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Review: Guilt by Degrees

May 24, 2012

When District Attorney Rachel Knight witnesses a homicide case she really knows nothing about being dismissed because of an ill prepared prosecutor she jumps up and tells the judge that the People will be refiling the case.    She has a feeling about the case but also wonders why she opened her big mouth.  She enlists the aid of her friend Bailey, who is an LAPD detective.

As Rachel and Bailey investigate the homicide – the murder of the homeless man, they discover he’s the brother of a cop who was brutally murdered the year before.  Things don’t quite add up, though, and they struggle to find the one person who can give them answers.  They need to act fast, because someone is on their trail and that someone doesn’t want them to find the answer.

Guilt by Degrees, by Marcia Clark, is the second in her Rachel Knight series (the first is Guilt by Association) and it is fantastic!  There’s no sophomore slump here – I think this book might be even better than the first.

Rachel Knight is a fabulous character.  She’s smart, funny, and just a little bit snarky.  She’s tenacious, determined, and good at her job.  She’s loyal to her girlfriends but a little cautious in relationships because of some things from her past.  She works hard but knows how to play hard too.

The book is full of action and the mystery is solid – it kept me guessing until the end and I was satisfied with the conclusion.  I was drawn into the book from the beginning and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  Don’t let Clark’s celebrity keep you from reading these books – she writes very entertaining mysteries and her experience in the district attorney’s office gives them the feel of authenticity.   I look forward to reading her next book and hope it features Rachel Knight.   If you enjoy mysteries and/or thrillers, be sure to pick up Guilt by Degrees!

Review copy provided by Mulholland Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
35 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2012 4:21 am

    Rachel Knight sounds like a very interesting character. Have you read any of the Kinsey Milhone series by Sue Grafton?

  2. May 24, 2012 6:46 am

    another one to put on my must-read list 🙂
    have you read any Mike Nicol crime books?

  3. May 24, 2012 7:04 am

    This sounds so good! I need to search out that first book!

  4. May 24, 2012 7:24 am

    Sounds like a good thriller Kathy – glad u enjoyed it.

  5. May 24, 2012 7:52 am

    I think this is a series I’ll have to read! Thanks!

  6. May 24, 2012 7:54 am

    I remember reading your review of Guilt by Association (I know, even I am surprised!) and I’m glad that this is even more fabulous! I will have to look for the first one.

  7. May 24, 2012 8:14 am

    Every once in awhile I get in the mood for a book like this. I will have to try and remember this series.

  8. May 24, 2012 9:04 am

    I’m guilty of letting my dislike of her from the OJ trial inform me to pass on her books. As I think about it, that’s just silly, so I will read her two books now.

  9. zibilee permalink
    May 24, 2012 9:23 am

    I am so glad that her second book doesn’t disappoint, and that her series continues to be strong! I admit that I haven’t listened to the first one yet, though Dawn was nice enough to send me a copy. I need to get to it soon! Fantastic and enticing review today, Kathy. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one!

  10. May 24, 2012 10:18 am

    Wow! You really know how to make this book sound like a must read. I’m kindling it later today! I’m not one for this genre of books, but somehow this one just sounds too good to pass up. Great post!

  11. May 24, 2012 10:35 am

    Not a genre I typically read but the author’s name stopped me. Marcia Clark from the O.J. Simpson trial?? I didn’t know she had authored any books!

  12. May 24, 2012 10:37 am

    I’ve been exploring the mystery/thriller genre recently, and I’ve been really enjoying it. I’ll have to add these to my wishlist.

  13. May 24, 2012 11:48 am

    Like Barbara, I’m a little biased bc I too developed a dislike of Marcia Clark during the OJ trial…and I can’t even remember why. Isn’t that terrible??

  14. Literary Feline permalink
    May 24, 2012 12:12 pm

    Although I don’t or never developed a dislike for Marcia Clark the way some other commenters have, I confess her being the author of these books makes me hesitant to pick them up and read them. For me, I think it’s more her celebrity status. One of those is she selling books because of her name or because she’s actually a good storyteller? It sounds like she actually can spin a good story, which is the way it should be. I may have to give her a try one of these days!

  15. May 24, 2012 12:59 pm

    I saw Candace and Julie saying great things about this too. Guess I’ll have to try it! :–)

  16. May 24, 2012 1:07 pm

    You summed that up perfectly. I have read both books and really like them. I am anxious for the next one!

  17. May 24, 2012 1:41 pm

    I haven’t read her first book but this sounds very good. Thanks Kathy.

  18. May 24, 2012 2:03 pm

    Wow, I was suppose to have won this in LT early reviewers but it has not shown up yet. Now I want to read it!

  19. Patty permalink
    May 24, 2012 3:08 pm

    I was wondering what these books would be like!

    They sound fantastic!

  20. May 24, 2012 6:18 pm

    Terrific, glowing review! I will look for both of these books. Rachel Knight sounds like a fabulous character. 🙂

  21. May 24, 2012 8:12 pm

    I love female characters that are good at their jobs.

  22. May 24, 2012 8:39 pm

    Sounds great, glad this second one was as good as the first. I had no idea Marcia Clark was a writer.

  23. May 24, 2012 10:12 pm

    I don’t read too many books like this, but I’ll have to give Clark a try at some point.

  24. May 25, 2012 11:50 am

    Sounds good to me, must look into!

  25. Veens permalink
    May 25, 2012 12:38 pm

    Sounds good! Adding this to my TBR!

  26. May 25, 2012 1:53 pm

    I do always think..maybe, but do I need another genre? 😉

  27. May 25, 2012 4:03 pm

    this book sounds awesome. i love characters like rachel and i’m glad theres only been two books in the series so it’ll give me a chance to catch up before she releases her next one.

  28. May 25, 2012 4:45 pm

    As you already know, my reading experience was thoroughly hampered by all the text errors in my eGalley. I still enjoyed the story though.

  29. May 25, 2012 9:09 pm

    Great to hear she is improving with the second book. Sounds like she is finding her stride as an author.

  30. May 25, 2012 10:43 pm

    I heard that she writes good books.

  31. May 25, 2012 10:56 pm

    I had no idea that Marcia Clark is a mystery writer. It sounds like I should check her out.

  32. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    May 26, 2012 6:01 pm

    I still can’t wrap my mind about Marcia Clark as an author, however, I trust your instinct and will have to read the first one in this series. It totally sounds like books I would love!

  33. May 26, 2012 9:45 pm

    I’m glad I saw this review. I didn’t realize Marcia Clark had a second book out. I really liked the first one. I’m off to buy this one.

  34. May 28, 2012 12:55 am

    I still need to get my hands on the first one!

  35. boardinginmyforties permalink
    June 22, 2012 3:23 pm

    Where have I been? I had no idea that Marcia Clark had written any novels! I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one and her other.

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