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“Comfort” book mystery

Reviewed by Cathy

Just the Facts: Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark to be released April 2011 Galley edition by Netgalley

Verdict: ★★★☆☆

Who Cares?  FICTION – ADULT: Mystery, Detective, Suspense & Thrillers: Mystery & Detective

Short Bio:  Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.

But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.

With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.

Eyewitness Account: As a mystery connoisseur, this is what I call a comfort book. It has all the expected things people imagine in a mystery: A death leaving questions as to the reputation of the deceased, a nosy investigator getting involved in someone else’s case to the point of endangering her own job, a love affair with a member of the investigating competition that both gives access to all clues they found and challenges Rachel’s fear of relationships, lastly, a group of friends that help her pull off all the illegal things she does to solve the case. The natural evolution of plot and Marcia’s character development are definitely the whipped cream and cherry on top of this comfort, sundae mystery.

Other Books Read by This Author: I don’t know that Marcia has written any other fiction. Nonfiction includes Without a doubt and Marcia Clark: Her private trials and public triumphs


★★★☆☆ Plot Development

★★★☆☆ Characterization

★★★★ Writing Style

★★☆☆☆ Original Idea

★★★☆☆ Page Turner

Overall ★★★☆☆


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