Laura Snider

Ashley Montgomery Legal Thrillers

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Unsympathetic Victims

When a defense attorney becomes the defendant, one small town is forced to reconsider their ideas of good and evil.


"...a wonderful mix of fully-developed characters, sharp, witty dialogue and descriptive prose that had me captivated from beginning to end." —James Chandler, author of Misjudged


When successful public defender Ashley Montgomery helps acquit yet another client, people in small-town Brine, Iowa are enraged. Following the verdict, a protest breaks out — and the hated defense attorney quickly finds her life in danger.


But little does Ashley know, things are about to get worse — much worse. One of her clients turns up dead, and Ashley is arrested for his murder. As local investigators Katie Mickey and George Thomanson dive into the case, they start to suspect that Ashely is being framed — but by whom? 


With Ashley’s freedom at stake, Katie and George are desperate to find out the truth. And soon, they uncover a sinister plot born of corruption, greed, and misplaced loyalty that will leave the whole town reeling — and questioning their faith in the people they trusted most. 


Unsympathetic Victims is the first in the Ashley Montgomery Legal Thriller Series. Fans of relatable female protagonists and plot twists that keep you guessing will love Laura Snider’s gripping debut novel. 

Praise for Unsympathetic Victims:

"Snider hits it out of the park with this first legal thriller....dives into the good and the ugly of her characters, and just when the load gets heavy, she lightens the mood with witty dialogue. This is an author you’ll add to your favorites list." —Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, USA Today Bestselling author of Damaging Secrets

"For fans of Rizzoli and Isles, Laura Snider has created an unlikely pair of kick-ass women in Ashley Montgomery and Katie Mickey. This is a series you won't want to miss." —Shannon Baker, award-winning author of Stripped Bare

"The action is swift, the dialog is sharp...a winning combination of perfectly drawn characters, seemingly clear-cut cases, and a good grasp of legal procedures..." —Cynthia Hamilton, author of Spouse Trap

Undetermined Death

Public defender Ashley Montgomery's latest case will push her to the limit.

When teenager Rachel Smithson is charged with murdering her newborn baby in a hotel room, Ashley is appointed to represent her. Determined to prove her client innocent, Ashley delves into the secret life and relationships of the quiet teen. And turns up more questions than answers.

Meanwhile, Ashley's longtime friend and sometimes rival, police officer Katie Mickey, investigates the alleged murder with the aim of ensuring Rachel's conviction. Despite working against each other, the two women begin to share the same awful suspicions, and the tragic case takes an even darker turn when rumors surface that the father of Rachel’s baby is an adult in her life.

Then Ashley falls victim to a personal attack, and she and Mickey find themselves racing to unmask a different, far more dangerous offender.

Readers will stay up late into the night untangling the web of deception and betrayal in Undetermined Death.

Praise for Undetermined Death:

"Snider is adept at creating a small mid-western town with twisty crimes and complicated won't want to miss." —Shannon Baker, author of Stripped Bare

About Laura Snider

Laura Snider is a practicing lawyer in Iowa. She graduated from Drake Law School in 2009 and spent most of her career as a Public Defender. Throughout her legal career, she has been involved in all levels of crimes from petty thefts to murders. These days she is working part-time as a prosecutor and spends the remainder of her time writing stories and creating characters.

Laura lives in Iowa with her husband, three children, two dogs, and two very mischievous cats.