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Heaven Is High (Barbara Holloway #12)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  639 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
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 own 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 husb
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Kris Heywood
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read all of the Barbara Holloway books as well as everything else Kate Wilhelm has written over the years. I've always been impressed with that special something that separates her stories from anyone else's. For me, Heaven is High was quite a treat, since not only does part of it take place in my favorite state, Oregon, but the other part is set in Belize, a country I've long wanted to know more about. And I was happy to get the back-story of Martin and Binnie. I'd always wondered why Martin ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, audio-1000
I read this book for an Around the World challenge. In this book, Barbara Holloway is helping a woman named Binnie because Immigration is seeking to deport her back to Haiti, which would be a death sentence for her. Binnie's mother was from Belize but settled in Haiti. Binnie, who is mute, met her husband when she snuck aboard his boat while it was docked in Haiti and smuggled herself into the U. S. With only days to find the truth and protect Binnie, Holloway sets off for Belize. Binnie’s only ...more
I love this series by Kate Wilhelm (who is now in her 80's; I hope she had a wonderful vacation in Belize while writing this book, as much of the story is set there). I was confused at first, as so much of what happens in this book seemed to predate most of the others in the series, and finally discovered through other readers that this book chronologically is set between the first two in the series.
Barbara Holloway is an attorney, living in Eugene Ore, and sometimes practicing law with her sem
Melissa Rau
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked this book but was confused with how it fit in with the other Barbara Holloway books I read in the past. This book is obviously an early story even though it was published in 2011. Once you figure this out the story is a good one.
Teri Pre
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june2017
Better than #11!! The only weird thing was (if you don't want to get a maybe-spoiler, skip the rest)

that we always knew that Barbara would be fine because this all happened when she first met Martin and she's been working out of his restaurant for at least 5 books. :)
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I ever need a criminal defense attorney, I'm calling Barbara Holloway! Good back story for the series.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Barbara Holloway is getting settled in her new house and while helping neighbors with small legal problems is taking a break from being a defense lawyer. One day she answers the door to find a couple asking for her help. He is a huge x NFL player and his wife is a pretty petite woman who happens to be mute. They ask Barbara if she would help them with the INS who want to deport the wife as an illegal with no papers. Barbara is hesitant, having no experience with Immigration cases, she agrees to ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I spent many outdoor activities listening to this audiobook by a local author.
When former NFL football player Martin Owens and his wife, Binnie, who was born mute, arrive on Barbara Holloway's doorstep, she's moved by their plight. Three years earlier, while cruising with five teammates on a rented yacht near Haiti, Martin found Binnie hiding in his stateroom. He helped smuggle her into the U.S., and they fell in love. Now INS wants to deport her, even though Binnie isn't a Haitian citizen. Bar
Pr Latta
Yes, #12 is out of sequence chronologically. Sense of place: Oregon and Belize. From Ms. Wilhelm's blog: "Heaven is High was set in about 1982. I wrote it recently but it was on my mind for a long time and I finally yielded to the impulse to fill in that blank, how Barbara met Martin and Binnie and why the enduring friendship developed. It also amused me to think that my readers will know something that Frank will never know. It was strange to write of a time before cellphones and modern compute ...more
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! what a good read. This book is about an attorney named Barbara Holloway who is currently on a break when two people show up one day on her doorstep, A football player and his wife. Binnie who was smuggled on a ship. Binnie who's mother was kidnapped and enslaved when her boat was attacked. Her mother died and that is when Binnie decided to leave. Immigration is threatening to deport Binnie back to the same guy that killed her mom. The only way to get out of it is to have proof of her mother ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked the main character Barbara's personality. Because this was the first book I've read in this series, I had no previous knowledge of the characters. I did not think it detracted from the plot. I enjoyd the movement of the story from the US to Belize and back again. The plot moved along quite well and the characters Barbara meets along the way added to the story. I listened to this book on tape, while execising. It kept me interested so my time flew by on the treadmill. I will read other bo ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kate-wilhelm
I have finally caught up to the final Barbara Holloway story. This is probably one of the hardest of hers to read. I didn't think I would enjoy it from the description, and it was a bit hard to get into the story.

There are some marvellous descriptions of Belize, and someday I'll take a look and see if it is correct.

The story takes place very near the beginning of her career, I think after her first case. It's like a time machine, going back in time. The story tells how she met Martin and Binnie
Dale Harcombe
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Probably three and a half stars is more like it. My first Kate Wilhelm book and I may well read another. This was a good quick read. I liked the character of Barbara and her concern despite herself for Martin and Binnie. It's interesting the way she dashes off arrow prayers and she throws herself into danger for others. As one who adores orchids, the desciption of the orchids really appealed to me and the descriptions of Belize which meant nothing to me before this book.I admit I am always a suc ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
While one of the reasons I like to read Wilhelm's Holloway series is her setting in Eugene OR and around it in forests and coasts, it was refreshing to see Barbara in a new setting, though we go back in time from the recent books to see how her relationship with Martin and Binnie developed. I missed having Frank in this book, but the story, with its connections to current events like piracy, and the setting in Belize was a nice change of pace, as was having the mystery develop outside of the usu ...more
Jill Manske
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wilhelm is a very good writer. As with past books, her characters are realistic and engaging. The plot in this book is quite unique and presents a whole host of ethical issues, in addition to legal ones. The writing and dialog helped transport me to Oregon and Belize; it was easy to imagine the settings and the characters in them. There was just the right amount of surprises to keep things interesting, while still believable. I couldn't put it down - exciting and entertaining both. Score another ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Barbara Holloway has been asked by former pro football player Martin Owens and his wife Binnie seeks her help in finding Binnie’s biological mother’s true identity to prove that she was born in Belize and hot Haiti. Binnie must learn her identity before she is deported. If deported to Haiti she’ll be sold into prostitution. Barbara, believing that the search for information is will be a minor expedition but once she arrives finds she has placed herself in a dangerous situation.

Heaven Is High is
karen otto
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This one took me a while to lose myself in the plot -- it was very disconcerting that this entry in the Barbara Holloway series seems to go back 20 years in time to when Barbara first met Martin and Binnie Owens (restaurant owners and the future home of Barbara's neighborhood "drop in" legal practice).

Once I put that schism aside, though the plot is engaging as always. Kate Wilhelm is wonderful at creating vivid, memorable characters, and showing the many shades of gray that make up most of us.
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From Oregon to Belize and back this book keeps you on your toes. It starts out with a not so simple request and moves on to mystery, murder and kidnapping. Not necessarily in that order, either. It's about family lost and found. Untold millions of dollars. Drugs. Okay, that's as far as I'll go. Don't want to spoil it for anyone. Suffice it to say, this book is in keeping with the high standards set by Kate Wilhelm. Only puzzling thing I found was the date the book supposedly set in. Seems to go ...more
Sherry Rhodes
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not. I did. The underlying theme is a popular is the motive or underlying cause of vast numbers of crimes,but that doesn't mean that everyone involved in that crime have the same motive. It reminds us financial security is not a blanket of protection against all misfortune. People are much to complex to fit in one little box and again, how things first appear is not always an accurate picture of the truth. But then again, sometimes ...more
Aug 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a very good sort of "fill in the blanks" addition to the Barbara Holloway mysteries. It is set after she comes back to Oregon, and explains quite a bit about her store-front practice at Martin's Restaurant. Martin and Binnie are interesting minor characters in later books - this book explains their story. This book does not have the plot twists and turns, character development, etc. of later novels, but it is still a very worthwhile read!
Kate Wilhelm is one of my favorite authors!
Jun 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: legal, calibre-read
It's been awhile since I've read a book in this series, but I remember liking them more than I did this one. My credibility was stretched too far, even for me who is generally able to overlook gaps in logic and understands that the hero always escapes. A new book in the series is coming out and I'll probably give it a try...maybe the antics in this one were a fluke. Or, maybe I just don't remember how far-fetched they were.
Anne C.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
I liked this book more than her last one (which I found disappointingly predictable). It's back to her usual excellent characterizations and interesting choices. The courtroom is featured much much less, leading to it feeling more like a suspense/adventure than courtroom procedural, but it was still well done and an interesting read.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Heaven is high by Kate Wilhelm is marked as #12 in the Barbara Holloway series but it clearly is not, it is more in the line of a 5 or 6...I felt like I was missing a story in the series, and I finally found it. Having read the later books in the series it was good to know how Barbara started to work with Binnie and Martin.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was confused when I started, but then figured out (I think) that this book (although brand new) takes place between the first two books of the series. So, it allows Wilhelm to go back and write a legal thriller in the time before Google and cell phones, which is kind of cute. But, I couldn't quite get into the story as much as usual with this series.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This has been one of my favorite books of the series so far. The story within the story, Barbara, Bailey and the legality of the case. All come together to weave a tangled web that eventually gets untangled at the very end. I hope that we find out a bit more about the Belize story in a future book, along with Benny and Martin.
Denise Dougherty
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Many books in this Barbara Holloway series under the belt, but the writing in this is a bit stilted - almost amateurish in places. The storyline is a bit fantastic but it let me know how Barbara met Binnie & Martin. Of all the books read in this series, this is my least favorite.

Overall, I didn't hate it but would be hard pressed to recommend it.

Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
Great book. It fits after Death Qualified and covers the bit where she meets Martin who's restaurant she uses as an office in the other books. I liked the fact that it was just about an immigration issue and not murder. Then things started escalating to levels beyond murder. And I enjoyed it all the way.
Marilee Steffen
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Barbara Holloway, an attorney from Eugene, Oregon helps an illegal immigrant and her high profile husband fight the wife's deportation to Belize. Not all is as it seems. A drug cartel and a relative are trying to gain access to the farm in Belize by eliminating the rightful inheritors. I'd give it 2.5 stars.
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it was not my favorite of Whilhem's Barbara Holloway novels. It took some time to get into the plot and I didn't like that it was set more in the past than other more recent Barbara Holloway novels.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This one is set in the time frame that explains how Barbara came to operate out of the restaurant... the back story of Binnie, Martin's wife. It's full of all the suspense I expect from a Barbara Holloway story... and it takes her to a new environment, in the jungle of Belize.
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Kate Wilhelm’s first short story, “The Pint-Sized Genie” was published in Fantastic Stories in 1956. Her first novel, MORE BITTER THAN DEATH, a mystery, was published in 1963. Over the span of her career, her writing has crossed over the genres of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy and magical realism, psychological suspense, mimetic, comic, and family sagas, a multimedia stage producti ...more
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