September 30th, 2020
MURDER AT THE BEAUFORT
A Phoebe Chadwick Mystery Book 1
Phoebe Chadwick’s life is about to change forever but not in the way she planned. After accepting Joanna Reid’s offer of a partnership in the Beaufort Boutique Hotel, she is looking forward to her new life in Shellcove. However, when she steps off the train in the seaside community, she is unprepared for the sudden reappearance in her life of her sister, Elizabeth, with the news that Joanna is dead.
Thrown into despair Phoebe refuses to accept Inspector Henshaw’s conclusion that Joanna took her own life. Suspecting murder and finding an ally in Olivia, the last surviving member of the Beaufort family, she embarks on a mission to find Joanna’s killer.
THE FITZJOHN MYSTERY SERIES
In the genre of cozy murder mysteries, the Fitzjohn series features Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn. A police officer of the old guard, his methodical, painstaking methods are viewed by some as archaic. Nevertheless, over the years, they have brought him success as well as the respect of all but one of his colleagues; Chief Superintendent Grieg, the man Fitzjohn regards as his nemisis.
Fitzjohn lives alone in his Birchgrove sandstone cottage where he escapes the harrowing realities of his job by tending his orchids, a legacy from his late wife, Edith. But he can't escape his sister, Meg, who is determined to help him through his grief nor his neighbour, Rhonda Butler, whose main objective in life is to rid him of his greenhouse.
His sergeant, Martin Betts, is an eager young detective even though having difficulty when it comes to viewing the unfortunate victims of crime, and occasionally finding himself a pawn in Chief Superintendent Grieg's war against Fitzjohn.
The setting for the series is the city of Sydney and its envions taking in the historic Rocks area, Sydney University, Rushcutters Bay, the Northern Beaches, and the Blue Mountains to name but a few.