Best First Fiction

She Be Damned

London courtesan or professional sleuth?

London, 1863: Women in Waterloo are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim.

The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective, Heloise Chancey, to investigate.

The Anniversary Man

This novel, set in current-day Britain, covers the exploits of the officers from the Kingsport Police Station in Kent. The small team is challenged when faced with a sick and violent serial killer. They learn to trust one another and themselves, as they move deeper into the investigation and start uncovering layers that will eventually lead to his capture.

The Girl in Kellers Way

When a body is found buried near the desolate forest road of Kellers Way, Detective Melanie Carter must identify the victim if she is to have any chance of finding the killer. That's no easy task with fragmentary evidence from a crime committed years earlier and a conspiracy of silence from anyone who might have information.

The Dead Shall Teach the Living

Raj is settling into his new life in Broome, Australia. A young pathologist, he moved from India in hopes of earning a Western medical degree. With his wife working on the other side of the country, though, Raj unexpectedly finds himself smitten with an Eritrean scientist and has a brief affair.

But Raj has few friends. The anchors of his emotional world are an ugly gum tree on the hospital grounds and a nearby hill. Raj sees the first as a symbol of evil and the second as a representation of goodness.

The Ravens' Augury

Two bodies are discovered bludgeoned to death in Kent woodland. Six ravens are feasting on the corpses.

It is springtime in 1413 and Henry V is now on the throne of feudal England. The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 had begun the great shift towards democracy and the country is recovering from the ravages of the Black Death.

Wat Baudin is a man on the up in this brave new world and is returning from his duties as an alderman at the assizes in Maidstone. He can sit in judgement on the lower classes but the noble families of the land remain a law unto themselves.

Her Mother's Sins

Going home was supposed to be a fresh start.

Arina returns to her hometown set to quell ugly rumours about her deceased mother and restore the old family motel. 

Unaware of the dark secrets the motel holds, she plunges headlong into an ultimate deceit.

Single-minded and focused on her quest, she rejects the advances of Matt, a handsome stranger - but his magnetic pull messes with her hormones, and she finds she's not sure if he's friend or enemy.

Jake, on the other hand, is set on charming her in the meantime.

Just Play Along

When Andy and Mel’s double date turns into a snuff film, Andy fights back, killing one of her attackers, leading to an unwanted aftermath of attention and threats. 

Detective Daniel Connor links the attack to the recent discovery of six female bodies found buried in bushland on Sydney’s Northern Beaches – three double homicides now thought to be part of an organised snuff-film ring. 

When video of the attack is leaked online, the threats against the women escalate. Determined to find answers, Andy is caught in the middle of a deadly investigation. 

One Fine Day

"It was a perfect day for exploring. It was warm but not too hot. The river lazed by and a gentle breeze stirred the bush. The smell of eucalyptus mingled with warm earth and the occasional scent of wattle. A different type of wattle bloomed every month of the year. We were nearing the rocks when Paul put a hand on my arm.

"Look over there, " he whispered."