Book Review: Murder At Black Oaks

Book: Murder At Black Oaks

Author: Phillip Margolin

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan audio for an advanced audio copy.


Murder at Black Oaks is a fun and fast murder mystery. I couldn’t help thinking of the classic “And Then There Were None” By Agatha Christie while listening to this and then the characters even mentioned they felt like they were in an Agatha Christie novel. It was clear what Phillip Margolin was going for and I think he was mostly successful.

This is the sixth book in the Robin Lockwood series, I came to this with no knowledge of the series and enjoyed this as a standalone. At no point did I feel lost for not knowing the rest of the series.

This is a locked room mystery and those tend to be on the clever side but I felt Murder at Black Oaks was lacking anything new or different. It’s written well and told well but just didn’t bring anything new to the genre.

Murder at Black Oaks was also very predictable, from the identity of certain characters to the killer. It was easy to see where the details were leading us long before it was explained.

Overall I did enjoy this book. I love the main character Robin and she is surrounded by great supporting characters in this story. I wish it had more surprises but I would still recommend this one.

Final Score 4/5

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