Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Shadow of Doubt by Terri Blackstock (Review)

Series: Newpointe 911 #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: January 1, 1998
368 pages
About the Book:

A poisoned past. A bitter present. Is Celia a murderer ... or a victim? Detective Stan Shepherd lies comatose in the hospital, a victim of arsenic poisoning. The Newpointe police have a Celia Shepherd, Stan's wife. Celia is no stranger to such charges. When her first husband died of poisoning, a technicality scuttled the case against her and Celia got of scot-free. Now it looks like the same old story---only this time, the motive appears plain. An old flame has moved into town under circumstances bound to raise suspicion. And that's just for starters. More evidence is gathering that can put Celia away for good. But attorney Jill Clark thinks the pieces of the puzzle fit together a bit too neatly. Either her client's Christian faith is a sham or she's the victim of a deadly frame-up---and the real killer is still afoot.

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐⭐

I really enjoyed the character of Aunt Aggie. She is a feisty fighter, I laughed so hard when she used her purse to get herself locked up. Her neice Celia has been accused of poisoning her husband with all the evidence pointing to her. Aunt Aggie is one of the few characters who believed her and stuck by her amid all those who questioned. I felt like the police were lazy and didn't even consider the fact that the evidence seemed too obvious. However, Celia's sneaking around didn't help her at all. She made some pretty dumb moves. I figured out who was setting her up very early on. I liked Stan. Even though he had a brief period of doubt, he was determined to trust what he knew. He was vocal and questioned his coworkers' findings. I was invested in the story and the characters. I enjoyed the faith element and how Celia put her trust in God during a really difficult time. Also, it was fun to catch up with characters from book one.

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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