Whilst we’re unable to meet in person at the moment, it’s lovely to ‘stay in’ virtually with authors and I’m delighted to welcome Caro Land to spend the evening with me and tell us all about one of her books.
Staying in with Caro Land
Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Caro and thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.
Thanks for having me to stay!
Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening?
Tonight I’ve brought along CONVICTIONS, the start of a legal drama series starring my feisty solicitor protagonist Natalie Bach. It’s written under my pen name Caro Land and the follow-up CONFESSIONS will be published in June this year.
How exciting to have a new series. Congratulations. And for those who don’t realise, Caro’s other author name is Caroline England and she has featured here on the blog before with a fabulous guest post to celebrate Beneath The Skin.
Why did you choose to bring CONVICTIONS?
I have brought it along because I think you’ll love Natalie Bach. Readers have described her as smart and strong but with a vulnerable side. She’s fun, likes to stick up for the underdog and practise her self-styled feminism whenever she can. The only trouble is that at times she treads a fine line between helping and hindering.
I can think of several people who tread that fine line Caro! What can we expect from an evening in with CONVICTIONS?
CONVICTIONS is a side step from my Caroline England psychological thrillers Beneath the Skin, My Husband’s Lies and Betray Her as the plot has a backdrop of a solicitor’s office.
After a five year absence, Natalie returns to Manchester. Her old boss is delighted to have her back at Goldman Law, but his partner, Wesley Hughes, is less keen.
Just like old times, Jack Goldman immediately embroils Nat with cases he would prefer to keep away from prying eyes, including a criminal charge against his estranged son Julian. Nat soon gets stuck into raft of legal, ethical and moral dilemmas which, with the help of fellow lawyer Gavin Savage, she eventually untangles.
Though the story touches on aspects of the law, including crime, sexual assault, entrapment, abuse of power and attempted murder, relationships are at the fore of the narrative. And as usual with all my novels, there are twists, turns, reveals and some darkness. However, there is humour too, so I would describe it as more intriguing legal uplit than a taut thriller.
CONVICTIONS sounds brilliant. I’m thrilled I have it on my TBR to read as soon as I can Caro.
What else have you brought along and why?
Don’t worry, I haven’t brought along a legal tome from my lawyer days! Natalie and her escapades have a legal setting but they don’t dwell on the many dull aspects of the law.
That’s a relief!
I have brought along two of my three cats – Poppy and Lewie – who also happen to live with Natalie!
That’s perfect (or should that be purrfect?) Caro. I am a real cat lover. If you’d like to leave Poppy and Lewie behind when you go that would be wonderful! Thanks so much for staying in with me and chatting with me all about CONVICTIONS. Let me tell blog readers what else they need to know:
There are two sides to every crime…
Returning home to care for her ill mother, and approaching her fortieth birthday, Natalie Bach is devastated when she’s dumped without explanation by her long-term boyfriend.
Struggling to pick herself up, she’s offered her old job at Goldman Law. Jack Goldman’s estranged son Julian has been arrested for attempted murder and he wants Natalie to find out why.
With the help of fellow solicitor Gavin Savage, Natalie sets out to investigate, but with a series of red herrings ahead, will she ever discover the truth?
And can Natalie avoid her personal problems interfering with the case?
Published by Bloodhound on 27th January 2020, CONVICTIONS is available for purchase here.
About Caro Land
Caro Land is the pen name of Caroline England.
Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer. She turned to writing when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies.
Caroline writes domestic psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, Beneath The Skin, known also as The Wife’s Secret in eBook, was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017. Her second novel, My Husband’s Lies, followed in May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller. Her latest novel, Betray Her, published by Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group, is now available as an eBook, audiobook and paperback.
Caroline has two dark, twisty short story collections available on Amazon, both in eBook and paperback, Watching Horsepats Feed The Roses and Hanged By The Neck.
Caroline also writes under the pen name Caro Land. Her first Natalie Bach legal suspense, CONVICTIONS, was published by Bloodhound Books in January 2020. The follow up, CONFESSIONS, will publish in June 2020