Lia Fairchild describes herself as ‘a native Californian who loves reading, writing, movies, and anything else related to the arts. She holds a B.A. degree in Journalism and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Her most enjoyable moments are spent with her family, traveling, spending time outdoors, or simply laughing and being together’.
Despite her busy schedule, she manages to find time to write and has written a novel – her first – In Search Of Lucy; short stories; and a series of short murder mystery stories called A Hint of Murder, which she has compiled into an anthology.
In Search of Lucy was the first of Lia’s work that I have read, a story of a young woman (Lucy), who is abandoned by her alcoholic mother. Thrust, reluctantly, into premature adulthood by having to take on the role her mother relinquished to look after her half-sister, she reaches stalemate in her life and questions her direction, her aims and purpose. Her route to – or search for – self-fulfilment is compounded by her sister’s serious illness and a romance pops up to further complicate matters. This is a beautifully written book about a young woman’s search for happiness.
The Hint of Murder stories consist of three: The Writer, the Doctor and the Bouncer. I admire Lia’s skill in writing short stories. They are the word version of Dr Who’s tardis! In 25,000 you get a story of 75,000! They are compact, but bursting with well-developed characters, plot and structure. No stone is left unturned, they keep you guessing to the end and you are left completely satisfied.
I hope Lia considers a full-length murder mystery – I think it would be a winner.
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