The Perfect Suspect by Margaret Coel
(A Catherine McLeod Mystery)

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David Mathews, the wildly popular candidate expected to win the Colorado governor’s seat, has been murdered. His death has made headlines across the nation and Denver’s police are scrambling to solve the high-profile case. Mathews’s estranged wife Sydney had motive—her husband’s infidelities—and when the gun used to kill him is discovered in the couple’s mountain home, Sydney is arrested and charged with first-degree homicide.
Catherine McLeod is covering the story for The Denver Journal and receives a call from an anonymous woman claiming she saw the real killer leave the scene of the crime but is afraid to confide in the police. To uncover the truth, Catherine must risk her career—and her life—to find the witness who can identify Mathews’s murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman.

About Margaret Coel

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Margaret Coel is an award-winning writer of nonfiction and mysteries. Originally a historian, she is considered an expert on the Arapaho Indians. She lives in Boulder, CO. Author websites:;;
Published September 6, 2011 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A reporter and a killer duel over the murder of a political candidate.

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“The Perfect Suspect will have readers on edge wondering what’s around the next corner.”As a sequel to her highly successful novel, Blood Memory, Margaret Coel has once again placed her popular character in the middle of a firestorm.

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(Catherine is also lucky as all get out: Everyone lets her in when she knocks.) Hints about her hidden past -- in the first novel she learned she's part Arapaho -- are sprinkled throughout the story;

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