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BOOK REVIEW: MISTRIAL by Mark Geragos and Pat Harris


Mistrial is a searing manifesto on the ills of the criminal justice system from two of America’s most prominent defense attorneys: Mark Geragos and Pat Harris.
Mistrial features a cast of celebrity clients such as Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Winona Ryder and Chris Brown, as well as priests, arms dealers, corrupt politicians, crooked prosecutors, biased judges and a 24/7 media run amok. It is a veritable tour de force of legal scandal as well as a dramatic warning about a dysfunctional justice system.

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As the Principal with the internationally known trial lawyer firm of Geragos & Geragos, Mark Geragos has represented some of the most prominent figures in the world. His client list has included renowned Whitewater figure Susan McDougal , former Congressman Gary Condit, former first brother Roger Clinton, Academy Award-nominated actress Winona Ryder, pop star Michael Jackson, Nicole Ritchie, singer Chris Brown, hip hop stars Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale and Sean “Diddy” Combs (aka Puff Daddy) and international arms dealer Sarkis Soghanalian.

Geragos has regularly appeared as both guest and legal commentator on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Dateline NBC,” “Larry King Live,” “Greta Van Susteren’s On the Record,” “60 minutes,” and “48 hours,” and has lectured extensively and authored numerous articles and Law Review publications on the subject of Media and the Law.

Mark Geragos attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania as an undergraduate, and later earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He was born in Los Angeles.

ABOUT PAT HARRIS                      

Over the course of his thirteen years practicing law at Geragos & Geragos, Mr. Harris has served as co-counsel with Mark Geragos on numerous other high-profile matters, including the cases of Susan McDougal, Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, and Barry Bonds’ trainer, Greg Anderson.

Working on the Susan McDougal case led Mr. Harris to write a book entitled Susan McDougal: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk. The book spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and was praised by the New York Times book review as being “moving and compelling, composed… with dignity and compassion.” Former President Bill Clinton wrote, “Every American who loves our Constitution… should read this book.”
Mr. Harris was born in Clarksville, Arkansas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a state finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.

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Reader review . . . 
Mark Geragos and Pat Harris have been involved with some of the most famous (or perhaps infamous) trials of the past several years.  Their clients have included Winona Ryder, Michael Jackson, and Scott Petersen.  Mistrial is not only a compilation of anecdotes, but also an attempt to educate the public regarding the problems of the modern legal system.  
As a “searing manifesto”, this book falls short.  This is not a scholarly treatise on the criminal law process, but it is entertaining.  While I am not fascinated by celebrities nor do I follow famous trials (Scott Peterson, for example), the names were familiar enough to make the behind-the-scenes interesting.  I must admit to some cynicism, however; they seem to always portray their clients as misunderstood and, of course, innocent.  But then, as defense attorneys, I guess they should.
Where the book excels is in its indictment of the cable TV explosion of talking heads and courtroom cameras.  The “angry white blond women” chapter was dead-on and laugh-out-loud funny.  The authors use plain English to explain the judicial process to a general public which has, for the most part, learned about the legal system by watching television.  
The case of Will Lynch is perhaps the best example of the good that is done by defense attorneys.  The authors  explanation  of jury nullification and the part that it played in this case is educational and gives one hope for our legal system.
For anyone wanting a basic understanding of modern-day criminal law or anyone who enjoys the true-crime genre, this will be an entertaining read.
4 stars
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”    


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After the death of their mother, sisters Terry and Karen Sutter, turn their childhood home into a teahouse. It’s a dream come true, but the dream begins to resemble a nightmare when teacups start crashing to the floor in the middle of the night. Could the teahouse be haunted? There’s a list of possible ghostly candidates: the prior owner who is rumored to have left behind a buried treasure, two spinster neighbors who disappeared without a trace over forty years ago, or perhaps it’s Terry and Karen’s own mother trying to communicate with them. Karen, the older sister, thinks running a haunted teahouse might be fun, until the sisters come home one night to find the attic stairs covered in a trail of what appears to be blood. Is it a ghost or a warning? The teahouse’s new mascot, a psychic macaw, may provide some unexpected clues, but the sisters will encounter many more surprises before they solve this mystery.

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Author Bio:            

LESLIE MATTHEWS STANSFIELD is the author of MR. TEA AND THE TRAVELING TEACUP, the first book in the Madeline’s Teahouse series. She is the author of a previous book, Windsor Locks, on the town she lives in. She grew up in Delmar, New York, and credits her friends with developing her imagination. Leslie is a graduate of University of Hartford and recently received her Masters’ degree from the University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership. She is a math tutor in a public school as well as the Christian Education Director of her church. She is currently working on her second book in the Madeline’s Teahouse series. She has four children and eight grandchildren and lives in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Reader review . . . 

Terry and Karen have returned to their childhood home after the death of their mother.  They want to honor their mother’s dream of opening a teahouse, and eventually, a bed & breakfast.  But crashing teacups in the night, a trail of what might be blood, and a psychic bird combine to make the sisters wonder if the house is haunted.  And, if it is, who is haunting it?
The cozy mystery is one of my favorite genres.  The characters are engaging and entertainingly quirky. This would have been a 5-star review if not for two things.  First, the solution was a little too easy to guess early in the story.  Secondly, and this is directed toward the editor/proofreader, there were several editing and grammatical errors that should have been caught before the book went to print.  I don’t usually mention this in a review, but there were enough to be distracting. However, I enjoyed the book and  I look forward to further adventures in this series as the characters continue to develop.
4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Cozy Mystery book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 


Historical Mystery

Date Published: 3/31/13

In 1911, England hovers on the cusp of change. A new king waits to be crowned. Women and the poor are fighting for their rights. Political turmoil rages throughout Europe. And a promising young artist lies dead in the heart of London.

Just another tragic death in a city filled with untimely demises. Or so thinks Hargreaves, the gifted, but troubled, Detective Inspector called in to investigate. Haunted by the tragedy of his own past, he is unprepared for the onslaught of long-buried memories and powerful emotions the case brings. Making his task even more difficult is the troubling presence of Daisy Cartwright, a wealthy widow closely connected to the victim, and a woman he feels inexplicably drawn to.

Untangling the tightly woven threads connecting the victim and the suspects, Hargreaves soon reaches a conclusion, only to have that theory shattered by the revelation that everything he has been led to believe is a lie. Groping through the silence and secrets, he uncovers a cold-blooded killer, and a connection to his own past that leaves him reeling.

Author Bio:

M M Hall is the author of Whispered Truth, the first novel in the Inspector Hargreaves series. She also writes as Molly M Hall, and is the author of Reckoning, the first installment in the Dark Prophecy series. She currently lives just outside of Denver where she’s at work on her next novel.
She pursued a degree in English Literature at Columbia College and worked in the corporate world for several years before turning to writing full time.
When not reading or writing she can be found listening to music, playing piano, exercising, working on her very inadequate French, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.

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About Delayed Death:

What do you do when you find your grandfather dead half an hour before your cousin’s wedding? You hide him in his bed and tell everyone he didn’t feel like coming.

Delayed Death is an entertaining mystery set in Florence, Italy. When Carlina finds her grandfather dead on the day of her cousin’s wedding, she decides to hide the corpse until after the ceremony. However, her grandfather was poisoned, and she becomes the attractive Inspector’s prime suspect. On top of that, she has to manage her boisterous family and her luxurious lingerie store called Temptation, a juggling act that creates many hilarious situations.

About Beate Boeker:

Beate Boeker is a marketing manager by day and a writer by night. She has published several contemporary romances with Avalon Books and a choice of e-books. Two of her novels were chosen as finalists in contests.

If you mix Latin and German, Beate Boeker literally translates as Happy Books, and with a name like that, what else can she do but find a happy ending for her novels?

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