"Adept at striking the right balance between tough social issues and young love, Slaughter orchestrates a tale that harmonizes issues of racism, abandonment, and abuse with the power of love and beauty of music in this young adult romantic suspense novel..."

—V.M. Burns, Agatha-Award nominated author of The Plot is Murder

About Leisha's Song

Leisha has always been the ultimate pleaser. She never intended to fall in love with classical singing, become an amateur detective, or get involved with Cody Harrington. But now she finds herself on a direct collision course with her African American grandfather, the only parent she’s ever known. But a more immediate danger looms as she draws closer to uncovering the truth about her mentor’s disappearance, putting her life in grave danger.


About the Author

I’m addicted to reading and writing young adult novels—not to mention chocolate, romance, and my husband’s cooking. Spoiler Alert about my bio: It’s not about how I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Instead…

Praise for Lynn's Work

“Part mystery, part love story, Leisha’s Song explores how talent and desire clash with family expectations and old beliefs. Slaughter tells this tale with tenderness, humor, and page-turning prose that keeps readers wanting more. A not to be missed book for YA readers!"

— Ellen Birkett Morris, author of Lost Girls


“In this amazing mystery and story of new love at a fancy New England boarding school, Leisha’s Song explores the feelings of love, loss, pain, and longing amongst both students and the adults in their academic world."

— Mary Popham, author of Emmalene of Landing Run

“I loved Leisha and Cody in Leisha’s Song! I found the dialogue authentic for teens and the conflicts kept building, adding wonderful tension throughout this page-turning story."

—Beth Schmelzer, BestBooksbyBeth.com


“Heartfelt, wise and relevant, Leisha’s Song is a compelling murder mystery wrapped around a romance that propels the reader along a ‘must keep reading’ journey. Leisha is a protagonist we come to care for and cheer on as she faces a mystery that must be solved. A romance that must be navigated, and a world that must be grown into. It is a testament to Lynn Slaughter’s immense skills as a writer that she has produced another wonderful adventure story."

—- T. Lynne Singleton, contributing author, African American Alphabet, A Celebration of African-American and West Indian Culture, Custom, Myth, and Symbol

Suspense, tender romance, and a thoughtful exploration of racism make this page-turning coming-of-age novel a winner. An academy setting and focus on the creative arts add appeal, and Leisha’s growth from people-pleaser to independent woman will resonate with girls and women everywhere."

—Lee Tobin McClain, USA Today Bestselling Author of Home to the Harbor


“Lynn Slaughter’s latest beautifully written thriller has it all—mystery, drama, twists and turns, romance, and skillfully-crafted characters. It is well paced and keeps you guessing. You will not want to put it down!"

—Connie Bergstein Dow, author of
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Also By Lynn


Latest Author Interview by Lynn

Moving to a New Mystery Series by Guest Author Susan Van Kirk

What a pleasure it is to welcome cozy mystery writer Susan Van Kirk as she shares what it’s like to begin a new mystery series and create a whole new world of characters. Susan is also president of the online Guppy chapter of Sisters in Crime, a wonderful writing community that brings pre-published and…

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Lynn's Latest Project

When Sam’s wealthy mom gets engaged to a younger man whose last heiress wife mysteriously died, Sam is appalled. And then Sam’s life implodes. Her mom’s fiancé turns up dead, and a mountain of circumstantial evidence points to Sam as the killer. On trial for murder, she fights to prove her innocence with the help of her boyfriend’s dad, an ex-homicide cop.

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Midwest Book Review highly recommended LEISHA'S SONG and described it as “a captivating story of intrigue, tangled relationships, and passion for music.”

Also thrilled to share that LEISHA'S SONG was nominated for an Agatha Award for best mystery novel in the children's/YA category, as well as being named a finalist for an Imadjinn Award in the young adult ctegory. It also received a bronze medal from Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

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Off the Grid

My husband and I have a dear retired friend who is essentially off the grid. You can’t reach her by email, nor does she own a cell phone. What she does have is a library card, and she’s a voracious reader. She’s also a caring friend to a handful of elderly women who otherwise would…

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