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1.0 out of 5 starsWhat happened?
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
I have read many of Margolin’s books and have found him to be reliably entertaining and competent or better. What happened here? The plot was so silly that, at first, I thought the book was a spoof and I wasn’t getting the joke. The living characters were barely distinguishable from the corpses. The writing was so wooden that I wondered if the author hadn’t pulled a Patterson and had someone else do the writing. I hope this was an aberration and that the author will return to form with his next effort.
This slow moving book was not up to Margolin's usual standard. It went into too many directions and the back an forth in time was confusing. Robin Lockwood plays an almost marginal role until the last part of the story. At the core of the plot you have a cold blooded murderer who got away time after time thanks to a clever counsel. And the ending could be seen coming from a long way. Three stars because I am fond of the author and of his heroine. Hope he cleans up his act before the next installment of the series.
We own a home at a resort in Central Oregon and heard Phillip speak at the local bookstore. This book met and exceeded my expectations. Like some other interviewers I can’t wait for the next book. It’s one of those rare books that you enjoy so much that you don’t want it to end. Margolin can weave a great tale. You feel like you’re in the book next to the characters. Enough details to keep you turning the page, but not so much to bog you down. A fun read.
The only issue I have with Phillip Margolin's books is the time it takes for him to write the next one!! I've read all Margolin's books and enjoyed every one. A Reasonable Doubt is a new and different plot from any I've read. Awaiting the 4th in the Robin Lockwood series and/or a different page-turner!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2020
Not.the best effort.from Margolin while this was a fun book to read, it lacks the cutting edge of his prior novels. The characters are interesting, and the way he goes back in time sparks interest, but the ending is predictable