By Tony Cavanaugh
Victoria's Top Homicide cop Darian Richards has been seeking out monsters for too long. Surviving a gunshot wound finally persuades him to call it quits and he retires to the Gold Coast, leaving his demons behind. But he should have known: nowhere is free of demons. All Darian wants to do is sit on his jetty and ignore the world. But a serial killer is prowling the Sunshine Coast - girls from all over the area have been disappearing into thin air. Jenny Brown was the first: vanishing on a Saturday the previous year. Despite what everyone who knew her said, after a good three minutes' thought the cops dismissed it as a runaway. Before they'd even walked out of her front gate, they'd forgotten Jenny Brown even existed. But as others start to disappear the cops can't call them all runaways. And Darian can't sit idly by and watch them mess up the investigation. He decides he is going to find the killer and deal with them . . . his way.The first book in the Darian Richards series
A Painted Doom
By Kate Ellis
Teenager Lewis Hoxworthy discovers a disturbing painting in a medieval barn; a discovery which excites archaeologist Neil Watson who is excavating an ancient manor house nearby. But when former rock star Jonny Shellmer is found shot through the head in Lewis's father's field and Lewis himself goes missing after contacting a man on the internet, Detective Inspector Wesley Peterson and his boss, Gerry Heffernan face one of their most intriguing cases yet. It seems that the Devon village of Derenham is not only full of resident celebrities seeking the rural idyll, but full of secrets, ancient and modern. Lewis's distraught parents seem to have something to hide. Then the mysterious owner of a new age shop is silenced before she can reveal what she knows about Jonny Shellmer. Is Jonny's death linked to Lewis's disappearance? And does Jonny's best known song, 'Angel' contain a clue? As Neil Watson uncovers the story of Derenham's medieval past, it becomes clear that the Derenham Doom - a painted portrayal of hell and judgement more than half a millennium old - holds the key to the mystery. And as events reach a terrifying climax, Wesley Peterson has to act swiftly if he is to save a young life.
By Iain McDowall
Chief Inspector Jacobson hates drug-related cases. Not least because it means he has to work with the drug squad. But there's no alternative when a local dealer turns up burnt, battered and dead. Just another hopeless, pointless sink estate incident in the middle of a grey, Crowby February. But even so Dave Carter's torched body is the stuff of bad dreams. Death doesn't get any grimmer, Jacobson thinks. But that's because Jacobson, DS Kerr and Crowby CID are still forty-eight hours away from the 'Perfect Family' killings ... five dead in a leafy suburb where bad things aren't supposed to happen. And the only witness may never speak again.