Melbourne, 1959. An 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder as he spies through the window of a strange house. God, whom he no longer counts as a friend, obviously has a pretty screwed-up sense of humour: just one year before, the boy had looked on helplessly as his twin brother, Tom, suffered a violent death.
On Damon Styles's eighteenth birthday, he is expelled from school. But it's what happens afterwards that changes everything.
Now Damon must come up with a plan. It's the only way he can think straight. First, get his firearms licence. Then, see if the Pigman will give him a job - pig hunting will teach Damon what he needs to know. And he'd better get a lock for his wardrobe so his mother won't find what he's hiding.
Damon's taking matters into his own hands - but so is the town of Strathven.
After the siege of Winchestre in 1141, Janna is overjoyed to finally meet her father but soon realises the threat she poses to her new family when an attempt to poison her goes awry. Spiteful tricks follow until, fearing for her safety, Janna persuades her father to take her to Oxeneford where King Stephen has the Empress Matilda under siege and victory within his grasp. Once again Janna risks her life in the empress's cause, which put her at odds with her father until she confides the truth: that her mother was poisoned and she needs his help to bring a murderer to justice.
1141 - England is divided by the bitter civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda, and Winchestre is under siege and on fire. Janna's quest to find her father in order to avenge the death of her mother has taken her from forest to farm, abbey and finally to the heart of the royal court at Winchestre. Along the way she has solved many crimes and mysteries, including the mystery of her own birth and her mother's death - secrets that put both her life and her heart in danger.
Until now, you have been just plain old Janey Brown. But you are going to grow and grow. You will be what your parents have not allowed you to be. It's in your past. And it's in your future. There's a whole new part of you just waiting to burst out.
You are JANE BLONDE - sensational spylet. Welcome to our world.
Bindy is the smartest girl at Ashbury High. She ranks in the 99.9th percentile in everything she does (including extra-curricular activities – she is casual Employee of the Month every month at Kmart). She is also the kindest girl at Ashbury High. For example:
• Before each school year begins, she memorises departmental outlines of her subjects. That way, she can gently prompt those teachers who forget or stray from the course.
• She reads up on common teen anxieties, and offers lunch-time advisory sessions in a relaxed, convivial setting (the locker room).
Janna lives at the edge of a forest in medieval England. Her whole world turns upside down following the death of her mother. Accident? Janna doesn't think so, but the dark and powerful forces ranged against her will stop at nothing to prevent her from finding out the truth.
Lilies for Love, Book 3 in the highly acclaimed medieval crime series for teenagers, The Janna Mysteries. Lilies for Love was launched at the NSW Writers Centre on Saturday 23rd September by Linsay Knight, head of Children's Books at Random House Australia.
Lilies for Love takes Janna to Wiltune Abbey in the next step on her quest to find her unknown father and seek justice for the death of her mother.
Driven from her home and disguised as a youth, Janna seeks refuge at a manor farm only to find her heart and her safety under threat following a series of 'accidents'. When a child goes missing, Janna risks everything to find him but who can she trust? Hugh, the handsome nobleman who seems to know more than he's telling? The beautiful Gytha, who is desperate to marry Hugh? Or the angry and frightened Urk?
Angelo Martinelli - also known as The Angel - doesn't believe in the supernatural, but strange things are happening in the house on Galgon Street. Mirrors are smashed, mysterious messages appear on the walls, and the furniture is thrown about.
There is no sign of a break-in and the only clue is a strange smell. Time to bring in the CASE Breaker gang and Guthrie, the dog with the amazing powers.