About the Author...
C.L. Tolbert grew up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, a culturally rich, beachy stretch of land with moss covered oaks and unforgettable sunsets. Early in her career she earned a Masters of Special Education and taught children with learning disabilities before entering law school at the University of Mississippi. She spent most of her legal career working as defense counsel, traveling throughout the country in litigation for corporations and insurance companies. She also had the unique opportunity of teaching third-year law students in a clinical program at Loyola Law School in New Orleans where she ran the Homelessness Law Clinic and learned, firsthand, about poverty in that city. The experience and impressions she has collected from the past forty years contribute to the stories she writes today.
After winning the Georgia State Bar Association’s fiction writing contest in 2010, C.L. developed the winning short story into the full scale novel, Out From Silence. Her second manuscript, entitled The Redemption, will be published in 2020. Retiring after thirty years of law practice, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and schnauzer Yoda. When she’s not writing, she volunteers for Atlanta Legal Aid Services and visits her children and grandchildren as often as possible.
About the Books...
The Thornton Mysteries
Out From Silence (December 2019)
The Redemption (December 2020)
Thornton Mystery Book 3 (December 2021)
News and Reviews...
"Cynthia Tolbert follows in the footsteps of legendary southern author Margaret Maron with her haunting debut, OUT OF SILENCE, a beautifully drawn mystery that explores the duality of evil and kindness in a small Georgia town."
- Ellen Byron, Agatha Winner, Best Contemporary Novel, Cajun Country Mysteries, USA Today Bestselling Series, Humorous Lefty Awards, The Catering Hall Mysteries
"Out From Silence is a solid debut loaded with menace, memorable characters, and dangerous secrets--a brooding mystery rooted deep in the Southern tradition."
- Roger Johns, award-winning author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries