B is for … The Blackleaf Agency

The Blackleaf Agency is a new business enterprise set up by my characters – Raven & Fern – in the light of their recent experiences with justice.

Raven is a former trainee policewoman who had to give up her profession when her mum became ill and in need of care. But she has never given up fighting for justice, defending the underdog and jumping in feet first to matters that don’t involve her. Her friendship with Fern grew as a result of Fern’s own legal battle, with Raven standing as her staunchest ally, a move that threatened her own relationship with former best friend Nessa.

Fern’s story is altogether different. Twice now the victim of incidents that could have killed her, she has found herself chasing justice against those who have caused her harm. Firstly, she suffered at the hands of a hit-and-run driver, then almost drowned when the son of that self-same driver sought her out, hellbent on revenge (some might say he has a slightly twisted view of reality).

Together, as business partners, they take on their first real case (excluding the lost dogs and stolen vegetables) in Heirlooms & Heiresses.  When a painting is stolen from a hotel safe, the owner is fraught with panic, yet chooses not to call the police. Instead, the hotel manager calls upon the girls to solve the case. But it soon becomes evident there is more at stake than a simple theft. A family feud pits siblings against each other – one, a ruthless, money-grabbing sister, the other, a brother with a conscience.

As the partners use their newly-learned skills in an attempt to mend bridges and restore the painting to its rightful place, another case begs for their attention. But, this time, loyalties are divided as Nessa – once Raven’s best friend – pleads for help. (I can say no more, as the reason for this case has its roots in my next publication – Courting Danger – due for release this summer, and any more details here would ruin the surprise.)

This story is a cozy mystery with a darker underbelly, as past fears resurface and old enemies move in.




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