Murder at Black Oaks: A Robin Lockwood Novel (Hardcover)

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In the mood for a good mystery?  Murder at Black Oaks by Phil Margolin has it all!  Portland Oregon attorney Robin Lockwood is enduring the anniversary of the worst day of her young life, a day marked by tragedy.  She needs an interesting case to help her stop dwelling on her sadness, a need that is soon fulfilled by a phone call from the daughter of retired attorney Francis Melville.  The man wants to meet with Robin, he has something he needs to discuss, something he will disclose only to her.  Melville does not leave his home, he lives in Black Oaks, a gothic mansion that is an exact replica of a 1628 haunted English mansion with a history of bloody mayhem and a curse.  Robin is intriqued and agrees to travel to the remote location, up a mountain beyond a facility housing the criminally insane.  What could be more forbidding? 

Years ago Frank Melville was a hotshot district attorney, a prosecutor who argued death penalty cases with a reputation for winning.  After he put Jose Alvarez on death row for murdering his girlfriend, being a prosecutor no longer felt right.  The case was solid, but Melville no longer wanted to prosecute.  He joined a firm and went into private practice again racking up a string of wins as a defense litigator. Then he quit quite suddenly, retiring and focusing on freeing the wrongly convicted. 

Now, 30 years after Melville successfully prosecuted Jose Alvarez, he wants Robin to free him.  It will not be an easy task, there are complicated legal issues, but Robin has always been good at the long shots, so she agrees to try. 

There will be a gathering at Black Oaks on a stormy night, a night that will lock together those gathered until the storm breaks.  A murder will take place, the murder weapon connected to the curse.  Robin is more interested in the human agent of the murder, finding out who done it before they do it again! 

What more could you want from a mystery?  A possibly wrongly convicted man, a cursed gothic mansion in an isolated location, an epic storm trapping people together, and, of course, a murder.


— Deon Stonehouse


In Phillip Margolin's Murder at Black Oaks, Attorney Robin Lockwood finds herself at an isolated retreat in the Oregon mountains, one with a tragic past and a legendary curse, and surrounded by many suspects and confronted with an impossible crime.

Defense Attorney Robin Lockwood is summoned by retired District Attorney Francis Melville to meet with him at Black Oaks, the manor he owns up in the Oregon mountains. The manor has an interesting history - originally built in 1628 in England, there's a murderous legend and curse attached to the mansion. Melville, however, wants Lockwood's help in a legal matter - righting a wrongful conviction from his days as a DA. A young man, Jose Alvarez, was convicted of murdering his girlfriend only for Melville, years later when in private practice, to have a client of his admit to the murder and to framing the man Melville convicted. Unable to reveal what he knew due to attorney client confidence, Melville now wants Lockwood's help in getting that conviction overturned.

Successful in their efforts, Melville invites Lockwood up to Black Oaks for a celebration. Lockwood finds herself among an odd group of invitees - including the bitter, newly released, Alvarez. When Melville is found murdered, with a knife connected to the original curse, Lockwood finds herself faced with a conundrum - who is the murder among them and how to stop them before there's another victim.

About the Author

PHILLIP MARGOLIN has written over twenty novels, most of them New York Times bestsellers, including Gone But Not Forgotten, Lost Lake, and Violent Crimes. In addition to being a novelist, he was a long time criminal defense attorney with decades of trial experience, including a large number of capital cases. Margolin lives in Portland, Oregon.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250258465
ISBN-10: 1250258464
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Robin Lockwood