who, if anyone, is telling the truth, all culminating in a jaw-dropping reveal.

From the bestselling author of Dead Certain and The Perfect Marriage comes a smart and twisty legal thriller about love, life, and truth, that careens to a shocking conclusion you won’t soon forget…


Advance Praise

“Delivers all the guilty pleasures the title promises.”

-Kirkus Reviews on The Perfect Marriage

“Mitzner channels his inner Agatha Christie.”

-Bookreporter on The Perfect Marriage

“Adam Mitzner is a master of the mystery genre.”

-Midwest Book Review

“Delivers all the guilty pleasures the title promises.”

-Kirkus Reviews on The Perfect Marriage

“Mitzner channels his inner Agatha Christie.”

-Bookreporter on The Perfect Marriage

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Heart pounding thriller that left me on the edge of my seat. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. Definitely one of the best books this year.

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Thanks to Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Vanessa and Matt work at the same high end law firm in NYC. They are having an affair and Vanessa is married. This only becomes an issue when Matt becomes a partner and Vanessa is assigned to his case which is not permitted by the firm. They are found out and lie to their superiors about the affair, but Vanessa still misses out on making partner. Then there is a murder and it appears to be a result of this scandal.

This author is on my must read list and I was so excited to be approved for the arc of his latest novel. I sped through this one in a day and a half. I really didn't know where it was going until about 60% and then it was a question of who was guilty. I was really stumped on who to believe and then surprised by the outcome. I really enjoyed this one.

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Love Betrayal Murder by Adam Mitzner

Publication Date May 16, 2023
In 2019, I stumbled across Adam Mitzner’s book A Matter of Will. It was one of those legal thrillers I love – the kind that keep you up reading until the book is DONE. I hadn’t realized that he had been publishing since 2011, and I looked forward to reading more of his work. I especially enjoyed the Clint Broden series, and have recommended the books to several people (it’s always a plus when books in a series can be read as standalones and not lose any of their impact). I was happy to receive a copy of Mitzner’s latest, Love Betrayal Murder from Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.

Clint isn’t around for this one, but there are plenty of characters, a twisty plot, and a complex trial that’s really well done. The story revolves around attorneys Matthew Brooks and Vanessa Lyons, who both work at a TOP New York law firm. Although both are associates when they first meet, Matthew bakes partner, which ias what Vanessa wants more than just about anything…except for Matt, with whom she has a torrid affair. Matt has a big case he has been working on for years, and when Vanessa is assigned to his team, suddenly they are in direct violation of company policy regarding relationships between partners and non-partners. They hope to keep things on the down low until the following year, when they expect Vanessa will become a partner and they can be open about their relationship. She has been assured her making partner is “a lock.” But her husband Bradley is VERY suspicious. Vanessa is shocked when she is denied partnership, and assumes that the affair is the reason. So, what to do? LAWSUIT!

The three words in the title are all important pieces of the complex plot: love, betrayal, and murder. It’s a fast read with twists and turns and surprises (although I saw the ending coming earlier than I usually do). I love legal thrillers, and this one was just a great antidote to the news of the day. Four stars.

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Truth? Lies? You be the judge….or the jury!⚖️

Looking for a legal thriller that’s equal parts in and out of the courtroom? This IS that book!

Matthew and Vanessa are in love. Should be nothing but rainbows, bunnies and clear sailing as they celebrate their love. But it’s not.

Not by a long-shot.

At the top of the list…one of them is already married. Second, they work court cases together with one reporting to the other. See what I mean? This isn’t going to end well.

Just like the title says… Love, Betrayal, Murder.

Adam Mitzner crafts a captivating legal thriller, taking you on a journey where truth is only in the eye of the beholder. My opinions on who I liked/disliked, trusted/distrusted, guilty or innocent, volleyed like a tennis match. (exactly how I like my thrillers)

I devoured this book in two sittings. Even going back to reread certain points thinking I may have missed some breadcrumbs along the way. (Since I didn't guess the ending correctly)

I would advise to skim, or totally skip the blurb as I did. As with most thrillers, the less you know going in the better your experience will be!

This is my third read by this highly talented author. And I definitely need to take time to read more of his previous works until he provides me with a new release - please hurry Adam!

Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing

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Vanessa and Matt are both lawyers at a large and powerful law firm. Matt just made partner, while Veronica is working non stop to follow suite. Vanessa's husband, however, begins to wonder if that is all she is doing. Before long a love affair has gone wrong and someone is dead. Adam Mitzner has created the perfect problem - who is at fault? Who will pay? If you love legal thrillers, twisty tales and stories of betrayal, Love Betrayal Murder is for you!
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Loved the perfect marriage so when I saw this pop up I needed it! I love this authors writing style. Great little drama mystery. Highly recommend. Thank you NetGalley for this ARC

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Twisty. Juicy. Entertaining and WTF moments lead to a great read!
Save this for a time when you don't have any other plans!

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Love Betrayal Murder by Adam Mitzner A fast-paced thriller with a scandalous love affair, murder, courtroom drama, and a who-done-it ending. I was taken aback by the ending, which I did not see coming. Vanessa, Matt and Bradley were likeable and dislikeable at various points throughout the story. Complex, with many twists and turns, it is a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining read.

Thank you to the author, Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.

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What was the last book that left you in amazement?

This one had a nice surprise twist at the end, and it was lovely! I always love when a book can keep me in suspense and deliver shock and awe.

Matthew and Vanessa are perfect for each other – except Vanessa is married, and Matthew becomes her boss. They’re both attorney’s at a high powered firm in New York. When Matthew gets promoted to Vanessa’s boss, things take a turn. Vanessa gets denied being made partner – and she can only blame her relationship with Matthew. Then one day a murder occurs. With so many betrayals, will justice be served?

What a ride! This book was a delightfully twisty legal thriller that had me gripping my seat the whole way through. I enjoyed the glimpse into both sides of the legal system here and it was truly entertaining. I devoured this book in one sitting and it was just so good. I really enjoy a good legal thriller, and this one was an amazing read. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced legal thriller with lots of twists and turns then check this one out May 16th.

Thank you to Blackstone Publishing, @blackstonepublishing, @getredprbooks and @adammitzner, and @netgalley for my e-arc in exchange for this honest review.

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Thank you @blackstonepublishing @netgalley @getredprbooks for a copy of this legal thriller. The story is about an office romance between Matt and Vanessa gone wrong. I was engrossed in the story from the first to last page with how the story unfolded. I felt bad for Matt and Vanessa in the situation they were in.

I thought the author did a great job to show that no one wins and all 3 parties involved were not innocent in what unfolded.

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When I got to the end of this engrossing book, lyrics from an old country music hit sung by Patty Loveless (written by Kostas Lazarides and Harlan Howard) started rumbling through my brain: "Blame it on your lying, cheating, cold deadbeating, two-timing, double-dealing, mean mistreating loving heart."

Hmmm - I couldn't have summed up this book any better, I thought.

Sexual harassment and the MeToo movement are timely topics to be sure, and they take center stage with a court battle between attorneys Vanessa Lyons and Matthew Brooks. While working on a joint project at the law firm at which both are rising stars, they start an affair despite the fact that Vanessa is married with a young daughter. Oh, that and the fact that Matthew was named a new partner at the most recent annual partners' meeting, and now he's technically Vanessa's supervisor. She, meanwhile, will be up for a partnership at the next go-'round. Under those circumstances, such a relationship violates the firm's strict policy on hanky panky between supervisors and subordinates. Given their assumption that Vanessa's partnership will come to be - both she and Matt have been told on the QT that she's a shoe-in - they decide to hide their illicit affair until after they're on equal footing once again; at that point, the policy won't matter, and they'll both claim nothing was going on before that.

But as we all know, there's many a slip between the cup and the lip; and as it turns out, Vanessa's shoe-in suddenly gets the boot - effectively ending her ascension to the pinnacle of success she's worked so hard to achieve. Why the about-face? In Vanessa's eyes, the affair did her in. The firm, she claims, knew nothing about the affair; whether they suspected it or not isn't grounds for their denial of her partnership. Besides that, Matt, already a partner, escaped free and clear; no harm, no foul when it came to his employment. Especially amid the Harvey Weinstein brouhaha and #MeToo movement, then, what better time to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against the firm?

Once that's resolved (no, I won't say how), though, that slip between cup and lip becomes more like a chasm given a jaw-dropping roadblock that puts Matt in a hot seat of a different sort. And his situation becomes the focus for the rest of the book, which ends with another surprise (well, okay, I guessed the possibility early on, actually, but it was nonetheless satisfying to have it confirmed). All in all, it grabbed my attention from the beginning and held on to the end. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-release copy.

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Love Betrayal Murder

Ummm the first thought that crossed my mind was "Ladies, hide your husbands"' . Based on the title I was thinking this would be a domestic thriller . What it ended up being was just so much more.

Having read both The Perfect Marriage and Dead Certain, I was familiar with Adam Mitzner's writing style and I thoroughly enjoy his work. Love Betrayal Murder, is INTENSE, to say the least. Every time I thought I had it all figured out I was dead wrong. I also appreciated that this was a legal thriller and the accuracy was pretty spot on.

Mitzner did his research. Not only was this a book to brag about but it was incredibly well done and thought out. Nothing felt rushed or pushed along. The details made the story come to life and that character build was on point.

Love Betrayal Murder is out next month and I highly recommend everyone who loves a legal thriller, pre-order book!

Teaser :

Matthew Brooks and Vanessa Lyons are a perfect love match, both attorneys at a powerful New York City law firm. But there’s a hitch: Matt just made partner, and Vanessa is coming up for partner next year. And Vanessa’s husband, the profligate Bradley Lyons, has his suspicions.

Vanessa is assigned to the biggest case at the firm, the one that will determine her future. Unfortunately, Matt has been working the case for years, leaving him no choice but to supervise his lover in violation of firm policy. When Vanessa is denied her partnership, despite assurances to the contrary, she can only assume that her affair with Matt was the reason.

Then, on a crowded Manhattan street corner, a knife flashes in the midday sun, leaving behind a scene of horror. But with so many having been betrayed, will the murderer be brought to justice? A gripping criminal trial will leave readers unsure of who, if anyone, is telling the truth, all culminating in a jaw-dropping reveal.

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Love Betrayal Murder by Adam Mitzner is the definition of a page-turner.

I was truly blown away and couldn’t read it fast enough. I can’t shower it with enough praise.
The story line was riveting and the characters were believable. I read this in one sitting because it was that good.
The mystery this author wields will have your head snapping back and forth.
Filled with a lot of tension and even a surprise or two. I usually figure out where the author is going. This book kept me going with the characters, etc.
I now have to go through his backlist because this was a great and intriguing read.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

Thank You NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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I LOVED this book. I’ve read every one of Adam Mitzner’s books and they are all just wonderful reads. The pace is non-stop, no extraneous words and the reader is just carried through the crime to the verdict via the trial. My only suggestion to the publisher is to change the cover. the font used in the title is hard to read and the author, Adam Mitzner is hard to pick out. Need to be able to read title and author at a glance.

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Another outstanding thriller from this superb author. The style of his writing grips you in at the very beginning and never lets up until the conclusion of this book.
The story unfolds with 2 high profile attorneys who are having an affair and Matthew makes partner and his lover gets assigned to handle this large case. She does not make partner and he takes over this case which is not company policy because of their intimate relationship.
The book concludes with a very intense trial but is the verdict correct or not, that is the question.

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I enjoyed this book a lot. I LOVED the courtroom, legal lens from which it’s written - definitely unique and super interesting to a law junkie like myself. I found myself unable to put it down until I found out what happened on the street that day (spoiler: it was NOT who I thought it was) and the ending left a few questions up to the imagination, which I liked in this scenario. I had very polarizing thoughts on each character, and felt they were well developed by Mitzner, enough that I could draw conclusions on their personalities and motives (or so I thought). This was a well written, elevated mystery that was simplistic in theory yet complex in delivery and narration. If you like to be along for the ride of a court case, this is for you. Highly recommend!

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4.5 stars

Matthew and Vanessa are the perfect couple, so in love and both lawyers at the powerful Rawls Ryan firm. There’s just one tiny problem: Vanessa is married…and not to Matthew. Well maybe two problems….Matthew just became partner and Vanessa isn’t up until next year meaning their relationship is against the firm’s policy.

This book was such a cool mix of legal thriller and mystery. We got sections of the direct and cross examinations as well as glimpses into the trial but it wasn’t the whole book. Because if it was all trial I feel it would get old so this was the perfect balance in my opinion.

While I didn’t particularly love any of the characters, I was invested in the story nonetheless. Even though I guessed the main twist, it was just such an entertaining read with a great pace.

This was my first by this author but I will definitely be going back and checking out his backlist.

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I don’t read legal thrillers often but on the rare occasion that I do I always wonder why I don’t try more of them. There’s something about a courtroom thriller that appeals to me if it’s done well and this one was pretty solid. As the title promises there is plenty of secrecy and betrayals and the twists were executed in a clever way. I think you should go into this one as blind as possible so I’ll just say if you’re looking for a smart thriller that feels a little different try this.

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A secret affair revealing false love turns into betrayal and then murder. The lovers in question are lawyers and the scene is mostly set in a court room as they testify to their sides to their stories revealing the reality that there is always more than one truth. It’s the words one uses in their truth to tell their story to make you believe their truth is better than the other. It was a brilliant legal thriller with all the smart and witty lawyer banter and a plot twist that I never ever saw coming. It was a fast read for me because I literally could not tear my eyes from the pages. This is a must read if you love thrillers and legal thrillers.

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Matthew and Vanessa seem like the perfect couple. Except. She's married. And he's her superior at a high powered NY law firm. He becomes partner. She gets denied. She blames him. Then there's a murder.

This book was a wild ride. It had so many twists! I was on the edge of my seat. The characters were all unlikeable, but in a good way that keeps you invested.

I will definitely be looking for more from this author.

Many thanks to NetGalley & Blackstone Publishing from ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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A fast-paced legal thriller that will keep fans of courtroom drama entertained! There are several court cases detailed throughout, and the deceptions and betrayals that pile up during the course of the story are certainly juicy. I did feel that it became cliche and overdramatized at points, but others who enjoy a little more "soap opera" feel will undoubtedly enjoy!

I did not at all see the final reveal coming, but I have to say, the ending completely threw me off. I was left with unanswered questions and a little disappointed with the conclusion. But overall, for readers who enjoy legal dramas, it's worth the read.

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Wowsers! This book was so much fun to read.

It starts off with cross examinations of the two MCs/POVs in the story, Matt & Vanessa. Both have been working at a prestigious NYC law firm for 9+ years and after spending so much time preparing cases…they began a secret love affair. Everything is fine (besides Vanessa having a husband and 3yo daughter) until Matt makes Partner and Vanessa has been assigned to his case that would promote her to becoming the next Partner. Until…someone calls the firm and lets the cat out of the bag informing them about their affair. They both deny the allegations; however, Matt & Vanessa know it was Vanessa’s husband, Bradley, that blew the whistle. They decided they would stop seeing each other temporarily, until Vanessa made Partner and begin the divorce process.

Vanessa didn’t make partner, and decided to sue for sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement rally began shortly after the lawyers rested their cases. This is the point where things get really twisted and there begins another trial for murder.

The way the story unfolded kept me glued. The first half was more like a love story and the second half was when the mystery/thriller began. I loved the ending twist even though I suspected it the entire time.

I definitely recommend this one if you enjoy marriage in trouble, secret affair, murder mystery and the #metoo movement.
4.5 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5

Thank you @netgalley @blackstonepublishing and @letstalkbookpromo for the gifted copy. Opinions are my own. Releases May 16, 2023.
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I LOVED the narration - multiple POV including 2 main characters and court transcripts. Provided timeline, tidbits of foreshadowing to whet your interest, and glimpses into the main characters' thoughts.
Vanessa married a man looking for a wife and family. Bradley sucks as a person and husband.
Paired together on a lengthy trial, Vanessa and Matt become close friends - and lovers.
When Matt makes partner, they tighten their plans - only to cause their individual ruin.
Could easily be read in a day.

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Love Betrayal Murder is a fast paced thriller/courtroom drama that I was thoroughly invested in.

Vanessa and Bradley Lyons appear to be living the dream from the outside- beautiful home, sweet 4 year old daughter, a fantastic job at a law firm where Vanessa hopes to make partner soon. The only catch? Vanessa has been having an affair with a partner at work, Matthew Brooks. Once he became her supervisor and the law firm found out, the two were forced to pause their affair for the time being, but it still ruins Vanessa's chances of making partner at the firm. She decides to sue the firm and winds up dead the day after she is awarded millions in a settlement. Both Bradley and Matthew have motive for murder, and we dive right in to the courtroom during the murder trial.

The pacing was fast, with no extraneous information. We go from the original lawsuit to the murder to the trial very quickly. The story is almost entirely told in third person, which made it harder for me to feel connected to the characters. I had sympathy for Vanessa when reading about her home life, and was convinced I knew how the story would go.

The author did a fantastic job of explaining legalese and the things that occur during a trial. The judge explains things to the jury and to the reader at the same time, and I now have a better understanding of courtroom procedure than I did before.

The mystery of who killed Vanessa was woven nicely, and we did found out the answer in the very end of the book. I enjoyed the writing style and the way that direct examinations from the trials were sprinkled throughout the book as well.

Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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The #MeToo movement has been center stage in a lot of novel’s lately, so when another one comes along, I am hesitant to see if someone can put a new twist on the story and keep me enter at the same time. This hit the mark. This is a legal thriller that takes place both inside and outside the courtroom when Vanessa files a sexual discrimination lawsuit against her former law firm. But how did we get here?
Vanessa and Matthew are in love. They work together and one of them reports to the other-problem number one. One of them is married-problem number two. But neither wants those issues to come between what he have together. Until it’s time for the annual promoting of the partners and things go completely off the rails. It’s every man for himself, but when you’re part of a duo, that doesn’t end well for one of you.
This was a great balance of court room scenes and glimpses of the life that brought them to that point.
My first book by this author but definitely won’t be my last.
Thanks to Blackstone Publishing, Let’s Talk Books Promo and NetGalley for this eArc in exchange for my review.

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This captivating legal thriller was the perfect mix of courtroom and flashbacks that kept me up reading into the night. The plot moves at record speed between a torrid love affair, sexual harassment lawsuit, murder trial, and a jaw-dropping who-done-it ending. Crisp prose, dual POVs (including courtroom transcriptions), and well-developed polarizing characters made this such a great read. I recommend jumping in completely blind and letter Mitzner take you on this fun and wild ride.

Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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A very interesting legal thriller, with two court cases, one for sexual harassment and one for murder, an intelligent thriller written by a lawyer so the details are all correct. An examination of what is the truth and can one possibly tell the whole truth and only the truth. An affair, two jobs ruined and then a murder, betrayal and heartbreak all the elements of a good thriller. 4.5

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Thank you @adammitzner @blackstonepublishing @getredprbooks @letstalkbookspromo for my gifted copy. My thoughts are my own.

Today I am delighted to feature a twisty legal thriller that will keep you guessing!

Matt and Vanessa are coworkers in a prestigious law firm and they are having an affair. When their affair is discovered, they both deny it; but soon, Vanessa loses her chance of becoming partner. Vanessa brings up a lawsuit against Matt for sexual harassment on the job.

Then, there is a trial, a murder, another trial, and a surprising outcome! The title of this one is perfect!

This storyline kept me guessing! I knew from the title that there would be a murder. I just couldn’t guess who was going to get murdered! And then, after the murder, I had my suspicions about who the murderer was, but I was wrong! The revelation was a complete surprise- though when I think back through the book, there were a couple of clues!

Read this if you enjoy stories of betrayal and legal thrillers that keep you guessing until the end!

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This might be the best legal thriller that I have read in the last year! The relationship between two lawyers who are not married to one another leads to unexpected complications and a sensational trial.

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Looking for your next twisty courtroom thriller?! This one is it! It is equal parts 𝗟𝗼𝘃𝗲, 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗮𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿...just like the title.

I recommend going into this binge worthy book blind so as not to make you lean in either direction. Although I figured out the ending throughout the last 1/3 of the book it was super entertaining and I liked the courtroom procedural parts most.

If you’re in the mood for a fast paced, read in a day, entertaining book look no further. I did an immersive read on this one which was great and the narrators were fantastic!

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Big thanks to both Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Love Betrayal Murder.

Pub Date 16 May 2023

This is a smart and twisty legal thriller about love, life, and truth, that careens to a shocking conclusion you won’t soon forget. I love the books written by Adam Mitzner, and find them to be believable and twisty at the same time! (Probably because Mr. Mitzner is an attorney.) Love Betrayal Murder had the best characters. I felt drawn in from the very beginning and I especially liked Matt. I also liked how the #MeToo movement was worked into the story.

I loved where the author wrote this about his wife: She reads the manuscript several times, offers insightful comments, corrects my grammar without making fun of me, and encourages me to be the best writer and person I can be.

Honestly, I think it best if the reader goes into this book as blindly as possible, although I will add that the ending was amazing! I highly recommend this entertaining book!!

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I'm a sucker for legal thrillers and Love Betrayal Murder is a great one! I was totally engrossed in the plot from start to finish and flew through this one in less than a day!

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Thank you to Netgalley, Adam Mitzner, and Blackstone Publishing for an advance copy of Love Betrayal Murder in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely devoured this book as it was full of suspense and I was constantly questioning everyones intentions! Vanessa and Matt seem like the perfect couple until we realize that Vanessa is married. Watching Vanessa and Matt navigate their relationship while they dealt with position changes and lawsuits was a "trainwreck I couldnt look away from". I found the final twist at the end to be completely shocking and was honestly mind blown. Pick this one up if you enjoy a suspenseful and thrilling read that focuses on Love, Betrayal, and Murder! This one is out on May 16th!!

4.5 stars rounded up to 5!

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Thanks to Blackstone Publishing for the gifted ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This one really had me on the edge of my seat, especially at the ending! Everything really came down to the wire and I truly had no idea how it would end!

Mitzner's writing kept me turning pages as it was so easily bingeable! I loved the multiple perspectives and the snippets from court! I think this will be a big hit and am excited for what Mitzner writes next!

This book will be available for purchase on May 30th!

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A fun, twisty legal thriller! Majority of this one takes place in the courtroom.
And even though I felt certain from early on about the “whodunnit” part, the misdirection was so well done throughout, that I found myself second guessing myself!! Gahh!
I’m going to be thinking about this one for a while!
Definitely recommend!
Big thanks to NetGalley & Blackstone Publishing for this arc in exchange for an honest review!
Pub date: 5/16/23

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It’s been a while since I have read a legal thriller. This was also the first book I have read by Adam Mitzner, and I was not disappointed.

There are basically two storylines going within this book. The first pertained to Matthew Brooks and Vanessa Lyons and their pursuit of a partnership within their law firm, while also being in a relationship that breaks the rules once one of them becomes partner.

The second story line pertains to that flash of a knife resulting in a murder, as mentioned in the book’s description.

As we alternate between the past, the present of partnership within the firm, and then the present of the murder, Mitzner does a great job weaving all three story lines together.

Courtroom scenes fascinate me and the author’s writing in this area put his scenes above so many others like it in other books. Terms that might not be familiar to many of us, actions take by attorneys and the judge that might make us wonder, all of this and more are explained to the reader as part of the story. It is done through the judge talking to the jury and I loved it. It helped me feel like I was right there for the trial, and it flowed so well with the rest of the book.

This book had a twist that I was sure I had pegged. Then it was revealed and I shook my head at the pure craftiness of the author. Well done!

I will be reading more of Mr. Mitzner’s work in the future. Thank you to Blackstone Publishing for this copy of this book. All views are my honest opinion.

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I read and enjoyed A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner, so I was happy when my NetGalley request was approved for Love Betrayal Murder. This was really more like 4-1/2 stars for me and only not 5 stars because I guessed the biggest twist. I finished the book in two days - it was very hard to put down. Vanessa Lyons and Matthew Brooks are attorneys at a major NYC law firm. Vanessa is unhappily married to Bradley and has a young daughter Zoe. She and Matt are having an affair and hoping to spend the rest of their lives together. When Matt is made a partner the year before Vanessa is eligible to be nominated, their relationship becomes a violation of the firm’s sexual harassment policy. Everything is fine until Vanessa, to bolster her chances of becoming a partner, is assigned to the Carbone case. Matt is the lead attorney on the case and becomes her supervisor. This begins a series of events culminating in Vanessa being denied for partnership. I don’t want to spoil anything that happens after that, but the title of the book is Love Betrayal Murder, so you know what’s coming. I love Adam Mitzner’s writing and look forward to reading more of his books. Thanks to #netgalley #blackstonepublishing and #adammitzner for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I enjoyed this fast paced legal thriller! I was really sucked into the court room drama and loved the cross examination statements throughout the book. The chapters were short and written well and had just enough murkiness to make me question what was going on and who was responsible. I would have liked to get more answers about why the person committed the crime because it doesn't quite fit for me. However, it was still an enjoyable book and I liked all the factual information on how a trial works. Adam Mitzner is a new author for me and I would definitely read more from him.

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I do enjoy a good legal thriller and I loved how Love Betrayal Murder has twists and turns in it, more than a legal procedural this one has an edgy who is guilty /what happened vibe. This is a plot with good pacing, keep you guessing and turning pages vibe.
Thank you Blackstone for the review copy via GetRed PR, I really enjoyed this book and will look for more from this author!

Recommended: fans of Defending Jacob, Grisham legal thrillers, and Scott Turow.

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Wow...this had everything for me. A thriller with many elements. Legal jargon, a variety of relationships, and murder.

I have read a few from Adam Mitzner but I enjoy when a crafted writer fine tunes the package and this is what this was. A fined tuned on the act of the ultimate betrayal.

Matthew Brooks and Vanessa Lyons were lawyers in a large firm in New York. Before Matt made partner, they had begun their affair. Vanessa was married with a young daughter and realized her marriage was a big mistake. Their relationship was not just an affair but they had fallen in love. However, relationships in the work force must be handled with care and when Vanessa came up for partnership, everything changed.

The narrative was done very well. You got a deep sense of how the relationship started, why and what it meant between Matthew and Vanessa. Because of the Vanessa's partnership, there was a betrayal that was deep and complicated. In the format of the "me too" movement and a lawsuit, there were no clear winners and nothing was resolved. My personal feelings was that they both lost. And as the title suggests, a murder comes into play which makes it more complicated and another trial that brings more to light. However, the question becomes who is the killer. Is it Matt or another. A narration on two trials was genius if you love thrillers in light of a trial. One trial was a wrongful suit and the other was murder. It is delightfully complicated. That's how I am going to end. Plus a favorite for me for this year!

A special thank you to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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5 freaking stars. It has everything that I love in a good thriller (a sordid love story, a person who is crimed, and the suspense of a whodunnit).

The characters were engaging, the plot *chef's kiss* and the freaking ending. I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room because I was equal parts "what the actual frick?" and "wait, I need more because I have questions." When I tell you I was furiously tapping my screen like where is the rest of it?! I have so many feelings.

Adam, I'll be sending you a strongly worded email post haste. We're in this together now so buckle up.

Happy Reading,

xo RBJ

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This was a right page turner of a book, easy to read and lots going on.

The characters were developed well and I really engaged with them. I didn’t know who to believe at certain points which added to the intrigue.

The ending wasn’t quite as I expected, a nice little twist!

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