Penguin

The Commandant

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

In the 1830s, the penal settlement of Moreton Bay on the Brisbane River is under the command of Patrick Logan. His administration has been denounced by the liberal press of Sydney, but he scorns such criticism.

How can it harm him when he had governed according to the rules? Flogged and brutalised, some convicts escape to the bush and take refuge with the Aborigines. Logan cannot continue to ignore the reaction to his harsh discipline after the arrival of his wife's younger sister, Frances.

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1988

An Ordinary Lunacy

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When David Byfield sees Isobel for the first time at a party, he decides that he has fallen in love with her. An attractive and successful lawyer, David is being groomed for a political career; his experience with love and intimacy, however, is limited.

"Months after the party, Isobel's alcoholic husband is found dead in their shabby apartment, an apparent suicide. Then Isobel is accused of his murder and David steps up to defend her as both lawyer and friend. But Isobel's case is more than he bargained for... "

Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1987

The Fortunes of Mary Fortune

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Non-Fiction

"To fall asleep and dream deams that change as quickly as the forms in an unsteady kaleidoscope, and to awaken with a bewildered feeling that you are not yourself but having changed places with some other identity, must be a sensation akin to that I experienced when I opened my eyes in the morning after my first sleep on the diggings."

Sub Genre: 
History
Special Interests: 
Women's Crime Writing
History of Crime Writing
ISBN: 
0140123024
Location: 
Australia
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
1989

Bloody Relations

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

It can take years for love to turn to murderous hate - or it can happen overnight.

What drives a man or a woman to commit the ultimate betrayal - to take the life of a parent, a child, a sibling, a lover?

BLOODY RELATIONS is an unflinching exploration of fourteen well known and not so well known murder-in-the-family cases.  Taking readers inside the life and mind of both killer and victim, John Kerr unfolds the gripping stories behind some of Australia's most sensational and shocking crimes.

ISBN: 
0143005499
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2007

Lost

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb About the Book

On a cold London night, homicide detective Vincent Ruiz is fished out of the Thames with a bullet in his leg and an even bigger hole in his memory. He has no recollection of the shooting or how he finished in the river.

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
0316728691
Location: 
United Kingdom
Series: 
Vincent Ruiz
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2005

Overkill

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

Blurb from the book

When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide.

But all is not what it seems.

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
9780143006857
Location: 
New Zealand
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2007

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

Containment

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

Blurb from the book

Detective Constable Sam Shephard knows first-hand the desperation of the scavengers - she's got the scars to prove it.

Plus a skull in the sand.

And a body pulled from the ocean.

The undercurrents from one morning's madness are far-reaching.  Who else will be caught in the backwahs?  Can Sam stem the tide?

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
9780143202295
Location: 
New Zealand
Series: 
Sam Shephard
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of Publication: 
2009