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Saturday, March 28, 2020

A Reasonable Doubt by Phillip Margolin

The book had a very nice background to it which was unusual. It was magic and illusion at the very highest level.  Chesterfield considered himself the very best, but he was greedy - he came from a very poor and harsh background and he made up a story that he was from an aristocratic home. He married well and was determined to get his hands on a fortune as well.

He also had a gambling problem which he thought he could wish away but would not go away with increasing debts. When he was indicted for murder he turned to a law firm and the lawyer who had got him free on two previous charges of murder. It seemed so suspicious when he was indicted for the third time. There seemed to be a pattern for the murders but Robin Lockwood was clever and the defense was very poorly prepared and so Chesterfield got away with it once again.

But his end was coming soon and when he was killed in front of a huge audience with no clues as to how it was done and by whom, Robin was again in charge of the case and through a clever process of detection and deduction the trail was found and followed.

The story runs between two time lines - that of Regina's defense of Chesterfield years ago and then coming to Robin's defense of today. It was not exactly confusing but may have been done with less of the past and more of the present.

The story is a quick read and the final outcome was a surprise.

Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of St. Martin's Press.


  1. I’m starting to tire of the dual timeline, it’s so common these days.

  2. Sounds fascinating Mystica. Hmm the fact he was killed in front of so many without anybody knowing who did it. Interesting.

  3. I just listened to The Perfect Alibi by this author. My husband recommended it but, I didn't like it as much as he did. The one you read sounds better,

  4. I love when the ending is a surprise. This sounds intriguing.