Wednesday’s Word: Rita Lee Chapman presents “The Poinciana Tree”

author Rita Lee ChapmanIntroducing author Rita Lee Chapman whose first book Missing in Egypt kicked off her Anna Davies Mystery Series. The series continues with Missing at Sea and Missing in London. Her book, Winston – a Horse’s Tale is a story for horse lovers. The Poinciana Tree, a crime mystery, is her most recent release. She shared a little about this book in Wednesday’s Word.

1) What is the title of your most recent book? Is it a series, what genre is it and is it suitable for all ages?

The Poinciana Tree is my latest book and it is a crime mystery – a book for adults.

2) In a few short sentences, tell us about the book. Give us a glimpse of the plot without giving away any spoilers.

This story is set around the beautiful Poinciana tree, with its amazing red flowers.

Suzanne Matthews arrives home from work to find the kitchen in disarray and her daughter missing. After searching the house, her eyes turn towards the garden, drawn to the Poinciana tree. Underneath its canopy she sees her daughter, slumped against its trunk.

The Poinciana Tree Rita Lee ChapmanWhen the police are unable to identify Jennifer’s killer, they turn their attention to her husband, Mark. Whilst trying to cope with her grief, she finds herself fighting to prove her husband’s innocence, as her world is turned upside down. She is inspired by another woman, who went with her husband to the Sudan as medical volunteers for a charity organisation.

A tale of raw emotion, desperation and acceptance.

3) Who is the main character in this book? What is her name, where does she live and what do you like about her?

Suzanne Matthews is the main character in this book. She lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband and daughter. I admire her strength of character as she seeks to prove her husband’s innocence in their daughter’s murder, whilst enduring the almost unbearable grief of the loss of her daughter and her husband’s imprisonment. I also admire her unwavering belief in her husband’s innocence.

4) What inspired you to write this book?

Where I live we have the most beautiful Poinciana trees and I thought how wonderful it would look on the cover of a book. The story followed!

5) Where can readers buy this book and connect with Rita?


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