Books & fairytales - TUESDAY EXCERPTS

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s feature is a book I hope to start reading soon:   Blood Defense, by Marcia Clark, first in a new series from bestselling author and famed O. J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark, a “terrific writer and storyteller” (James Patterson).







Intro:  (Prologue)


BREAKING NEWS:  Actress Chloe Monahan and Roommate Found Stabbed to Death.

Actress Chloe Monahan, a regular in the hit drama series Dark Corners, and her roommate, Paige Avner, were found stabbed to death in their Laurel Canyon apartment.  Officials say they have no suspects at this time.  We’ll post updates as more information is available.


Cops say Comeback Kid Actress Chloe Monahan and Roommate Killed by Burglar.

Reporters for The Biz have learned that Chloe Monahan’s apartment was burglarized just two months before she and her roommate were murdered.  Police Chief West Sanders says they are looking into the possibility that the burglar came back for another run and killed the girls when they unexpectedly came home….


Teaser:  After a single, irritated glance at the camera crew, the judge quickly pulled a file off the top of a depressingly big stack.  “Case of People v. Pearson.  Counsel, state your appearances for the record.”

Greta was right.  He really did want us out of there.  “Samantha Brinkman for the defendant.” (p. 70).


Synopsis:  Samantha Brinkman, an ambitious, hard-charging Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, is struggling to make a name for herself and to drag her fledgling practice into the big leagues. Sam lands a high-profile double-murder case in which one of the victims is a beloved TV star—and the defendant is a decorated veteran LAPD detective. It promises to be exactly the kind of media sensation that would establish her as a heavy hitter in the world of criminal law.

Though Sam has doubts about his innocence, she and her two associates (her closest childhood friend and a brilliant ex-con) take the case. Notorious for living by her own rules—and fearlessly breaking everyone else’s—Samantha pulls out all the stops in her quest to uncover evidence that will clear the detective. But when a shocking secret at the core of the case shatters her personal world, Sam realizes that not only has her client been playing her, he might be one of the most dangerous sociopaths she’s ever encountered.


What do you think?  Does this one grab you?  Make you want to keep reading?



    1. That’s how I got mine, too, Catherine! I love Prime…I’ve already had it for a year and can’t imagine life without it (Prime, I mean. LOL).

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am very excited about this book.


  1. I have been wanting to read Marcia Clark for quite awhile and now is my chance to start at the beginning with this new series. Thanks Laurel for the intro. I’m off to the library, or plan B to Amazon!

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  2. When this book first captured my attention a couple of weeks ago, I did a double-take. I thought, wait…Marcia Clark? THE Marcia Clark, and it was! She looks quiet different from her permed hair of the O.J. trial days, but I can bet this book will be good and interesting given what she has probably seen over her years as an attorney. I say, keep reading. It looks intriguing.

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    1. Yes, I didn’t actually watch much of the trial back in the day, but I did see the mini-series recently. Before that, however, I had noticed that she had written some mysteries, so I was curious. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.


  3. sydneyeditor1

    I was only aware of her career as an author because the OJ simpson minis eries recently, and I’ve been so curious about her as an author — looking forward to your review!

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