Celia Conrad


Celia Conrad studied law at King's College, University of London, and after qualifying as a solicitor specialized in family law working for several 'magic circle' firms in London before leaving private practice to become a full-time writer on family law matters. The first edition of Fathers Matter was published in October 2003, the second edition in March 2007 and the third edition in March 2013. She is interested in all areas of Family law reform, but has a particular interest in the field of Child law.

She has appeared on television, given evidence on family law to Parliamentary Committees, regularly responds to Government Consultations and her comments on legal reform have been reported in the Press.

She is also the author of a legal crime trilogy Alicia Allen Investigates:

'The inspiration for my legal crime trilogy featuring a heroine who is an Anglo-Italian, Pringle-munching, crime-solving London solicitor with a dogged determination and a keen sense of justice grew out of my experience from working within the law, my love of Italy and, of course, Pringles!'

Celia Conrad lives in London.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story I wrote for my friends about a Teddy bear and his adventures.
What is your writing process?
If I have an idea for something I will write it down. I like to jot ideas down on paper. I sketch out a general outline and the plot development starts from there. With the crime novels I am always working backwards and thinking about red-herrings and where certain events are going to happen in the book. All the books I have written to date have required a good deal of research. They are legal crime novels and so it helps to have come from a legal background but that makes it even more important that anything about legal matters is accurate in the books so the research can be extensive.
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Where to find Celia Conrad online

Where to buy in print


Murder in Hand
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,990. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Alicia Allen's client, Fabio Angelino, tells her that his father disappeared in Sicily, presumed murdered by the Mafia, and then his sister Giulia is murdered, Alicia's investigations reveal evidence of massive corruption in both London and Italy. But has Alicia taken on evil forces too great, and will this be her last investigation?
Wilful Murder
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,600. Language: British English. Published: September 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Isabelle Parker, a young Australian heiress, instructs London solicitor Alicia Allen to make a Will in contemplation of her marriage, but when Isabelle's fiance is killed in an explosion she implores Alicia to investigate. Alicia soon realises that she is looking for a psychopathic killer guilty of premeditated and wilful murder... Part 2 of the Alicia Allen Investigates trilogy.
A Model Murder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 108,310. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Tamsin Brown, an Australian model working as a hostess, is brutally murdered, London solicitor Alicia Allen becomes embroiled in the hunt for her killer. Alicia's investigations, however, have life-threatening consequences for those drawn into the evil web created by Tamsin's murderer, who believes there is such a thing as a model murder. Part 1 of the Alicia Allen Investigates Trilogy

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