Catherine McLeod Mystery #2
Berkley Prime Crime
September 2012 / ASIN: B0052RE5CA
by Cheryl Green
I have found
another new-to-me series. At least this time I am starting with
the second book in the series and not the ninth. The Perfect Suspect
starts off with a bang – yes pun intended. David Mathews is
running for governor in the state of Colorado. He is expected to
win big. Too bad someone decided to do him in. Ok—wait a minute
I need to tell you that the murderer is Ryan Beckman. No, this is
not a mistake – the author has decided to tell you upfront
who did the deadly deed. Ryan only brought the gun so David would
listen to her –how the gun went off is not her fault. Ryan
has been having an affair with the candidate and he broke it off
– because a scandal might cause him to lose the election.
Anyway, Ryan made sure
that she left no evidence of being at the house. In fact she is
really on vacation miles away. Too bad she is seen leaving the scene
of the crime. Early the next morning, Ryan gets a call from her
boss, Sargent Crowley, who wants her to head up an investigation.
It seems that gubernatorial candidate David Mathews has been found
dead by the housekeeper. Oops – did I forget to tell you that
Ryan Beckman just happens to be a detective for the Denver Police
McLeod, investigative reporter for the Denver Journal, receives
a call from an unnamed woman who tells her that she saw the killer
leave David Mathew’s house and it was Detective Ryan Beckman.
She saw the detective on television and recognized her. Catherine
will have to track down the source to solve the crime. She will
put herself in harm’s way in order to solve the murder, bring
down Ryan Beckman and even make her deadline.
This is the first book
I have read by the author Margaret Coel – you can be sure
it will not be my last. It is a well written mystery – shown
from a different angle. It was fast-paced and I had to slow down
my reading in order to catch my breath. So if you like a mystery
that will keep you turning the pages well into the night, then
The Perfect Suspect is for you.
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