Solving the mystery of International Women of Mystery
Crime and mystery know no borders and neither do the protagonists of Prey, Cutting the Cord and The Lost Jewels: one is pursued by an assassin, another is an assassin and the third is an historian of jewellery. But what defines these women throughout their adventures, which take them to the US, the UK, Europe and South Africa, is their courage, determination and smarts.
Authors L A (Louisa) Larkin, Natasha Molt and Kirsty Manning revealed their deadly secrets to fellow author P D (Phillipa) Martin for Sisters in Crime’s July event.
In Prey (Clan Destine Press, 2020) by L A Larkin, Olivia Wolfe, the hero of Devour, is back. A London-based investigative journalist who travels the world exposing heinous crimes, Olivia has more enemies than most. But this time some very powerful people want her stopped for good. When the anonymous source for her latest story is killed, she must unravel the terrible secret that connects a series of gruesome murders. Betrayed and isolated, Olivia is soon being hunted by a faceless killer in South Africa.
Cutting the Cord (Impact Press, 2020), the debut novel by Natasha Molt, centres on Amira Knox, the perfect assassin. Her targets are affluent Europeans; her commander is the Authenticity Movement, a secret terrorist group. Caught in a web of deception and betrayal, Amira realises she has to get out. Fast. But how can she escape a terrorist cult when its leader – her father – wants her dead?
The Lost Jewels (Allen & Unwin, 2020)¸ the latest historical mystery by Kirsty Manning, is based on a true story – the unearthing of a cache of precious jewels and gemstones (the Cheapside Hoard) that quickly disappears again. When respected American jewellery historian Kate Kirby receives a call about these jewels, she knows she’s on the brink of the experience of a lifetime, but the trip to London forces her to explore secrets that have long been buried by her own family.
P D Martin is the author of five crime novels published ‘traditionally’ in 13 countries. Her Sophie Anderson series – Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death – met with international acclaim. In 2010, Phillipa moved into ebooks, starting with book six of the Sophie series, Coming Home. She then released Hell’s Fury, a spy thriller with crime at its heart, and two middle-grade novels under the pen name Pippa Dee – The Wanderer and Grounded Spirits. In 2019, she completed her PhD in creative writing: ‘Literary’ crime fiction – an analysis.
Three lucky ticket holders won $150+ crime book packs, kindly donated by the publishers: A J Collins (Chadstone, Vic); Amanda Barns (Adelaide (SA); and Mary Reid (East St Kilda, Vic). Mary won a book pack through the last Sisters in Crime event and pronounced she never won anything. We’ve proved her wrong – again!
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