Can He Heal the Scars from the Past as Easily as He Can Patch a Wall?

San Francisco, CA, October 03, 2007 --( Part-time lawyer, part-time handyman Willie Bo Abraham tackles the law and a biased legal system in the 1920s historical mystery I Never Knew Home: A Willie Bo Abraham Mystery by screenwriter and author Wellsley Fitzroy Shelton.

Willie Bo Abraham, that's me, part-time attorney, part-time fix-it man. I shouldn't be here thinking I'm capable of getting this hobo off free. Do I really know the law? Ask me something about fixing things. I can tell you about that, cause that's what I do best, patch things up. In all honesty, what chance does a fifty-year-old colored attorney and drifter stand in this all-white court…

Instead of painting Mrs. Morgan’s house, Willie Bo Abraham finds himself defending a drifter on a murder charge. He believes his client is innocent, but it’s 1929, and Willie Bo is a “colored” man arguing against a winning white prosecutor.

After the trial, he hopes to put it behind him and get back to his fix-it work. But before he can pull out his paintbrush and hammer, he takes on another case—one that may cost him his life. This time, he’s defending a former slave owner and mentor who’s accused of murder. Now Willie Bo must return to Logan Creek, South Carolina, a place he once called home, to confront his past and the woman he once loved. Will Willie Bo be able to mend the past, salvage the present, and build a new future?

“From the moment I began I Never Knew Home,” says author Penny Warner, “I was captured by the story of Willie Bo Abraham, part-time attorney, part-time fix-it man…I loved every page of this compelling debut novel by a wonderful new writer.”

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1467-3 Format: 6x9 Paperback SRP: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4327-0923-5 Format: 6x9 Hardback SRP: $25.95

Genre: Mystery and Detective—Historical

About the Author
Screenwriter Wellsley Fitzroy Shelton loves a good mystery, so when it came time to turn his talents toward writing his first novel, he was naturally drawn to the genre. Shelton currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife, son, and two cats. For more information or to contact the author, visit


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