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Welcome to our Mystery and Thriller collection, where you'll find spectacular titles by Australian authors ready to ignite your imagination...

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Thomas, a 23-year-old student priest, emerges alone from the wilderness four days after surviving a plane crash.

 

But a missing woman’s footprints are found with his, near the crash site. What part did Thomas play in her disappearance? And why does he claim he can’t remember?
Sent to a psychiatrist by Church authorities to recover his memories, Thomas’ life and world unravel in ways he could never have foreseen, shaking the very foundations of his faith, his loyalty to the Catholic Church and the vocation he had chosen.

 This compelling and timely novel explores the underpinnings of a deeply conservative Australian Catholic community in the 1950s whose outward piety hides a shameful underbelly that dares not be exposed.

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In 1992, toddler Yasmin Munoz went missing from a rainforest picnic spot near Cairns. No trace of her has ever been found.

 

Yet in 2012 Andrew Todd, a wealthy businessman and former mayor of Cairns, dies, and leaves in his will directions for a search for the missing child, who if she is still alive must now be a young woman. Cairns detective Cass Diamond is soon asked to help with the search. But Cass sometimes exceeds professional boundaries…
Weaving together a story of race, ethnicity, environmental politics and intrigue, Caroline de Costa sets her heroine in the lush rainforest, the sparkling seas and the solitary inland country of North Queensland that she knows so well.

 

The story twists and turns, leaving the reader guessing, then guessing again…

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A young Asian woman lies in a pool of blood in a Cairns motel...

 

Transferred to hospital, she dies before she can tell her story. Detective Cass Diamond and her team are soon on the case.
 
The third Cass Diamond mystery explores sex trafficking and abortion, teenage emotions and adult mischief, in a story as densely branched as the rainforest itself.

 

Caroline de Costa holds her readers captive until the very last word.

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1916, the Western Front.

 

There are some crimes that transcend the horrors of war, and the rumour of a soldier being found in no man’s land crucified to a church door threatens to cause a mutiny in the trenches.
 
To placate the troops, allied HQ orders four soldiers pulled from the ranks of each army to investigate the crime and bring the perpetrator swiftly to justice. What a Canadian ex-Mountie, an Australian beat cop, a constable from Scotland Yard, and their military intelligence commander discover will not only save the lives of the comrades, but may well save the entire war.

 

Full of factual events and historic occurrences, Golgotha looks into one of the darkest events to occur during the First World War.

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‘There are gods here on earth, Magnus. But not all of them know they are gods. Some are lucky enough to be born knowing what they are. Others have to figure it out for themselves along the way.’

 

Magnus, a hired killer desperate to atone for the things he has done, is visited by the ghost of his first hit, a mysterious man named Byrd. Byrd offers Magnus redemption, a journey into the lives of the people left behind after he killed their loved ones.
 
Byrd tells him it is not too late to save these lost souls. One of these souls is Sam, slowly destroying herself after the murder of her fiancé.

 

As Magnus and Sam drift closer together, the world around them begins to fall apart, and Magnus realises the one soul he wishes most to save may just end up saving him.

With eight full page illustrations by Australian artist and graphic designer Megan Haering.
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Not all serial killers hide in the dark...

In the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast, Eddie is overworked, heartbroken and about to take the trip of a lifetime with two of his best friends. They've got an old bus, a sense of adventure, and want him to jump on board for a journey down the East Coast and into the barren deserts of the outback. What he doesn't know is that he will be drawn into a world of violence, murder and mayhem, and become witness to possibly the darkest day in Australia's criminal history. Amongst the sun drenched chaos, he may even rediscover love.
Dust and Devils. A journey into the dark heart of Australia where survival means bending the rules of friendship, and where the line between good and evil is blown away with a stinging dust soaked in blood.

Broken hearts, rebel bikers, open roads and serial killers. Strap yourself in and come for the ride with those who dance with the Dust and Devils.

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1881 - London.

A series of murders around Whitechapel have two very old friends investigating the deaths. Soon they're joined by Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker - and all end up fighting for their survival as an ancient horror rises and threatens to destroy the world.

Book one in a brand new series out now!

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Twisters is a new collection of flash fiction from Australian author Kathleen Ryder.

 

Here she has assembled a collage of stories that reveal an utterly original voice, where each story is a single moment, to be discovered, shared, and savoured. 

 

Twisters is an unforgettable look at the lives we live, those we invent, and those we wish to forget.

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When the only suspect in a violent homicide commits suicide, it seems like case closed. But Detective Gabriel O’Connor suspects a deeper mystery...

 

His investigation draws him to a young fortune teller, Ezra, who seems to know more than she is letting on. They discover the murder is only the beginning of what lies in wait – an ancient, formless presence, its will set to one purpose: to black the light of humankind and cast the world into eternal darkness.
 
Gabe and Ezra soon find themselves at the centre of a universal conflict between an immense evil and a race of powerful beings sworn to destroy it. Together, they must find the strength, in each other and in themselves, to survive. For within them lies the power to save the human race.

 

A terrifying, visceral journey into the dark reaches of the soul, Fabel is a story of love, sacrifice, and the brutal beauty of mortality. Fabel was shortlisted for the 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards, where it received Highly Commended status.

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When Adelaide is rocked by an earthquake, no one is left more shaken than David Burrows.

 

A recently completed apartment building suffers severe structural damage and collapses, leaving 26 people dead and countless injured. The building should never have collapsed and sparks a furore of condemnation by the press and public alike. David receives an alarming phone call from Alice Springs where the steel used in the construction was manufactured and the race is on across the country to uncover the truth.

 

As the plot unravels we learn that the failure of the structure is the result of something far more sinister.

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A cry for help!

 

A cross-country dash pilots Mason and his trusted canine Mali to Airlie Beach and the tropical coast of the Whitsunday Islands, North-Queensland, Australia… where the hunt for a psychopathic serial killer begins… Mason soon discovers a spate of horrific crimes link back to a past he had tried so desperately hard to forget.

 

A traumatic loss… a tragedy that would impact the remainder of his adult life!

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An excellent example of a time-honoured English village murder mystery with a lively young heroine pitting her intellect against an evil killer, both bent on solving the riddle of an ancient garden. An inventive puzzle glazed with wit and the first of the Belinda Lawrence series.

 

The old lady's body lay at the foot of the stairs. The police believe it was an accidental fall that killed great-aunt Jane.
 
Young Australian, Belinda Lawrence is convinced it was murder and when she inherits her great-aunt's ancient cottage and garden on the outskirts of Bath, England, she finds herself deep in a taut mystery surrounding her legacy.
 
A second vicious murder by a ruthless killer intensifies the tension and Belinda, now under threat herself, is befriended by two charming men - her neighbour Jacob and real-estate agent Mark Sallinger.

 

But can she trust them? And what interest has befuddled antique dealer Hazel Whitby in the cottage?

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Neighborhoods in Boston in during 1960s were in the grip of Irish and Italian gangs.

 

Willie Shine was a young gambler with an ambitious proposal to open a nightclub. Permission from gangster boss Jack Ross was needed. What could go wrong?? Club Cargo became the in-place to be in Boston until is was attacked in a drive-by shooting. Who was to blame? Who would benefit? Willie was left without knowing who or why as he followed a trail of deception to an unexpected showdown.

 

An insight into the world of gangsters, gambling, trust, deception, and revenge, written with the slang, the music, and the values of the era.

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It seemed like the perfect vacation. Val’s boyfriend proposes — at last — and the romance-challenged slug can’t even get that right.

 

So, she’s off with BFF Stella on their long-delayed Down Under trip of a lifetime. When their psychedelic RV breaks down in West Australian wine country, they have to get work fast.
 
Local hero Tim helps out but, just when Val’s falling for his surfer-boy charms, he gets himself in big, big trouble. Are Val’s dubious detective skills enough to outwit mobsters, bikie gangs and drug dealers so she can save the man she loves?

 

If you like a fun, mystery-romance in the style of Ann Charles, Vanessa Gray Bartal, Jenna Bennett or Amanda M Lee, you’ll love Meet Me at the Hanging Tree.

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Which colour death would you fear the most?

 

Nine detective stories where colour plays a role in the mystery. Some of the stories include:
 
Blue Bloods - A high school awards ceremony turns to tragedy when the audience turns blue as they die.
The 11th Killer - A serial killer’s hair colour could be the key to their capture.
Storyteller - An arsonist traps people in burning buildings, just to write a story about the rescuers.
 
Black Death - After a body is dumped in public, working out how the victim died is harder than decoding the intended message.
Fear the Red Man - An incident with the Red Man haunts Detective Thomas, but may also be the key to solving a new case.

 

Praise for Robert New’s Books: “A super sleuth” (Peter Lingard, Author) “Thrilling mystery” (SC Karakaltsas, Author) “Grippingly readable” (Sara Stuart, Author) “Interesting and authentic twists” (Robert Sayegh, Author)

Both Covers celebrant Sleuth & The Ghan.

Celebrant-Sleuth Quinn is a problem-solver extra-ordinaire officiating at weddings, commitments, naming days and funerals... plus the occasional murder scenario.

 

Regional country- town -based, plus exotic wedding settings like outback's ‘The Ghan’ train en-route for Darwin. Celebrant referrals from local funeral arranger as Quinn is respected and reliable with good ‘legal paperwork’. To give gravitas, adapts Albert Einstein’s ‘Theory of Relativity’ quotes…but with a humorous spin. 
Quinn’s Theory of Soul-Mates - The number of times the word soul-mates is used in public is in reverse proportion to the number of months the relationship lasts. 
She crafts eulogies to die for, and appreciates technical help from long-term partner Art whose ‘drone’ photographs important clues.
Each chapter of ‘Celebrant Sleuth; I Do or Die’ is self contained, but a regular cast of eccentric locals including  Ever-Rest Retirement Village residents and  Bea the florist with Apology Bouquets thrive in new stories.

‘Wed Then Dead on The Ghan’, an Agatha Christie role- play which ends in real death, is a mini sequel  currently being adapted for screen and others are planned.

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When Mike accepts a two-year contract in France, Anna is delighted at the prospect of spending time in Paris and Marseille.

 

She doesn’t anticipate being drawn into yet another mystery, one which puts her own life in danger.

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A murder. A missing manuscript. An undying love.

 

Thisbe Chisholm wants to be a writer. It’s 2007, a time of digital revolution and skyrocketing property prices, but she’s an old-fashioned girl. She doesn’t even own a mobile phone. She has no stars-in-her-eyes desire for fame, to see her name on the cover of a book, either. She longs only to tell of the stories written on her heart. While her best friends, Penny and Jane, and her darling boyfriend, John, seem set for stellar careers in their chosen fields, Thisbe works nights as a hostess at a glitzy harbourside Sydney club – a job she despises but it’s paid the rent for the last three years since university graduation. Just as she completes her novel, though, she is brutally killed at the end of John’s street.

 

Who murdered Thisbe? What will become of her novel?

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Joey was a poker player with a history who found the Mystical Glasses that allowed him to win at cards.

 

He enjoyed taking down the casinos and spending their money. Life was good for Joey and his female friend.
 
Then it all changed from fun to living in fear.
 
Stalked by a psychopathic killer out for revenge and the glasses, Joey was now faced with staying alive. A crime thriller with characters from today’s headlines where the innocent and the guilty change places to satisfy their own ambitions.

 

Jack Kregas with personal knowledge as a poker player and casino client is evident in this crime fiction thriller. Familiar locations authenticate the story line with twists and turns astonishing the reader.

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Like many of us, Eve is on her own journey. This story is one which will relate to many who struggle with life but eventually find peace.

 

As this book takes Eve on her own journey, we are taken along for the ride with her, through themes of social justice and self enlightenment.

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Joey Moretti had been on the run for years wandering aimlessly.

 

By chance, he met a Native American who invited him to his home on a reservation. It brings change to Joey’s life that rekindles his spirit, bestows him with love, peace, and fulfillment.
 
Alex is a car thief who is also on the run for double crossing the wrong people. He changed professions becoming a manager in an Indian casino.
 
An unimaginable event occurs that shatters lives.

 

Was it an accident or was it something else? Joey has no choice but to become the face of Innocent Retribution

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Get out and don’t look back.

 

That had been Ray Leeton’s way of doing things ever since he had escaped the small town of Lofts Creek where he had grown up. But after fifteen years he’s back, returned to attend the funeral of his Aunt Lucy, the woman who raised him. It was to be a quick visit. But there’s something going on, something that doesn’t sit right.

 

Families are being pulled apart. Kids being taken in by the local so-called orphanage at an alarming rate. The land is going to pot, polluted and ignored. And there are too many people who seem to want Ray and his partner, Marcy, dead or gone. There’s also the matter of the murder rap that continues to haunt him, that may well still see him end up in jail. The urge is to run, again. Like he always does.

 

But he’s sick of running, sick of always turning his back. He’ll stay, poke around a bit. It might be the making of him. It might be the death of him.

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The lost Tomb of the First Emperor of China is about to be found. But this powerful Taoist sorceror is not ... quite ... dead.

 

Love Indiana Jones? Love Jack Burton? Then you will love this.
 
Jeremy Wang is still smarting from being academically disgraced by his room mate, Brett East. But now Jeremy needs to enlist Brett’s help - because he’s found something... a clue. A clue to unravel one of history's greatest mysteries.
 
Where is the Tomb of the First Emperor of China? A fiend so foul, he slaughtered entire civilisations in his insane quest to conquer the known world and form the mighty empire that bears his name to this day.

 

To discover the Elixir of Life and defeat Death herself. To rise again and conquer Heaven.

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The goddesses must be appeased!

 

Nine naked hysterical women appear out of nowhere triggering a spate of bizarre deaths in the town of Didymus. Detective Hubert Maimone must find the shadowy mastermind behind these deaths... that all lead back to him.

 

 

Do you love to read? But have no time to read? Then you will love Sophrosyne. Ten commute-length stories and a BONUS hidden story.

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A Curse will be invoked. A new king will restore an ancient realm. A sacred stone will untie a kingdom.

Duleep Singh wants to rob a thief. A thief who stole his people’s most sacred relic. And that thief is a fallen empire.
 
Major Robert Campbell wants to right an ancient wrong. But his window of opportunity to change the world is closing fast. Cassandra wants to live up to her namesake, the soothsaying Trojan princess. She knows how to untie the kingdom.

 

Fans of political thrillers will love The Untied Kingdom.

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Corruption, greed, torture, and murder behind a hotel/marina project have triggered a kidnapping.

 

With no certainty that payment will end the conflict, Joey and Mira become reluctantly involved. Aided by the most unlikely allies, they formulate a clever strategy to resolve the dangerous situation.
 
Readers met Joey Moretti in Mystical Glasses and Innocent Retribution discovering he is a man with distinctive talents and the ability to deal with unpleasant tasks.

 

In Contested Ransom, we see more of Joey Moretti being tested to the limit.

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Joey Moretti’s life is never easy.

 

The Moretti group of companies is under an attack by unknown sources. When Mira and his new baby are the target of violence, it all becomes personal.
 
Who is behind these actions? Who can be trusted? How to protect himself and his family?
 
Joey and his friend follow leads from Aruba to New York trying to uncover the answers to these questions. The deeper they dig, the more shocking the information becomes.

 

Betrayal, torture, and revenge are old friends of Joey’s but is he getting too old for more upheaval? Is it time for him to let it go and disappear into the sunset?

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Explore the world on the other side of the street!

 

Entering the tunnels is easy, but Ripley and Gabriela soon discover that reaching the surface again will be the greatest challenge they have ever faced...
 
Who are the mysterious tunnel dwellers and why have they founded an underground community of their own? Who is the tunnel runner and why is he so determined to kill anyone who ventures too close to the Chambers?

 

As they unlock the secrets of this subterranean society, Ripley and Gabriela will also discover the answer to a mystery of their own – one that has haunted Gabriela since childhood. 

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How far will a woman go to understand?

 

At dawn on the outskirts of Paris in 1869, Hortense Kinck lies buried alive and surrounded by five of her children. Violently attacked, tormented and trapped, she sifts through the truths and deceits of her marriage to self-made industrialist, Jean Kinck.
 
Why had he lied?
 
France, snug in the prosperity of Napoleon III’s Second Empire, is shocked by the vicious destruction of the bourgeois Kinck family. Under pressure from his superiors, the Chief of Police, Monsieur Claude, must unravel the baffling connections between the family and a mysterious young man, Jean-Baptiste Troppmann, a cold case, a famous palmist and France’s rising tide of dissatisfaction with the Emperor Napoleon III.

 

The Cast of a Hand is an unforgettable love story and a murder mystery based on one of the most shocking crimes of 19th century Paris. GS Johnston’s razor sharp prose interweaves and cross-pollinates the two narratives, both desperately trying to arrive at the truth.

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Slick Morrison appeared with Joey Moretti in Contested Ransom. He changed careers and is back with his own brand of justice!

Slick Morrison is a peaceful man with a dubious background. Defenseless people being taken advantage of annoys him. Changing careers to become a licensed private investigator, he intends to help those who others would not.
 
At a dog boarding establishment where hardly anything is at it seems, a young boy dies in suspicious circumstances. The police are not interested in another Mexican drug death.
 
Kira Kozlov is running scared. Her Russian diplomat husband who is being deported for espionage has threatened to kill her. Fearful of more abuse and ultimately dying, she asks Slick to help her. Slick and his partner, Charlie Hill, ex police dog squad, agrees to investigate.

 

Little do they realize how much they will have to bend the law to bring justice to their clients.Does Slick’s justice get results?

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