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Reviewed by Melanie Kennedy for Readers' Favorite
The Final Steps: A Harbor Springs Cozy Legal Mystery by Mark M. Bello is the perfect whodunnit for a night under the stars or in front of a fire. Rosaline Maxwell is a retired attorney and judge, looking forward to her book tour around the country. Years of experience have shown Rosaline the flaws in the justice system, and so she set out to write about the miscarriage of justice that results in wrongful incarceration. It’s this valuable experience that Rosaline’s best friend Tyler Guthrie needs most when he is accused of murdering a coworker. Can Rosaline prevent her friend from landing behind bars as she’s seen so many innocent victims do? Even if she could, the real killer is still out there, happily slipping under the radar. But the killer’s luck might just have run out with Rosaline and Tyler on the case.
The Final Steps was such an entertaining novel. Rosaline came across as a wise and compassionate character, and if I ever got wrongfully convicted or was even suspected of something as heinous as murder, I’d want Rosaline on my side. Her love for her friend shows strongly as she puts in the time and effort to exonerate him. Mark M. Bello does throw in a few twists and turns in this legal mystery, so much so that you are never really sure who is innocent or guilty. He showcases his extensive knowledge of police procedures and legalese in an entertaining and thought-provoking way. The book is pure enjoyment and a bona fide puzzle until the final pages when all the pieces fall into place.