Evidence of Murder (Theresa MacLean Series #2)

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Jillian Perry has been found dead in the woods, leaving behind a husband of three weeks and a young daughter. Her body shows no visible marks, and the autopsy reveals no sign of foul play. Apparently it was a suicide—Jillian purposely wandered into the forest and succumbed to the freezing weather. But something doesn't feel right to forensic investigator Theresa MacLean, and she can't let it go.

Still emotionally shattered by a devastating loss months ago, Theresa focuses all ...

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Overview

Jillian Perry has been found dead in the woods, leaving behind a husband of three weeks and a young daughter. Her body shows no visible marks, and the autopsy reveals no sign of foul play. Apparently it was a suicide—Jillian purposely wandered into the forest and succumbed to the freezing weather. But something doesn't feel right to forensic investigator Theresa MacLean, and she can't let it go.

Still emotionally shattered by a devastating loss months ago, Theresa focuses all her attention on the case—one that gets stranger with the appearance of the dead woman's ex-boyfriend seeking custody of Jillian's little girl. Every twist the investigation takes raises the stakes lethally higher. And unless Theresa can find evidence of murder—evidence that doesn't seem to exist—someone may soon share Jillian's ghastly fate.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to Takeover, Black paints a believable portrait of a professional woman struggling to move on with her life. Cleveland forensic scientist Theresa MacLean has been in a fog of grief since her fiancé, Paul Cleary, was killed in a bank robbery eight months earlier, but her latest case needs all the concentration she can muster. When 24-year-old Jillian Perry, a former escort, turns up dead in the woods, Theresa doubts the police theory that Jillian committed suicide. Jillian was the devoted mother of a five-month-old, and her husband of three weeks, who wasn't the child's father, was on the verge of making big bucks with the innovative video game he and a partner had developed. As Theresa re-examines the evidence, a man claiming to be Jillian's boyfriend wants to claim her body and petitions for custody of her baby. Was he a boyfriend or a stalker? This fast-paced thriller features a lot of detailed forensics with a rip-roaring ending. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Cleveland forensic examiner Theresa MacLean has her share of troubles; she's a single parent, and her fiancé has recently been killed during a bank robbery. When her cousin Frank, a homicide detective, enlists her help in collecting evidence in the death of a former escort, she doesn't expect to become entangled in the investigation. But she can't accept that a recently married woman with a five-month-old baby would take her own life. Clues and evidence elude her, but she can't let go; the personalities of the dead woman and the people surrounding her just don't fit the version of events provided to the police. Theresa's intuition tells her that the woman was murdered, and she intends to do everything she can to prove it. VERDICT In this second novel in a new series (after Takeover), Black weaves a highly entertaining if somewhat improbable tale of drama and suspense. Fans of forensic thrillers will look forward to seeing more of her witty and likable heroine.—Linda Oliver, MLIS, Colorado Springs
Kirkus Reviews
A bereaved coroner is stymied by the apparent suicide of a beautiful young mother. It's a deadly cold winter in Cleveland, and forensic investigator Theresa MacLean is barely functioning. Still in shock over the murder of her fiance, a cop, she is beginning to screw up, not in her science, but in her handling of the human side of criminal cases. Carried along only by dedication and love for her teenage daughter, but emotionally as frozen as the subzero winds off Lake Erie, Theresa finds herself beginning to thaw after a missing person turns up dead with no signs of violence. In fact, lovely former escort Jillian Perry is found with barely a mark on her, seemingly frozen to death with only one small spot on her sweatshirt sleeve. But would the happy, healthy and loving mother of an infant really have chosen to wander off into the woods to die from exposure? Pairing up with a cousin who was her fiance's partner, Theresa looks into Jillian's strange life and finds that her husband did not father baby Cara; her best friend may have been a stalker; and her late grandparents left a fortune to Cara. Two other cases complicate the story as Theresa delves further into the actions of the stalker-buddy and the now-wealthy husband, analyzing fibers, substances and stomach contents to prove a most ingenious murder. Black (Takeover, 2008), a former forensic scientist, knows her stuff and briskly leads readers along the trail of clues right behind her likeable, no-nonsense heroine. Smart science propels this intelligent, well-thought-out crime thriller. Agent:Stephanie Lehmann/Elaine Koster Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061544507
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Series: Theresa MacLean Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 386,235
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Black

Lisa Black is the author of three previous thrillers featuring Theresa MacLean: Trail of Blood, Evidence of Murder, and Takeover. A latent fingerprint examiner and CSI in Florida and a former forensic scientist for the Cleveland coroner's office, she is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and has testified in more than fifty homicide trials. A native of Cleveland, she lives in Cape Coral, Florida.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    fabulous forensic investigative thriller

    Eight months have passed since Cleveland forensic expert and single mom Theresa MacLean's fiancé Paul Cleary was killed during a bank robbery. She has tried to move on, but still grieves her loss and struggles at home and on the job.

    The murdered corpse of twenty-four year old former escort Jillian Perry is found in the nearby woods. Theresa's cousin homicide detective Frank asks her to help him on the investigation. She disagrees with the prevalent police theory that Jillian committed suicide. Instead Jillian had turned her life around and had every reason to live as she loved and cherished her five-month-old child and was a newlywed with an adoring husband, who along with a partner was about to make millions on a video game they invented. Soon after she joins the inquiry, a man steps forward claiming he is Jillian's boyfriend and files for custody of her baby.

    The sequel to TAKEOVER is a fabulous forensic investigative thriller as the murder case ironically brings Theresa back to life though she still mourns her loss. The police investigation is intelligent though it contains a high degree of implausibility. Still the audience will not care as readers will root for the heroine who brings sass and wit to the job.

    Harriet Klausner

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    good read!!

    This book is pretty good. Theresea ends up solving a murder when everyone else thought it was a suicide. It has alot of twists and turns and keeps you wanting more. The story is well written and is definately worth reading!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Liked it a lot!

    I am impressed with Lisa Black's writing style. Very thought provoking, edge-of-your-seat kind of balance. The author sees things from a different perspective and is able to transform that perspective into words. I'm looking forward to more books from her.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    John McClain move over...Theresa MacLean is back!

    Please read Lisa Black's Takeover before reading Evidence of Murder or you won't understand the burden Theresa is overcoming. She gets through her depressing but necessary job with the medical examiner's office due to a characteristic that motivates countless divorced mothers: gumption...and the need to earn her daughter's upcoming college tuition. In the second book, she also adds grief motivated grit. Theresa's going through the motions and just isn't paying that much attention to crime scenes after her own headlong foray into a crime scene that cost her nearly everything.

    Then she handles 3 crime scenes that only bear a passing resemblance to each other - exposure to Cleveland's brutal weather... and everyone's readiness to write them off.

    At first, everyone around her is glad to see Theresa taking an interest in, well, anything, but when she seems to become obsessed with one of the crimes, the supposed suicide of an ex-escort who's also a new bride and mother, gladness turns to concern. Is she letting her grief color her findings...or is it sharpening her focus on a young husband who doesn't seem to exhibit a fraction of the pain Theresa is still suffering?

    As always, Lisa Black/Elizabeth Becka colors her story with the atmosphere of the surroundings and Cleveland's frozen winter is a major character in this mystery. We care about Theresa and her daughter...and wonder if she'll ever give hostage negotiator Chris Cavanaugh a break. But it's Theresa's never give up attitude that makes Evidence a winner.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Very good book.

    I really like this author! I will be reading more of her books. If you enjoy a really good mystery you will love this book. It was very well written. LMW

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    good read, keeps you hanging until the end

    develops the plot to the very end

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    slow to start but turns around

    Overall another good book in this series. Will move on to book #3 next. Love the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    Recommend

    Theresa is a smart medical examiner who was barely coasting along after a tragedy in her personal life. Then a case catches her interest so completely, she forgets her own problems and doggedly pursues a man, only she believes, is the killer of his wife. Of course the man who is extremely clever, smart, popular and "rich". You have to admire her persistence and use of forensics to prove murder, with nothing but her intuition to push her. I was caught up right away. Everyone involved believes the case a simple suicide. Without support, how is she going to manage. The ending was surprising, and very satisfying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    slow

    The first 3/4 of thisa was very slow. THERE WAS TO MUCH TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING EXCEP THE CASE AT HAND. The last 3 chapters were good, moving the case alone to a climax, without all the BS in the first part of book. I now know why it was so cheap. Her first book was quite good, this one bad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Poorly written. Very scattered story line.

    Poorly written. Very scattered story line...do not recommend, hard to hold your interest .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    great read

    I loved this book cant wait to read another one:

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    Evidence of Murder

    Not her best work, but enjoyable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Great book.

    Great read and gets even better towards the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black

    Great story! I couldn't put it downand will definately buy more books from this author; how refreshing to read a book this good with no profanity or graphic sex! Kudos to Lisa Black! Please give us more of Teresa!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Another win for Lisa Black!

    A great second book in the Theresa MacLean series. I shows her struggles. I definitely recommend reading this series in order.

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    Eh, it was okay

    I bought this book as I had read her first book in the series, Takeover. That one was better, more interesting keeping you on the edge of your seat. This book was okay, but nothing exciting. I don't think I'll buy the third one.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Evidence Of Murder

    Will keep buying Lisa Black stories. I really enjoy the stories and think all will too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Highly recommended

    very good mystery will read more of her books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Highly Recommend!

    Very good read. Exciting and can't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    In process of reading now.

    So far, so good!

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