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Cold Grave by Kathryn Fox
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Sep 06, 12

bookshelves: aussie-authors, 2012-release, own-read
Read from September 01 to 03, 2012 — I own a copy

Another wonderful thriller by Aussie author Kathryn Fox! Dr Anya Crichton had just completed a case and received a trip on the luxury cruise ship, Paradisio, all expenses paid, with her six year old son, Ben. Also along on the cruise is Anya’s ex-husband, Martin, who cares for Ben full time.

Anya and Ben are sharing a cabin, while Martin is below decks in a small, very noisy cabin…The morning after their departure from Fiji, the three of them went to the pool deck for a swim, well before breakfast. When Martin decided to go for a run, he discovered something he hadn’t counted on…Shouting for Anya to help, they commenced CPR on a young girl, who had been lying, soaking wet, and partially clad in a towel cupboard on deck.

With Anya being a forensic physician, and Martin a trained ICU nurse, their help was invaluable, but it was to no avail. The young girl was dead, and when the date-rape drug GSD was found in her system, along with alcohol, their suspicions were aroused. When Martin told of the furore in the corridor outside his cabin the night before, with loud, drunk men, and seemingly drunk young women, it seemed there was evidence of drug use, sexual assaults and more.

When head of security, David FitzHarris, seemed to be reluctant to pursue the investigation, Anya’s suspicions were aroused. It seemed she could trust no-one. And when suddenly there was a shooting, and another person went missing, the dangerous secrets that were becoming evident threatened to put Anya and her family’s lives at great risk.

With a killer on board, this wasn’t the holiday Anya was anticipating. Could she find the murderer, and solve the mysteries before anyone else got hurt?

This novel is loosely based on the Dianne Brimble case, where she died on a cruise ship ten years ago. Kathryn Fox’s amazing talent for turning her own career as a medical practitioner, and her interest in forensic medicine, into the compelling thrillers she writes continue to captivate. I found this hard to put down from the very first pages until the very last page!

Highly recommended.
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