Murder at Black Oaks Book Review

Murder at Black Oaks Book Review

Title: Murder at Black Oaks
Author: Phillip Margolin
Published: November 8, 2022, Minotaur Books
No. of Pages: 253
Cover Price: $14.99 Kindle

Readers who are following The Robin Lockwood series by bestselling author Phillip Margolin will welcome the 6th installment, Murder at Black Oaks . Robin is asked to meet a retired District Attorney, Francis Melville at his manor in the mountains of Oregon to help him overturn a case where he wrongfully convicted a young man and essentially ruined his life. The manor has a long interesting history of strange happenings, and there is a spooky ambience as Robin interacts with Mr. Melville. During Robin’s visit, Melville is murdered, and Robin must keep herself safe while trying to solve the murder.

Phillip Margolin is a master of the legal thriller. This novel is well-organized and flows with dozens of twists and turns. Robin is a likeable and relatable protagonist, and it is easy to imagine that she is a real person similar to someone we all know. She has problems and has gone through some horrible life experiences, including seeing her fiancé murdered. Robin is also an excellent attorney, and her skills are the catalyst to solving the murder and keeping herself and the other supporting characters alive.

Margolin does a good job of capturing an almost gothic ambiance, giving the novel a bit of darkness. It adds to the suspense that builds during the entire novel. This may not be the best of the Robin Lockwood novels, but it is a good read and Lockwood fans will enjoy it.

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

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