Happy Publication Day to Laura Laakso with Roots of Corruption, the third book in her Wilde Investigations series.
On the night of Samhain, the veil between worlds is at its thinnest, and ancient magic runs wild in Old London.
When Lady Bergamon is attacked in her Ivy Street garden, Wishearth turns to Yannia Wilde for help. Who could have the power to harm Lady Bergamon in her own domain? While Yannia searches for the answer, nature herself appears to be killing Mages in Old London. Yannia and Karrion join forces with New Scotland Yard to solve the baffling Mage deaths. But wherever they turn, all the clues point back towards Ivy Street.
Yannia’s abilities are put to the test as she races to save Lady Bergamon’s life, and prevent further murders. But with the lines between friends and enemies blurring, she must decide who to trust and how much she’s willing to sacrifice for Old London and its inhabitants…
Because of the ongoing crisis the launch event for the book has, of course, been cancelled, but never fear Laura and Louise (of Louise Walters Books) have improvised and made alternative plans. So look on the bright side, this way everybody gets the opportunity to attend.
Louise has recorded her launch party “speech” and Laura has recorded herself reading from the book. These will be shared on social media today so please look out for them – along with Louise’s swear word for which she apologizes!.
In addition there will also be a Twitter Q&A session today, Thursday, from 4pm until 5pm. It would be great if you could join Laura and Louise and ask a question… anything you like… within reason! The hashtag is #askLaura
If you’re new to Laura’s books the Wilde Investigations series follow Private Investigator Yannia Wilde and her apprentice Karrion Feathering as they solve crimes in Old London, the magical hub of the city. Yannia is one of the Wild Folk, who are able to channel all of nature, and it sets her apart as an outsider in Old London. Karrion is a Bird Shaman with a fine arts degree and a penchant for piercings and goth clothes. Together they engage in verbal sparring with arrogant Mages, forge alliances with beautiful cat burglars and mysterious Plant Shamans, and occasionally dodge pigeons.
The series starts with Fallible Justice and is followed by Echo Murder.
In Old London, where paranormal races co-exist with ordinary humans, criminal verdicts delivered by the all-seeing Heralds of Justice are infallible. After a man is declared guilty of murder and sentenced to death, his daughter turns to private investigator Yannia Wilde to do the impossible and prove the Heralds wrong.
Yannia has escaped a restrictive life in the Wild Folk conclave where she was raised, but her origins mark her as an outsider in the city. Those origins lend her the sensory abilities of all of nature. Yet Yannia is lonely and struggling to adapt to life in the city. The case could be the break she needs. She enlists the help of her only friend, a Bird Shaman named Karrion, and together they accept the challenge of proving a guilty man innocent.
So begins a breathless race against time and against all conceivable odds. Can Yannia and Karrion save a man who has been judged infallibly guilty?
Yannia Wilde returns to the Wild Folk conclave where she grew up, and to the deathbed of her father, the conclave’s Elderman. She is soon drawn back into the Wild Folk way of life and into a turbulent relationship with Dearon, to whom she is betrothed.
Back in London, unassuming office worker Tim Wedgebury is surprised when police appear on his doorstep with a story about how he was stabbed in the West End. His body disappeared before the paramedics’ eyes. Given that Tim is alive and well, the police chalk the first death up to a Mage prank. But when Tim “dies” a second time, Detective Inspector Jamie Manning calls Yannia and, torn between returning to the life she has built in Old London and remaining loyal to the conclave and to Dearon, she strikes a compromise with the Elderman that allows her to return temporarily to the city.
There she sets about solving the mystery of Tim’s many deaths with the help of her apprentice, Karrion. They come to realise that with every death, more of the echo becomes reality, and Yannia and Karrion find themselves in increasing danger as they try to save Tim. Who is the echo murderer? What sinister game are they playing? And what do they truly want?
All the books are available on ebook via Amazon, and in paperback via Louise Walters Books. The good news is that if you order via Louise and use the code spring2020 at the checkout you’ll get 10% off everything in your order until Sunday 29th March. Louise also offers free P&P in the UK so what are you waiting for?