Vanda Symon

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Memorable Books from 2011

Whilst I can normally manage to cobble together one of those dreaded "Top 10" listings for some of the mailing lists or, just before Christmas, on the Sisters in Crime website, I hate doing them.  It's such an arbitrary number, and doesn't even allow me the luxury of a favourite book per month.  So instead, a few reminders to myself on what really stayed with me from last year's reading list of 135 books.

R.J. Ellory

BOUND - Vanda Symon

Author Information
Book Title: 
Bound
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780143565277
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
Dunedin
New Zealand
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2011

Currently Reading - Bound, Vanda Symon

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Okay, so I was hoarding this for over Christmas reading.  But will power is not something I'm known for...

From the Blurb:

A brutal home invasion shocks the nation.  A man is murdered, his wife bound, gagged and left to watch.

But when Detective Sam Shephard scratches the surface, the victim, a successful businessman, is not all he seems to be.  And when the evidence points to two of Dunedin's most hated criminals, the case seems cut and dried ... until the body count starts to rise.

Meanwhile, Sam is in big trouble again ...

CONTAINMENT - Vanda Symon

Author Information
Book Title: 
Containment
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780143202295
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
New Zealand
Dunedin
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2009

Currently Reading - Containment, Vanda Symon

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From the Blurb:

Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aromoana when shipping containers wash up on the beach and are looted.

Detective Constable Sam Shephard knows first-hand the desperation of the scavengers - she's got the scars to prove it.

Plus a skull in the sand.

And a body pulled from the ocean.

The undercurrents from one morning's madness are far-reaching.  Who else will be caught in the backwash?  Can Sam stem the tide?

Opening Lines:

Overkill

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb from the book

When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide.

But all is not what it seems.

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
9780143006857
Location: 
New Zealand
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2007

The Ringmaster

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb from the book

Death is stalking the southern South Island. And what role does the visiting Darling Brothers Circus have to play?

Sam Shephard is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation there when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens. Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is the chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin.

Is the murdered in the circus or closer to home?

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
9780143008347
Location: 
New Zealand
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2008

Containment

Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb from the book

Detective Constable Sam Shephard knows first-hand the desperation of the scavengers - she's got the scars to prove it.

Plus a skull in the sand.

And a body pulled from the ocean.

The undercurrents from one morning's madness are far-reaching.  Who else will be caught in the backwahs?  Can Sam stem the tide?

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
9780143202295
Location: 
New Zealand
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2009

Vanda Symon

Author Information
Symon, Vanda

About the Author

Vanda Symon grew up in Tauranga and Hawkes Bay before heading south to study at the University of Otago.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Vanda returned to Hawkes Bay to work as a pharmacist in the community and local hospice.  After starting a family and making the decision to be at home with the children, she had the opportunity to indulge in her love of writing.  Vanda now lives in Dunedin with her husband and two young boys.

THE RINGMASTER - Vanda Symon

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Ringmaster
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780143008347
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
New Zealand
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2008

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