Veil of Doubt
Veil of Doubt
When a mother is charged with murder in a town already convinced of her guilt, can defense attorney Powell Harrison find truth and justice in a legal system where innocence is not presumed?
Emily Lloyd, a young widow in Reconstruction-era Virginia, is accused of poisoning her three-year-old daughter, Maud. It isn’t the first death in her home: her husband and three other children all died of mysterious illnesses, so when Maud succumbs to an unexplained malady, the town suspects foul play. Soon Mrs. Lloyd is charged not only with poisoning the child, but with murdering her children, her husband, and her aunt.
Enter Powell Harrison, a soft-spoken, brilliant attorney who recently returned to his Virginia hometown to help his brother manage their late father’s practice. Approached to assist in Mrs. Lloyd’s defense, Harrison initially declines, worried that the infanticide case might tarnish their family’s reputation. But as details about the widow’s erratic behavior and her reclusive neighbors emerge, Harrison begins to suspect that an even more sinister truth might lurk beneath the family’s horrible fate and finds himself irresistibly drawn to the case.
Based on a shocking true story, Veil of Doubt is part true-crime thriller, part medical and legal procedural. Perfect for fans of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace and filled with rich. detail gleaned from exhaustive research, Veil of Doubt delves into the darkness of the south during Reconstruction, exposing intrigue, deception and death.
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“Sharon Virts’ latest novel kept me turning pages and left me thinking about the characters long after the last chapter. Absolutely amazing.”
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Best Selling Childrens Book Author
“The fact that it’s based on a true, Southern crime makes it all the more haunting.”
Amanda DuBois, Bestselling author of The Complication and Deliver Them From Evil
“Veil of Doubt is fascinating, especially when you consider it’s based on actual historic facts. It’s a very worthwhile read that pulls back the layers of how “polite” society in late nineteenth century Virginia concealed unsavory actions behind closed doors.”