Meanwhile Ophelia has more troubles on the domestic front. Her absent-minded husband has accidentally included their labrador puppy in a delivery of computers to Leafskirk on the other side of the Pennines. Unfortunately, its recipients are founder-members of the East Lancashire Liberation Army who seize upon the unwitting puppy, Gigabyte, and demand a ransom beyond the dreams of Blackburn.
Ophelia, beset on all sides by hungry clamouring, is pushed towards the crooked solicitor's standby: mortgage fraud, but this time with an unusual twist. After all, when the senior partner is frosting over nicely behind the photocopier, a little fraud is a mere bagatelle. And this scheme is foolproof ... isn't it?
First published in 1995 by Hodder Headline, Ophelia O. and the Mortgage Bandits was described as 'an hilarious and intelligent first novel combining the courtroom characterization of John Mortimer with the unrestrained farce of Tom Sharpe, and is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.' It was followed by two further Ophelia novels, Ophelia O. and the Antenatal Mysteries and Trotter's bottom.