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From High Heels to Handcuffs

From High Heels to Handcuffs

Genres: Memoir, Non fiction

When everything around you is collapsing, what do you do? One woman did what any self-respecting marketing executive would do, she threw it all in and ran away!

In a battle to reignite her passion for life, regain her self-esteem and find herself again, the author tried her hand at a number of life-changing jobs. At 39, she became a police cadet; at 40 she packed the car, and with her beloved Boxer dog, 'ran away' to become an editor of a newspaper in a seaside community. At 41, she came to her senses, came home, settled down, and began again.

From High Heels to Handcuffs is for anybody who has ever lost their footing in this world and wondered, 'can I start again?'

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Three Parts Truth

Three Parts Truth

Genre: Mystery

“Last night you were in my dreams. I hate that. I woke up exhausted, as though I had lived through it all again -the police, the press and the vilification.”

Catherine Jameson—thirty, a widow in hiding—doesn’t know what happened that night. Two bodies found: her husband and his ex-lover. Was it a murder-suicide or accidental death and suicide?

Or, as some believe, did Catherine have a hand in it? Living a new life with a cottage to renovate and her dog, Buddy, for company, Catherine picks through the ruins of her old life to find answers.

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Asylum

Asylum

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Series: Delaney and Murphy series, Book 1
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Tag: Crime and mystery

“Jack Adams skillfully unravels this unnerving tale of suspense with a keen sense of place and character. Asylum is well worth the price of admission.” B. Michael Radburn.

Joe was their friend; the man they spoke to through the wire fence of the Lunatic Asylum, along the banks of the Bremer River, and 10-year-old best friends, Nathan Walker and Adam Murphy, knew he wasn’t insane. He couldn’t be… he must have been locked up my mistake. Joe was an artist, and gentle, although sometimes he was confused and had burn marks on his skin. Then, one day, Joe was gone; life went on.

Now hitting their thirties—jobs and divorces in their wake—ex-cop, current P.I. Nate and psychiatrist Adam decide to share office space and a receptionist in Stones Corner, Brisbane… home to the second stores and more coffee outlets than inhabitants. It’s there that the letter arrives advising them that they have received ‘Expectations’. A quaint, old-fashioned bequest delivered by a solicitor which amounts to an inheritance for two boys – left by Joseph O’Connell, a missing-believed-deceased former patient at the River Park Lunatic Asylum.

The two men begin to investigate and start sharing more than office space; this case needs both of their skills to find Joe. Fueled by the appearance of a ‘hanging man’ wearing a sign with the word ‘Truth’ written on it, who makes an appearance at a ghost tour through the now-defunct asylum, Nate and Adam find the more they dig, the more dangerous it gets.

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Grave Tales: Melbourne Vol.1

Grave Tales: Melbourne Vol.1

In the seventh book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams visit Melbourne cemeteries to unearth some great tales. Stories include:

  • Whelan the Wrecker – the man and name synonymous with the wrecking ball and recycling a lot of Melbourne’s history;
  • Leo Rosner – as featured in the movie ‘Schindler’s List’ – the Jewish Holocaust survivor who made a life post-war in Melbourne;
  • The Mornington Football Club disaster – the weekend a football team was tragically wiped out;
  • Cyril Callister – Mr Vegemite!
  • Beautiful Erica McMillan and the Moomba Queens – beauty and tragedy in a time before political correctness;
  • Alice Anderson – the untimely end of one of our first female mechanics;
  • Walter Lindrum – the Don Bradman of billiards;
  • The murder of Alma Tirtschke and how the wrong man hanged;

And 10 more stories in this volume.

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Grave Tales: Queensland’s Great South West – Ipswich to Augathella

Grave Tales: Queensland’s Great South West – Ipswich to Augathella

In the sixth book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams head southwest to unearth some great tales from Ipswich to Augathella. Stories include:

  • The Toowoomba Terror: the first Queensland-made car built by the Trevethan brothers;
  • Gatton: Queensland’s oldest cold case, the murder of the Murphy siblings;
  • Ipswich: The Babies of Walloon: young sisters, Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick, immortalised by Henry Lawson in his 1891 poem;
  • Nobby: the story of Victor Denton and the March of the Dungarees;
  • Goondiwindi: The day that the town helped Albert Einstein;
  • St George: Len Waters – Australia’s only WWII Aboriginal fighter pilot who nearly didn’t survive to tell the story;
  • Roma: The Utopian Experiment and the families who took part;
  • Charleville: The drowning of the Misses Switzer; and the best in the          the West – Harry Corones;
  • Augathella: The strange poisoning case of Mrs Margaret Roche;

… And 9 more in this exciting volume.

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Grave Tales: True Crime Vol.1

Grave Tales: True Crime Vol.1

What made them do it? What were they thinking? Was it nature or nurture, that is, were they born evil or were they the products of their environment? And why are we so fascinated with crime?

We are delighted to present the first volume in the Grave Tales: True Crime series.

As our nation developed, the bush prospered and the cities grew, there were the terrible crimes that took away our innocence, crimes destined never to be solved that live on in our history… crimes that confound us with their cruelty, stagger us with their brilliance and amaze us with their sheer audacity.

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Grave Tales: Bruce Highway

Grave Tales: Bruce Highway

Take a journey along the Bruce Highway and enjoy these stories of trailblazers, heroes, victims and everyday people caught up in extraordinary events.

From the Sunshine Coast to Cooktown,  read about how two nurses in Maryborough in 1905 gave their lives to save a town from an outbreak of pneumonic plague; the unsolved mystery of how Mollie Thompson’s body ended up in an impossibly hard to reach water reservoir; the migrant who created his dream and shared it with generations; the mother and her five children who lost their lives in the Mackay cyclone; how gold fever saved the state from going broke; why the first person to be hanged in Rockhampton goal was a bent cop; the inscription on a tree on the Sunshine Coast that reflects a tumultuous sea journey; and the 13 RAAF members who came to rest permanently in Townsville, to name a few.

Grave Tales’ features people who willingly or unwilling were participants in events that made headlines. These people may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now.

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Grave Tales: Sydney Vol.1

Grave Tales: Sydney Vol.1

In the third book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams unearth Sydney’s interesting tales. Join them for a walk through some of Sydney’s oldest cemeteries to get an insight into the incredible lives of relatively unknown Australians. Using gravestones as their starting points they have meticulously researched a curated selection of headstones to uncover the secrets of the past.

Some highlights include –

  • The story of Henry O’Farrell, our first would-be assassin – who in 1868 had tried to kill Queen Victoria’s son. He failed, but was nonetheless executed with indecent haste, despite the fact he had long been suffering from a mental breakdown.
  • The story of the tragic deaths of all but one of the 122 passengers of the Dunbar, which crashed and sank as it pulled into Sydney Heads, right at the end of its long journey from London. The sole survivor, James Johnson was found two days later, clinging to the rock ledges of The Gap amidst the debris of body parts in the sea below.
  • The unremarkable grave of Patrick Brady does little to reflect his life as an expert forger, or his close links to the Coogee Shark Arm Murders of 1935 which gripped the country and remain unsolved today.

Also featuring detailed reflections on more well-known Australians such as Juanita Nielsen, Dorothea Mackellar and Arthur Stace, the book paints an incredible picture of Sydney’s past.

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Grave Tales: Great Ocean Road – Geelong to Port Fairy

Grave Tales: Great Ocean Road – Geelong to Port Fairy

In the second book in the exciting Grave Tales series, we begin the journey in Great Ocean Road Country and visit established cemeteries and burial places off-the-beaten-track to feature people who willingly or unwillingly were participants in events that made local and national headlines. They may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now, or unexpectantly came to rest between Geelong and Port Fairy.

Meet the ladies of the lighthouse who led an isolated life; the unionist shot in an affray; the stage actor whose career ended too soon; the men who sighted the fabled Mahogany Ship; the two survivors of a shipwreck that everyone wanted to see married, but it wasn’t to be; the inventor of the Ute and what inspired his unusual design; and the lady who rests in a ‘donated’ isolated beach grave.

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Grave Tales: Brisbane Vol.1

Grave Tales: Brisbane Vol.1

In cemeteries throughout Australia, gravestones hint at our history – tales of early settlement, unsolved murders, love lost, mystery, tragedy, health epidemics, scandal and sacrifice. Grave Tales reveals more than the headstone can ever convey by tracing the tumultuous journeys that lead to these final resting places.

Grave Tales Brisbane Vol. 1 visits five Brisbane cemeteries and features people who willingly or unwilling, were participants in events that made local and national headlines. They may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now, or unexpectantly came to rest in a Brisbane cemetery.

Meet the train driver who died on the Samford Range with 14 of his passengers; the working girl who caught the Pearl ferry and perished in the river; the Jack the Ripper suspect who had 20 wives, mostly all at once; the only woman ever hanged in Queensland; a boxer who should have been world champ but was a victim of the race card; a soldier who wanted to die with Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant; and more.

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Team Alex

Team Alex

"We are cut from the same cloth; made for each other."

He’s tall, dark, handsome and athletic and just that little bit mysterious. He’s also over women, big time. A star of the Saint’s team, Alex Renwick – 'The Russian' – has had a high profile relationship with a Hollywood director’s daughter for years and now that it is over, he just wants to focus on his sporting career.

Carla Brooker’s professional sporting career as a basketballer with the Suns is about to end due to injury. To mask the pain, she throws herself into developing her role as a sports reporter. There’s just one problem, she needs a date for the Suns’ Ball where she will announce her retirement.

When these two sporting hotshots meet, they are more than a good fit, they are made for each other … if they can just file away the doubts they carry and find a way to be together.

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Team Niklas

Team Niklas

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Series: Saints' Team series, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary romance

"I don't want to accidentally break you."

In his hometown of Berlin, Germany, Niklas Wagner is a super star and when the Saints’ pay the big bucks to sign him up and bring him to Santa Ana, California, Nik takes a shine to his new life. When he meets the Saints’ media officer, Sasha Saxon, sparks fly literally.

But Sasha is not your average girl—by day she is a journalist who looks after the media for the national champion soccer team and at night she designs for her personal fashion label. She had big dreams and they don’t include a boyfriend. Nik has never had to chase the girls but now he has met his match—Sasha is about to lead him on the biggest chase of his life.

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Team Tomas

Team Tomas

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Series: Saints' Team series, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary romance

“I’ll remember, until my dying breath.”

Tomás Carrera didn’t expect Alice Peterson to rock his world.

Growing up with a single mom and as the eldest of five siblings, Tomás has had to be responsible all his life.

Now his superstar soccer status has provided for his family and allowed him to let his hair down… and that’s just what he’s doing.

Signed to the Santa Ana Saints, Tomás is catching up for lost time with fast women, a fast Ducati motorcycle and a bevy of adoring fans. That is, until he loses his heart to Alice and is torn with wanting her and his independence.

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Team Lucas

Team Lucas

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Series: Saints' Team series, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary romance

“I want to stay forever... I want to have you for as long as I can have you Lucas, even if that is a week or a year or a decade.”

Mia Carter never thought getting suspended from her part-time job for having attitude could be the best thing to ever happen ... maybe.

When Lucas Ainswright—one of the world’s biggest sporting stars—needs a minder, it just so happens that attitude is just what is needed to keep Lucas in line.

Now Mia’s job is to manage the sporting world’s bad boy and keep him at the top of his game for the season. Game on!

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No Picnic at Hanging Rock

No Picnic at Hanging Rock

Genre: Non fiction

On Valentine’s Day 1900, three schoolgirls and a teacher disappear while on a school outing at Hanging Rock in Victoria. What became of the missing girls and their teacher?

Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock detailed the tragedy, and the author left strict instructions for the final chapter not to be printed until her death. Many Australians remember the 1967 book and 1975 film; many high school students studied it as part of their school curriculum.

But was the story real? And did the secret chapter released after Joan Lindsay’s death cast a new light on the fate of the missing ladies?

In No Picnic at Hanging Rock, the mystery is explored with Lady Joan Lindsay’s original editor, Sandra Forbes; Joan’s personal friend Phillip Adams; actor Anne-Louise Lambert – who met Joan on the set of the film; and a range of contributors who share their theories.

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The Clairvoyant’s Glasses Volume 1

The Clairvoyant’s Glasses Volume 1

When Sophie Carell was eight-years-old, her eccentric, clairvoyant great aunt, Daphne, predicted Sophie would be one of the greatest clairvoyants of her time. Sophie wanted to be a movie star. Her mother said not to worry about it-Aunt Daphne was daffy.

When Sophie is called to the reading of Daphne's Will, she is given a pair of glasses that will change her life. But that's not all she acquires. Along with the glasses, Sophie 'inherits' a protector-the handsome and powerful Lukas Lens; plus brooding Detective Murdoch Ashcroft who is keen for Sophie to fill her aunt's shoes and put her talents to work for him.

Sophie has to decide if she will focus on her acting career or explore her new-found clairvoyant skills. But danger lurks around the corner...

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Ophelia Adrift

Ophelia Adrift

Ophelia’s first love might be her last. In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village.

But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle, Sebastian, his boarder—19-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks.

By the ocean’s edge she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too.

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Mystery at the Asylum

Mystery at the Asylum

Miss Matilda Hayward has a nose for a story which serves her well as a writer for the Women’s Journal newspaper. Her beau, Detective Thomas Ashdown, is not quite as enthusiastic about her role. When Matilda’s brother, Elijah, takes up a doctor’s position at the Asylum for the Insane, she volunteers, seeking more life experience to improve her writing. Joined by her illustrator friend, Miss Georgina Urry, the two ladies are thrust into the mystery of several strange asylum deaths as patients believe they can fly. When Thomas is sent to investigate, their worlds collide. Now the race is on to find the sinister threat dwelling inside the dark and gloomy walls of the asylum. There is secrecy, danger, and love afoot!

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The Forgotten House

The Forgotten House

Eighty-nine-year-old Carrie Howell, dressed in her Sunday-best, asks her grand-daughter, Rachael, to stop a while in front of the rambling old mansion—Autumn Manor. But who are these people her grandmother is remembering and what is her connection to the ‘haunted house’ that Rachael avoided as a child?

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Death by Disguise

Death by Disguise

AMAZING! Reading about a female PI kicking some ass was just the icing on the cake I needed!' Christine – Goodreads


The dead are walking and it is not even Halloween!

Sassy private investigator Jesse Clarke knew it wasn’t going to be a normal week when two dead people are spotted alive but their death certificates say otherwise, Spiderman steals a collection of costumes made for the next Comic Con, and Batman drops in to warn her that all is not as it seems.

Supported by her own man of steel—the tall, dark and handsome Dominic; business partner Ed; police contact Officer Jason who has more than a professional interest in Jesse; and, best friend Melanie, Jesse finds herself talking to witches, superheroes and morticians to solve her two cases and looking behind the disguises for answers!

Jesse Clarke is back!

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The Clairvoyant’s Glasses Volume 2

The Clairvoyant’s Glasses Volume 2

Sophie Carell is making a name for herself and it is not on the stage or screen where she once planned a career. Accepting the cursed glasses bequeathed by her Great Aunt Daphne that gave her the gift of clairvoyance, Sophie has helped Detective Murdoch Ashcroft close several cases and her skills are in demand.

But Sophie has to decide - will she continue auditioning and acting, or will she fill Great Aunt Daphne's shoes, including helping to solve the cold case mysterious death of a beauty queen?

Trouble brews around Sophie as her protector, the handsome and powerful, Lukas Lens, is not sure he can fulfil his role, and the brooding Detective Murdoch Ashcroft looms as her potential enemy.

Friends and enemies cross lines in the second volume of The Clairvoyant's Glasses.

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Death by Sugar

Death by Sugar

Series: Jesse Clarke series, Book 1
Genre: Romance mystery

If you are a fan of Kathryn Ledson or Janet Evanovich (though Jesse Clarke is a lot more reliable, sensible and doesn’t over share her personal life as does Stephanie Plumb) you will love unravelling the mysteries in the Jesse Clarke series.’ Carol,  Reading, Writing and Riesling.

Jesse thought sugar was such a friendly substance, until it appears in two of her cases for all the wrong reasons. Traces of sugar were connected to a bomb that blew up her client’s Mercedes. Was the bomb meant to kill or was it just a warning of what is to come? And could sugar have duped the immune system of a client’s mother over thirty years ago, resulting in death?

Juggling the two cases—one in the present and one in the past—Jesse finds herself talking to the living and the dead to get results.

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The House on Findlater Lane

The House on Findlater Lane

Holly Hanlon was having a sea change. Leaving the city for a new life in a seaside village was just what she needed to find her feet after a nasty break-up.

Holly found things - or rather they found her - so nobody was surprised when she opened her small business: Missing Me – Lost, Found and Broken. But finding love and finding The One was a whole different matter.
Unbeknownst to Holly, her new abode in Findlater Lane came with a housemate – Sergeant Alexander Austen – a handsome ghost who thought he knows best.

Was Holly afraid? Not in the daylight hours, when she was happy to help him pack up and move on. Up until now, the Sergeant had done a reasonable job of scaring off potential tenants, and he anticipated getting rid of Holly would be no problem.

And so, Holly and the Sergeant were both calling Findlater House home. For now.

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The Fourth Reich

The Fourth Reich

Series: Mitchell Parker series, Book 3
Genre: Thriller

The stilted footage of Holocaust survivors marching through the gates of Auschwitz projects behind Benjamin Hoefer at the book launch of his father, Eli’s biography. As it comes to the end and closes in on Eli Hoefer’s gaunt face, four red words are scratched across the last frame— Nazi, Jew hater, fake!

FBI Special Agent Mitchell Parker is frustrated to be called in on what he believes is a police matter, but digging soon reveals a threat that has far-reaching implications.

Parker and his team, Nick Everett, Ellen Beetson and Adam Forster find themselves in the middle of a neo-Nazi plot that spans two continents and threatens to bring one of the worst atrocities of history back to life.

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Poster Girl

Poster Girl

Backpacker, Soleil ‘Sunny’ Reyer is gone. Tanned, glowing and star of the Missing poster; no one thought fruit-picking could be deadly.

Journalist, Jessica Steyn was the last person to give Sunny a lift. Assigned the biggest story in her career, Jessica is on the job. Dig, dig, dig … until she buries herself.

The cold case file never leaves his desk in the same way that Detective Nick Clarkson is stuck in Strand Harbour fifteen years after Sunny disappeared. Less hair, marriage over, no sign of Sunny.

Author Coen Watson’s people are water people; his trust in it is marrow-deep – he’s counting on Strand Harbour to cure his writer’s block. Unpacking, he forces open a drawer corroded by salt air to find a faded Missing poster for Soleil Reyer. The author begins picking at old wounds.

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Graveyard of the Atlantic

Graveyard of the Atlantic

Series: Mitchell Parker series, Book 2
Genre: Thriller

Below the surface of the ocean, off the shores of Cape Hatteras, lie the bodies of many ships that never made it to shore and something more … silent and sinister.

Two sets of fresh fingerprints on a pair of binoculars left on the beach are cause for concern for FBI special agent Mitchell Parker and his team, Nick Everett, Ellen Beetson and Samantha Moore. The prints belong to a criminal that is currently not listed as in the country and a foreign diplomat who disappeared a year ago.

And are the six Beijing police officers that are guests of the USA to study, the same six officers that left Beijing?

It’s a rough and violent ride for Mitchell Parker and his team against the ocean and the clock.

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Mastermind

Mastermind

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Series: Mitchell Parker series, Book 1
Genre: Thriller

You are playing a game online; masterminding the perfect crime. Or at least you think it’s a game.

A seemingly normal web site inviting game players to mastermind the perfect crime is the façade for billionaire Lawrence Hackett’s real-life game of Mastermind—an invitation-only competition for a select few to see who can perform the perfect heist and win an enormous bounty.

Special Agent Mitchell Parker and his team learn the magnitude of the international crime ring just in time. Washington, London, Paris … the clock is on. If you love it when a plan comes together, hold on tight, because nothing is about to go to plan!

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Stalker

Stalker

Adam couldn’t wait… his Uncle Allan was coming to watch his cricket game this afternoon; Adam’s father was always too busy to get there. Uncle Allan believed Adam and his best friend, Nate, would one day be chosen for the State side if they kept practicing… Adam’s bowling was really improving. Adam didn’t have an Uncle Allan.

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The Artist’s Missing Muse

The Artist’s Missing Muse

Beautiful muse, Miss Sapphire Reubens, the inspiration for her lover's latest art exhibition, is missing – items of her clothing found in the river. Worryingly, Miss Matilda Hayward and her fellow writer for the Women’s Journal, Miss Alice Doran, enjoyed a preview of the inspired work featuring Miss Reubens immersed in water. Was it a death portrait? When another two rival artists are found murdered and posed in the manner of their painting, Matilda and her new beau, Detective Thomas Ashdown, fear the artist's inspiration may have come from ill means. There is mystery, passion and love afoot!

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Murder at the Freak Show

Murder at the Freak Show

Matilda Hayward is determined to have a career, after all, it is 1888! While reporting for the Women’s Journal newspaper, Matilda is sent to cover the visiting ‘Freak Show’ and to interview Mrs Anna Tufton, a giantess. During the interview, the giantess slips a note to Matilda begging for help to her escape the show she is forced to do by her husband. But when the giantess’s husband is found murdered; the giantess is a likely suspect.

Matilda enlists the help of her lawyer brother, Amos, to prove the giantess is no killer and to free her from a life of exploitation. But close family friend, Detective Thomas Ashdown – who has feelings for Matilda having known her since childhood – would prefer Matilda was nowhere near his murder case. There is mystery, danger, and love afoot!

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The Mortician’s Clue

The Mortician’s Clue

Miss Matilda Hayward has been assigned her first book review for the Women’s Journal newspaper and she is very much enjoying Mr Linton Turner’s novel, The Pyjama Girl Mystery, until it comes to life. When a young lady is found murdered and left on the church steps dressed only in blue satin pyjamas – just like in the plot of the novel – the author immediately comes under suspicion. But no one can identify the victim.
Matilda’s beau, Detective Thomas Ashdown, is on the case, and with his partner, Detective Harry Dart, they hire a talented mortician, Miss Phoebe Astin, to illustrate the deceased lady for identification purposes. After Matilda and her friend, Miss Georgina Urry, make Phoebe’s acquaintance, the three ladies find themselves unwillingly caught in a battle of words and hearts between an author and a poet with deadly intent. There is secrecy, danger, and love afoot!

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Grave Tales: Scenic Rim & surrounds, Qld

Grave Tales: Scenic Rim & surrounds, Qld

In the eighth volume in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams visit a selection of Scenic Rim, Qld, cemeteries to unearth some great tales.

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The Dark Moors

The Dark Moors

It began because we had to grow up.
Heath and I had made a childhood pact; we would love each other for life.
Edgar and I are suited – the life I should have is with him.
Hindley’s hatred of Heath is boiling over.
The choices we make could destroy us all.
Inspired by Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. For lovers of powerful vampires, moody werewolves and dark romance.

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Death by Reunion
Murder in Bridal Lane

Murder in Bridal Lane

Miss Matilda Hayward has a wedding to plan and while ordering her bridal bouquet in Bridal Lane, she finds a note in her sample bouquet requesting a liaison. Innocently believing the note to be a mix-up, Matilda engages her brother, Daniel, to attend the liaison with her, but the young paramour rushes off. He is later found beaten and bruised in an alley off Bridal Lane by Matilda’s fiancé, Detective Thomas Ashdown, and his partner, Detective Harry Dart.
When a respected lacemaker is also found murdered in the same laneway, the note takes on a new significance. Matilda is assigned to write the obituary for the Women’s Journal with her illustrator friend, Miss Georgina Urry, and soon finds herself embroiled in danger in the middle of a murder case, much to her fiancé’s displeasure. There is mystery, danger, and love afoot before Matilda makes it to the altar!

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My Boyfriend the Spy

My Boyfriend the Spy

Matilda Martin, newly single, is having a life change – a new job, a new city, and a new dating outlook. That’s right, she is over smooth men. In fact, Matilda is taking it one step further; she is only interested in Mr Average from now on – a man who doesn’t have women hanging off him, doesn’t know all the pick-up lines and is 100 percent real.

Adam Cahill is tall, dark, handsome and a spy for a government agency. And he has just been dumped. Allegedly, according to his now ex-girlfriend, he is “all about work, constantly grumpy, and as much fun as a crisis meeting”. Adam has given up on finding love – from now on, he’s focusing on his career.

Luckily Matilda’s been assigned to his next project since neither of them is bound to be interested in each other.

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I Spy My Guy

I Spy My Guy

Irish-girl Orla Murphy is a romantic – books, films, real-life – she believes in love; she’s just got to find it. Accepting a one-year contract to work in Washington DC as a translator, Orla leaves her Dublin hometown for a new start.

Nick Hughes is 100 per cent work-focused especially after his last relationship exploded along with his heart. He’s made it clear he’s not interested in romance, no matter who might catch his eye.

When Orla finds several old notes written by a child in her library copy of 'Anna Karenina', she decides to track down the owner and give them back. She soon discovers that the owner has been missing for decades and is filed as a cold case. Suddenly Orla finds herself with a mystery, the notes open up a whole new angle to the case, and Nick is assigned to work on it. Now they’ll have to see each other every, single day!

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Murder in Bridal Lane

Murder in Bridal Lane

Miss Matilda Hayward has a wedding to plan and while ordering her bridal bouquet in Bridal Lane, she finds a note in her sample bouquet requesting a liaison. Innocently believing the note to be a mix-up, Matilda engages her brother, Daniel, to attend the liaison with her, but the young paramour rushes off. He is later found beaten and bruised in an alley off Bridal Lane by Matilda’s fiancé, Detective Thomas Ashdown, and his partner, Detective Harry Dart.
When a respected lacemaker is also found murdered in the same laneway, the note takes on a new significance. Matilda is assigned to write the obituary for the Women’s Journal with her illustrator friend, Miss Georgina Urry, and soon finds herself embroiled in danger in the middle of a murder case, much to her fiancé’s displeasure. There is mystery, danger, and love afoot before Matilda makes it to the altar!

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The Forgotten House

The Forgotten House

Eighty-nine-year-old Carrie Howell, dressed in her Sunday-best, asks her grand-daughter, Rachael, to stop a while in front of the rambling old mansion—Autumn Manor. But who are these people her grandmother is remembering and what is her connection to the ‘haunted house’ that Rachael avoided as a child?

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Death by Disguise

Death by Disguise

AMAZING! Reading about a female PI kicking some ass was just the icing on the cake I needed!' Christine – Goodreads


The dead are walking and it is not even Halloween!

Sassy private investigator Jesse Clarke knew it wasn’t going to be a normal week when two dead people are spotted alive but their death certificates say otherwise, Spiderman steals a collection of costumes made for the next Comic Con, and Batman drops in to warn her that all is not as it seems.

Supported by her own man of steel—the tall, dark and handsome Dominic; business partner Ed; police contact Officer Jason who has more than a professional interest in Jesse; and, best friend Melanie, Jesse finds herself talking to witches, superheroes and morticians to solve her two cases and looking behind the disguises for answers!

Jesse Clarke is back!

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Death by Sugar

Death by Sugar

Series: Jesse Clarke series, Book 1
Genre: Romance mystery

If you are a fan of Kathryn Ledson or Janet Evanovich (though Jesse Clarke is a lot more reliable, sensible and doesn’t over share her personal life as does Stephanie Plumb) you will love unravelling the mysteries in the Jesse Clarke series.’ Carol,  Reading, Writing and Riesling.

Jesse thought sugar was such a friendly substance, until it appears in two of her cases for all the wrong reasons. Traces of sugar were connected to a bomb that blew up her client’s Mercedes. Was the bomb meant to kill or was it just a warning of what is to come? And could sugar have duped the immune system of a client’s mother over thirty years ago, resulting in death?

Juggling the two cases—one in the present and one in the past—Jesse finds herself talking to the living and the dead to get results.

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The House on Findlater Lane

The House on Findlater Lane

Holly Hanlon was having a sea change. Leaving the city for a new life in a seaside village was just what she needed to find her feet after a nasty break-up.

Holly found things - or rather they found her - so nobody was surprised when she opened her small business: Missing Me – Lost, Found and Broken. But finding love and finding The One was a whole different matter.
Unbeknownst to Holly, her new abode in Findlater Lane came with a housemate – Sergeant Alexander Austen – a handsome ghost who thought he knows best.

Was Holly afraid? Not in the daylight hours, when she was happy to help him pack up and move on. Up until now, the Sergeant had done a reasonable job of scaring off potential tenants, and he anticipated getting rid of Holly would be no problem.

And so, Holly and the Sergeant were both calling Findlater House home. For now.

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The Fourth Reich

The Fourth Reich

Series: Mitchell Parker series, Book 3
Genre: Thriller

The stilted footage of Holocaust survivors marching through the gates of Auschwitz projects behind Benjamin Hoefer at the book launch of his father, Eli’s biography. As it comes to the end and closes in on Eli Hoefer’s gaunt face, four red words are scratched across the last frame— Nazi, Jew hater, fake!

FBI Special Agent Mitchell Parker is frustrated to be called in on what he believes is a police matter, but digging soon reveals a threat that has far-reaching implications.

Parker and his team, Nick Everett, Ellen Beetson and Adam Forster find themselves in the middle of a neo-Nazi plot that spans two continents and threatens to bring one of the worst atrocities of history back to life.

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Graveyard of the Atlantic

Graveyard of the Atlantic

Series: Mitchell Parker series, Book 2
Genre: Thriller

Below the surface of the ocean, off the shores of Cape Hatteras, lie the bodies of many ships that never made it to shore and something more … silent and sinister.

Two sets of fresh fingerprints on a pair of binoculars left on the beach are cause for concern for FBI special agent Mitchell Parker and his team, Nick Everett, Ellen Beetson and Samantha Moore. The prints belong to a criminal that is currently not listed as in the country and a foreign diplomat who disappeared a year ago.

And are the six Beijing police officers that are guests of the USA to study, the same six officers that left Beijing?

It’s a rough and violent ride for Mitchell Parker and his team against the ocean and the clock.

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Mastermind

Mastermind

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Series: Mitchell Parker series, Book 1
Genre: Thriller

You are playing a game online; masterminding the perfect crime. Or at least you think it’s a game.

A seemingly normal web site inviting game players to mastermind the perfect crime is the façade for billionaire Lawrence Hackett’s real-life game of Mastermind—an invitation-only competition for a select few to see who can perform the perfect heist and win an enormous bounty.

Special Agent Mitchell Parker and his team learn the magnitude of the international crime ring just in time. Washington, London, Paris … the clock is on. If you love it when a plan comes together, hold on tight, because nothing is about to go to plan!

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My Boyfriend the Spy

My Boyfriend the Spy

Matilda Martin, newly single, is having a life change – a new job, a new city, and a new dating outlook. That’s right, she is over smooth men. In fact, Matilda is taking it one step further; she is only interested in Mr Average from now on – a man who doesn’t have women hanging off him, doesn’t know all the pick-up lines and is 100 percent real.

Adam Cahill is tall, dark, handsome and a spy for a government agency. And he has just been dumped. Allegedly, according to his now ex-girlfriend, he is “all about work, constantly grumpy, and as much fun as a crisis meeting”. Adam has given up on finding love – from now on, he’s focusing on his career.

Luckily Matilda’s been assigned to his next project since neither of them is bound to be interested in each other.

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I Spy My Guy

I Spy My Guy

Irish-girl Orla Murphy is a romantic – books, films, real-life – she believes in love; she’s just got to find it. Accepting a one-year contract to work in Washington DC as a translator, Orla leaves her Dublin hometown for a new start.

Nick Hughes is 100 per cent work-focused especially after his last relationship exploded along with his heart. He’s made it clear he’s not interested in romance, no matter who might catch his eye.

When Orla finds several old notes written by a child in her library copy of 'Anna Karenina', she decides to track down the owner and give them back. She soon discovers that the owner has been missing for decades and is filed as a cold case. Suddenly Orla finds herself with a mystery, the notes open up a whole new angle to the case, and Nick is assigned to work on it. Now they’ll have to see each other every, single day!

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The Artist’s Missing Muse

The Artist’s Missing Muse

Beautiful muse, Miss Sapphire Reubens, the inspiration for her lover's latest art exhibition, is missing – items of her clothing found in the river. Worryingly, Miss Matilda Hayward and her fellow writer for the Women’s Journal, Miss Alice Doran, enjoyed a preview of the inspired work featuring Miss Reubens immersed in water. Was it a death portrait? When another two rival artists are found murdered and posed in the manner of their painting, Matilda and her new beau, Detective Thomas Ashdown, fear the artist's inspiration may have come from ill means. There is mystery, passion and love afoot!

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Murder at the Freak Show

Murder at the Freak Show

Matilda Hayward is determined to have a career, after all, it is 1888! While reporting for the Women’s Journal newspaper, Matilda is sent to cover the visiting ‘Freak Show’ and to interview Mrs Anna Tufton, a giantess. During the interview, the giantess slips a note to Matilda begging for help to her escape the show she is forced to do by her husband. But when the giantess’s husband is found murdered; the giantess is a likely suspect.

Matilda enlists the help of her lawyer brother, Amos, to prove the giantess is no killer and to free her from a life of exploitation. But close family friend, Detective Thomas Ashdown – who has feelings for Matilda having known her since childhood – would prefer Matilda was nowhere near his murder case. There is mystery, danger, and love afoot!

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Grave Tales: Scenic Rim & surrounds, Qld

Grave Tales: Scenic Rim & surrounds, Qld

In the eighth volume in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams visit a selection of Scenic Rim, Qld, cemeteries to unearth some great tales.

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The Dark Moors

The Dark Moors

It began because we had to grow up.
Heath and I had made a childhood pact; we would love each other for life.
Edgar and I are suited – the life I should have is with him.
Hindley’s hatred of Heath is boiling over.
The choices we make could destroy us all.
Inspired by Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. For lovers of powerful vampires, moody werewolves and dark romance.

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Ophelia Adrift

Ophelia Adrift

Ophelia’s first love might be her last. In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village.

But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle, Sebastian, his boarder—19-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks.

By the ocean’s edge she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too.

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The Clairvoyant’s Glasses Volume 1

The Clairvoyant’s Glasses Volume 1

When Sophie Carell was eight-years-old, her eccentric, clairvoyant great aunt, Daphne, predicted Sophie would be one of the greatest clairvoyants of her time. Sophie wanted to be a movie star. Her mother said not to worry about it-Aunt Daphne was daffy.

When Sophie is called to the reading of Daphne's Will, she is given a pair of glasses that will change her life. But that's not all she acquires. Along with the glasses, Sophie 'inherits' a protector-the handsome and powerful Lukas Lens; plus brooding Detective Murdoch Ashcroft who is keen for Sophie to fill her aunt's shoes and put her talents to work for him.

Sophie has to decide if she will focus on her acting career or explore her new-found clairvoyant skills. But danger lurks around the corner...

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No Picnic at Hanging Rock

No Picnic at Hanging Rock

Genre: Non fiction

On Valentine’s Day 1900, three schoolgirls and a teacher disappear while on a school outing at Hanging Rock in Victoria. What became of the missing girls and their teacher?

Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock detailed the tragedy, and the author left strict instructions for the final chapter not to be printed until her death. Many Australians remember the 1967 book and 1975 film; many high school students studied it as part of their school curriculum.

But was the story real? And did the secret chapter released after Joan Lindsay’s death cast a new light on the fate of the missing ladies?

In No Picnic at Hanging Rock, the mystery is explored with Lady Joan Lindsay’s original editor, Sandra Forbes; Joan’s personal friend Phillip Adams; actor Anne-Louise Lambert – who met Joan on the set of the film; and a range of contributors who share their theories.

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Three Parts Truth

Three Parts Truth

Genre: Mystery

“Last night you were in my dreams. I hate that. I woke up exhausted, as though I had lived through it all again -the police, the press and the vilification.”

Catherine Jameson—thirty, a widow in hiding—doesn’t know what happened that night. Two bodies found: her husband and his ex-lover. Was it a murder-suicide or accidental death and suicide?

Or, as some believe, did Catherine have a hand in it? Living a new life with a cottage to renovate and her dog, Buddy, for company, Catherine picks through the ruins of her old life to find answers.

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Asylum

Asylum

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Series: Delaney and Murphy series, Book 1
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Tag: Crime and mystery

“Jack Adams skillfully unravels this unnerving tale of suspense with a keen sense of place and character. Asylum is well worth the price of admission.” B. Michael Radburn.

Joe was their friend; the man they spoke to through the wire fence of the Lunatic Asylum, along the banks of the Bremer River, and 10-year-old best friends, Nathan Walker and Adam Murphy, knew he wasn’t insane. He couldn’t be… he must have been locked up my mistake. Joe was an artist, and gentle, although sometimes he was confused and had burn marks on his skin. Then, one day, Joe was gone; life went on.

Now hitting their thirties—jobs and divorces in their wake—ex-cop, current P.I. Nate and psychiatrist Adam decide to share office space and a receptionist in Stones Corner, Brisbane… home to the second stores and more coffee outlets than inhabitants. It’s there that the letter arrives advising them that they have received ‘Expectations’. A quaint, old-fashioned bequest delivered by a solicitor which amounts to an inheritance for two boys – left by Joseph O’Connell, a missing-believed-deceased former patient at the River Park Lunatic Asylum.

The two men begin to investigate and start sharing more than office space; this case needs both of their skills to find Joe. Fueled by the appearance of a ‘hanging man’ wearing a sign with the word ‘Truth’ written on it, who makes an appearance at a ghost tour through the now-defunct asylum, Nate and Adam find the more they dig, the more dangerous it gets.

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Grave Tales: Melbourne Vol.1

Grave Tales: Melbourne Vol.1

In the seventh book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams visit Melbourne cemeteries to unearth some great tales. Stories include:

  • Whelan the Wrecker – the man and name synonymous with the wrecking ball and recycling a lot of Melbourne’s history;
  • Leo Rosner – as featured in the movie ‘Schindler’s List’ – the Jewish Holocaust survivor who made a life post-war in Melbourne;
  • The Mornington Football Club disaster – the weekend a football team was tragically wiped out;
  • Cyril Callister – Mr Vegemite!
  • Beautiful Erica McMillan and the Moomba Queens – beauty and tragedy in a time before political correctness;
  • Alice Anderson – the untimely end of one of our first female mechanics;
  • Walter Lindrum – the Don Bradman of billiards;
  • The murder of Alma Tirtschke and how the wrong man hanged;

And 10 more stories in this volume.

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Grave Tales: Queensland’s Great South West – Ipswich to Augathella

Grave Tales: Queensland’s Great South West – Ipswich to Augathella

In the sixth book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams head southwest to unearth some great tales from Ipswich to Augathella. Stories include:

  • The Toowoomba Terror: the first Queensland-made car built by the Trevethan brothers;
  • Gatton: Queensland’s oldest cold case, the murder of the Murphy siblings;
  • Ipswich: The Babies of Walloon: young sisters, Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick, immortalised by Henry Lawson in his 1891 poem;
  • Nobby: the story of Victor Denton and the March of the Dungarees;
  • Goondiwindi: The day that the town helped Albert Einstein;
  • St George: Len Waters – Australia’s only WWII Aboriginal fighter pilot who nearly didn’t survive to tell the story;
  • Roma: The Utopian Experiment and the families who took part;
  • Charleville: The drowning of the Misses Switzer; and the best in the          the West – Harry Corones;
  • Augathella: The strange poisoning case of Mrs Margaret Roche;

… And 9 more in this exciting volume.

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Grave Tales: True Crime Vol.1

Grave Tales: True Crime Vol.1

What made them do it? What were they thinking? Was it nature or nurture, that is, were they born evil or were they the products of their environment? And why are we so fascinated with crime?

We are delighted to present the first volume in the Grave Tales: True Crime series.

As our nation developed, the bush prospered and the cities grew, there were the terrible crimes that took away our innocence, crimes destined never to be solved that live on in our history… crimes that confound us with their cruelty, stagger us with their brilliance and amaze us with their sheer audacity.

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Grave Tales: Bruce Highway

Grave Tales: Bruce Highway

Take a journey along the Bruce Highway and enjoy these stories of trailblazers, heroes, victims and everyday people caught up in extraordinary events.

From the Sunshine Coast to Cooktown,  read about how two nurses in Maryborough in 1905 gave their lives to save a town from an outbreak of pneumonic plague; the unsolved mystery of how Mollie Thompson’s body ended up in an impossibly hard to reach water reservoir; the migrant who created his dream and shared it with generations; the mother and her five children who lost their lives in the Mackay cyclone; how gold fever saved the state from going broke; why the first person to be hanged in Rockhampton goal was a bent cop; the inscription on a tree on the Sunshine Coast that reflects a tumultuous sea journey; and the 13 RAAF members who came to rest permanently in Townsville, to name a few.

Grave Tales’ features people who willingly or unwilling were participants in events that made headlines. These people may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now.

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Grave Tales: Sydney Vol.1

Grave Tales: Sydney Vol.1

In the third book in the exciting Grave Tales series, journalists Helen Goltz and Chris Adams unearth Sydney’s interesting tales. Join them for a walk through some of Sydney’s oldest cemeteries to get an insight into the incredible lives of relatively unknown Australians. Using gravestones as their starting points they have meticulously researched a curated selection of headstones to uncover the secrets of the past.

Some highlights include –

  • The story of Henry O’Farrell, our first would-be assassin – who in 1868 had tried to kill Queen Victoria’s son. He failed, but was nonetheless executed with indecent haste, despite the fact he had long been suffering from a mental breakdown.
  • The story of the tragic deaths of all but one of the 122 passengers of the Dunbar, which crashed and sank as it pulled into Sydney Heads, right at the end of its long journey from London. The sole survivor, James Johnson was found two days later, clinging to the rock ledges of The Gap amidst the debris of body parts in the sea below.
  • The unremarkable grave of Patrick Brady does little to reflect his life as an expert forger, or his close links to the Coogee Shark Arm Murders of 1935 which gripped the country and remain unsolved today.

Also featuring detailed reflections on more well-known Australians such as Juanita Nielsen, Dorothea Mackellar and Arthur Stace, the book paints an incredible picture of Sydney’s past.

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Grave Tales: Great Ocean Road – Geelong to Port Fairy

Grave Tales: Great Ocean Road – Geelong to Port Fairy

In the second book in the exciting Grave Tales series, we begin the journey in Great Ocean Road Country and visit established cemeteries and burial places off-the-beaten-track to feature people who willingly or unwillingly were participants in events that made local and national headlines. They may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now, or unexpectantly came to rest between Geelong and Port Fairy.

Meet the ladies of the lighthouse who led an isolated life; the unionist shot in an affray; the stage actor whose career ended too soon; the men who sighted the fabled Mahogany Ship; the two survivors of a shipwreck that everyone wanted to see married, but it wasn’t to be; the inventor of the Ute and what inspired his unusual design; and the lady who rests in a ‘donated’ isolated beach grave.

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Grave Tales: Brisbane Vol.1

Grave Tales: Brisbane Vol.1

In cemeteries throughout Australia, gravestones hint at our history – tales of early settlement, unsolved murders, love lost, mystery, tragedy, health epidemics, scandal and sacrifice. Grave Tales reveals more than the headstone can ever convey by tracing the tumultuous journeys that lead to these final resting places.

Grave Tales Brisbane Vol. 1 visits five Brisbane cemeteries and features people who willingly or unwilling, were participants in events that made local and national headlines. They may have lived in the same suburbs, streets, and even the same houses as exist now, or unexpectantly came to rest in a Brisbane cemetery.

Meet the train driver who died on the Samford Range with 14 of his passengers; the working girl who caught the Pearl ferry and perished in the river; the Jack the Ripper suspect who had 20 wives, mostly all at once; the only woman ever hanged in Queensland; a boxer who should have been world champ but was a victim of the race card; a soldier who wanted to die with Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant; and more.

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Team Alex

Team Alex

"We are cut from the same cloth; made for each other."

He’s tall, dark, handsome and athletic and just that little bit mysterious. He’s also over women, big time. A star of the Saint’s team, Alex Renwick – 'The Russian' – has had a high profile relationship with a Hollywood director’s daughter for years and now that it is over, he just wants to focus on his sporting career.

Carla Brooker’s professional sporting career as a basketballer with the Suns is about to end due to injury. To mask the pain, she throws herself into developing her role as a sports reporter. There’s just one problem, she needs a date for the Suns’ Ball where she will announce her retirement.

When these two sporting hotshots meet, they are more than a good fit, they are made for each other … if they can just file away the doubts they carry and find a way to be together.

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Team Niklas

Team Niklas

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Series: Saints' Team series, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary romance

"I don't want to accidentally break you."

In his hometown of Berlin, Germany, Niklas Wagner is a super star and when the Saints’ pay the big bucks to sign him up and bring him to Santa Ana, California, Nik takes a shine to his new life. When he meets the Saints’ media officer, Sasha Saxon, sparks fly literally.

But Sasha is not your average girl—by day she is a journalist who looks after the media for the national champion soccer team and at night she designs for her personal fashion label. She had big dreams and they don’t include a boyfriend. Nik has never had to chase the girls but now he has met his match—Sasha is about to lead him on the biggest chase of his life.

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Team Tomas

Team Tomas

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Series: Saints' Team series, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary romance

“I’ll remember, until my dying breath.”

Tomás Carrera didn’t expect Alice Peterson to rock his world.

Growing up with a single mom and as the eldest of five siblings, Tomás has had to be responsible all his life.

Now his superstar soccer status has provided for his family and allowed him to let his hair down… and that’s just what he’s doing.

Signed to the Santa Ana Saints, Tomás is catching up for lost time with fast women, a fast Ducati motorcycle and a bevy of adoring fans. That is, until he loses his heart to Alice and is torn with wanting her and his independence.

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Team Lucas

Team Lucas

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Series: Saints' Team series, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary romance

“I want to stay forever... I want to have you for as long as I can have you Lucas, even if that is a week or a year or a decade.”

Mia Carter never thought getting suspended from her part-time job for having attitude could be the best thing to ever happen ... maybe.

When Lucas Ainswright—one of the world’s biggest sporting stars—needs a minder, it just so happens that attitude is just what is needed to keep Lucas in line.

Now Mia’s job is to manage the sporting world’s bad boy and keep him at the top of his game for the season. Game on!

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