by Helen Haddad

January 2003
ISBN: 1-59279-062-3
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Maureen Lowe is a forensic artist and the daughter of a cop. When she is called in to sketch the eyewitness description of a murder suspect, it is business as usual. The witness, when asked to look at the completed sketch changes her description of the mouth; Maureen is disturbed by how familiar the face is.

Brody Parrish is surprised to wake up one morning to find his picture on the front page of the local newspaper as a suspect wanted for questioning in the murder of a local woman, who happened to be his ex-lover.

Sparks fly when Brody comes in for a line-up and has his first encounter with Maureen. Unknown to Brody, she is there as moral support for the witness, Lisa Adams. As Maureen gets to know Lisa, she begins to have doubts about Brodyís guilt. She then begins to ask questions that lead her to believe that there is more to the story than meets the eye.

During the course of the investigation and their relationship, Maureen and Brody begin to question how much they really know about each other and how true their feelings for each other really are. When Lisa is found dead, Brody is arrested and charged with murder. Then comes the true test of their relationship.

The identity of the real killer is hinted at from the beginning but the author has done a great job of keeping you guessing. I was a little disappointed that their intimate relationship stopped at the bedroom door (fade to black), but over all I enjoyed this story. Brody and Maureen are likable people who donít play games.

Picture of Guilt is a nice first book by Ms. Haddad. I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us next.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Carolyn.

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