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'I already can't put it down' - Julie

Tina's debut novel Lusciously Lethal Law is available now!

'I'm completely hooked' - Larissa

Lusciously Lethal Law

Twenty-eight-year-old Melbourne lawyer Ashley Grey has her share of problem clients. On some days Ashley represents a father going through a mid-life crisis in custody proceedings and on other days she rescues an Eastern European migrant from mutilating his neighbour for walking through a rose patch.  In between, Ashley is trying to progress her law career and meet a nice normal guy she can go on a date with.

Ashley also has to deal with family drama in the Grey household: her little sister has just moved in after a broken engagement, her father is acting suspicious and Ashley is finding herself constantly sidestepping potential love interests her mother is trying to set her up with.

Just when matters couldn’t get more hectic in law land, enter the botanist.

‘I think they’re going to charge me and I don’t know what to do. You see, I’m innocent, I didn’t do it.’ Professor Boudassou pleads with Ashley to take on his case. ‘The police see me as a suspect in my wife’s murder.’

Ashley easily determines that Professor Boudassou is telling the truth and agrees to help him. But things become worse when all forensic evidence indicates he is the killer. Ashley immerses herself in the case and intends to prove the botany professor’s innocence. However, investigating prominent members of the legal profession is not an easy task and Ashley’s determination is tested when she is thrown into a world of corruption and scandalous affairs.

Ashley finds solace in her partner in crime, best friend and fellow lawyer Sophie Labelle. Sophie is a budding human rights lawyer stuck in the role of insurance litigator. She works for an erratic boss who regularly fails to turn up to meetings or court, and can frequently be found in the staff kitchen eating Coco Pops and Baileys for breakfast.

Amidst the chaos of dodging dates organised by her mother, Ashley must work out how she really feels about her friend and fellow lawyer Stefan Anderson.

Ashley is committed to the acquittal of the botany professor but may not like what she discovers along the way. Nothing is certain except that law can be lusciously lethal.

What people are saying about Lusciously Lethal Law

I’m now 60 pages in and I am absolutely loving it! I love the fact that it’s set in Melbourne and I can picture the law precinct and cafes/bars around the city. I love the individuality of the characters – Sophie made me laugh out loud when she brought cupcakes in the settlement meeting! Honestly, I don’t want to put the book down … I hope you are planning a sequel soon because I will miss these characters once I’ve finished – I’m completely hooked!

  • Larissa I

Very well written and what I like is that it doesn't take half a book before it gets interesting... and I love that it's set in Melbourne!

  • Christine G 

Well written fiction novel with an unexpected twist! I would definitely recommend it to those who have a keen interest in murder mystery, law and love. The characters were extremely likeable and the way they were conveyed by the author gives us a clear picture of what the characters would appear to look like if they were real. The story line was fabulous to the point where it became difficult to put the novel down with each page I turned. The novel was quick to introduce us to the protagonist, Ashley. We were quick to notice that Ashley has been unlucky in the love department, however, was she able to receive her happily ever after whilst also being able to solve the murder mystery and save her client from potentially spending life in prison? Well... theres only one way to find out! 

  • Angela B 

I've never before read a book written by someone I know, let alone a mate and a colleague. I mention this because I thought it might affect my involvement in ‘Lusciously Lethal Law’. I had in mind that I would see the author in some of the characters, that I would hear her voice or notice her personality in the scenes and the story.


And for a while I did. I could hear Tina's voice in Ashley, see her teaching style in the descriptions of legal process. But around the end of the second chapter, I just became immersed in the story and reading it became like reading a book by any other author. I read on the train going to work, on the train coming home and in the evening before turning in. I became hooked by the 'whodunnit' and by the middle of the book, had formed my own opinion about the likely guilty party. I was, of course, completely wrong!


Now I am not really the reader for whom this book has been written. It's 'chick-lit' revealed by the thoughtful descriptions of outfits and (what I presume to be) a woman's insight on relationships, but it's also a really good story. The character descriptions are convincing, the legal aspects explained simply and I for one, didn't predict the little twist at the end.

  • Peter H

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