Thursday, September 22, 2011

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THE PERFECT SUSPECT
A CATHERINE McLEOD MYSTERY
BY MARGARET COEL
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Catherine McLeod is back! A new Catherine McLeod mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wind River mysteries!


When David Mathews, candidate for Colorado governor, is found murdered in his mansion, all signs point to his wife, Sydney, the perfect suspect. But Catherine has been covering the candidate's campaign and she has stumbled across rumors that suggest David Mathews is not the charismatic man he seems to be and that he has been living a double life. Then an anonymous caller tells Catherine that she saw the killer leave the mansion after she had heard three shots fired. The killer is none other than Detective Ryan Beckman, on the fast-track with the Denver police department and above suspicion. Detective Beckman is in charge of the investigation into the murder.

Catherine realizes it was probably a crank call, something about the desperation and terror in the voice convinces her the woman is telling the truth. The plot moves from Denver's wealthy, privileged enclaves to the the city's gritty, crime-ridden ghettos as Catherine races a hardened and sophisticated murderer to find the only witness who can bring the killer to justice, certain that if Detective Beckman, with the resources of the police department, wins the race, the caller will be dead. As the hunt goes on, Catherine realizes that the killer is hunting her, and before she can save the witness, she must first save herself.

AN EXCERPT FROM THE PERFECT SUSPECT:
She never meant to kill him.

Shooting David was not a premeditated act. There were no plans, no blueprints, like the detailed drawings of a grand building. Nothing like that. It had happened in an instant, the loud retort of the gun that had shattered the quiet and shocked her as much as it shocked him. She had seen the shock and disbelief in his eyes before they went glassy and he started stumbling backward, grasping at the cord of a table lamp. The lamp had crashed on top of him.

Ryan Beckman pulled herself over the steering wheel and flexed her fingers. Her hands had gone numb, she had been gripping the wheel so hard, staring at the oncoming headlights on I-70, taking the curves around the mountains too fast. She needed to put as much distance between herself and David Mathews' house as possible. Still she forced herself to let up on the gas pedal. It would never do to be stopped by the state patrol when everyone at headquarters thought she was in Breckenridge. She could see the lights of Denver glowing in the rearview mirror.

Not premeditated? Then why did you bring the 9 mm Sig 226 Tactical? That would be the first question the detectives would ask.TO FINISH READING THIS EXCERPT, VISIT MARGARET COEL'S WEBSITE HERE.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Margaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden. The latest is The Spider's Web. Her newest Catherine McCleod novel, THE PERFECT SUSPECT, was just launched on September 8. It follows BLOOD MEMORY
 
Her novels have received wide recognition. They have been on the bestseller lists of numerous newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Five novels have received the Colorado Book Award. THE SPIRIT WOMAN received the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best Novel.

She is a native Coloradan who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says. She moved out of Colorado on two occasions — to attend Marquette University and to spend a couple of years in Alaska. Both times she couldn't wait to get back.

Along with the Wind River mystery series, Margaret Coel is the author of five non-fiction books, including the award-winning Chief Left Hand, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. This biography of an Arapaho chief and history of the Arapahos in Colorado has never gone out of print. The Colorado Historical Society has included both Chief Left Hand and Margaret's memoir-history of railroading in Colorado, Goin' Railroading (which she wrote with her father, Samuel F. Speas) among the best 100 books on Colorado history.

Her articles on the West have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Creativity! and many other publications. Speaking engagements on the people and places she loves best have taken her around the country and as far away as Australia. She visits the Wind River Reservation every year, "just to catch up with my Arapaho friends."

She writes in a small study in her home on a hillside in Boulder. The window frames a view of the Rocky Mountains and the almost-always blue sky. A herd of deer are usually grazing just outside, and one summer a couple of years ago, a mountain lion made its home close by.

"Every day,"she says, "I drink in the West."
To read an interview with Margaret, go HERE. 

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I want to see how the detective is caught and brought to justice.

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debbie said...

I am curious as to why the detective commited the murder, and what happens next.
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Interesting that the setting is in Denver. It lends a certain urgency when the killer is hunting the main character!


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On her website, under the heading of non-fiction, there is a biography about an Indian,'Chief Left Hand'. He was fluent in English and a skilled diplomat. Haven't heard of him before so that sounds interesting.


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bison61 said...

Shooting David was not a premeditated act. There were no plans, no blueprints, this book sounds great

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Teressa Oliver said...

I like the line she never meant to kill him. Kill who?

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So many things make this book intereting to me---that the shooting wasn't premeditated, that the victim is in politics, that the police detective may be involved---it just sounds riviting.
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On the author's website I learned that she won the 2010 High Plains Emmeritus award.
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A new twist - knowing who-dun-it right away! That hooked me.
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It drew me in with just that bit of teaser. I can't wait to read the book.

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I visited the author's site and I found all of her books interesting, and would really like to read The Spider's Web.

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