Belinda D'Alessandro was born in Brisbane, Australia to an Italian born father and an Australian born mother. Her father moved from Italy to Australia at the age of seven. Her maternal great-grandparents were from both Scotland and Ireland and she has extended family in Italy, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
D'Alessandro, the eldest of five children, grew up in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast of Australia, and earned her law degree from Bond University in 1992. She worked in the legal profession (as both a clerk and a lawyer) for 15 years in government departments and in private practice. She moved to Sydney, Australia in 2000 to take a clerkship with a Federal Judge and she then moved into private practice and ran her own successful law firm for a number of years.
As D'Alessandro started writing her debut crime novel, she also started her own boutique publishing company, BDA Books, at the end of 2007, which she ran at the same time as her own law firm until mid-2009. At that time, a desire to focus exclusively on her writing led her leave her law firm behind and dedicate herself full-time to the publishing company, BDA Books, full time. For now, BDA Books will handle D'Alessandro's own projects, though she hopes to expand her press to include other authors.
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Discovering Wounded Justice: Cruel Menace
by Belinda D'Alessandro
Approx. 92,150 words.
Published on September 7, 2009.
Alyssa Giordano, a first generation American, never thought being a woman in this day and age would be a disadvantage until she met her first boss. Giordano finds that Kennedy is labeled a swindler and a leading journalist, a woman no less, holds his fate in her hands. But he vanishes in a cloud of lies and creditors and Giordano is rid of him until he walks back into her life and tries to take it
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- Altered Life
on May 13, 2010
Altered Life by Keith Dixon - I couldn't put it down! Six Star!
Keith Dixon has taken the classic American cop–turned–private eye mystery story with all its American–style action but given Sam Dyke a British intricacy by combining the wit, intelligence and complexity of the likes Colin Dexter’s “upper–crust” Morse with the working class background and the reining in of the “madness” with method of Morse’s partner, Lewis.
It has twists and turns, with the clues leading you to think in one direction but actually taking a surprising turn down a different path. The detective solves the mystery, resolves the issues with his old flame and gets the new girl... But does he really? Dixon leaves you with a twist in the tail, wondering whether there’s not more to the mystery than first meets the eye, and wanting more of Sam Dyke.