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Murder at the Rocks by Jill Paterson
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Mar 27, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: aussie-authors, owned-unread
Read from April 06 to 07, 2012

Detective Chief Inspector Fitzjohn has been handed a murder case which is very high profile, because the victim, Laurence Harford, is part owner of a huge jewellery and diamond business in the Rocks area of Sydney. When DCI Fitzjohn and his offsider, Detective Sergeant Betts arrive at the murder scene, which is in the lane beside the business, he was struck by the particularly gruesome manner of death, quite obviously not an accident!

As their investigation progresses, Dr Nicholas Harford, nephew to the murdered man, becomes a ‘person of interest’. Nick has just returned from twelve months in South America, where he had discovered his father, Edward Harford, was in extremely ill health. On arrival at Sydney International Airport, he was met by his father’s solicitor, who passed on the tragic news of Edward’s death three weeks previously. He also explained he had sent a person by the name of Piers LaSalle to search for him. Nick was grief stricken to learn of his father’s death, as their previous estrangement hadn’t been resolved, but when he received a letter written by his father before he died, delivered to him by LaSalle, he was extremely confused.

The investigation also discovers Laurence Harford was a man few people liked, so there appears to be many ‘suspects’ into his death. By the time the second murder occurs, DCI Fitzjohn has started to uncover fraudulence, long buried family secrets as well as horrors dating back to the Vietnam War. And all the while, Nick is trying to find out details he had never been privy to, regarding his father and his uncle, who had detested each other. The hatred seemed to stem from when his mother died, when Nick was 8 years old...if he could understand the reasons, he would go a long way to proving he didn’t murder his uncle.

The web of intrigue, the twists in the plot, the dark secrets, all woven very cleverly to produce a brilliantly thrilling mystery...I will definitely be reading more of Jill Paterson and her ‘Fitzjohn Mysteries’!
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message 1: by Shelleyrae (new) - added it

Shelleyrae at Book'd Out Thanks for the rec Brenda!

message 2: by Brenda (last edited Mar 28, 2012 08:18PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Brenda You're welcome.....Sounds really good Shelleyrae:)

message 3: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Schwartz adding it to my TBR - thanks Brenda!

Brenda You're welcome Jenny!

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