Sunday, May 31, 2015

Book Review: "A Good Killing" by Allison Leotta

Was it Edgar Allen Poe who said, "Believe half of what you see, none of what you hear?"

That quote would certainly apply to Allison Leotta's newest legal thriller, "A Good Killing."  It's the latest in the Anna Curtis series.  And it had me guessing until the very last page.

I'm not going to say that this is her "best work yet," because I think all of Ms. Leotta's novels are amazing.  I love a good mystery.  And she's good.  Very good.

I especially related to the bond between the two sisters.  It made me ask myself "how far would I go for my own sisters?"  

I'll take the fifth on that question because I don't want it to come back to haunt me.

"A Good Killing" by Allison Leotta

Online at amazon and other online sellers, hardback and digital.  Suggestion - get the hardback, you'll want to have it for your library.  I have a feeling this author hasn't even hit her writing prime.  And that's super exciting.

Allison Leotta

"Former federal prosecutor and critically acclaimed author Allison Leotta’s spellbinding thriller follows prosecutor Anna Curtis as she heads home to Michigan to defend her sister in a case that will bring her to her knees.

How far would you go to save your sister?

Anna Curtis is back in her hometown just outside of Detroit. Newly single after calling off her wedding, Anna isn’t home to lick her wounds. She’s returned to support her sister, Jody, who has been wrongfully accused of murder after their old high school coach, a local hero, dies in a suspicious car crash.

But maybe Jody isn’t so innocent after all. The police are convinced that Jody was having an affair with the married coach and killed him out of jealousy. As Anna investigates with the help of her childhood friend Cooper Bolden, an Afghan War veteran with a secret of his own, she slowly peels back the facade of her all-American town and discovers that no one is telling the truth about the coach, not even the people she thought she knew best. When the town rallies against them, threatening not just Jody’s liberty but both sisters’ lives, Anna resolves to do everything she can to save her sister and defend the only family she has left."  (From

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thank You. Yay or Nay?

We've all officially survived another
"Staff Appreciation/Administrative Professionals Day/Week."

So, now here's the question for "Emily Post."  

If you happened to be fortunate enough to receive an individual gift from your attorney(s), beyond the hot dog lunches, ice cream bars, chair massages and "group company gifts,"  should you give her a formal handwritten "thank you," or is an email enough?

I'm not completely ill-mannered.  I know that bouquet of flowers or that box of candy or Starbucks gift card deserves a phone call (make it quick, it's their billable time) or an email.  But, should you take it even further and write out an old-fashioned "Thank you?"

And does the "one month after the gift, thank you card" rule apply to Secretary's Day?  

If not, I'll gladly take your answers to apply to next year.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Famous Paralegals - Did You Know Ellen Degeneres was a Paralegal at One Time?

Thanks to the folks at Online Paralegal Programs for keeping me "in the know."

They  recently finished working on a research graphic “Famous Paralegals."

If you want to know more about what they offer, click here