Laura Caldwell (website) is the American author of the Izzy McNeil legal mystery series, which includes six books.
The author was born in Chicago, Illinois and she was raised Crystal Lake, Illinois.
She attended the University of Iowa and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Laura received her law degree from Loyola Law School, and after a brief period of traveling to Europe, she started her successful career as an attorney, with a specialty in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law.
She then married and was made partner in a downtown Chicago law firm.
After about a year of working, Laura Caldwell started writing books on the side. Her first novel, Burning the Map, was published after 8 years and many rejections, in 2002 by Midnight Ink.
The author is currently living in Chicago with her husband and she is now a law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, while also writing books in her free time.
Her books are published in more than 25 countries and have been translated in around 15 languages all over the world.
She is also a freelance magazine writer and the founder of Loyola’s Life After Innocence, an organization that helps wrongfully convicted people as well as those who have been somehow affected by the criminal justice system.
The author has written to date 14 novels and one nonfiction book, with the latest one titled Anatomy of Innocence, a collection of stories including testimonies of wrongfully-convicted people. The books are edited by Laura Caldwell.
The Izzy McNeil series is a part-time legal thriller, part-time chick-lit, with a clever Chicago attorney who solves murder cases.
Here are the Laura Caldwell books in order for her solid Izzy McNeil mystery series.
Izzy McNeil Series
1. Red Hot Lies (Izzy McNeal #1), 2009
2. Red Blooded Murder (Izzy McNeal #2), 2009
3. Red, White & Dead (Izzy McNeal #3), 2009
4. Claim of Innocence (Izzy McNeal #4), 2011
5. Question of Trust (Izzy McNeal #5), 2012
6. False Impressions (Izzy McNeal #6), 2012
Other Books by Laura Caldwell
Burning The Map, 2002
A Clean Slate, 2003
The Year of Living Famously, 2004
Look Closely, 2005
The Night I Got Lucky, 2005
The Rome Affair, 2006
The Good Liar, 2008
Long Way Home, 2010
The Dog Park, 2014
Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted, 2017