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A Model Murder

Book 1 in the Alicia Allen Trilogy

A Model Murder is a fast-paced mystery that draws scary, sometimes hilarious, parallels between alpha males in strip clubs and law firms.

This first book in the Alicia Allen Investigates Trilogy introduces Alicia Allen, a 29-year-old London Anglo-Italian lawyer whose desire for Pringles is matched only by her desire to solve crime. When her neighbour—a beautiful aspiring Australian model—is found raped and murdered before she can pick up her first paycheck at a sleazy “hostess” club, Alicia ignites with such passion to bring the wrongdoer to justice, it would make even Portia envious.

As her dangerous quest draws her into the dark world of exploitative “hostess clubs,” Alicia finds herself facing similar circumstances in a new law firm where alpha males roam the halls in solicitor suits intimidating or stalking undervalued female colleagues. Worse luck, the deeper she delves into the investigation, the more her comfortable world falls apart. Friends are viciously attacked…potential lovers may not be what they seem…clues pop up in Italian opera, Shakespeare, and a cat.

Alicia finds her willingness to risk her own life for the sake of justice is sorely put to the test in a world where Fate plays no small role.

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I enjoyed reading it. Loved the Italian connection. A thoroughly good read. Looking forward to reading the next part.

Jacqueline, Warlingham, UK

A wonderful book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mind you I hadn’t got a clue who did it! I read a lot of Patricia Cornwell and you are definitely on par with her. Keep up the good work!  

Venessa, Caterham, UK

Celia Conrad has woven a wonderful tapestry of complex and interesting characters, not a few of whom are potential suspects in a horrific murder. The protagonist, Alicia Allen, a young solicitor with a wise head, tells a first-person tale both of her own day-to-day activities in contemporary London and of what goes on in the more sordid side of life.

When the police are not forthcoming on the details of their investigation of the gruesome murder of her friend, Australian model Tamsin Brown, Alicia embarks on her own, sometimes dangerous probe into London’s dark side. The reader is gripped with suspense on just how seedy nightclubs, high-end law firms, a maybe lover, money laundering, and a mysterious Australian professor play a part in the “model murder”

Robert, Minneapolis, USA


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