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The Perfect Suspect (Catherine McLeod Mystery Series #2)

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Good but not up to the standards of the Wind River series

    Book Two in the Catherine McLeod series by Margaret Coel - 3.5 stars. The Candidate for governor of the state of Colorado has been murdered - and the cop assigned to investigate the murder is his mistress - the murderer. (No spoiler there - that is all in the first chapter of the book.) The only mystery here is if Catherine McLeod (investigative reported for the Denver paper) can identify the only witness in time to save her life and solve the case.

    The story is told from the point of view of both Catherine and of the murderer - Detective Ryan Beckman - as each describes her (competing) part in the investigation. Along the way at least two more people are murdered, and Catherine is attacked twice before Detective Beckman can be apprehended.

    Although I liked this book, it is not up to the standards of Ms Coel's Wind River series - and may not be up to the standard of the first Catherine McLeod story. I enjoyed the device of identifying the killer and then telling half the story from her point of view, but alone that was not enough to carry the story. And the inclusion of McLeod's Indian heritage felt contrived as it had no real part in moving the story forward.

    It is possible that people who have not read the Wind River books would like this one more than I did, after all, it is a well told story, but it is not up to Coel's best.

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