A Reasonable Doubt Book Review

A Reasonable Doubt Book Review

Title: A Reasonable Doubt
Author: Phillip Margolin
Published: March 10, 2020, Minotaur Books
No. of Pages: 304
Cover Price: $27.99 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

Robin Lockwood is back in the third novel in this excellent legal suspense series, A Reasonable Doubt by bestselling author Phillip Margolin. Robin is fairly inexperienced as a practicing attorney, but was made a partner in a busy law office headed by famous criminal attorney, Regina Barrister, who has been forced to retire due to early onset Alzheimer’s. Robin is a Yale law graduate, and former MMA fighter, and while fairly new at prosecuting cases, holds her own. Years before, Regina defended a magician who was accused of two murders. Now he’s back performing onstage and has a new trick. He calls his old law firm to secure a patent on this new trick, and although the law firm can’t do the patent, Robin is invited to see the trick performed. Robert Chesterfield performs the trick perfectly, but disappears.

Margolin is an excellent storyteller, and knows how to build suspense. He is also good at developing his characters. Robin is likeable, as well as the supporting characters in the law firm. Robert Chesterfield is not at all likeable, and readers will have an instant dislike toward him. Readers aren’t the only ones who dislike him, though, because he is subsequently murdered in a bizarre string of events that seem impossible because the murder happens while he is onstage performing his amazing trick in front of an audience. Luckily Regina has some moments when she remembers things and when some of her legal brilliance shows through. This helps Robin with the case, and coupled with Robin’s expertise, there is a chance the case can be solved.

As usual, Margolin delivers an excellent thriller that will keep readers on the edges of their seats. This is a great series, and this novel is highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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