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Evil is Done: A Trish Maguire Mystery

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Trish Maguire, secure in her job as a top corporate lawyer, has almost forgotten the harshness of her early career defending abused children. But when Sam Foundling, her first client, comes back into her life as an adult, she's forced to revisit those painful times. Now a brilliant sculptor, married to Trish's colleague Cecilia and expecting his first child, Sam seems to have gotten over the abuse he suffered as an adolescent.

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Overview

Trish Maguire, secure in her job as a top corporate lawyer, has almost forgotten the harshness of her early career defending abused children. But when Sam Foundling, her first client, comes back into her life as an adult, she's forced to revisit those painful times. Now a brilliant sculptor, married to Trish's colleague Cecilia and expecting his first child, Sam seems to have gotten over the abuse he suffered as an adolescent.

When Cecilia is found beaten to death in Sam's art studio, the police, including Trish's best friend Caroline, are sure that Sam is to blame. Trish, however, is not so quick to believe it. Is Sam merely a distraught husband, trying to hold it together for his newborn daughter, or was the horror of his past too much for him to overcome? Or did Cecilia's murder have something to do with the seemingly cursed London Arrow building, built on the mass grave of plague victims?

In her eighth Trish Maguire mystery, Natasha Cooper shows all the emotional intelligence, strong characterization, and sense of place that have won her acclaim from both readers and critics.

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Publishers Weekly

The eighth Trish Maguire mystery (after 2005's Gagged and Bound) finds the intrepid London barrister once again sympathizing with a suspected killer. This time it's sculptor Sam Foundling, Trish's long-ago client, who reappears in her life just before his pregnant wife, Cecilia Mayford, is brutally slain in his studio. Trish's defense of Sam and inclusion of him in her Christmas plans puts her on the outs with her friend Chief Insp. Caro Lyalt, who must find the killer to redeem the tarnished reputation of the police. The small-world aspects pile on when Trish's long-term boyfriend George, a solicitor, learns that his firm is working on a project that involved both Trish and the murdered woman. The blustery depictions of wintertime London and heartbreaking domestic strife will still leave readers shivering and glad for another one of Cooper's trademark warm and happy endings. (Mar.)

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When a pregnant woman is badly beaten and dies, her husband is suspect. Barrister Trish Maguire (Gagged and Bound, 2005, etc.) and loss adjustor Cecilia Mayford, a respected judge's daughter married to talented sculptor Sam Johnson, one of Trish's former clients, are working on a case of structural insufficiency. Sam, once an abandoned baby mistreated in a foster home, comes to Trish for help when he receives a letter purporting to be from his mother, who's awaiting trial for infanticide. That same day, a badly injured Cecilia is taken to the hospital, where her baby is saved but she dies. Trish has no reservations about Sam's innocence, but his mother-in-law isn't so sure, and Trish's friend Caro, newly appointed to the murder squad, is certain he's guilty. The case is marked by some long coincidences. Trish's boyfriend George is a solicitor in trouble with his partners because of possible conflict of interest with Trish on the case of the dilapidated building. Judge Mayford never told Cecilia who her father was, and she's shocked to find out she had known him for years and met with him the day she died. And Cecilia's boyfriend from the university works for the firm that designed the building involved in the lawsuit. Though the police are pressed to arrest Sam, Trish sifts through alternative possibilities and hopes Caro will take another look. A suspenseful, angst-ridden page-turner.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312362126
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Series: Trish Maguire Mysteries Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Cooper is an expublisher, past chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and lifelong Londoner who sets her novels in the city that she loves. She also writes for a variety of newspapers and journals, and has contributed to many radio programs in the UK. She regularly speaks at crime writing conferences on both sides of the Atlantic, including an appearance as toastmistress at Bouchercon 2004. In 2002, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library, an award that goes to “the author whose work has given most pleasure to readers.”

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting London whodunit

    After eighteen years as a barrister Trish Maguire feels life has gone full circle. She works with Leviathan loss adjustor eight plus months pregnant Cecilia Mayford, who happens to be married to a highly regarded sculptor Sam Foundling, one of Trish's first clients. Trish and Cecelia are looking into the newly developed London Arms building in which cracks have formed. Sam, raised as a foster child, receives a letter from a woman in HM Prison claiming to be his biological mother, who needs his help as she stands charged with infanticide. However someone batters his wife at his studio. She is rushed to the hospital with head traumas, but though the baby is saved Cecilia dies. Trish believes Sam is innocent, but others like his mother-in-law Gina ¿Mrs. Justice¿ Mayford and Trish's friend newly assigned police Chief Inspector Homicide Detective Caroline Lyalt think otherwise and plan to prove their assertion. Trish looks at a host of other scenarios, but doubts Caro will listen to her unless she uncovers something solid. --- EVIL IS DONE is an exciting London whodunit in which the police and the in-laws believe the husband committed the homicide while his only friend Trish thinks otherwise. The cast is strong especially the support players who bring out the best in the heroic barrister. Already with some conflict with her boyfriend over the cracked building case, Trish¿s efforts to find evidence of someone else being the perpetrator while the police only follow clues to hang Sam make for a wonder mystery that readers will appreciate. --- Harriet Klausner

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