2006

Murder is Never Pretty... Even When the Corpse is a Blonde

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

MURDER IS NEVER PRETTY ... EVEN WHEN THE CORPSE IS A BLONDE CHAPTER ONE I was cruising west along Great Eastern Highway, going nowhere in particular, waiting for the call. It was one of those nights. It was hot, the moon was full and the dregs of society were restless. Black storm clouds hung over the Perth hills to the east and we'd had a drizzle of rain. It was enough to bring out the smell of hot tar. It had been a long day and I knew it was going to be a long night. I needed a drink of good old Queensland rum but the wagging finger in the back of my brain told me I had to stay sane.

Sub Genre: 
Hard Boiled
Pulp
ISBN: 
1875291059
Location: 
Country NSW
Series: 
Joe Blake
Publisher: 
Warrigal Press
Year of Publication: 
2006

Sleep of Reason

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

When two year old Corban Foley is kidnapped from his home in the dead of night and a goat's head left on the front lawn, most of Montezuma County turns out for the search.

But nothing is at it seems with this case, and Detective Jude Devine soon finds herself caught up in a small-town soap opera whose players seem more interested in their fifteen minutes of fame than in the fate of little Corban. With the media snapping at her heels, she can barely conduct the investigation let alone have a private life. Her lesbianism isn't the only secret she must hide-and it just got harder.

Sub Genre: 
Gay & Lesbian Fiction
Location: 
USA
Series: 
Judy Devine
Publisher: 
Victory
Year of Publication: 
2006

In the Evil Day

Category: 
Thriller

John Anselm is a former Beirut hostage, a foreign correspondent who went to one war too many. A burnt-out-case, he lives in his family's ancestral house in Germany, working for a semi-legal and near-broke surveillance firm and wrestling with his own fractured identity and family history.

ISBN: 
1863252282
Location: 
Melbourne
Publisher: 
Text Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2006

Parallel Lies

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

Parallel Lies is a fast-paced and fiendishly plotted novel about a menage a trois that becomes a menage a deux when one of the trio is murdered. Which one of the two survivors was the murderer, and what have they got to hide? Things are never quite what they seem, and people are never quite who they say they are, in Stella Duffy's effortlessly entertaining new novel.

Sub Genre: 
Gay & Lesbian Fiction
Private Detective
ISBN: 
1844080250
Location: 
Hollywood
Publisher: 
Virago
Year of Publication: 
2006

Loose Ends

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Mists swirling through the rainforest at O’Reilly’s ... stinging spray as catamarans race across Moreton Bay ... they’re all in a day’s work for journalist Annie Bryce.

It’s the whale research on the Sunshine Coast that triggers a mystery: the tight-lipped young English scientist ... the digger, dead in World War Two ... can they be connected?

Annie’s investigations plunge her into a world of secrets and vengeance - and more strife than she can handle ...

ISBN: 
1921118105
Publisher: 
Zeus Publications
Year of Publication: 
2006

The Pink Cockatoo

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Ruth Cogan feels she has found peace at last working at the Stockman’s Hotel in sleepy Townsville, far North Queensland . This new life is a welcome change of pace for Ruth after her exhilarating adventures pursuing drug dealers to Sydney and the heartbreaking tragedy of losing her husband and son. (Payback) Ruth shared these experiences, as always, in the company of her good friends, Katy and Diane.

Sub Genre: 
Accidental Detective
ISBN: 
1921118830
Location: 
North Queensland
Publisher: 
Zeus Publications
Year of Publication: 
2006

Equinox

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Oxford, 2006: a young woman is found brutally murdered, her throat cut. Her heart has been removed and in its place lies an apparently ancient gold coin.

Twenty-four hours later, another woman is found. The MO is identical, except that this time her brain has been removed, and a silver coin lies glittering in the bowl of her skull.

ISBN: 
9781921215018
Location: 
Melbourne
Series: 
Rubens McCauley
Publisher: 
Scribe
Year of Publication: 
2006

Better Dead than Never

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Patricia Lunn takes on a hopeless case after an old friend from her days in uniform asks her to dig into a supposedly wrongful conviction of a serial rapist turned killer.

But as she knocks at the doors of the city's most influential people, someone wants her dead before she finds out the truth.

She uncovers a world filled with police corruption, racism, sexual debauchery and a killer who will do anything to protect his identity... including putting a contract on her head.

ISBN: 
0975847708
Publisher: 
C & C International Media Group
Year of Publication: 
2006