"Bianca thought of Katy Enigma ... would Katy go with this man? He had soft brown eyes and, despite his strange nose, his face looked kind. He smiled. Bianca placed her hand in his and felt him shiver. She didn't know why, it wasn't cold at all." "When the body of 11-year-old Bianca Webster is found dumped it is soon clear to DS Stevie Hooper that the murder is connected to paedophile Internet site, the Dream Team. Another murder leads her to suspect that she might have a vigilante on her hands." Cyber Technology spins at the heart of this thriller; Katy Enigma, Lolita, Harum Scarum; just who or what lies beneath these Internet nicknames? Stevie Hooper finds herself racing against time to discover the identities before another child is taken.
FELICITY YOUNG SERIES:
Someone is killing beautiful young women and taking extraordinary risks to carefully pose their painted bodies in public places.
The first is bronze, then silver - who will be gold?
Detective Sergeant Stevie Hooper, young, hard-edged and newly seconded to the Serious Crime Squad, finds herself haunted by increasingly disturbing flashbacks as the bizarre case unfolds.
And, as she closes in on the killer, the carefully drawn line between her professional and personal life becomes increasingly blurred, till she doesn't know who can be trusted.
'If a black dog appears along the old corpse way, the route a funeral procession takes to the churchyard, it is thought to be escorting the dead soul to the afterlife. A black dog sighting without a funeral procession, however, is supposed to foreshadow death.' For Doctor Dody McCleland, the unearthing of an ancient skeleton in a dry riverbed is a welcome break from the monotony of chaperoning her younger sister at a country house near the isolated hamlet of Piltdown. But when she begins her analysis of the bones, Britain's first female autopsy surgeon discovers they are much more recent - and they are the result of murder. With Chief Inspector Matthew Pike's help Dody begins to investigate. Soon she finds herself pitted against ugly traditionalism, exploitation, spectral dogs, a ghostly hunt and a series of events that not only threaten her belief in scientific rationalism, but threaten her life itself.
It’s tough being a Detective Senior Sergeant in the Sex Crimes unit. DSS Stevie Hooper is fighting to balance the seamier side of being a cop with her role as a mother. And her latest case is not going to make it any easier. It starts with a deserted house, an abandoned baby and an elderly neighbour who has the answers, but cannot speak. Then the body of a woman turns up in the river – limbs bound, and a shotgun wound to the head. Soon DSS Hooper is on the trail of a human trafficking ring. A ruthless group with international connections that has at its rotten heart a disregard for all human life.
"[Felicity Young is] favorably compared to the big guns Patricia Cornwell and Kathryn Fox . . . With a smart female lead and well-researched, pacy plots, it's one to get stuck into." —Scoop magazine
"Felicity Young is an intriguing new addition to the upper echelons of Australian thriller writing." —Sun Herald
"Hopefully Young will find a ready audience. She deserves it." —Good Reading
"Manages to stand on its own. . . . recommended to please any fan of Patricia Cornwall and Kathryn Fox’s work and is perfect for anyone that needs a lazy day of reading." —Australian Bookseller+Publisher
About the Author
Felicity Young is the author of A Certain Malice, An Easeful Death, and Harum Scarum.
Another engrossing mystery in the acclaimed Dr Dody McCleland series, featuring Britain's first female autopsy surgeon.
To Doctor Dody McCleland, the gruesome job of dealing with the results of an explosion at the Necropolis Railway Station is testing enough. But when her suffragette sister Florence is implicated in the crime, matters worsen and Dody finds her loyalty cruelly divided. Can she choose between love for her sister and her secret love for Chief Inspector Matthew Pike, the investigating officer on the case?
Dody and Pike's investigations lead them to a women's rest home where patients are not encouraged to read or think and where clandestine treatments and operations are conducted in an unethical and inhumane manner. Together Dody and Pike must uncover such foul play before their secret liaisons become public knowledge - and before Florence becomes the rest home's next victim.
Praise for the Dr Dody McCleland Mysteries:
'An excellent crime series ... careful plotting, unexpected twists. sexual tension and a thrilling ending will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next instalment' Good Reading
'Cannily blending the forensic thriller with historical crime ... [plus an] endearingly eccentric heroine ... More please, Ms Young, and soon' Sunday Age
'A classic, with fluid and atmospheric storytelling ... Young's skilful narration captivates and intrigues' West Australian
'This satisfying blend of history, forensics and crime is the first of a compelling new series' Woman's Day on A Dissection of Murder
The fifth in the Dr Dodi McCleland series - Agatha Christie meets Phryne Fisher Forensic doctor Dody McCleland is horrified when the seemingly dead body of a well-dressed woman she has just sliced with her scalpel bolts upright with a howl. Dody has heard of bodies frozen into a false death before but never come face to face with the phenomenon. She feels a terrible debt - and a strange connection - to this woman, discovered incongruously near the notorious Anchor and Whistle public house. Yet Dody is puzzled: how did such a woman of such means and intelligence come to be left for dead in the icy cold of this unsavoury district? Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Pike has a gang of jewel thieves with a trail of murder behind them bailed up in a burning building. When one of the gang escapes, and the remainder are found assassinated at close range, it is clear the modus operandi of the chief suspect has brutally shifted. Then Pike discovers both that the king has an interest in the gang's...
You can run from everything but your fears. Three years after a gang brutally murdered his wife and son, Sergeant Cam Fraser has returned with his daughter Ruby to the country town where he was raised - a town too small for trouble. But then a body is found on the school grounds, badly burned and unrecognisable. Who in Glenroyd could possibly be a murderer? And why? This violent crime plunges Cam straight into a baffling and deadly investigation, where nothing is as it seems. From shady cop Vince to the secretive Smithsons who run the school to the local bikie gang who may still want him dead, Cam has his hands full with suspects. Not to mention Jo, his daughter's teacher, whom he can't keep his mind off of ... But the danger is coming closer to home, and Cam is running out of time to solve the case. Will he be able to protect Ruby and stop the killer? Or will everything go up in flames?
Glenroyd Ladies College has a reputation to protect - and a charred corpse in the grounds. A grisly murder is the last thing Senior Sergeant Cam Fraser needs. He's just returned to the sleepy Australian town of his youth to get over the death of his wife and son in a house blaze. Having to investigate a burnt body brings back all the ghosts and forces him to confront the layers of secrecy and lies in the Outback community he once felt part of. Cam is close to discovering the truth when fire rips through the evidence – and he's already in more danger than he could ever imagine...
'A CERTAIN MALICE is an admirable book. Felicity Young has carefully constructed her characters, producing a very believable cast. She has a gift for description which brings alive both the country landscape and the horrors of fire.' Reviewing the Evidence.
About the Author
From an early age, Felicity wanted to write. But it wasn't until the pet kangaroo ate her sheep pedigree notes - the final nail in the coffin of her unsuccessful ram breeding business - that she decided to do something about it. Creme de la Crime published Felicity's first crime novel, A Certain Malice, in the UK in 2005. Since then she has written three novels in the Stevie Hooper series for Australian publisher Fremantle Press: An Easeful Death (2007) Harum Scarum (2008) and Take Out (2010). Felicity's three adult children have fled, but her husband Mick has remained with her on the family farm. When not hunched over their laptops or looking after the menagerie, they are fighting fires with their local volunteer bush fire brigade.