Book Giveaway – Kiss of Death

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Author: Stephen Tester

Kiss of Death: RRP $34.99 Published by: Heritage Press Ltd

Wellington, 1918. Be careful what you wish for…

It’s 1918, in a Wellington that few people would recognise today, and two major events are about to collide: the signing of the Armistice to end World War I, and the soldier-borne plague we now call the Spanish flu.

Into this comes Wellington’s only female lawyer, Lorna McDougal, leading her group of Sapphist friends as they attempt to strike a blow for woman’s freedom. They go head-to-head with the authorities while she finds herself acting as Crown prosecutor in the case of a wealthy socialite’s “murder” of her husband by kissing him.

As the pandemic cuts a swathe through the Wellington legal profession, Lorna McDougal is one of the few lawyers still standing. The Attorney-General appears to have no choice but to swallow his pride and appoint a woman as Crown prosecutor in the resultant murder trial.

Lorna relishes the chance to prove what a “mere woman” is capable of, but her life is thrown into chaos when her sapphist (lesbian) friends are subjected to a homophobic private prosecution. Meanwhile, the Law Society take umbrage at her new status and redouble their efforts to cull the only woman in their ranks. Lorna must save her friends, find justice for a murder victim, and earn the respect of a hostile profession.

This powerful, hilarious, and evocative portrait of life in Edwardian New Zealand is the work of a barrister turned history teacher and will take the reader on an unforgettable journey.

 

Book Giveaway - Kiss of Death

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