The Ringmaster

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

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

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

Currently Reading - The Ringmaster, Vanda Symon

Book Title: 
Author Name: 

Currently Reading would have been a bit more accurate if I'd have posted this last night when I picked up the book - but I've finished it now.  So more when I write up what turned out to be a book which kept me awake a bit longer than I should have been.

From the Blurb:

Death is stalking the southern South Island, and what roles does the visting Darling Brothers Circus have to play?

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