Today I’d like to give a very warm welcome to friend and partner in fictional crime, author Lynne Fellows. Lynne and I have known each other a few years now and belong to the same writers group and online mystery writers collective known as Mystery Authors International – please pop by and see what we are all up to!

Lynne’s hotly anticipated ‘Casualty Of Court‘ is set for release on March 21st and I for one can’t wait. Lynne describes ‘Casualty of Court’ as offering an air of mystery, a whiff of Chick-lit and a dalliance with drama. It is billed as a cosy style saga with a hint of psychopath! I’m hooked already!

Here’s the blurb:

Four livesThree friendsTwo sidesOne verdict

Fern Mortimer wants her life back.
After five years recovering from a hit-and-run accident, the last thing she needed was a maniac trying to kill her.
Now, eight months after that attempt on her life, she returns to Portugal to face her nemesis in court.
Raven – her closest ally – offers support throughout. In return she wants a business partner.

Stefan Pereira, has no intention of languishing in prison any longer.
He’ll do whatever it takes to secure his freedom and complete his mission.
He wants Fern dead.

Nessa – his girlfriend – is at his side. She risks losing her best friends for the family she always wanted.

The trial pits them against each other.
Can Fern hold her nerve? She has a strong case, after all … and a witness.
Does that even matter, when Stefan has his father’s money, the face of an angel and an ability to lie convincingly in three languages?

Inevitably, someone will be the Casualty of Court.

‘Casualty of Court’ picks up where “The Fifth Wheel – A Prequel” ended, and introduces The Blackleaf Agency Series.

Not sure I can wait until March 21st!

Here Lynne tells us a bit more about the book… Take it away Lynne:

LF: Casualty of Court releases on March 21st and follows on from where The Fifth Wheel ended, taking the characters back to Portugal for the trial of Stefan Pereira.

As a frustrated, would-have-loved-to-be lawyer myself, I couldn’t let him get away with it, could I? That doesn’t happen in my world. I’m a sucker for legal thrillers and courtroom dramas, always rooting for the underdog – assuming he/she is in the right, of course.

The trial story was inevitable and placing it in my favourite part of the world was a foregone conclusion. So, against a backdrop of sunshine and holiday fun, the court case rolls on. Mind games come into play, ratcheting up the tension. But, of course, not everyone is playing fair.

It’s a cosy-style saga with a hint of psychopath, a whiff of Chick-lit, a dalliance with drama, and an air of mystery. In short, I’m an ‘all-or-nothing’ writer with a healthy aversion to sitting in any one box or genre 🙂

The story is told from the viewpoint of four principal characters, each with a stake in the outcome. It mixes the suspense of a court case with their personal stories, showing how they have been influenced by life events such as abandonment, disability, and family responsibilities.

Little did I expect these characters to become as much a part of my life as they have done. I can visualise each of them, I know them so well (cue Elaine Paige & Barbara Dixon). But, it doesn’t end here. I’m already several chapters into a third book and have plans for more. Writing a series is definitely addictive! They’ve got under my skin – I hope readers feel the same way too.

Thanks so much Lynne for joining me today, it has been an absolute pleasure. Here’s wishing you every success with ‘Casualty of Court’.

I shall be featuring more from Lynne in a few weeks, can’t wait? Thought not, see the note below from Lynne…

You can pre-order Casualty of Court here

Author Bio:

Fate determined the path for the author who, despite proud roots, bade Britain a fond farewell to follow her heart to Iberia, convinced she had been born in the wrong country.

After starting her writing adventure with NaNoWriMo back in 2012, she now pens her favourite mysteries with a sunnier, European flavour.

A translator and fur-mum to two adorable mutts, she might be spotted with her nose in a book, armed with just the teeniest chunk of chocolate and a zillion pomegranates!

A word from the author:

To read the prequel – The Fifth Wheel – before the release of Casualty of Court, you can get a copy here. It’s a short read, only 50 pages, and it sets the scene for the main book. Although it’s not necessary to read this first, it sure does help.

I hope this has piqued your interest, and I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks for reading – and I hope to make your acquaintance soon 🙂

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