Temporary Sanity by Rose Connors

August 9, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): IS HOMICIDAL INSANITY EVER A LEGAL JUSTIFICATION FOR MURDER?

Cape Cod attorney Marty Nickerson, formerly a prosecutor, faces hard questions as defense attorney for Buck Hammond. With TV cameras rolling, Buck took justice into his own hands. Now he is charged with murder one but he refuses the only viable defense: insanity. Marty and her partner in love and law, Harry Madigan, are already stretched thin when, on the eve of Buck’s trial, a bleeding woman staggers into their office. Her attacker has just been found — dead — and he’s an officer of the court. Now Marty has two seemingly impossible cases. But legal motions and courtroom strategy may be the least of her worries, as shocking revelations soon bring fear to the Cape and devastating twists to Buck’s trial….

Warning: Spoilers below!

Liked:

  • This was an easy, breezy, uncomplicated read that was perfect for a lazy summer weekend. It did not require the use of any brain cells, which is certainly a good thing every once in a while!
  • Marty Nickerson is a decent protagonist. I wish she had a few more layers to her, but maybe other aspects of her character will be developed as the series moves along. So far, we’re really only getting one side — with a few very brief scenes of her and Luke (son) and her and Harry (lover) to show that she’s more than just a lawyer.
  • I’m glad the Kidd didn’t have a bigger role in the murder trial. It would have seemed very unrealistic to have him go from handling bankruptcies and commercial collections to murder one in the blink of an eye.
  • Geraldine Schilling seems like a pretty interesting character. There needed to be more of her in this book!

Disliked:

  • I hated how Maggie, the daughter of Sonia Baker (the battered woman being held for murder), was just carrying on at Marty’s house as though nothing had happened. Sure, I get that she didn’t like her mother’s boyfriend and that the guy was an abusive pig, but still… I really felt that she should have been more traumatized, serious, and perhaps even withdrawn instead of carrying on as though she were on a sleepover with the most popular boy in school.
  • The second judge in the Buck Hammond murder case was annoying. Maybe I found her particularly grating because I’ve seen more than my fair share of antagonistic judges on shows like The Good Wife, or maybe that kind of blatant bias just struck me as so obvious as to be unbelievable. Whatever the case, I found her antics to be eye-roll worthy.
  • I thought the ending was completely bogus!!! So let me get this straight: The prosecuting attorney, J. Stanley Edgerton, decided to kill the parole officer, take a “stab” (ha ha, get it?) at the first judge, and go after Harry too just because he thought they were all “corrupting the system” or something???? Oh, puh-leeze. What a terribly far-fetched motivation that completely undermined all the buildup from the previous pages.

Rating:

On the whole, I thought Temporary Sanity by Rose Connors was your average courtroom drama. There’s nothing spectacular about her prose or her characters, but she manages to get the job done in a satisfactory manner (for the most part). The ending could have been a lot better, but I’ve definitely read worse. I give this book 3 stars out of 5.

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