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.)Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Evil is Done: A Trish Maguire Mysteryby Natasha Cooper
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
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.
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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