Christina Larmer was born and bred in tropical Papua New Guinea, educated in Australia and has lived and worked around the world including New York, Los Angeles and London. An editor by trade, she now freelances and writes fiction from her home in the hinterland behind Byron Bay, on the east coast of Australia, which she shares with her musician husband, two boys, an enormous goanna, passing koalas and countless snakes. Also writing as C.A. Larmer, Christina has published four books in the Roxy Parker Ghostwriter Mystery series, including: Killer Twist, A Plot to Die For, Last Writes and Dying Words. She has self-published a separate cozy crime mystery called The Agatha Christie Book Club and an adult novel called An Island Lost. In 2008, Christina also wrote a non-fiction book about pioneering surveyors in PNG called A Measure of Papua New Guinea, which was published by Focus. To find out more about Christina Larmer, her life and work, log online at www.christinalarmer.com. You can read her blog at christina-larmerspits.blogspot.com.au, or enjoy some of her short fiction at freequickreads.blogspot.com.
When ghostwriter Roxy Parker accepts a job at a tropical island resort, she expects little more than a good story and a touch of sunstroke. Instead she stumbles upon her hotelier client, murdered and buried in a plot of sand, her head protruding ghoulishly for the crabs to devour. And around her, an ensemble cast of glamorous guests who are all hiding something behind their over-sized Gucci sunglasses.
In this modern homage to Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun—and the second in the Ghostwriter Mystery series—sassy writer Roxy Parker finds herself on a remote island retreat with a collection of fabulously wealthy guests, shifty locals and biased police officers, all of whom she must rely on to help solve the mystery of who killed resort owner Abigail Lilton.
Abigail’s daughter, Helen, is pointing the finger firmly in the direction of the hotel staff and guests. Each has a secret worth killing for. Yet Helen's life is also in jeopardy and Roxy must solve the mystery before the death knell strikes again.
As the cocktail-sipping ghostwriter attempts to piece that fatal morning together she encounters knife-wielding villagers, macabre local traditions and an island paradise where the ghosts of past mistakes still linger behind every coconut tree. With a cracking pace, tropical setting and eclectic cast of characters, this mystery will have you scratching your head until the final, Hercule Poirot-style conclusion.
And it will make you look twice at your fellow guests next time you take that innocent island holiday...