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The Final Steps

The Final Steps is a must-read for fans of legal thrillers, murder mysteries, and crime novels.


Who murdered a popular law professor on a northern Michigan college campus?

Judge Rosaline Maxwell is living the good life. Retired from the circuit court bench, she now lives in the home of her dreams, lakefront in scenic Harbor Springs, Michigan. She’s written a fascinating new book and is invited to speak at a local college. But her idyllic existence is rudely interrupted by a call from her best friend, Tyler Guthrie, the college president.

A popular law professor has taken his final steps—he is found dead at the bottom of a popular outdoor staircase. The police suspect foul play. There are no witnesses, but key pieces of evidence make Tyler the number one suspect. After his arrest, Rosaline doubts her friend’s innocence but still jumps into the fray, abandoning the law, antagonizing local police, becoming an amateur sleuth with one goal and one goal only: To prove, conclusively, that Tyler Guthrie is innocent of this brutal crime.

Along the way, Rosaline receives anonymous death threats, warning her to stay away from the investigation, but the former judge will not be deterred from her quest for the truth. There is no shortage of interesting and quirky suspects as attorney/award-winning author Mark M. Bello keeps you guessing ‘whodunnit’ until the very end.

If not Tyler Guthrie, who killed Professor Kevin Johnstone?

Book Reviews
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
Melanie Kennedy - Amazon Review

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The Final Steps is a must-read for fans of legal thrillers, murder mysteries, and crime novels.