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.
It was supposed to a frivolous night out. The champagne was flowing, the rugs were arranged, and the Agatha Christie Book Club had settled in to watch their favourite mystery Evil Under the Sun on the moonlit screen above.
Yet it all comes to a crashing halt when a woman’s lifeless body is discovered lying between the jumble of picnic baskets and blankets. She has been strangled and discarded like an empty champagne bottle.
How did no one see the killer lurking?
How did no one hear the victim’s cries?
And how could the Agatha Christie Book Club have been lounging just metres away and missed the whole event?!
In their latest and most complex puzzle yet, the book club friends unite to solve the unlikeliest of crimes, one that takes place in a public park, with scores of witnesses and not a single motive or suspect in sight.
When the local detectives fail to progress the case, the book club friends do what they do best, channelling their inner-Miss Marple to help out. What eventuates is a battle of wits—and wills—between the NSW Homicide Squad and our nosey amateur sleuths, with newcomer Detective Inspector Liam Jackson caught firmly in the middle.
Will the amateur detectives solve the crime first? Do the experts beat them to the punch? And how soon will they discover that the key to it all lies deep within an Agatha Christie novel?
This one’s for true Christie aficionados looking for a contemporary take on the classic whodunit.