Today’s guest blogger is Lisa Black.

Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.

She had her life sorted out just the way she liked it, until her husband got fed up with Cleveland snow and moved them to Florida, 1400 miles away from her family and her career. Not that she’s bitter or anything. Now she is a certified latent print examiner for the Cape Coral police department and works mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.

Defensive Wounds begins with a murder at a defense attorney convention in the beautiful Ritz-Carlton hotel, located in Cleveland’s most recognizable landmark—the Terminal Tower, with its 700 foot high observation deck.

Theresa’s daughter Rachael is out of college for the summer and working there at the front desk; in fact she’s the first to alert Theresa to the homicide.

This little coincidence begins to complicate Theresa’s life as she realizes that her daughter is falling for a handsome coworker—and then finds out how this boy once stood trial for a brutal crime. In fact, the first victim had been his attorney. But the attorney also had a host of enemies, many of whom are also attending this convention.

Theresa has the walls closing in from every direction—she is trying to work under the scrutiny of people who will use everything she says or does against her in the court of law, if possible. Her crime scene is a hotel, littered with the microscopic debris of past guests that may or may not be relevant to the murder. Her daughter might be falling under the sway of a very dangerous man.

And the killer is not yet finished.

 Lisa’s books, which include Trail of Blood, have been published in Germany, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Spain and Japan. Evidence of Murder reached the NYT mass market bestseller’s list. They can be found on Amazon.com; at Barnes & Noble; and at independent bookstores.

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