Book: Murder in Hand (Alicia Allen Investigates Book 3) by Celia Conradcategories: Book, Suspense Thriller, Legal Crime Novel, Cozy Crime, Female Sleuth, Crime Fiction, Murder Mystery
Celia Conradabout this book: Murder in Hand is the third part of the Alicia Allen Investigates crime trilogy featuring female protagonist Alicia Allen the Anglo-Italian London lawyer with a passion for justice.
As the cover of the book suggests, this is the most Italian of the books in the trilogy and Sicily, the Neapolitan Riviera, Umbria and Tuscany are heavily featured in the book. As with the first two books in the trilogy, A Model Murder and Wilful Murder, I have used my legal background and experience and my love of all things Italian in terms of plotting, characterization and setting.
When Alicia's client Fabio Angelino, for whom she is dealing with the Probate of his mother's estate, tells her that someone is trying to kill him and Alicia discovers that his father Emilio, a New York attorney of Italian descent, disappeared in mysterious circumstances in Sicily sixteen years ago, Alicia is convinced there is some connection between past and present events. Curious to find answers she starts asking questions of his former legal colleagues only to discover that Emilio wasn't the only lawyer to "disappear" around that time. After several unexpected murders and now heavily embroiled in the investigation, Alicia travels to Italy to discover the truth. But will Alicia catch her murderer(s) before they catch up with her…
Murder in Hand finds Alicia connecting with her Italian roots. Alicia has a keen sense of family and she's a very caring character and this is reflected in the way she interacts with other characters in the books. In Murder in Hand we see the return of a number of characters from the previous books and some characters from book one which did not feature in book two.
The plotting and research for this book took some time as it involved researching complex Italian legal matters, but it was very challenging and it is always a pleasure to visit Italy.
Due to the subject matter of the book it is for an adult readership. The first part of the trilogy is A Model Murder and the second part if Wilful Murder.
• "This is a book I can recommend for Italophiles, Anglophiles, fans of Traditional British Mysteries, and fans of Cozy-Murder Mysteries. Savor the setting details, meanderings, the theories, and the relationships. All true to the genre, along with multiple murders, investigative trails galore, an exciting ending, and a romantic Epilogue…" — Italiano Book Reviews
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