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...A series of betrayals, lies, and tragedies... all connected by one man.

"N-no... this is... f-fine. I c-can d-d-die easily knowing th-this. That... in y-your efforts to get r-revenge on the v-ve-very man you hated... You became exactly like him."
Carter Fly, Chapter 1

Check-in at the Turnabout by 1Justin_Stories3 is an Ace Attorney fanfic where Phoenix Wright and his assistant Maya Fey task themselves to defend man Lloyd Lector, accused of murdering three people inside a fancy hotel named The Heavenly Lodgings. However, the case may be deeper than Phoenix first imagined...

The story was published on June 13, 2018 and last updated July 11, 2018.

The story features exclusive illustrations by various illustrators.


Check-in at the Turnabout provides examples of:

  • Absenceof Evidence: The crime scene doesn't include a lot of evidence helping Lector's case, much to the team's dismay.
  • Always Murder: This is an Ace Attorney fanfiction, meaning someone is dead. Three people to be exact.
  • Badass Longcoat: Detective Falcon wears a trench coat and a fedora, playing up the noir detective trope.
  • Beat: Phoenix and Maya face a few instances of uncomfortable silence throughout the story. (e.g: The uncomfortable silence after Maya's weird puppy dog face in the Detention Center.)
  • Blatant Lies: In Chapter 1, the Magatama shows that Lector is lying about his denial of knowing any of the victims In Chapter 2, Howard also tells a lie about him seeing the defendant the night of the crime.
  • Child Prodigy: Sarah's ability to acquire a position at the shop in the hotel certainly implies a certain intellect about her.
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  • Coincidental Broadcast: Maya turns on the TV to show Phoenix details regarding the murder. The television, of course, begins to state important details regarding the incident at that moment.
  • Crowded Cast Shot: The cover illustration for the story includes a minor variation of this trope. Featuring two canon characters along with three original characters exclusive to the story,the image implies that all these characters will become important later.
  • Dark Secret: Lector does not seem adamant to discuss his reasons for being at the hotel that day.
  • Film Noir: Samuel's character plays up this trope.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Samuel's character plays up this tope,despite being a current cop. He dresses up like a noir detective and even speaks like one.
  • Hide the Evidence: In Chapter 4, it's revealed that Lector tries to hide the blackmail letter. Outside, a pistol and pair of gloves is in the flower pot, reasons not not yet known.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The first chapter begins with two unnamed and obscured men talking in a dark hotel room in the middle of the night whilst it's raining outside.
  • Jerkass: Kish's character is so obnoxious and rude in his first meeting, displaying a perfect example of this trope.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Sarah mentions in the second chapter of a theft on the day of the murder, this bringing the promise of this revealing a major point of the murder.
  • Mysterious Past: Lector does not disclose at any time his previous life. (e.g: He briefly mentions that he had a previous profession that's unknown nor disclosed to Phoenix.)
  • Power of Trust: Despite Lector's blatant lying in Chapter 1, Phoenix still decides to take his case.
  • Punny Name: Every character in the story have a pun name. Examples including Lloyd Lector (a play on words on the term "Coin Collector) or Ruth and Sarah Vice (a play on word of the term "Room Service.")