Four Aussie Mystery Novels

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THE SUITCASE:  Some things are best left unopened, particularly when they contain dark secrets.  David Paget should have thought of that when he agreed to collect a suitcase from Hong Kong and take it to Australia.  The contents appeared too old to be threatening but appearances can be deceptive.  Like a genie from a bottle the past rushed in.  Events developed with alarming speed and David was propelled on a mad flight through the vastness of Australia, pursued by hired killers.  His friends mounted a rescue operation.  To succeed, they had to delve into the past and uncover the reason for David’s plight.   Click cover to go to my Amazon page.

spacerTHE MISSING MISS MORI:  Every year, hundreds of thousands of young women travel overseas and some never return. They join the vast lists of missing persons on police data bases.  When Yuki Mori’s sister went missing in Australia, Yuki went to look for her.  With the help of a private detective, she traced her sister’s movements to a remote part of the big country and entered the frightening world that her sister had entered.  Click cover to go to my Amazon page.

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New cover for MIke with borderTHE GOLDEN MOUSE:  Kate Bromley hardly knew her father when she was a child. The man who divorced her mother was a remote figure.  That changed when she left home.  Harvey paid for her to go to university and they went on holidays together.  Kate always thought of him as Harvey.  There was only nineteen years difference in their ages and he looked much younger than his forty-one years.  Being with him was fun but there were things he kept secret.  There was a price on Harvey’s head.  Her father thought he could play Robin Hood.  That was entertaining when the Sheriff of Nottingham was the baddy but frightening in real life.  Kate found herself sucked into his dangerous world.  One day she was engaged in a student project in the Scottish highlands.  The next she was on a plane bound for Australia.  Click cover to go to my Amazon page.

spacerEmeral Buddha for read onlineTHE EMERALD BUDDHA:  If something seems too good to be true then it probably isn’t.  Erica should have remembered that when she agreed to take up an exciting job offer.  Her talents were needed to track down a gang of thieves who were stealing ancient Buddhist treasures and selling them on the world market.  Her knowledge of the Tibetan language would be put to use and she would be returning to a part of the world that fascinated her.  The pay was fantastic and she might even get in a bit of rock climbing.  It looked so straightforward at first.  She met some amazing people and got to like them.  Then she realised she was being drawn into a web of intrigue that threatened everyone around her.  All her skills were needed to stay alive and protect her new friends.  Click cover to go to my Amazon page.

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Honey Trap (Chinese style)

China Honey Trap

In an earlier post, I told you about the hazards faced by unsuspecting guys who go out for a night on the town.  My stories were true and they happened to guys staying at my backpacker hostel in North Queensland.  I learnt of something similar on a trip to Xian in China. Continue reading

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MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Beer

My favourite pub burnt down a year ago.  It was just over the border from the Gold Coast where I live and, like many old Aussie pubs, it was made of wood.  I remember the friendly atmosphere and the decorated signs above the bar.  They expressed simple truths in language everyone can understand. Continue reading

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HONEY TRAP (Aussie style)

 

Some friends once invited me to become a partner in a nightclub.  Like me, they owned backpacker hostels and wanted to branch out into something more exciting.  After a careful look at the proposal I decided it wasn’t for me.  In the process, I learnt a lot about the nightclub scene.  In another post, I talk about the sort of competition people can face from rivals who are prepared to take extreme measures to force them out of business.  That’s one of the hazards of owning a nightclub.  Here I talk about the hazards faced by customers … male customers.

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AUSSIE ENGLISH

Ozzie EnglishIn the 200 odd years since European settlement, Australian English and British English have drifted apart.  Words that met an untimely death in the old country have remained alive in Oz.  New words have been invented.  I sometimes have to remind myself that my British and North American friends might not understand what I’m saying.  I hasten to add that I was born in the UK and retain some memory of how English is spoken in that country.
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Students Go To Sea For Sex Orgies

I wrote that headline when I was a science journalist and the story spread around the world like a rampaging virus.  It even reached Mongolia.  I know because the staff at the Australian consulate in Ulan Bator took press cuttings and sent me copies.
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That Pesky Leap Second – think what it means for the corals.

The insertion of an extra second in our lives has caused a lot of hilarity on the internet.  The days are getting longer and the Time Lords have sneaked in an extra second to keep up the pretence that there are 3600 seconds in an hour and 24 hours in a day. Continue reading

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