Trish Maguire Series by Natasha Cooper (1~9)
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Overview: Natasha Cooper was Chairman of the Crime Writers’ Association in 2000/2001. She reviews books in THE TIMES, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT and the NEW LAW JOURNAL. She is the author of, among others, FAULT LINES and PREY TO ALL.
Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
#1 – Creeping Ivy
Every mother’s worst nightmare comes true when Antonia Weblock’s four-year-old daughter vanishes from the local playground. Antonia desperately turns to her cousin Trish Maguire for help. As a barrister specializing in cases involving children, Trish knows exactly what can happen to them at the hands of abusive adults. But no one can be above suspicion and it isn’t long before Trish herself comes to the attention of the police.
#2 – Fault Lines
The brilliant and idealistic Trish Maguire returns in a devastating case of corruption and conspiracy.
In a particularly difficult case of alleged child abuse, Trish knows that the jury’s decision hinges on the persuasive testimony of her friend and star witness, Kara Huggate. When Kara doesn’t appear at the trial, she realizes that something must have gone terribly wrong.
She returns to her chambers after court to find the police waiting for her with some horrifying news: Kara has been brutally raped and murdered. At first it seems as though her attacker was the Kingsford Rapist – a serial rapist and killer who has managed to elude the police. Then several inexplicable clues indicate that the murderer may have been a copy cat.
Trish receives a letter from Kara, posted the night of her death, asking her to help a suspicious man named Blair Collons. Although Trish decides to help him out of loyalty and affection for her friend, she cannot understand why Kara cared so much for the paranoid and strangely obsessive Blair. Soon Trish finds herself mired in his unhappy story, with potentially devastating consequences.
#3 – Prey To All
British barrister Trish Maguire is keeping a deathwatch at the bedside of her father, from whom she’s long been estranged, when an old friend prevails on her to help Deborah Gibbert, a woman accused of suffocating her own ailing father. Even her own family believe Deb killed her father, a difficult man whose death by "natural causes" was successfully challenged by Deb’s sister and led to a guilty verdict against her. Trish’s own conflicts with her father inform her efforts on Deb’s behalf; so does Deb’s long friendship with an M.P. whose motives for helping her case are murky, to say the least.
This relatively bloodless psychological thriller is short on suspense but somewhat longer on character development. Trish is a complex woman whose sense of obligation to her family and friends, as well as her clients, often results in the kind of intrapsychic conflicts that make for interesting reading but detract from the pace of the narrative and do little to ratchet up the dramatic tension. This is her third appearance in an otherwise unremarkable series that will appeal mostly to those interested in the arcane workings of the English legal system.
#4- Out of the Dark
An eight-year-old boy comes running out of the dark to find barrister Trish Maguire one wet Sunday night. Just before he can reach her, he’s knocked over by a skidding car. Fighting to save his life, the rescue team finds Trish’s name and address sewn into the boy’s clothes. The police are convinced that he must be her son-but Trish knows he can’t be. Is he connected with one of her clients? Could he be a blood relation? And who has sent him to Trish?
Recovering from a miscarriage, about to go to court with a career-changing commercial case, and missing her partner, George, who is 5,000 miles away, the last thing Trish wants is responsibility for a lost boy. But there is no one else. Her search for the boy’s identity takes her to a brutal inner-city housing project, where she has to confront not only the reality of life for the poor and destitute, but also many of her own fears. News of a particularly brutal murder reaches her, and within hours she learns that her erratic father is the chief suspect. It will take all her resolution and integrity to pick her way through this maze.
The gulfs between rich and poor-and between the heroically honest and those for whom life and the law are always negotiable-rip off the last of Trish’s self-protective blinders. There are choices to be made and lives to be saved.
#5 – A Place Of Safety
Sir Henry Buxford asks Trish Maguire to investigate one of his private charities that controls a magnificent art collection built up before 1914 and lost for most of the 20th century. As a small job expands to montrous proportions, Trish’s private life is shattered by a death she knows she will never forget.
#6 – Keep Me Alive
Why did investigative journalist Jamie Maxden die? The coroner says it was suicide. The case is closed. Only one man fights to reopen it. Will Applewood is sure Jamie was about to expose a scandal that would shame the British food industry. But Will is notorious for his conspiracy theories. No one listens to him. In despair he turns to his barrister, Trish Maguire.
Felled by food poisoning in the middle of Will’s case against a huge supermarket chain, Trish is ready to believe any story about dangers lurking inside the pretty packaging of the food we eat. Even though she has more than enough to do already with the trial, an attempt to save a child at terrible risk, and plenty of emotional complications of her own, she agrees to help.
Will’s campaign takes her deep into the countryside, revealing a world that seems quite different from the metropolitan life she knows. But human nature doesn’t change—whatever the environment.
Moving between the ravishing landscape and the grim depths of the inner city, trying to save lives and sanity, inexhaustible Trish is driven into a crusade—both personal and professional—that combines excitement, drama, and agonizing human tragedy.
#7 – Gagged & Bound
Barrister Trish Maguire tackles a thirty-year-old terrorism case when distinguished biographer, Beatrice Bowman, hires her to fight a libel claim by a new ennobled member of the House of Lords who says she misidentified him as one of the terrorists who killed a busload of young children.
Meanwhile, Trish’s old friend, Inspector Caro Lyalt, faces an impossible decision—blow the whistle that could end a colleague’s career (and jeopardize her own), or do nothing and never forgive herself. In the running for a fantastic new job within the police force, she learns that a South London crime family is paying off her biggest rival. The villains gag and suffocate anyone who tries to expose their secrets. If the allegations are false, she loses all hope of this job or any other, but if they are true and she does nothing, she’ll live with the guilt forever.
Trish is caught in the middle. As she and Caro help each other find the information they need, Caro’s top informant is shot. Then the body of a young woman turns up in a park, bound, gagged, and suffocated with all the trademarks of a mob killing. And someone is trying to use Trish’s twelve-year-old brother to force her to drop her inquiry. Picking her way through the maze of lies and threats, she brings danger terrifyingly close to herself and the people she loves.
In her seventh thrilling Trish Maguire mystery, Natasha Cooper explores the full destructive power of the wrong words spoken at the wrong time.
#8 – A Greater Evil
Trish Maguire, secure in her job as a top corporate lawyer, has almost forgotten the harshness of her early career defending abused children. But when Sam Foundling, her first client, comes back into her life as an adult, she’s forced to revisit those painful times. Now a brilliant sculptor, married to Trish’s colleague Cecilia and expecting his first child, Sam seems to have gotten over the abuse he suffered as an adolescent.
When Cecilia is found beaten to death in Sam’s art studio, the police, including Trish’s best friend Caroline, are sure that Sam is to blame. Trish, however, is not so quick to believe it. Is Sam merely a distraught husband, trying to hold it together for his newborn daughter, or was the horror of his past too much for him to overcome? Or did Cecilia’s murder have something to do with the seemingly cursed London Arrow building, built on the mass grave of plague victims?
In her eighth Trish Maguire mystery, Natasha Cooper shows all the emotional intelligence, strong characterization, and sense of place that have won her acclaim from both readers and critics.
#9 – A Poisoned Mind
“I don’t know how you’ve survived at the Bar this long,” Anthony said to Trish. “Caring for your clients to the point of derangement is bad enough; but to start fretting over the opposition. . . . ”
In spite of the barristers’ rule that any suitably quali?ed member of the Bar who is free to take an offered case must do so, QC Trish Maguire can’t quite understand how her head of chambers, Anthony Shelley, can accept a case defending the corrupt Clean World Waste Management company. So when the brilliant and cynical Anthony is nearly killed in an accident, Trish is faced with a painful dilemma: Does she take over the company’s defense, or threaten her hard-won career by refusing to appear in court against Angie Fortwell, the impoverished widow of a hard-working farmer? As Trish delves deeper into the case, she grows more and more troubled by a nagging thought: Was the explosion that killed Angie’s husband really an accident, or the result of sabotage?
With all this going on at work, the last thing Trish needs is the possibility of explosions at home. Yet she can’t simply walk away from Jay, the clever but damaged fourteen-year-old boy who has attached himself to her family—especially when his mother is found beaten and close to death.
A brilliant novel of crime and its consequences, A Poisoned Mind demonstrates the full range of Natasha Cooper’s emotional intelligence and storytelling powers.