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Evil Is Done: A Trish Maguire Mystery (Trish Maguire Mysteries) Hardcover – March 6, 2007

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The eighth Trish Maguire mystery (after 2005's Gagged and Bound) finds the intrepid London barrister once again sympathizing with a suspected killer. This time it's sculptor Sam Foundling, Trish's long-ago client, who reappears in her life just before his pregnant wife, Cecilia Mayford, is brutally slain in his studio. Trish's defense of Sam and inclusion of him in her Christmas plans puts her on the outs with her friend Chief Insp. Caro Lyalt, who must find the killer to redeem the tarnished reputation of the police. The small-world aspects pile on when Trish's long-term boyfriend George, a solicitor, learns that his firm is working on a project that involved both Trish and the murdered woman. The blustery depictions of wintertime London and heartbreaking domestic strife will still leave readers shivering and glad for another one of Cooper's trademark warm and happy endings. (Mar.)
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“Trish Maguire is a heroine for our times.” ---Val McDermid
Praise for Natasha Cooper and her mysteries

“Natasha Cooper is a fiercely intelligent writer with a hotline to the darker side of modern life.” ---Crime Time

“Trish is an engaging character, warm and human, and well drawn.” ---Donna Leon, The Sunday Times

Keep Me Alive

“Gripping.” ---Publishers Weekly

A Place of Safety
“Cooper excels at depicting the effects of terror on the weak and the strong; happily, Trish is one of the latter.” ---Kirkus Reviews

“A dark and savage story with a deviously clever plot.” ---Booklist

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Product Details

  • Series: Trish Maguire Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312362129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312362126
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,969,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After eighteen years as a barrister Trish Maguire feels life has gone full circle. She works with Leviathan loss adjustor eight plus months pregnant Cecilia Mayford, who happens to be married to a highly regarded sculptor Sam Foundling, one of Trish's first clients. Trish and Cecelia are looking into the newly developed London Arms building in which cracks have formed.

Sam, raised as a foster child, receives a letter from a woman in HM Prison claiming to be his biological mother, who needs his help as she stands charged with infanticide. However someone batters his wife at his studio. She is rushed to the hospital with head traumas, but though the baby is saved Cecilia dies. Trish believes Sam is innocent, but others like his mother-in-law Gina "Mrs. Justice" Mayford and Trish's friend newly assigned police Chief Inspector Homicide Detective Caroline Lyalt think otherwise and plan to prove their assertion. Trish looks at a host of other scenarios, but doubts Caro will listen to her unless she uncovers something solid.

EVIL IS DONE is an exciting London whodunit in which the police and the in-laws believe the husband committed the homicide while his only friend Trish thinks otherwise. The cast is strong especially the support players who bring out the best in the heroic barrister. Already with some conflict with her boyfriend over the cracked building case, Trish's efforts to find evidence of someone else being the perpetrator while the police only follow clues to hang Sam make for a wonder mystery that readers will appreciate.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
It's so rare to get hooked on a detective story these days. I didn't want this book to end. All the ingredients were there: 3-dimensional characters that a reader could care about; a strong, smart heroine who doesn't get rescued and doesn't put herself in needless danger, a plot with just the right twists and turns, and enough clues to keep us guessing. We're transported vividly to London with scenes of bridges, streets and buildings.

Consider this a rave. Perfect reading when you're brain dead from real work or just in dire need of intelligent escape fiction.
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In Natasha Cooper's "Evil is Done," barrister Trish Maguire reconnects with successful sculptor Sam Founding, whom she had met seventeen years earlier. He was only twelve then, and along with his deep emotional scars, he had numerous burns and bruises all over his body. Fortunately, Trish was able to free Sam from his sadistic foster parents, and a caring teacher later introduced Sam to the magic that clay could hold for an artist. Now Sam is laboring to complete a piece for entry in a prestigious art contest. However, tragedy intervenes when Sam enters his studio to find his pregnant wife, Cecilia, dying after an unknown assailant savagely beat her. The police immediately focus on Sam as their number one suspect, since the spouse is usually the culprit in this type of crime. Making matters worse is Sam's reputation for instability. He frequently quarreled with his wife, with whom he had a stormy relationship. Trish takes up Sam's cause, but she is soon appalled to learn that the senior officer in charge of the investigation is her best friend, Chief Inspector Caroline Lyalt, who is starting a new job with the Major Incident Team of the Metropolitan Police. Caro is determined to find enough evidence to arrest Sam for the murder of his wife, and she bitterly resents Trish's unwelcome interference.

Natasha Cooper is a talented writer, and Trish Maguire is a wonderful creation. She, like Sam, had a troubled childhood, and she identifies with those who have no champions to support them. Five years earlier, Trish became the guardian of her half-brother after his mother died. Now, thirteen-year-old David is very dear to her, and she and her partner, George, have gladly assumed the role of surrogate parents. They are delighted to see David blossoming under their care and guidance.
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Set in modern London, Evil Is Done tells of a moody, temperamental sculptor (Sam) who returns to his flat one evening and finds his very pregnant wife dying from blunt trauma wounds. Since the sculptor, Sam, has an unstable past and is statistically the most likely perpetrator--almost everyone's suspicion falls on him.

Natasha Cooper's heroine, Trish Maguire, feels in her heart that Sam didn't commit the crime. Trish, a barrister, becomes involved in this murder case that doesn't have anything to do with her--looking for any evidence that could lead the police's suspicion away from her new friend, Sam.

The plot develops v-e-r-y slowly, and it's quite boring in many places. Descriptions of the cute clothes the women are wearing, annoying sections about the teen boy living with Trish, etc. really drag the story down. This is a book you can easily put down, and not everyone will pick it back up again to finish it. Ms. Cooper writes well; and no doubt Trish is a good person, but she's a little too wonderful and therefore a little irksome. Some of Cooper's characters are not as believable or understandable as they should be. For example, Caro Lytle, the investigator into this awful murder, happens to be a long-time friend of Trish's. Inexplicably, Caro refuses to consider the possibility that Sam could be innocent, in spite of statistics. Caro is a menace to Trish and comes across as rude, incompetent, and as a bully. It doesn't seem very credible that a good friend would jab at Trish quite so much and without just cause.

It's been a long time since I've seen men so easily ignored in a work of fiction as in Evil Is Done. All the main characters are women, and they are all powerful and well to do.
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