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A Reasonable Doubt

(Robin Lockwood #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,757 ratings  ·  252 reviews
A magician linked to three murders and suspicious deaths years ago disappears in the middle of his new act in New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin’s latest thriller featuring Robin Lockwood

Robin Lockwood is a young criminal defense attorney and partner in a prominent law firm in Portland, Oregon. A former MMA fighter and Yale Law graduate, she joined the firm of lega
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
I’ve always been a huge fan of Phillip Margolin. In fact I’ve read ever book he’s released. Sadly, I have to say this was my least favorite. So remotely different it felt like a different author.

A magician walks into Robin Lockwood’s law firm. He’s looking for one of the founding partners who gave him some legal help in the past. He needs help with a patenting one of his magic tricks. Soon... that will be the least of the magic mans’ problems.

Since I have been enjoying this author’s work o
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Reasonable Doubt by Phillip Margolin is the third installment in the legal thriller Robin Lockwood series. Each book of this series really could be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with each having the case involved wrapped up by the end. There is some character development that carries over from book to book however with all the main characters.

In the first book of the series readers were introduced to Robin Lockwood who had been just beginning as an assistant attorney and now she is ba
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Phillip Margolin returns with another great book in his new Robin Lockwood series, where sleight of hand is not the only trick on offer. With a wonderful story, set over many years, the plot thickens as the smoke gets in the reader’s eyes. Magic can be as deceptive as it is deceitful, which defence attorney Robin Lockwood learns when she is visited by a potential client one day. Robert Chesterfield enters the firm’s offices, looking for one of Lockwood’s fellow partners, who’s completed some leg ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent end for a story long on repetition and short on an interesting, well organized plot. Thanks to the end, 5 of 10 stars.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Robin Lockwood series, but it can be read as a standalone. However, I suggest that you not read the Prologue of this book because it gives away a key event. I have no idea why the author did something so stupid. Robin is a criminal defense lawyer, having joined the small Portland, Oregon firm just as its former partner Regina Barrister was forced to retire due to Alzheimer’s. Robin is also a former UFC fighter and always right about everything. I am not crazy about ...more
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
It has been a while since I read a Phillip Margolin book and I was excited when I was approved to read A Reasonable Doubt. Little did I realise that this was the 3rd book in a series. For the most part I followed the story ok but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the earlier books.

Robin Lockwood is a very different character. She is a lawyer in a relationship with one of her colleagues. She is also an ex MMA fighter. When a former client of her former boss Regina asks for help s
"A Reasonable Doubt" is the third novel in Margolin's Robin Lockwood legal thriller series. Robin is a young Perry Mason type criminal defense lawyer in a firm with a retired mentor Regina known as "the Sorceress" for how she won unwinnable cases. Robin is also a former MMA fighter who fought during law school. And she's dating her investigator. In this novel, we enter that sacred realm where law interacts with magic or more specifically a magician who somehow finds himself charged with murder. ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great addition to 1 of my favorite series! This is 1 where I don’t even need to read the description first! Actually when I went back & read my reviews for the first 2, I was surprised at exactly how perfectly they fit this book too! So all I’ll add is that the characters keep getting better so please start with the first!😊
Linda Strong

Magician Robert Chestfield appears in Robin Lockwood's office looking for help in acquiring a patent for a new illusion he has created. She's not sure she can help , but promises to look into it. What she finds is that Chestfield, once charged with two murders and an attempted murder, was defended by a former colleague of Robins ... Regina Barrister.

The story takes place in back and forth fashion, so the reader gets detailed information about that time 2o years before, Regina did successfully de
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A magician, Robert Chesterfield, came into Robin Lockwood's law office to ask her to represent him in filing for a patent for his new Chamber of Death magic illusion. Chesterfield had been represented bu the firm many years ago for a charge of murder. The story recounts the case against him back then and then currently.

A few scenes of good courtroom drama. Chesterfield is a despicable character. Everyone hated him so there are plenty of suspects who wanted him dead, making the mystery
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fiction
First part of the book seems to be a legal thriller then it became a cozy mystery of sort. I love how convenient it was that "all suspects" who hated the magician bought front row seats to watch his show. The last part was so bad and cheesy I don’t know if I want to read another Robin Lockwood. ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I like this author. I've read many of his books. He does his characters justice. They are detailed and they feel natural with dialogue and actions. I love when that goes hand in hand.

Even though I enjoy Margolin's descriptive writing, sadly, this was barely 3 stars. It was mostly the story. Some of this was predictable and repetitive. Overall, I liked this but it wasn't my favorite.
The Nerd Daily
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren

With this third installment in his Robin Lockwood series, Phillip Margolin yet again presents an exciting mystery full of engaging suspects, unique twists and reveals, and both the brilliant Robin Lockwood and her still-full-of-surprises mentor Regina Barrister. While this is referred to as the Robin Lockwood “series,” in truth all three books also work as stand-alone novels. Reading the series gives you extra background on the main
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I have loved Margolin's previous novels and I love magic so this seemed to be a perfect fit! I did not realize, however, when I requested it that it was number 3 in a series of Robin Lockwood books. That was my mistake. While I enjoyed the storyline, there was so much action (always a good thing) and so much dialogue that I didn't get to know the characters well enough to really care about any of them. I do love a good book that has introspection so I feel connected to someone. So yes, it was a ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the third book in a legal thriller series featuring lawyer Robin Lockwood, but it is fine as a standalone.

Robin Lockwood is a young partner in a small law firm in Portland, Oregon handling criminal matters. As the book opens she is hired by Robert Chesterfield, a man who previously used Robin’s now-retired mentor, Regina Barrister, for his criminal matters. The reason he needs criminal defense relatively frequently is because the dead bodies of his enemies tend to pile up around him.

Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I like this series, but it left me a little flat. I wanted to know where he was! But he was not a likeable character.
This is the third book in Phillip Margolin’s Robin Lockwood series. Robin Lockwood is a bright, young criminal defense attorney in Portland, Oregon. She is one tough cookie. Not only does she put up a good fight in court...In college she also fought in a ring...(think UFC!) Her mentor and retired lawyer Regina Barrister handled a case for magician Robert Chesterfield in the 1990’s. He was accused of poisoning two individuals and possibly having a hand in his wife’s death. After staging a convinc ...more
Debra Belmudes
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed the Robin Lockwood books, but this was the best one yet. A legal thriller combined with magic!

Magician Robert Chesterfield, linked to three murders and suspicious deaths years ago, disappears while debuting a new act to a private audience at his home. Thought to be dead, he reappears to perform the same act on the magic circuit. The act, named the Chamber of Death, calls for the magician to escape a locked coffin filled with deadly snakes and scorpions only this time he doesn't beca
Jeff Dickison
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Margolin is usually an excellent writer, but not this time. The beginning of the book is boring and cliche ridden. The finish is better but still quite cliche heavy. This book feels as if it were a script for the Lifetime Movie Network. It just never jelled. I am sure Margolin will have better days in the future.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Minotaur Books, for my copy of A Reasonable Doubt in exchange for my honest review. This title publishes March 10, 2020.

This was my second book by Margolin and the second in this series, featuring badass female protagonist, Robin Lockwood. This was the third book in the Lockwood series but could easily be read as a standalone, I had only read book 2 beforehand and even then was totally fine not having read the first book. I have now purchased the first book in this series and look for
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview A Reasonable Doubt by Phillip Margolin. This is a series book, and I have read others with these lead characters. This book does stand on its own as well. A thriller, however, Margolin takes the reader into the legal space without too much jargon.
Returning is Regina Barrister and Robin Lockwood - strong female leads with interesting back stories.
Murder, mayhem, mystery - very good read - 3.5 stars.
Chris Conley
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. I started this book today at noon and just finished it at 8:30. Every time I put it down to do something else...bake cookies, check the garden...I came right back and dived back into it.
Robin is a terrific character. I did figure out who the murdered was but it was fun getting there and seeing how Robin got there, too.
This is a wonderful series!!!!
Miriam Moore
Oct 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m a huge fan of this series but this was my least favorite so far. Still a good read but not quite to the bar of the first two books. This one had a lot of characters and it was hard to keep track of all the new names which don’t seem like they will stick around. I’m looking forward to book 4.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
A young lawyer in Portland, Oregon is asked to represent a magician and is murdered soon thereafter. Because of her own interest in magic, she is intrigued by the case. The characters are fairly one-sided and not very interesting and the dialogue is mundane. The development of the actual murderer is clever but there were too far too many characters introduced than was necessary.

Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this book prior to its publication.
Bonnye Reed
I received a free electronic ARC of this modern legal mystery/police procedural on February 22, 2020, from Netgalley, Phillip Margolin, and Minotaur Books. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. If you love Oregon or don't know anything at all about it, you will love it by tales end. Phillip Margolin tours us through the best parts of Portland with warm descriptive passages that make yo ...more
Pat Coletta
I got this audio book from the library and listened to it on a recent road trip. I've listed to books about Robin Lockwood before.
It's a very pleasant listen although I can always do without awkward sex scenes that do nothing for the story.
It didn't have me pull over to the side of the road (which I've done for other books) but it was a great listen all the same.
Wendy G
I liked this quick beach read audio book and I like the continuing character of wonder woman Robin Lockwood. I did like Robin Lockwood #2, the perfect alibi, better though.
Michael crage
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like a well constructed mystery with a surprise ending and magic, you will really like this book. In it Robin Lockwood who is a defense lawyer ends up defending a man accused of murder who almost sure to lose at trial. The only way to defend him is to find out who the true murder is, which she does.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Exactly what I expected. A nice listen whodunnit that I must admit I didn’t figure it out.
Donna Hines
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
This was one of those books that I almost had to cut ties and go separate ways after losing interest.
The beginning was rather daunting and tedious but with all good things you put in the time you get the results.
Midway it picked up and I began to feel the suspense increase with each passing train of thought.
The ultimate question posed was concerning the deaths surrounding a magical stage show known as the 'Chamber of Death.'
It's a world of mystery, intrigue, and suspense that captured the mind a
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