Laura Laakso

Laura is a Finn who has spent most of her adulthood in England. Writing and storytelling has always been an integral part of her life, but it was turning thirty that led her to pursue a career in writing seriously. When she is not writing or working in her day job as an accountant, she is training and competing with her two dogs.

Laura's debut novel Fallible Justice was published in November 2018. It's the first in the paranormal crime series Wilde Investigations.  The follow up, Echo Murder, is out on 6th June.

Laura tweets @LLaaksoWriter and her website is here.

Laura's favourite novel is The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans, and her favourite novella is Story of Your Life  by Ted Chiang. Her top poet is V. A. Koskenniemi.

Fallible Justice 

Laura Laakso

 

"Fallible Justice is a great read, and one I’d have no qualms about recommending to fans of crime fiction, fantasy fiction, commercial or literary. Or simply those who love a good read"

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Page 100 of Fallible Justice...

When she gets close enough, I catch a fleeting impression of the scents of true silver, steel and oiled leather.

      ‘You wanted to speak to me?’ she asks, her expression polite.

      ‘Yes and no. The person we’re really after is Brother Valeron. Do you know where we could reach him?’

      ‘What business would you have with Brother Valeron?’

      ‘We were hoping to ask him some questions.’

      ‘About what?’

      ‘About the judgement of Jonathain Marsh.’

      At the mention of the name, concern flickers over her features. ‘Who are you?’

      I introduce both myself and Karrion and explain what I do for a living. The concern on her face intensifies. Glancing around the hall, she beckons us to follow her. She chooses one of the many corridors and ducks into a room on the right. A brass plaque on the door reads ‘Palaeontology’. The walls are lined with bookcases and at the centre of the room are two desks facing each other. A pen holder and a stack of blank notepaper sit on each desk.

      Our guide closes the door behind us.          ‘This is our research wing, but few have time to delve into the mists of the distant past. We can talk here without being overheard.’

      Karrion and I exchange a glance, puzzled by her cautious manner.

      ‘Can you take us to Brother Valeron? And what’s your name?’ I ask, flashing her a friendly smile despite a growing sense of disquiet.

      ‘My name is Sister Alissa. Valeron and I entered the Brotherhood at the same time...'

Echo Murder

Laura Laakso

The second in Laura's Wilde Investigations series will be published on 6 June 2019 in paperback and e-book. 

Signed copies available on my website here.

Also available in e-book... and forthcoming in audio book!

 

Page 100 of Echo Murder...

‘It’s hard to miss two casters, even in a darkened alley.’

      ‘There’s always invisibility spheres,’ Karrion says. ‘What about the car crash? It would have been easy to cast a spell from the crowd.’

      ‘Lucky for us, we have CCTV.’

      We spend half an hour going through the clips. Plenty of people are watching the paramedics and taking photos, but we cannot spot anyone casting a spell. We watch the footage again to see if anyone is acting suspiciously. Again, we gain no new insight.

      ‘Could the answer be something different?’ Karrion asks.

      ‘Such as?’

      ‘Could they be using an artefact?’

      ‘We saw no one pointing a staff or a rod at the victim.’

      ‘That’s not what I meant. They could have planted an item on Tim, or whoever the victim was, and triggered it with a command word. Abracadabra, the body goes poof.’

      ‘I’m pretty sure no self-respecting magic user would ever say Abracadabra. But it’s a good point. If Mages can imbue warding magic into heart copper and true silver symbols, why shouldn’t they be able to use objects as conduits for other spells?’

      ‘I couldn’t have put it better myself.’

      I nudge his shoulder. ‘We need to add talking to a Mage to our list of things to do.’        

      ‘Just as soon as we find a Mage that stays on good terms with you.’

      Ignoring the jibe, I turn my attention to the time stamp on the screen. ‘See that?’

      ‘It says nine fifteen. What of it?’