Publish Date: August 23, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Synopsis: Forbidden relationships are the most tempting. And the most dangerous.
It was a crime of passion-or so the police say. Valerie Solara has been charged with poisoning her best friend. The prosecution claims she's always been secretly attracted to Amanda's husband...and with Amanda gone, she planned to make her move.
Attorney Izzy McNeil left the legal world a year ago, but a friend's request pulls her into the murder trial. Izzy knows how passion can turn your life upside down. She thought she had it once with her ex-fiance, Sam. Now she wonders if that's all she has in common with her criminally gorgeous younger boyfriend, Theo.
It's Izzy's job to present the facts that will exonerate her client-whether or not she's innocent. But when she suspects Valerie is hiding something, she begins investigating-and uncovers a web of secret passions and dark motives, where seemingly innocent relationships can prove poisonous...
Review: In Claim of Innocence, Izzy McNeil is drawn back into practicing law by a colleague who is defending a woman accused of poisoning her best friend. But no case is ever black and white. Now Izzy is in a race to find the truth behind Amanda's murder. Who is Valerie so desperate to protect that she's willing to give up her freedom?
I'd never read any of the other books in the Izzy McNeil Series, but I didn't feel like I missed a lot. I enjoyed the interplay between characters and while some of the puzzle pieces fell into place early on, there was so much more to come that kept me intrigued. I would recommend reading this series - from the beginning, too!
Izzy McNeil Series: Red Hot Lies (1), Red Blooded Murder (2), Red, White & Dead (3), Claim of Innocence (4), Question of Trust (5)