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Author: Linda Y. Atkins

Linda Atkins has practiced law in Louisville, Kentucky since 1982. She began her career as a prosecutor in the Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's office working her way up through the ranks to become the Director and Chief Prosecutor of the County's first domestic violence unit. She now practices law with her husband, concentrating in medical and legal malpractice claims. And, of course, she uses her extensive knowledge of the law to wiite the Hilary Adams mystery series.

Linda Atkins will be a featured speaker at the 9th Annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival at the University of Louisville on March 7, 2015. Deadline for Murder was the December book of the month on Long and Short Reviews.

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Deadline for Murder - A Hilary Adams Mystery, #4

Deadline for Murder
  • Number: B00NUIUJ5K
  • Release: 2014-10-28
  • Author: Linda Y. Atkins
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Closed - Turquoise Morning Press
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Defending a crime reporter accused of a double-homicide puts Hilary Adams to the test once more. Can she meet the deadline for murder?

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Attorney Hilary Adams makes the difficult decision not to run for another term as Louisville’s top prosecutor. She’s determined to return to the defense side of the justice system. The only hitch is that her newfound resolve isn’t resonating too well with her husband Peter Elliott, Louisville’s police chief.

On the first day after her incumbency has ended, Hilary receives an unexpected and very hard to resist offer from Winfield Bennett, the managing partner of Louisville’s biggest white-shoe law firm. He wants her to head up a newly formed criminal litigation division. Unable to turn down such a prestigious position and the obscene salary package that accompanies it, Hilary accepts. She soon realizes, however, that the job comes with a hefty price tag—take on every case Win throws her way, including the representation of his old college chum, journalist Blake Hunter, a happily married man who can’t seem to remember how he woke up that morning in a seedy motel room with a very dead young woman.

Then, in quick succession, another murder victim turns up. Blake’s new boss is found brutally beaten and stabbed in exactly the same manner as the young woman. Evidence, including DNA left at each of the crime scenes, points to only one person as being the culprit in both slayings—Hilary’s errant client, Blake Hunter.

As always, Hilary has her work cut out for her. Once again, she’s up to the challenge.

Stands Alone: NO


Politics Can Be Murder - A Hilary Adams Mystery, #3

Politics Can Be Murder
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00LVHYJJ4
  • Release: 2014-07-16
  • Author: Linda Y. Atkins
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Closed - Turquoise Morning Press
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When the law clerk for the chief justice of Kentucky’s Supreme Court dies in a mysterious hit-and-run, tongues begin to wag. After all, everyone knew about the justice’s penchant for young women, and this one was as beautiful as she was smart. Concerned that her death could be linked directly to him, Chief Justice Langford appeals to Hilary Adams, now Louisville’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, to keep him informed about any new developments that may crop up in the ensuing investigation. But when Hilary refuses, Langford angrily elects to pursue another route—one that effectively circumvents Hilary’s office, but one that ultimately leads to the chief justice himself falling victim to murder.

Though the details of Langford’s demise are shocking, his murder neither surprises nor displeases anyone, least of all his widow, who has more than a few wicked secrets of her own. But instead of ensuring long life, those sins, which she so carefully tried to conceal, ultimately prove to be the death of her too.

Faced with mounting pressure to solve the murders of both the chief justice and his wife—and to determine whether their murders had anything to do with the untimely death of the justice’s law clerk—Hilary, Homicide Lieutenant Peter Elliott, and investigator Sam Monroe unwittingly find themselves plunged into a complicated and twisted plot that, when unraveled, exposes an insatiable lust for uncompromising greed, a double whammy of double-crossing deceit, and a diabolical scheme of deadly blackmail, all carefully intertwined to advance a political agenda that has become cruelly out of control.

Suspense * Mystery * Hardboiled


But Names Will Never Hurt Me - A Hilary Adams Mystery, #2

But Names Will Never Hurt Me
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00IGLEQVO
  • Release: 2014-02-14
  • Author: Linda Y. Atkins
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Closed - Turquoise Morning Press
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Hilary Adams, a talented criminal defense attorney, receives a late night phone call from her friend, Judge Susan Emmett-Bradley, who has found her estranged husband, John Bradley dead—viciously murdered.

In defending the judge, Hilary finds herself catapulted into a tangled web of deceit, corruption and infidelity. John Bradley clearly wasn’t whom she thought he was, and the unknown side of him gets creepier by the minute. And what’s worse, Susan doesn’t seem herself either, and her secrets can make her defense very difficult. When Lieutenant Peter Elliot starts asking the hard questions, Hilary will have to do everything she can to stop him from sending the wrong person to trial.

Suspense * Mystery * Hardboiled


Absence of Reason - A Hilary Adams Mystery, #1

Absence of Reason
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B00G1W5KGK
  • Release: 2013-10-20
  • Author: Linda Y. Atkins
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery
  • Publisher: Closed - Turquoise Morning Press
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When a friend is accused of murder, a feisty attorney will have to outsmart a serial killer if she wants to prove her client’s innocence—and stay alive.

Criminal defense attorney, Hilary Adams, is about to tackle the case of her career—defending an accused serial killer. In each murder, the evidence gathered against her childhood friend, Professor Tom Blackstone, was overwhelming; the motive obvious, at least to the police and the local prosecuting attorney. But to Hilary, nothing in this case has been right from the beginning. It has all the earmarks of someone systematically setting up her client. But who would want to and why? Coeds, sexually assaulted and murdered, are turning up everywhere. Time is short and the list of suspects even shorter. Hilary has to act fast to save her client and in the end to save herself.

Suspense * Mystery * Hardboiled