The Advocate's Felony : The Advocate

  • by Teresa Burrell
  • Narrated by John Bell
  • Series: The Advocate
  • 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Attorney Sabre Brown's phone rings at 2 a.m. she's shocked to hear from her brother, Ron, who has been in Witness Protection for the past seven years. Someone has discovered his whereabouts and is trying to kill him - and possibly Sabre as well.
Sabre and her private investigator, JP, leave sunny San Diego to find her brother who has gone underground. Based on a single clue, they begin their search in the cold, wintry Pacific Northwest. They soon discover that the six felons whom Ron testified against have been released from prison. One by one, they are being murdered.
Sabre and JP race to find Ron and stop the next bullet. As the clues unfold, they're unsure if someone is trying to kill Ron or protect him. Or is Ron the killer? Could Sabre's beloved brother have changed during his long absence and is he now seeking vengeance? Sabre risks her relationships, her career, and her life to seek the undeniable truth. Is Sabre's love for her brother overriding her sound judgment and if so, is there a final bullet with Sabre's name on it?


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Surprisingly excellent mystery/suspense novel!

I had never heard of this series but thanks to Whispersymc for Voice and its low prices I decided to try it. I will now listen to all of this excellent series. Teresa Burrell in new to me. She is a superb writer.

The advocate is a lawyer and abused children's advocate. He brother, who is in the federal witness permission program, finds his life at constant risk.

Narration is excellent.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Good Winter Read/Listen

I am a really tough sell when it comes to legal thrillers. I like them because they make my paperwork intensive, mostly mundane work as a civil litigator - interspersed with an occasional trial which is always more exciting to me than my juries - seem exotic and daring. It's easy to make legal, procedural or ethical mistakes in a lawyer mystery that I'll pick up on and get mad about. (I haven't read a John Grisham or Lisa Scottoline book in years to avoid being irate.)

Teresa Burrell avoids the pitfalls, and I'm hooked on her Advocate's series. Her lawyer heroine - Sabre Orin Brown - is a child advocate, practicing in children's courts in San Diego. That's an entirely different world than the criminal courts so adeptly described by Marcia Clark in her Rachel Knight series and Michael Connelly in his Lincoln Lawyer series. The difference in Courts gives the Advocate series an intriguing setting.

"The Advocate's Felony" (2014) reintroduces Ron Brown, Sabre's brother, who'd briefly appeared in "The Advocate" (2009). What's neat for me as a reader/listener is that his introduction was so strong then I've been waiting for Burrell to bring him back. Sabre's relationship with her gentlemanly cowboy/private investigator, J.P. Thorne, is slowly developing over the course of the series. Thorne's an interesting character in his own right - and I'd bet he could carry a whole book or series.

The actual setting for "The Advocate's Felony" mostly isn't the Courts in California, but on the wintery plains of Montana. Part of the book takes place in a Hutterite colony, a patriarchal Christian commune that segregates men and women. Burrell's colony is fictional, but the religion is real - and one that I knew of but mistook as a branch of Mennonites. Sabre's temporary integration into that conservative community is fun to imagine. There's also an intriguing Montana loner who's important to the story and to the Colony - Twofer (I'm not sure about the spelling since it's an Audible).

The mystery and the twists are - as usual in Burrell's books - good, and the solution isn't obvious.

I really wasn't wild about this narration. At all. Having a male narrator works fine for this series, but John Bell's voice for women characters - other than Sabre - more than doesn't work. Most of the women and children ended up nasally and high pitched, as if everyone came from Boston and then got a cold.

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- Cynthia "Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always.""

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2014
  • Publisher: Teresa Burrell