Barbara Holloway

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,156 ratings

Death Qualified Publisher's Summary

Five years ago Barbara Holloway gave up practicing law, disillusioned with a profession that put politics before justice. Then she receives a phone call, with a simple message: "I need you."

Nell Kendricks's husband disappeared seven years earlier, abandoning his young family. Nell hasn't seen him since, until the day Lucas Kendricks arrives at the edge of her property and is shot, instantly killed.

Accused of his murder, Nell turns to lawyer Frank Holloway for help. But Frank knows he cannot win this case alone. He calls upon his daughter Barbara, who remains "death qualified," legally able to defend clients who face the death penalty if convicted.

Barbara is determined to stay distanced from the case, but the more she learns, the more questions she finds herself asking. Is Nell innocent, as Frank attests? Where has Lucas Kendricks been for the past seven years? Despite her vow, Barbara finds herself drawn to the case and reclaims the search for truth that first led her to the law.

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  • Book 1

    • Death Qualified

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 287
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 122

    Five years ago Barbara Holloway gave up practicing law, disillusioned with a profession that put politics before justice. Then she receives a phone call, with a simple message: "I need you."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a good plot and a great reader

    • By Alex on 12-19-04

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 2

    • The Best Defense

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    A gripping, poignant, and masterful courtroom novel, The Best Defense is a major work from one of America's most popular writers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't put it down

    • By Alex on 12-19-04

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • Malice Prepense

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 233
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    When he was a kid, Teddy Wendover had an accident that left him stunted at the mental age of eight. Physically, he's six-foot-two and 28-years-old, but he acts and thinks just like a little boy. Could this big little boy be a killer?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well-crafted with Compelling Characters

    • By Carol T. Carr on 03-13-06

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 4

    • Defense for the Devil

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: A Full Cast
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Mitch Arno always meant bad news for the coastal town of Folsum, Oregon. When they ran him out of town 17 years ago, he left behind a wife with two daughters and a family that never wanted to see him again. When he returns, he brings trouble in the form of a lot of suspicious money. As Barbara attempts to counsel Mitch's wife about the money, a second form of trouble arrives: Mitch's corpse.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Her Usual Good Job

    • By Lehua of Pacifica on 04-23-08

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 5

    • No Defense

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 88

    Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases, but this time it seems there's no defense at all. It appears that Vinny Jessup died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. Then the sheriff finds the gunshot wound. With a large insurance policy as her motive, could his much younger wife have staged the death?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific Plot

    • By Kay M on 07-19-03

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 6

    • Desperate Measures

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 489
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 190

    Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the toughest cases - and winning them. But this time she's up against an unbeatable opponent - her father, the lawyer who taught her all she knows.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than the first

    • By Sharon on 09-29-03

    Regular price: $22.99

  • Book 7

    • Clear and Convincing Proof

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 74

    Because he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it's no surprise that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic's doors, lawyer Barbara Holloway must use her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic accused of his murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good One

    • By Don on 02-15-05

    Regular price: $25.17

  • Book 8

    • The Unbidden Truth

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 236
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    When Louise Braniff hands Barbara Holloway a large retainer and asks for complete anonymity, the Oregon attorney is both intrigued and suspicious. The woman, a respected music professor, is a member of a group that sponsors worthy causes involving women. And they want Barbara to defend Carol Fredricks, a gifted young pianist who stands accused of murdering the manager of a piano bar.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By Steph Smith on 05-23-06

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 9

    • Sleight of Hand

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    When a seemingly simple case turns complicated, respected attorney Barbara Holloway must rethink her game plan. Gregarious Las Vegas entertainer and ex-con Wally Lederer claims he's turned his life around. But when Jay Wilkins, a childhood friend, accuses Wally of stealing a valuable artifact, it's up to Barbara to ferret out the truth. Wally swears he's innocent. But when a murder takes place and the police name Wally as their prime suspect, Barbara knows he is in serious trouble.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kudos for Anna Fields

    • By C. A. Gelsinger on 09-28-07

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 10

    • A Wrongful Death

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 240
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    Elizabeth Kurtz has taken her small son and fled her ex-husband and his mother after finding a file of explosive material incriminating the family. Although the wealthy family employs a detective agency to find her, she manages to elude them. When Elizabeth finally contacts Barbara Holloway for help, the defense attorney finds the woman dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best in the series

    • By Sharon on 09-15-07

    Regular price: $19.57

  • Book 11

    • Cold Case

    • A Barbara Holloway Mystery
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    Controversial author and scholar David Etheridge is not the kind of company an aspiring politician wants to keep. But ambitious senator Robert McCrutchen has a history with Etheridge that he's desperately trying to keep under wraps: 22 years ago, both men were investigated in the still-unsolved death of a young coed.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • I can not believe I listened to all of this book

    • By Nathan on 08-25-08

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 12

    • Heaven Is High

    • A Barbara Holloway Novel
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 75

    Barbara Holloway is a low-key attorney in Eugene, Oregon, who left her father’s high-powered firm to handle small legal problems for local residents and ponder her next move. But while trying to sort out her own future, two people, desperate for help, show up on her doorstep: former pro football player Martin Owens and his wife, Binnie. Binnie, who is mute, met her husband when she sneaked aboard his boat while it was docked in Haiti and smuggled herself into the US.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Out of sequence

    • By Zoe on 05-24-11

    Regular price: $19.56

  • Book 13

    • By Stone, by Blade, by Fire

    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 148
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 148

    Travis Morgan’s case seems open and shut: A plot to kill his estranged father, fundamentalist preacher Arlie Morgan, goes awry and his bullet slays an innocent bookkeeper. Two eyewitnesses seal Travis’ fate. But despite damning evidence and an admitted hatred of his father, Travis staunchly maintains his innocence. Beseeched by his anguished mother, veteran defense attorney Barbara Holloway agrees to represent Travis. With the support of her father, attorney Frank Holloway, and crack private investigator Bailey, Barbara reveals a zealot, his ultrarich backers, and unimaginable atrocities.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Typical Wilhelm

    • By E. D. Kelly on 06-03-13

    Regular price: $24.47

  • Book 14

    • Mirror, Mirror

    • The Barbara Holloway Mysteries, Book 14
    • By: Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Chaos has descended on the Valducci family. Gina Valducci's grandmother and mentor, the founder of the family's thriving nursery business, has died. Her death sets off a string of seemingly unrelated events, including two horrific murders. Gina's colleague Jeff stands out as an obvious suspect, with plenty of motivation, opportunity, and means.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Believe me I wish it wasn't my true opinion

    • By OkImListening on 08-25-17

    Regular price: $27.97