When Alicia’s new client, Fabio Angelino, tells her that someone is trying to kill him and it is revealed that his father Emilio, a New York attorney of Italian descent, vanished without a trace in Sicily sixteen years previously, Alicia is convinced there is some connection between Emilio’s disappearance and Fabio’s current predicament even though the police disagree. Desperate to find answers, Alicia starts making inquiries of Emilio’s former legal colleagues but is obstructed in her attempts to obtain evidence.
Celia Conrad is a British author who shares similarities with the heroine of her Alicia Allen Investigates Trilogy in her own Anglo-Italian heritage and solicitor experience (aka "lawyer" in the U.S.). Together they share an enthusiasm for crime solving, Shakespeare, All Things Italian and, of course, Pringles. A Model Murder was her debut novel, written at the suggestion of a mentor who encouraged her to write mysteries based on real-life stories she has encountered while working within the law. The two other parts of the trilogy are Wilful Murder and Murder in Hand.
Books by Celia Conrad
Wilful Murder is part 2 of the Alicia Allen Investigates crime trilogy and sees the return of the female protagonist Alicia Allen, the Anglo-Italian lawyer based in London. When Isabelle Parker, a young Australian heiress who is about to inherit a multi-million pound fortune from her English grandfather, instructs Alicia to make her a Will in contemplation of her forthcoming marriage Alicia discovers that most of Isabelle’s family have died in unusual circumstances. Soon it becomes apparent that Isabelle’s life might also be at risk and when Isabelle’s fiancé is killed in an explosion at his artist’s studio, Alicia becomes convinced that the real target was Isabelle.
A Model Murder is part 1 of the Alicia Allen Investigates crime trilogy and introduces Alicia Allen, the Anglo-Italian private client lawyer based in London. Events take an interesting turn when her Australian neighbor, Tamsin Brown, an aspiring model who has taken a position in a hostess club in Piccadilly to supplement her income, is brutally murdered and her body dumped in an alleyway in Soho. When Tammy's flatmate Kim begs Alicia to assist with the murder inquiry Alicia feels she cannot refuse and becomes embroiled in the investigation.