Wednesday’s Word: Alice Walsh presents “Last Lullaby”

Introducing author Alice Walsh who writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. The first story I’d read by Alice was Uncle Farley’s False Teeth, a picture book I’d read to my kid many times when they were younger.

This was back when I didn’t take note of author names and who wrote what. I never thought I’d meet this author one day many years in the future, and that she’d be a member of our writers’ group. But here we are.

Alice has written many books for various publishers. Many of her stories take place in Newfoundland because that’s where’s she’s from. Her latest book, Last Lullaby, is no exception. Today, she shares a little about the book with us.

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?

My latest book, Last Lullaby, is a mystery for adults. It has been described as “Equal part police procedure and dinner gossip.”

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

Claire and Bram’s only child, Ariel, dies from what they believe is a clear case of SIDS. However, after autopsy reports reveal the baby was murdered, Claire becomes the number one suspect. In addition to her anguish and despair, she finds herself on trial for murder. The deck is stacked against her: She was alone with Ariel in a locked house when she died. Claire’s only hope is that her friend, Lauren, will solve the case before it goes to trial.

3) Who is the main character? What is her name, and where does she live?

Lauren LaVallee, a defense lawyer, flees Quebec for Paddy’s Arm, Newfoundland, leaving behind her job, her home, and her lover. A case that almost derailed her career in Montreal has followed her to Newfoundland. Things do not get any better when Lauren’s friend, Claire, is accused of murdering her own child.

Determined to solve the case, Lauren searches Paddy’s Arm for suspects. As she digs into the lives of Claire’s friends, students, and colleagues, secrets began to emerge. What is behind a troubled student’s disappearance? Why are professors Frances and Annabelle so secretive about the baby they adopted? Who is the mysterious platinum blonde who keeps hanging around the scene of the murder?

As Lauren digs deeper, more secrets emerge. However, the truth she uncovers is more shocking than anything she could have imagined.

5) Where can readers buy this book?

The book can be purchased in most bookstores or directly from Nimbus Publishing. It’s also available at Amazon:

A review appeared in The Telegram, St. John’s, Newfoundland, on February 10, 2018: Joan Sullivan “Last Lullaby” a page turner with a few wrinkles.

Heather Laura Clarke interviewed Alice with regard to Last Lullaby and it appeared in The Chronicle Herald on November 16, 2017: Walsh murder mystery set in Newfoundland.

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8 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Word: Alice Walsh presents “Last Lullaby”

  1. Sounds like a great read. Thanks the introduction to Alice and her boo. 🙂 P.S. not sure if you saw, my friend Sally read and reviewed Northern Survival. 🙂

    • Thanks, Allan. It’s on my to-read list. Alice brings short pieces to read to our writers’ group all the time. She has a wonderful way with words. Though the stories are less than 500 words long, she captures my attention from the start.

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