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Author: Wendy Percival
Series: Esme Quentin Mystery
Publisher: SilverWood Books
A desperate crime, kept secret for 60 years. But time has a way of exposing the truth. And the repercussions are only just beginning. Esme Quentin is devastated when her sister Elizabeth is beaten unconscious, miles from her home. Two days later Esme discovers that Elizabeth has a secret past. Desperate for answers which the comatose Elizabeth cannot give, Esme enlists the help of her friend Lucy to discover the truth, unaware of the dangerous path she is treading. Together they uncover a trail of unresolved bitterness, blackmail and dubious inheritance and, as the truth emerges, Esme exposes evidence of a harrowing and pitiful crime. Realising too late the menace she has unwittingly unleashed, Esme is caught up in a terrifying ordeal. One that will not only test her courage and her sanity, but force her to confront her perception of birth and family.
Author: Michael O'Gara
Series: The Millie Series
Millie has finished at the top of her class but no one is offering her a job. It's an obvious case of discrimination. To complicate things, her city is broke, business is bad, and everybody is struggling. A new reform council has been elected "to fix things" and they've hired “a hunk” as the new city manager. If Millie thinks her life is complicated now, she has no idea what's coming. Millie doesn’t know it but she is about to be thrown together to work with the “hunk” and as a result face both danger and sexual temptation. In spite of the challenges, their work together will open up the opportunity Millie has been seeking. It is an opportunity that will involve her in dangerous adventure and misadventure, mystery, and dangerous action. Through it all Millie will show she has what it takes to be a lawman
Author: Dorothy Johnston
Publisher: Wakefield Press
When the body of young female environmental activist and science student, Laila Fanshaw, is found floating in Lake Burley Griffin, private investigator Sandra Mahoney's life is turned upside down, not least because her partner, Ivan, was in love with Laila. Ivan is a suspect and has no alibi for the time of death. A further strain is put on the relationship when another suspect, who worked in the Federal Environment Department, wants to hire Sandra to help him clear his name. Sandra has to weigh up her desire to learn the truth against her children's needs. Only six-year-old Katya is Ivan's natural child; adolescent Peter has a different father. But both children are deeply affected by Laila's death and Ivan's reaction to it. Added to this, Sandra's friend in the Federal Police, Detective Sergeant Brook, is absolutely against her involvement in the case. It takes all of Sandra's ingenuity and courage to steer herself, and her family, through the dangers that lead to an eventual unmasking of the truth.
Author: Michael O'Gara
Series: The Millie Mysteries
Publisher: O'Gara Enterprises LLC
Marshal Millie Boyd has just finished her first term as the elected City Marshal of the small lake front City of Safe Haven Bay in Mountain County. In the last two years her achievements in bringing law and order to the City have made her a modern folk hero and gained her national recognition as a crime fighter. She has built a small local department of lawmen and women second to none and been named State Police Chief of the Year. Now Millie is being lobbied to run for election as County Sheriff and to join a reform ticket to clean up Mountain County's government. The County sure could use some help because the Sheriff's Department is a mess and the County is mired in mismanagement. If she runs for Sheriff as part of the reform ticket Millie will be leaving a Department and community where her future is assured. Millie however feels a greater duty calling. Little does she know she will be faced with a lot more than a Department in crisis. She will be faced with a mystery that has far reaching implications and a host of challenges which will tax her mental and physical stamina and abilities. Murder, danger, conspiracy, political challenges and intrigue are in Millie's future if she runs for Sheriff