Title: Accidental Lawyer
Author: Kim Hamilton
Genre: Crime Fiction
Set in the brilliant and diverse city of Baltimore, Accidental Lawyer, is a humorous, often irreverent portrayal of the dubious practice of personal injury law. Jessica Snow has a crisp new law degree, a grinding ambition, and a pesky moral compass that is often at odds with her new job as an ambulance chaser. Her face and name appear on billboards and buses throughout the city, and if that isn’t enough to embarrass her mother, there’s a television commercial in the works. Her elevated status has her wrangling with a local mob boss, duping a drug dealer, and confronting phony clients. With the help of her bold and brassy sidekick, Kari, Jess develops a remarkable proclivity for this ignoble profession by wrapping up difficult cases and finding new business in unexpected places. When trumped-up murder charges are brought against her boss, she faces her biggest challenge yet tracking down a killer. Along the way, Jess builds a new kind of family for herself, her own tribe, made up of friends, colleagues and clients, many of whom are sure to raise eyebrows at her mother s dinner table.
How the hell do you write a crime fiction story filled with humour, a touch of romance and not fall flat on delivery?… I’m baffled, and very very impressed, as well as excited to read more from Kim. Accidental Lawyer is a true “who-dun-it” crime fiction story with suspense, that’s also filled with humour due to the characters and their traits. Trust me it works, you may think wait wait…. that’s not why we read crime fiction/thriller/suspense for humour? Read this and you will. I enjoyed every moment of this book as a reader from my experience. It was refreshing to read as a massive crime fiction/ thriller lover, due to the humour and touch of romance, totally different to the norm. The level of creativity in the plot to keep you guessing is really powerful.
I’m giving Accidental Lawyer 5+ stars because… well why not is the question? This author has created a story that’s fast paced, engaging with great characters. It’s impeccably written also. There’s a variety of lovable characters that will make you laugh out loud. My favourite was Mrs. Bianco a retired, Italian-American landlady who never seems to remove her housecoat, with her handgun and cigarettes tucked in the pocket. I also loved Kari, Delroy and of course Jess. Mrs. Bianco is close with Jess as her neighbour and central to the story, the parts with these characters sitting on the porch drinking port had me in stitches. Another thing I’d like say in my personal reading experience about the characters is, Kim has created characters that feel so very real from an inner- city environment. I found myself reading her bio again as I read, I wanted to know where she is from… as the characters (for me) felt so alive, very real.
Overall, this is a laugh out loud novel, that’s true to the genre of crime fiction/ murder mystery, that will keep you turning pages. I never guessed the who-dun-it, the plot is not see-through, I was shocked when I found out in the last chapter as there’s a twist. Kim is truly talented, I would for sure read her work again without any hesitation. I recommend Accidental Lawyer to crime fiction lovers who want something different from the norm, with lots of suspense also. Good job 5 + stars for this page turner Kim! Can’t wait for the next one.