Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Perfect Suspect-Margaret Coel

The Perfect Suspect
Margaret Coel
Berkley, Sep 6 2011, $25.95
ISBN 9780425243480

Police detective Ryan Beckman and married gubernatorial candidate David Mathews are having a secret tryst. However, knowing exposure would end his political ambitions just when he is the frontrunner, David ends their affair. In a crime of passion, raging Ryan kills her lover.

Beckman leads the investigation into Mathews' murder. She sets up the cuckold wife Sydney to take the fall. However, Beckman knows she must eliminate the witness who she saw watching her leave the Mathews' home. Once that is done Sydney will be convicted of her spouse’s homicide. That frightened unknown person anonymously calls Denver Journal investigative reporter Catherine McLeod who was covering the campaign and now the homicide; the person insists Beckman killed Mathews. While McLeod seeks witnesses who can tie the deceased and the cop together, Beckman plans to eliminate those who can do so.

The second Catherine McLeod journalist investigation (see Blood Memory) is an entertaining cat and mouse thriller, as two determined females hunt the same population with different intent in mind. The story line is action-packed though somewhat over the top but that also makes the tale fun. Readers will enjoy the chess match between the pair of feisty females.

Harriet Klausner

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