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Monday, June 6, 2011

Around the World in 80 Murders: Pacific Islands and Australia

Sleuth your way around the world, explore novel destinations, and help catch a killer as you go…Around the World in 80 Murders

Pacific Islands and Australia

One Man’s Paradise by Douglas Corleone
Manhattan defense lawyer Kevin Corvelli moves to Hawaii after an innocent client he failed to keep out of prison is killed in jail. He wants to live a simpler life but gets drawn into another high profile murder investigation in his new hometown. This novel is as much about defending an innocent man as it is about Corvelli’s own redemption.

The Flaming Luau of Death by Jerrilyn Farmer
Hula lessons! Passion Fruit martinis! A dead body washing in on the warm island tides! An uninvited corpse makes a surprise appearance at a luau bachelorette party, leading to a hilarious investigation.

Executive Power by Vince Flynn
Navy SEALs are sent to the Philippines to save an American family kidnapped by radical Islamic terrorists and get  caught in a deadly ambush. The mission had been top secret -- so who told the enemy?

Colour Scheme by Ngaio Marsh
Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn mysteries follow a Scotland Yard Inspector as he works in New Zealand in the WWII era. In Colour Scheme, Alleyn is called to investigate an odd murder at a dilapidated spa and uncovers a large criminal espionage ring. The Alleyn mysteries are a fabulous backlist option that you may have forgotten about.

The Ripple Effect by Paul Garrison
Travel around the South Pacific on a stolen sailboat with 15 year old Morgan.  Her father Aiden supposedly died in the 9/11 attacks, but Morgan knows that he used the tragedy as an excuse to escape those who are trying to frame him for multiple crimes. Can she find him and prove his innocence?

Murder on a Midsummer Night  by Kerry Greenwood
The extremely popular Phryne Fisher series follows an Australian flapper and PI during the years between the World Wars as she fights for justice for the less fortunate. Here, Phryne is embroiled in a suicide case, which looks more like murder, while she is also trying to locate an illegitimate child that stands to inherit a fortune. Fans of Maisie Dobbs will love Phryne too.

Death by the Book by Lenny Bartulin
Jack Susko is a second hand book dealer in Australia who wants nothing more than a quiet life with his books; however, he is struggling financially. Jack accepts a commission to help a dealer buy up every copy of the books by an obscure poet. It all seems straight forward until Jack finds out he is not the only one looking for these books. This is a newer series which is gaining quite a following.

Office of Innocence by Thomas Keneally
In the midst of WWII, a young Australian priest is having trouble reconciling his oath with his attraction to a female parishioner whose husband has been captured in North Africa.  When she turns up murdered, the priest needs to clear his name.  This is an engaging, literary novel that gives the reader a detailed sense of both the time and the place.

The Broken Shore by Peter Temple
In this unforgettable and award winning thriller, American readers will experience a completely different side of Southern Australia than the stereotypes we are used to.  Homicide detective Joe Cashin is reassigned to his small hometown while he rehabilitates from injuries.  Of course, while “resting” Cashin lands a complicated case that will have him questioning everything he holds dear.

Inspector Singh Investigates:  A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint
Dispatched to Kuala Lumpur to solve a perplexing case involving a famous model on death row who swears she is innocent, bumbling Inspector Singh confronts formidable circumstantial evidence and police resistance.

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