Lethal Care

by Claire McNab

Two celebrated writers combine to offer the electrifying conclusion to a legendary mystery series…

Detective Inspector Carol Ashton’s promotion to Chief Inspector has immediately ensnared her in two assignments that hold no warning they will forever change her life.

She’s inherited the pressurized case of the high-profile death of media star and wealthy philanthropist Greta Denby, who had been undergoing a controversial experimental treatment for her cancer. Carol is now also taking on the case of the investigating officer Inspector Ian Rooke, who has himself just died under baffling circumstances—a demise made more mysterious by the inexplicable shoddiness of his investigation into Greta’s death.

In this final chapter, Carol must confront an increasingly dire future and the most formidable challenge of all—her fundamental belief in her career, and in herself.

Seventeenth in the Carol Ashton Series.



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Genre Mystery
Length 252 pages
Publication Date December 15, 2017
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935817
Editor Cath Walker
Cover Designer Judith Fellows


GCLS Goldie Awards
Lethal CareWinner, Mystery / Thriller.

Read our Interview with Claire McNab on working with Katherine V. Forrest and the return of Carol Ashton


The Lesbian Review
I must applaud Claire McNab and Katherine V. Forrest for joining forces to create this fast paced and riveting literary masterpiece. The beautiful descriptions of the Australian landscape made me yearn to see all of these places as soon as possible. I am also very pleased to say that I enjoyed reading about the complex and vibrant characters in this story because I was able to form a detailed picture of each character in my mind and that’s always a huge plus for me. There are so many things that I could say about this story but I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I will tell you this—there is absolutely no way you would be able to read this story without going through the gamut of emotions. Danger and suspicion surround Carol in all areas of her life and she still holds on to her sanity despite everything that threatens to break her. Once you begin to read this awesome story, you would not want to stop reading until you get to the last page because you’ll be taken on a very captivating and intriguing journey with Chief Inspector Carol Ashton.

Lambda Literary Review
The story is riveting throughout. The plot and subplots are filled with delightful misdirection. While those pesky red fish keep circling, we’re presented with a long list of suspects couched in multiple, overlapping concerns.

Although this is the final book in the series, the story stands alone, with just enough detail into the past to keep a new reader engaged. From beginning to end, the story moves rapidly, introducing us to a host of suspects and interesting characters, taking us on a bumpy ride and bringing this tale, and the series, to a satisfying conclusion.

Lesbian Reading Room
As usual the crime drama is excellent, well thought through and plotted, complex enough to keep the attention and like a good Agatha Christie, literally anyone could have done it, although we didn’t meet a butler.

As you would expect it is excellently written and edited, it is warm and fuzzy with the feeling of returning to old friends, resolving long held questions and tying up a myriad of loose ends. The Carol Ashton books, along with Forrest’s Delafied series, were the cornerstone of my lesbian reading in the late 80’s and 90’s. Between them they created the genre of the lesbian cop/procedural/crime series and I for one will always shower them with respect for being the ground breakers of lesbian fiction that they are.

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