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by Staff

Finding the right mesothelioma lawyer is an overwhelming process. While there are many law firms or lawyers to choose from, not everyone may be worth your time and money. And considering that you may not have much of either post a mesothelioma diagnosis, it’s best to be smart when hiring someone.


Striking Out, An Acorn TV Original


FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,

by Kathleen Costa

ACORN-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films and some programs only available or original to ACORN-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable, and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fans of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”


Hot and Cold: A Mystery Short Story

IN THE November 1 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTerrific Tales

by Debra H. Goldstein

Judge Emma Rose Stewart frowned. She would have to teach her new law clerk not to be quite so over eager, but in the meantime she had a duo dilemma to deal with. She wasn’t sure which was worse – the earnest young lawyer her clerk had left stranded in her office doorway or trying to hide the ice cream cone she had been eating behind her.


by Cynthia Chow

Being an unmarried, twenty-four year old woman in 1960 isn’t easy, especially when Eleonora “Ellie” Stone is struggling to establish herself as a professional reporter at The New Holland Republic newspaper. Now that her professor father recently died, Ellie knows that she can now never gain his approval and so she is on the brink of giving up and going back home to New York City. Fortunately for Ellie, but tragically for a young socialite, Ellie has the opportunity to make her career when she is the first reporter on the scene when hunters stumble over the body of Jordan Shaw.


by Deborah Harter Williams

David E. Kelley was a lawyer in Boston and then he got bored. He decided to write a screenplay and became a feature film starring Judd Hirsch (From the Hip). Not a big hit but the roots were there – outrageous courtroom behavior, humor and winning the case.


by Tess Young

Damages is a TV lawyer program that features Glenn Close, John Goodman, Rose Byrne, Ted Danson and others. It is a well thought out show with great acting and top notch actors in a dark environment. The creators of this television show have gone through some considerable effort not to center this program on the courtroom and moving from case to case. Instead, Damages is focused on blackmail and depositions, in intrigue and compromise…all outside of the courtroom.


Law And Fiction

IN THE August 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze

by Leslie Budewitz

As a mystery-writing lawyer, I’ve been fielding other writers’ questions about the law for years. Now I’m thrilled to share some of my knowledge in Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books, 2011). The book is aimed at the writer–of novels, stories, screenplays, and more–who recognizes that a legal thread runs through the fictional world, and that getting key details wrong can unravel the entire plot.

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by Terrell Byrd

I started flipping through this book at the Laundromat. There are a lot of fascinating topics laid out in a question and answer format. I started reading the situations aloud to a friend and then Ms. Budewitz’s answer. By the time our clothes were fluffed and folded, everyone in the place was listening and trying to solve the problems presented. One of the best discussions was over the excerpt below…


by Deborah Harter Williams

USA Network’s new series Suits asks “can a guy with eidetic memory pass the bar exam without going to law school, and fake his way through a big time law firm with the help of a senior partner?” And to up the stakes, he has to pretend he graduated from Harvard, in a firm full of Harvard Law grads.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer hit movie theaters this weekend after much anticipation by fans of Connelly’s books. My daughter read and loved the book and was among those waiting anxiously. While I had not read the book, the previews promised a great mystery/suspense movie.


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