Review: Fifty-Fifty by Steve Cavanagh


Title: Fifty-Fifty {Eddie Flynn #5}

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Published: February 25th 2020, Orion

Status: Read February 2020, courtesy Hachette Au


My Thoughts:

I’ve had Steve Cavanagh on my TBR for a while as I was intrigued by the idea of a courtroom drama series featuring a conman-turned-lawyer. When I was assured Fifty-Fifty, the fifth book in the series to feature Eddie Flynn, could be read as a stand-alone I decided to just jump straight in, and I’m glad I did.

In Fifty-Fifty, Eddie finds himself embroiled in a high profile, complex murder case when two sisters accuse each other of the brutal murder of their father, former NYC Mayor Frankie Avellino. The evidence suggests either, or both, could be guilty. Eddie is convinced that his client, Sofia Avellino, is innocent. One woman is lying. One woman is a murderer. But which one?

I really enjoyed this clever, well paced, suspense laden novel. I generally don’t have any trouble predicting the guilty party in books such as these, but for almost the entire length of the story I truly felt either sister, Sofia or Alexandra, could be have been responsible for stabbing their father over 56 times.

I warmed to Eddie and his associates, Harper and Harry immediately, as well as his (not exactly but sort of) co-counsel, Kate Brooks and her investigator, Bloch, both of whom it seems will have a significant role in the series going forward.

Fifty-Fifty is sharp, smart and surprising. Even if I can’t find the time to read the first four books in the series, I’m looking forward to continuing with it.


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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 08:24:13

    I really enjoy a good crime novel that keeps you guessing all the way through. I haven’t read Steve Cavanagh before. I need to give him a try.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 08:45:59

    Fantastic you could jump in like that. I have read and enjoyed quite a few courtroom/crime dramas. I will add series to my list.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. littlemissstar55
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 08:53:41

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I think it’s something my mum would be interested in. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Jennifer
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 11:11:48

    Thank you (I think). Another series to add to my list 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Beth F
    Feb 28, 2020 @ 23:54:08

    I’m making note of this. I like it that you could start from book 5 and not feel lost.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Athira
    Feb 29, 2020 @ 13:22:15

    LOVE courtroom novels but I don’t read enough of them. My dad’s a big fan and I’ve been looking to introduce him to some. This sounds perfect.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. anaussiebooknerd
    Mar 01, 2020 @ 18:12:32

    I’ve just started this one.



  8. sydneyeditor1
    Mar 01, 2020 @ 22:18:29

    I am so looking forward to this one, and it seems as good as it sounds. I read one other in this series & was soooo pleased it was generally easy to dive in to.



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