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Violent Exposure (Detective Ella Marconi #4)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When Suzanne Crawford is found stabbed to death and her husband Connor is discovered to be missing, it looks like just another tragic case of domestic violence to Detective Ella Marconi. But as the investigation progresses, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Why is there no record of Connor Crawford beyond a few years ago? Why has a teenager who worked for the p ...more
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Published January 1st 2011 by Bolinda Publishing (first published November 1st 2010)
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Paramedics Carly and trainee Aiden are called out to a domestic disturbance to a private house of Suzanne and Connor Crawford. Once Carly and Aiden arrive at the address it's explained to them by Suzanne and Connor that it was nothing more than a disagreement.

The following evening police and paramedics are called back to the same address, but this time Suzanne Crawford is found dead and her husband is missing. Detective Ella Maroconi is assigned the case and at first it looks like a case of dom
This is the fourth book in Katherine Howell's series featuring detective Ella Marconi and a paramedic unit working out of Ultimo in Sydney's inner west and it's another excellent, fast paced story.

When police are called to the scene of a murder they find Suzanne Crawford stabbed to death on her kitchen floor and her husband Connor missing. Investigations into Connor's past find that no such person exists and the police must work hard to discover whether Suzanne's murder is just another domestic
Diana Hockley

I was amazed to see that this novel was written in 2010 and still has only three reviews on Amazon! Could it be the kindle price is the same price as an Australian paperback and is preventing kindle owners from downloading it?

I won't repeat the synopsis, that is here for all to read. What I do want to say is that this is about the best crime novel written by an Australian that I have ever read. Brilliantly paced and written, the characterisation is detailed and believable for all the characters
Another brilliant, fast paced Ella Marconi novel by Katherine Howell!

When Carly and trainee paramedic Aiden Simpson were called to a domestic violence situation, Carly was cautious. There was always the risk of violence toward the paramedics, and she wasn’t prepared to take any chances. But things seemed fine with Connor and Suzanne Crawford...just a minor disagreement, or so they said.

But things rapidly went downhill the following day, when it was discovered that Suzanne had been stabbed to de
Karen Brooks
The next installment in Katherine Howell's series featuring the cop with a heart, Ella Marconi, Violent Exposure is a beautifully written, tightly paced novel that I had to read in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. Commencing with the murder of a young woman, Suzanne, whose husband, Connor is subsequently missing, the novel moves between the hunt for her killer and the professional and personal lives of the investigators, including the paramedics, particularly, Mick and the obn ...more
Still getting a handle on the Aussie isms, who would have guessed that a "skip" is a dumpster!

There were so many characters introduced in this book, I had a bit of a time keeping them straight or separated.

The best part of the book was in the last couple of chapters, lots of action and a hint as to who the killer is. Street teenagers with their angst and all their worldly knowledge are very irritating to me, but I can understand their part in the book.

Again this book ended a chapter too soon, wh
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What sets Katherine’s books apart from her Australian colleagues is not only the freshness of her main character – she is so ‘natural’ – but more so the ‘naturalism’ of the crime scenes the reader encounters. No, I don’t mean “Silent Witness”, etc–style gore. You see, Katherine brings to her writing what every writer does, I suppose – her own previous life. It’s just that pre-professional writing, Katherine was an “ambo” paramedic, for 14 years. Not only, then, do we get factual realism; she als ...more
Paramedics are called to attend a possible domestic, when they arrive at the scene the husband and wife, Connor and Suzanne Crawford, insist it was just a minor argument and that the neighbours were overreacting. The next night the police and paramedics are called back as Suzanne has been found brutally stabbed and her husband is missing.

Detective Ella Marconi is assigned to the case and immediately starts to focus on the missing husband as a suspect in his wife’s murder, only it would appear t
Apr 08, 2011 Sheree rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of suspense/thrillers, crime and medical fiction
WOW, I didn't think it was possible but Aussie author Katherine Howell has outdone herself, Violent Exposure blew me away. This is my favourite of Katherine's novels featuring Detective Ella Marconi and that's saying something, because I've loved them all.

Violent Exposure is an "edge-of-your-seat" ride blending the gritty realism of the paramedic scene (and years of Katherine's personal experience as a paramedic) with the nail-biting suspense of the investigative world. It moves along at a crack
Kathleen Hagen
Violent Exposure, by Katherine Howell, b-plus, Narrated by Caroline Lee, Produced by Bolinda Publishing, downloaded from

In this book we continue with the paramedics and the police. Two paramedics have a troublesome trainee in tow who has been there for three months but seems not to be picking up anything about the job. A paramedic and the trainee in question arrive at a scene where there is a possibility of domestic violence. But things appear to be fine and no one wants to press ch
Katherine Howell is rapidly becoming one of my stars of crime fiction writing in Australia. Part of what really works in Howell's books (and VIOLENT EXPOSURE is no exception) is the way that the viewpoint is slightly skewed from the common police, detective, investigator concentration. In all the books there is a paramedic viewpoint (no surprise as she was a paramedic herself for 14 years), but I particularly like the way that even that predictable element is slightly twisted in all the books - ...more
I don't read a lot of crime fiction, but picked this one up because it sounded interesting. A mix of paramedic and police procedural? Sounds like a great way to spend a few evenings.

The plot was interesting, the characters likeable, and the reading experience was about what IU'd expect from this type of book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the setting was Sydney, and that it had been included in the novel so completely that I really got to enjoy the sights and sounds of my favourite Au
What starts out as an apparent domestic abuse case turns into something much much more.

Howell has crafted a pretty good mystery revolving around the paramedics who attend the initial domestic abuse case to the detectives who attend the subsequent murder. The prime suspect, the victim’s husband, is not who he seems to be and the detectives find the leads take some unexpected turns.

I liked the snappy dialogue, and the banter between the work colleagues The paramedic scenes were very realistic and
I like these stories - like the detective and the extra authentic story of the ambulance service and what it is like to work in that profession. This is better than the first one. She improves with each thriller.
Really love this series of books. Love how it incoperates characters from the earlier books. Especially pleased to find out the outcome for the paramedic in the first book.
A good read. A lot of story for essentially a 'who done it' book. I will try the others in the series.
I had this one on audiobook. One star is purely for Caroline Lee whose narratives manage to bring flares to the story and characters, who are all very plain and one-dimensional to start with. Had I have this as a paperback, I'm pretty sure I won't have sat it through.
The other star is for the story being homey. It sets in Sydney, the whole surrounding and ambiance i'm really familiar with.
Other than that, it is a very weakly-plotted and immature sort of detective story. I don't think I'll read a
Another Detective Ella Marconi book set in Sydney which gives it an added pleasure. Katherine Howell writes well and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole way through. She never errs on the side of the incredulous - the actions of all her charatcters are within the bounds of reason unlike some other popular authors in this genre. Howell knows her stuff having been a paramedic herself and it shows. An excellent, gripping read.
Michaela Shea
Jul 15, 2011 Michaela Shea rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who don't read much
Gosh, judging from the other reviews I'm on my own here. Wow, the author was an ambo. Wow, she's written some books. I found the characters weak (the baddies are all so pathetic and one dimensional) and the motivation embarrassing and untrue. On the other hand, it's a female, Australian writer and we don't have many of those. It'll probably get made into a tv series starring Rebecca Gibney. Puke.

Not as bad as Sandy McCutcheon.
Probably closer to a 5 than a 4 in its rating. Katherine Howell brings her life experiences as a paramedic to the story. Believable characters and real settings. This is the first Katherine Howell that I have read, but had to search her out at the bookstore after I heard a radio interview where she described how she came to be a writer. The story holds the suspense to the end, spurring the reader to continue. Great late night reading.
I am loving this series of books by Australian author Katherine Howell. An easy-to-read, well-researched, action-packed, Australian police procedural/emergency services drama. Suspense built throughout the novel and I was completely riveted until the ending and the motives were ultimately revealed.
Michele Davis

Another fantastic fast moving cracker of a read by Katherine Howell, her characters are so real, makes you want to slap one one minute (Aidan) then something Mick does has me feeling absolutely sick! Highly recommended, will be reading more of her
Listened to CD book - had my suspicions the to be renovated house would come into the story. Worth listening to.
Really, surprisingly good! An Aussie author to keep an eye out for.
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Katherine Howell worked as a paramedic for fifteen years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing. Her first novel, Frantic, was published in 2007 by Pan Macmillan and set a paramedic alongside Sydney police detective Ella Marconi in 'an adrenaline rush of a thriller' (Sydney Morning Herald). It won the 2008 Davitt award for best crime fiction. Her second book, The Dar ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Detective Ella Marconi (7 books)
  • Frantic (Detective Ella Marconi #1)
  • The Darkest Hour (Detective Ella Marconi #2)
  • Cold Justice (Detective Ella Marconi #3)
  • Silent Fear (Detective Ella Marconi, #5)
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  • Deserving Death (Detective Ella Marconi, #7)
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