When the body of a backpacker washes ashore in an idyllic small town in Tasmania, the close-knit community starts to fall apart. As long-buried secrets start to come out, the delicate balance of their fragile lives is threatened...
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Brisbane, 1943. A provincial Australian city has turned almost overnight into the main Allied staging post for the war in the Pacific. The social, sexual, and racial tensions stirred up by the arrival of tens of thousands of US troops provoke all kinds of mayhem, and Brisbane’s once quiet streets are suddenly looking pretty mean. Enter P.I.
Food Enforcement Agent Jason Frolick believes in America. He believes in eating air. He struggles to get the food monkey off his back. As part of the Global War on Fat, his job is to put food terrorists in Fat Camp.
When a pizza dealer gets whacked in the park across the street from the Thin House, the Prophet Jones himself asks Frolick to investigate. For the first time ever, Frolick solves a murder—but what he finds out shakes his faith.
It's Christmas morning on the edge of the rugged Mortimer Ranges. Sarah Barnard saddles Tansy, her black mare. She is heading for the bush, escaping the reality of her broken marriage and her bankrupted trail-riding business.Sarah seeks solace in the ranges. When a flash flood traps her on Devil Mountain, she heads to higher ground, taking shelter in Hangman's Hut.
She settles in to wait out Christmas.
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Jenny Spence grew up in country Victoria, and went to university in Melbourne. After a brief period as an English teacher and a year scriptwriting soap operas, Jenny stumbled upon a profession that suited her mismatch of talents and became a technical writer. She and her husband, Bruce Spence, have two grown-up children and two granddaughters.
Deborah Tait writes suspense with a touch of romance and a definite Australian sensibility. Whether it be stumbling over bodies in the Blue Mountains, deciphering puzzles in latte swilling Sydney or running for their lives across the red dirt of the Outback, her characters remain rooted in the heart and soul of The Great Southland.
Based in rural Victoria, Australia, Vicki writes fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings.
Originally from New Zealand, she immigrated with her husband to Australia in 1982. She has travelled extensively, spending a year touring the world before terrorism was an influencing factor. She has lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps.
Poppy Gee was born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1977. She spends every summer with her family at their shack in the Bay of Fires. She has worked as a journalist, editor and book reviewer and currently teaches journalism and creative writing. Poppy lives in Queensland with her husband and two beautiful children. She has nearly completed her next novel, another literary thriller set in the Tasmanian ski village Ben Lomond.
Kay Saunders AM was Professor of History and Senator of the University of Queensland from 2002 to 2006. In 2001 she received the Medal of the National Museum of Australia and in 2006 was the recipient of the John Kerr Medal from the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.
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A new Australian author, always much appreciated, this book is set on the fringes of the IT industry, with a central character who is a technical writer... There is so much here that makes sense :)
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The New England Writers' Centre has launched the New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing, with cash prizes for unpublished short-form crime writing in 3 categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry. Open to writers all over Australia, whether published or unpublished. Closing date September 30.
http://www.newc.org.au for more details, and entry form.
Reading this one for review over at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com/ - it's marketed as YA, but it should work for a wider audience.
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'I still dream about Anna London's house. In my dreams it's as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn't the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage ...'
Yes well, if you're going to get out of your comfort zone you might as well make a day of it...
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With winter closing in, Elly Cartwright dreams of escaping her inner-city existence for a more carefree life in the country. On a drizzly Monday morning, the view from her tram window is grim, and she isn't looking forward to yet another mundane working week.
But Elly's week will be anything but mundane, with two people she's closely associated with murdered in quick succession and two attempts on her life.
Half her family have been murdered in their beds. Her father is the prime suspect. And things are about to get a whole lot worse…
The lives of two strangers, Greg Jenkins and Megan Brighton, become inextricably entangled when they each sign up for a dinner dating agency. Greg's reason for joining has nothing to do with looking for love. His recently divorced sister Sam has disappeared and Greg is convinced that Dinner for Twelve, or at least one of its clients, may be responsible.
When soon-to-be-wed Tanya Clark is confronted with her fiancé's naked corpse hanging from a wardrobe rail in the upmarket Melbourne apartment they share, her life is torn apart. Two months later, distraught and unable to cope, she drowns her sorrows in a lethal cocktail of alcohol and prescription drugs.
One cold Melbourne winter's night a suburban bungalow goes up in flames. Despite their best efforts, firefighters are unable to save the home. When a badly charred body is discovered in the remains, web designer Desley James is devastated.