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Pamela Wechsler Books In Order

Publication Order of Abby Endicott Books

Mission Hill (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Graves (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fens (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Pamela Wechsler
Pamela Wechsler is a mystery author who worked as a prosecutor with federal and state bodies for over seventeen years. The prosecutor turned writer also served as an assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney in Boston. In the course of her legal career, Wechsler prosecuted for many crimes, including murder, which explains her detailed account of investigation processes in her stories. The Boston-born author moved to Los Angeles to work as a network televisions producer, writer, and legal consultant. Some of the shows she has worked on include Law and Order, Canterbury’s Law, and Criminal Intent, to mention but a few.

Mission Hill
Mission Hill is the first book in the Abby Endicott series. The book stars Abby Endicott, the chief in Boston’s District Attorney’s office. Abby’s primary task involves prosecuting the most dangerous killers in the city, a job her elite family doesn’t think highly of. Having graduated from Harvard Law, everyone expected her to secure a prestigious position and not work in a low-class job with meager pay. Despite all the pressure from her family, Abby is committed to her job. She loves every bit of it even though her salary cannot afford her the kind of lifestyle she is used to.

A call from a detective reporting a horrific murder wakes up Abby. The detective doesn’t go much into the specifics, but Abby is shocked to discover that the victim is her colleague Tim Mooney. Tim and Abby have been close for years, and they have been having a secret affair even after Tim married. While Tim’s murder shakes Abby to the core, she is determined to stay involved in the case. This is the only way to ensure that justice is done for Tim and stop the Madness Abby thinks is just beginning. Why was Tim murdered? Is it possible that his killing is connected to one of the cases he was working on?
This is a gripping story starring a flawed woman who will go to great lengths to uncover the truth. While still grieving the loss of a man she loved and her parents’ trouble, Abby works to piece all the details surrounding Tim’s murder and ensure all the criminals involved pay for their crime. Abby is deeply flawed. First, she has been having an affair with a married man even though she has a boyfriend, she mostly ignores. She also likes the lavish life even though her salary cannot sustain her lifestyle, not to mention her anxiety and trust issues. However, her dedication to her job makes her loveable. She follows leads to put her life in danger and doesn’t compromise where seeking justice is concerned.

If you love courtroom/legal thrillers, you are going to love Mission Hill. Following Abby through her investigation is quite thrilling, and the author describes the scenes so well you feel like you are right there with her. The author also allows the readers into Abby’s chaotic life. With a boyfriend pushing for a commitment and a father who wants his daughter to get a better job, Abby has a lot going on in her life. It is admirable how she stays focused despite all the distractions and, in the end, uncover details that the FBI may have missed. If you are in the mood for a well-written legal story, this book is perfect.

The Graves
The Graves is the second book in the Abby Endicott series. This time, Abby returns in this thrilling follow-up, but things seem to be looking up for her. The dedicated chief in the DA’s office is set to be picked as the next District Attorney. Abby’s boyfriend Ty has also moved in with her despite her family’s objections. However, a serial killer in the streets of Boston is giving Abby sleepless nights. Two college girls have already been discovered murdered by the same killer, and one girl is currently missing. Determined to get justice for these girls, Abby launches her investigation only to find a link between the killings and a prominent government official’s sons. What Abby doesn’t know yet is that killer is right under her nose, and she is possibly the next victim.
In this book, we get deeper into Abby’s professional and personal life. At work, Abby is the hands-on prosecutor who leaves no stone unturned. Surrounded by bosses who want her to give up her independence, Abby often has to go against them to ensure that justice is served. Her personal life gets chaotic at times, mostly because her wealthy parents are not as pleased about the choices she makes. The author also introduces Homicide detective Kevin Farnsworth. Kevin is working with Abby to solve the murders, and Abby cannot trust him yet, or anyone else for that matter.

This is a thrilling piece on the connection between privilege and justice. The story is fast-moving, and as the tension builds, you will have a hard time putting the book down. While this is the second book in the series, you do not need to have read the first book to enjoy it. The author gives Abby’s backstory in the first chapter, so it easy to follow whatever is happening in her current life. Despite her weaknesses, you are going to love Abby. It is easy to see why she stands out as a prosecutor, the deeper she gets into this murder investigation.

The Graves is an intriguing story with several subplots, an outstanding protagonist, and a complex mystery. Abby will constantly be under pressure from the Governor, her boss, and some of her family members but she stays focused on her job. The murder investigation and the criminal trial that follows will leave you at the edge of your seat, and the intrigue remains to the end. The author has done a great job of balancing Abby’s personal and professional life, so you get a balanced view of what her days look like. If you enjoy surprises and action, you are going to love this book.

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