Carol Childs is in the middle of one of the biggest stories of her life. Her daughter Cate has returned from college with a boyfriend in tow. A photographer who police suspect to be The Model Slayer, responsible for the murder of three young women.
Not since the Hillside Strangler has Los Angeles been so on edge.
And when the police arrest Cate’s boyfriend, Carol’s personal life and professional worlds collide. A tattooed cocktail waitress calls the radio station and asks to speak with Carol off the record. She knows the true identity of the real Model Slayer because she says she killed him.
Tensions mount as the clock ticks. The police are convinced they have the right man. Mother and daughter aren’t talking. Carol can’t reveal to investigators all she knows, and unless Carol can find the real killer before the trial begins, an innocent man may spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed for a crime he didn’t commit.
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REASON TO DOUBT by Nancy Cole Silverman | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you'll probably like them all.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Radio reporter Carol Childs's daughter, Cate, is home for the summer, and she's brought a boyfriend with her. Pete makes his living as a photographer, and the police begin to suspect him of being the Model Slayer, a serial killer who has been claiming victims in the Los Angeles area for the past several months. Cate insists that Pete is innocent, and Carol doesn't find him a compelling suspect either, but then a phone call at the station sheds new light on the case. Is Pete innocent? Can Carol figure out who the killer really is? The premise of this entry in the series intrigued me, and it didn't disappoint at all. This case becomes very personal for Carol for a couple of reasons, and that helped drive the plot. We got plenty of twists before reaching a page turning climax. The plot also brings out a different side of Carol, which I enjoyed seeing. The characters are all strong, and I loved seeing how Carol's love life progressed. The series straddles the line between cozy and traditional, and the subject matter here makes this book no exception. Just know that going in, and you'll be fine. Once you start, you'll definitely be hooked and turning pages as quickly as you can.
“Reason to Doubt” by Nancy Cole Silverman is book five in the “Carol Childs Mystery” series. The main characters continue from previous books, and background information is integrated seamlessly into the current storyline, so it is not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one. Carol Childs is a radio reporter in Los Angeles. Her daughter Cate has a new boyfriend, Pete, an ambitious fashion photographer. In a plot so current that it could be in today’s newspaper, police are diligently searching for “The Model Slayer” a photographer responsible for the deaths of three young women, and they thing they have found the murderer, Pete. Child’s personal life collides with her professional career. Her relationship with her daughter deteriorates, and her job as an investigative reporter leads her to critical information about the crime. Silverman’s pacing is appropriate, and the plot moves along nicely without getting bogged down. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional. They are real people with real jobs and real problems. The situations accurately reflect real life struggles and conflicts. (Certainly many parents have been surprised when a child suddenly introduces that special friend.) The strength of the Carol Childs series is that each novel deals with an intricate social problem, and the result is a novel rich in complexity and moral challenges. In this book Childs, an investigative reporter, must balance her professional responsibility to protect the confidentiality of a source against a moral obligation to reveal information that will assist the police in solving the terrible murders, The consequence of that decision, either way, is something “real-life” reporters face constantly. I received a copy of “Reason to Doubt” from Nancy Cole Silverman, Henery Press, and Edelweiss. “Reason to Doubt” is an easy to read book containing both mystery and murder. It has sufficient suspense and tension to keep readers turning the pages without too much blood and gore. It is entertaining, thought provoking, and satisfying at the end. The previous books are just as enjoyable, so if this is your first in the Carol Childs series, there are four more great books to read.
This is a fast paced and engaging book. I classified it as soft boiled versus cozy because of some adult themes surrounding the murder, but no language or violence takes place that this cozy mystery fan objected to. The book kept me hooked from beginning to end. Carol Childs is a strong and vibrant protagonist you can’t help but root for.