SUSPICIOUS ORIGIN has been first published in 2003.
Britt Andersen is a successful producer at a Boston TV network. One night, she's called by her brother-in-law who tells her that her sister Greta has just died in a fire in her family house in Vermont. Britt heads to Vermont, meeting her brother in law Alec and her niece Zoe.
After a few days, Britt is convinced that Alec is the one who set the house on fire and she helps the local police to find clues against his brother-in-law. But, after Alec's arrest, Zoe's unshakeable faith in her father's innocence forces Britt to examine more carefully Alec's guilt. From this moment on, the young woman will devote herself to find proofs that would clear Alec of Greta's murder. By doing so, she will irritate the person responsible for the fire.
This report prepared by Daniel Staebler
Atria, April 2003, 19.95, 352 pp.
When Kevin Carmichael wakes up one night, he sees his neighbor's home on fire and he rushes out to try and save them. He manages to save ten-year-old ZoŽ but is unable to get to her mother Greta who dies of smoke asphyxiation. Luckily, ZoŽ's father Alec was out of the house at the time so the child has someone to cling to in this tragedy. Alec calls Britt Anderson to tell her that her sister has died. Though the siblings were estranged, Britt races to their side.
When Britt arrives, the surviving father and daughter are staying at a neighbor's home. ZoŽ takes to her immediately but Alec is cold and rude. When the investigation into the fire shows that arson was involved, Britt begins to gather evidence that shows Alec is the perpetrator. It is only after he is arrested that Brett begins to doubt Alec's guilt. She does her best to prove his innocence, but her efforts nearly gets her killed by somebody who wants Alec found guilty.
Patricia MacDonald, well known for her suspense thrillers, has written a work that rivals the novels of Marry Higgins Clark. The protagonist is a feisty woman who fights for her beliefs and is then not afraid to admit she might have made a big mistake. The story line moves along at such a brisk pace that readers will finish the book in one sitting and then put it on their keeper shelf, because it is too good to give away.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner