Fern Mortimer has mastered the art of being invisible.
Since a hit and run accident five years ago left her wheelchair-bound, she has become a recluse in her parents' home.
After finally venturing back into the real world, she struggles to make friends and trust anyone. Getting the nickname of The Ice Queen at her new place of work does little to build her confidence.
However, one young woman, Nessa Sullivan, sees through Fern's mask and is determined to be her friend. A mission that only months later sees Fern joining Nessa and three others on a well-deserved and much-needed holiday to the Portuguese Algarve.
During the holiday, Fern is seduced by a handsome restaurant manager, raising her mood and her hopes of a romantic entanglement whilst also robbing her of her usual common sense and sound judgement.
So, why is her wheelchair now lying capsized in the infinity pool and a body is spotted out at sea?
Where is Fern Mortimer?
The Fifth Wheel is a prequel to Casualty Of Court and The Blackleaf Agency Series
I’ve been living in Spain since 2003 but am originally from the UK. I worked in - *yawn alert* - IT for many years before taking the plunge and moving to Spain permanently. These days, I earn a living as a translator in my community and have become more knowledgeable of body parts and functions than I’d really care to mention. With lots of free time, I started writing in 2012 with the NaNoWriMo challenge and, to be honest, I haven’t looked back since. Weird really, since English and Literature were my least favourite subjects at school. However, I’ve always loved reading. Christmas annuals (of Jackie, Bunty etc) were my most-wanted gifts and I’d always read them before the turkey was ready to eat. So, here I am, now penning stories of my own. I’ve even entered a few competitions and had a couple of my ‘winning’ stories published in an anthology, so maybe I absorbed more in those English lessons than I thought. These days, I'm pretty much focusing on my Blackleaf Agency series, which is a spin-off from Casualty of Court (which releases later this year). The series follows my two leading ladies as they set up a Private Investigations agency and take on their first cases. It's fun, frothy and light but with a darker twist lurking in the background