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A Body of Work
The First Micelli and O'Leary Thriller
Janice Simpson
9781925283419
2018-09-12
A$9.99
Hybrid Publishers

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What happens when the keynote speaker at an important arts festival is found dead?
 
Welcome to modern Melbourne, UNESCO City of Literature, home to arts festivals galore as well as the internationally famous Melbourne Cup horse race. But the Imagine Festival, held in late August, has more surprises in store than the Festival Director planned when he discovers Deborah Dangerfield's lifeless body upstairs at the Malthouse Theatre.
 
Join Senior Sergeant Brendan O'Leary, a family man who's struggling to keep up with life's changes and Ange Micelli, fourth daughter of Italian migrants, who's fit, fiery and ready to go. Together they make a formidable team in this fast-moving thriller that uncovers much more than just the identity of the murderer.
 
Through Simpson's spare and gritty prose, threads of political intrigue, society gossip and secret adoption are woven together, capturing the essence of urban Australia.
 
You won't be able to put this moving and compelling book down. A contemporary crime book for serious aficionados.


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A Clean Job
and Other Stories
Emilie Collyer
9780992329631
2014-11-01
A$3.99
Clan Destine Press

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A Clean Job - In a world where the neutralisation of emotions is compulsory, an enforcement officer risks everything when she starts to succumb to her feelings.
From the Shadows - An intimate friendship between two women, one an actress and one a therapist, turns sour, resulting in an unsettling and predatory sequence of events.
The Boys - A loving father is moved to an extreme act when the safety of his family.


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A Hand in the Bush

Jane Clifton
9780992329587
2014-11-01
A$7.99
Clan Destine Press

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In the heady days of the seventies, and at the tender age of nineteen, Decca Brand experimented with what was on offer - sex, drugs and intrigue. Far too much intrigue, it turns out, and of a sort that spells murder.
Fast forward nearly thirty years and Decca is confronted by dangerous figures from her past. Not only that, the stunning psychologist and divorcee has a blind date lined up with a married man.
And then things start to get complicated.


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A Paying Client
A Talbott & Burns Mystery
Narrelle M Harris
9780994261908
2015-02-25
A$3.99
Clan Destine Press

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Those gorgeous boys, Elliot and Jack, are back in action in their second romantic adventure.
Their investigation business gets its first paying customer: a suburban housewife wants to know if her daughter is a witch. The answer isn't rocket science.
Elliot at least understands the fundamentals of rocket science. He knows slightly less about sex, but his long-time love (but only new lover) Jack is giving him a thorough grounding in that too.
Now, if only they can keep their mouths shut, not walk into danger again, save the day, and actually get paid, they'll be doing well.


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A Question of Time

Jamie Ashbird; Janet Anderton
9780648523673
2019-08-01
A$3.99
Improbable Press

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Sherlock Holmes
whether he's a grimy student in 1980, a consulting detective in 47BCE, or a smitten neighbour in 1969, will always find his...
John Watson
whether he is a military doctor in 1917, an angry Saxon with an axe in 1086, or a priest in 1603.
 
A Question of Time is an illustrated journey through the ages told by our heroes, by their friends, and by a scorched manuscript.


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A Royal Abduction

Arthur W. Upfield
9780994309648
2015-05-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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Arthur Upfield, creator of the Aboriginal detective 'Bony' followed his classic crime novel The Sands of Windee with this historical romance:
The Crown Prince of Rolandia is visiting Australia - and two brilliant Americans, Earle Lawrence and Van Horton - abduct her on the trans-continental train on the Nullabor Plain. They hide her in caves near Eucla on the Great Australian Bight, until the search is called off and a ransom is arranged...


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A World This Size
Selected Stories
John Bryson
9781922219404
2014-06-01
A$3.99
John Bryson

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A World This Size.
You will have a restaurant like this in your city.
And, if you have spent time eating alone in restaurants, you will have felt the reverie of the imagination, which will cause you to scrutinise other diners for clues to their personalities and attribute to them lives you could find interesting. This is the story here.
A little Baroque music struts overhead. Here a man sits by himself. He is waiting on a martini. His fingers drum the cloth. Soon he falls to searching faces at other tables for something to hold his interest. His name is Freddy Unthank. Freddy would be hurt if we were to confuse his somnolent gaze with boredom. He has an eye for foible, and when he comes here (most Thursdays) he chooses his seat for the best view of the room.
Did the Lord Say Anything About a Serpent?
The scene is Paradise. In so far as time meant anything when the biblical world began, it's now around midweek, in the second month ever, and as for humankind, it is small enough that the singular pronouns, You and I, cover everyone there is.
For two voices, a sketch, at the very Beginning of the World.
I Keep Meeting My Grandfather.
Elspeth's grandfather has died. The reading of the will by the family solicitor shocks her parents who expect to be the beneficiaries. GranDoddie, as she has always called him, has left his substantial acreage to Elspeth.
And I hope this is not all Elspeth inherits from me.
Elspeth's parents are prim and conservative. GranDoddie attacks the pretentions of their luncheon guests.
He embarrassed us all. But I kept his silent score, following the points wherever he slammed them with the vacillating eyes of a tennis buff. There was seldom a re-match.
Kindly Death, a Right to Life Protest and a Shy Semite.
A VISITATION of Kindly Death is recorded by the Law List in a glass cabinet beside the sandstone doorway of Court Four in the City Courthouse, the sole item for the day's business, and for many days:
Trial: R v Ali Bashir. (1) Murder (2) Assist Suicide.
An elderly man will soon die of Motor Neuron Disease. He is determined to be present at his own wake. After the party he is found dead. His spouse, a younger Middle Eastern man is charged with his death.


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Almost Invincible
A Biographical Novel of Mary Shelley, Author of Frankenstein
Suzanne Burdon
9780992354015
2014-05-01
A$9.99
Criteria Publishing

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"She is singularly bold, somewhat imperious, and active of mind. Her desire of knowledge is great, and her perseverance in everything else she undertakes, almost invincible."
 
Mary Shelley began Frankenstein in 1814, when she was eighteen. By then, she had been living for two years in a scandalous relationship with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who was already married with children. The novel was conceived in a contest with him and Lord Byron to tell ghost stories.
 
When she eloped with Shelley, Mary had been quite prepared to suffer condemnation from society. It was much harder to cope with her jealousy of Claire, her step-sister, who had run away with them and was also in love with Shelley. During the nine turbulent years Mary and Shelley were together, Claire was the ever-present third, whose manipulative behaviour often drove Mary to despair. Shelley was little help - his unconventional attitudes to love strained her devotion to its limits.
 
They moved constantly throughout England, Switzerland and Italy, escaping creditors, censorious families and ill health. It was in Italy that they found their spiritual home, their 'paradise of exiles', but it was also there that the loss of her children nearly broke Mary's spirit.
 
Her writing became her grip on sanity, and Shelley never wavered from his belief in her creative genius - as she believed in his.


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An Author Bites the Dust

Arthur W. Upfield
9781875892495
2014-08-01
A$7.99
ETT Imprint

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A cat... a ping-pong ball... a drunken gardener... With these slight clues to go on Detective-Inspector Bonaparte investigates the mysterious death of famous author, Mervyn Blake, who dies an agonising death late one night in his writing room. But how did he die? No one knows. No one that is until Bony's acute observation of human nature uncovers the murderer - and the method used to kill Blake. One of the few Bonaparte mysteries not set in the outback, reveals Upfield at his best and most ingenious.


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An Eye For An Eye

Arthur Klepfisz
9781925367881
2017-05-24
A$9.99
Brolga Publishing

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Blinded in the pursuit of revenge...
When pushed to the limits by a crooked copy who has been involved in the recent death of a prostitute and the machination of a secretive sect with connections within the Victorian Police Force, a psychiatrist develops an obsessive thirst for revenge which directly threatens his marriage and career, including his roles as a father and husband.
An Eye For An Eye explores the volatile nature of revenge - and questions the human capacity to overcome the seduction and obsession that comes with the desire to be the herald of justice.


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An Indecent Obsession

Mudrooroo
9781925416039
2015-09-01
A$9.99
ETT Imprint

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(from Afterword)
'My interest in this, what can I call him, this Australian psycho, came about because of my efforts at writing and publishing accounts of the cases of the famous Queensland detective, Doctor Watson Holmes Jackamara. Unfortunately my interest in the case from the position of my subject palled, for as Jackamara said: ‘This bloke left a trail that you could follow in a four wheel driver.’ Because of this, I was about to conclude that there was little interest in writing the case up, but when I had my first interview with Dr. Jefferson Davis. I instantly saw that this was where the interest lay. Dr. Jeff Davis at that first interview expressed interest in being the subject of a book. To some extent I agreed with him and continued the interviews. When he was not under the complete control of his medication or his delusions, he was quite, well, charming. I also found a fascination in delving into the perverted mind of this serial killer, a unique but brutal man who, thankfully, for the good of the world, remains incarcerated in a hospital for the criminally insane hopefully for the rest of his life. In my judgment, formed over a hundred and ten interviews, he is too great a danger, to society and to women in general, to be ever released. I found him utterly incorrigible, a psychotic who not only believed his fantasies to be real, but used them to initiate a series of murders which he labeled as acts of vengeance. His deeds shocked Queensland at the time and the Courier Mail headlined it as AN INDECENT OBSESSION.' - Mudrooroo
 
'An Indecent Obsession' is a new novel from the author of 'Wild Cat Falling'.


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And Then... Vol 1
The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales
Ruth Wykes; Kylie Fox
9780995439429
2016-12-31
A$4.99
Clan Destine Press

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Adventure ~ Action
Danger ~ Derring-do
Rip-snorting action adventures of the What If... What Next... and, most importantly, the And Then... kind.
A cohort of Australia's best genre fictioneers, and one bold Kiwi, present a fabulous and strange collection of action-packed adventure stories - each featuring two heroes.
The two-volume And Then... anthology features page-turning and genre-bending stories by 32 award-winning, established and emerging Australian writers of crime and speculative fiction. The settings are historical, futuristic and contemporary; the heroes are human, animal, alien and mythical; and their adventures are real-world, far-out, speculative, horror, mystery, science fiction and fantasy.
Welcome to And Then... Volume One in which 15 authors travel in time and space from Australia of the Gold Rush to an all-too possible dystopian future, from the Outback to Europe in the 1950s and the 21st Century, and from an apocalyptic New Zealand to worlds of steampunk fantastic and outer space exotic. Their heroes are flawed and fabulous, brave and humble; and their tales are enriched with panthers and budgies and demons and dragons - all manner of creatures real and endangered, ridiculous and heroic.
And Then... the Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales Volume 1 features:
an introduction by Janeen Webb and stories by: Sulari Gentill, Jason Nahrung, Alan Baxter, Jason Franks, Lucy Sussex, Amanda Wrangles, Evelyn Tsitas, Peter M Ball, Narrelle M Harris, Dan Rabarts, Kat Clay, Sophie Masson, Tor Roxburgh, Emilie Collyer Tansy Rayner Roberts.


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And Then... Vol 2
The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales
Ruth Wykes; Kylie Fox
9780995439436
2017-12-31
A$4.99
Clan Destine Press

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Once upon a time, in a land Down Under, from the depths of the Clan cave, Clan Destine Press issued a challenge to Australian and Kiwi authors to write cliff-hanging, Australian-flavoured, action-packed adventure stories for two protagonists; stories of the What If, What Now, And Then... kind.
This was a catnip call, an irresistible lure, a kid-in-a-candy-store kind of a challenge: what writer wouldn't want to take a crack at that?
To make it that little bit more intriguing, the editors decreed the stories could be contemporary, historical, realistic, far-out, spec-fic, horror, SF, or urban fantasy; and, in a spirit of mischief, that at least one of the two protagonists must be human. You'd think that would cover all bases.
But writers are a contrary bunch: they pushed these very broad boundaries even further. The result is not one, but two volumes of kick-arse, action-packed stories: And Then... The Great Big Book of Adventure Tales.
This is Volume 2: a fascinating collection of genre-bending adventure stories garnered from a mix of sf, fantasy and crime writers, happily encroaching upon each other's territories, and then some.


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Aramaya

Jane Routley
9780987160409
2014-11-01
A$4.99
Clan Destine Press

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The conclusion to The Dion Chronicles takes the Dion across the ocean to Aramaya, the centre of civilisation, in search of her missing niece, Syndal.
Dion and Kitten survive shipwreck to reach Akieva, the glorious capital of decadent Aramaya, where they find Syndal caught in a thrall of necromancy within the magnificent Winter Palace.
At the centre of this web lurks Dion's arch enemy Bedazzer, the ruthless demon who has vowed to possess her - no matter the cost. In the ensuing deadly conflict, Dion must confront the dark secrets of her own heart and the mighty evil concealed in those around her.


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Around the Corner
(A series of vignettes)
Bernadette Smallwood; Chantel de Sousa
9780994275462
2015-06-01
A$7.99
Woodslane Press

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Growing old may at times seem cruel but Bernadette Smallwood offers a tender alternative view, of enduring love and friendship even when the mind is not what it once was. Her story, Around the Corner, is a collection of vignettes set in an aged care home. It focuses on two residents and the visiting husband of one who is an aged movie star plagued with dementia. Each vignette can be read separately or as a connected series. This is a gentle story which will surely resonate with those that are aged, who have aged family and friends, or those who work as carers for the aged.

 

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