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Gone by Midnight

(Crimson Lake #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  203 reviews
They left four children safe upstairs.
They came back to three.

On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young boys are left alone while their parents dine downstairs.

But when one of the parents checks on the children at midnight, they discover one of them is missing.

The boys swear they stayed in their room. CCTV confirms that no
Published January 24th 2019 by Cornerstone Digital (first published January 22nd 2019)
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just Amazing!! This is the 3rd in Candice Fox's Queensland based series featuring Ted Conkaffey, ex-police detective, with a traumatic past after a false accusation ruined his reputation and destroyed his life and marriage. He now lives by Crimson Lake with his 7 geese and dog, Celine, who have provided much needed therapy and sanity in his life. He works with the offbeat tattooed Amanda Pharrell, with her past as an ex-convict, in her detective agency, where they have experienced some success. ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Candice Fox takes readers back to the Crimson Lake region of Australia for a new and exciting adventure. When Richie Farrow disappears from his hotel room, his mother is frantic and cannot handle the pressure and grief that are flooding over her. Reaching out to Ted Conkaffey, through the police, she seeks his assistance as a private investigator to help determine what’s happened. Ted, still leery of showing his face in general public, tries to set aside the false accusation of child abduction a ...more
Louise Wilson
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young boys are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when one of the parents checks on the children at midnight, they discover one of them is missing!

Ted is a disgraced cop and Amanda is an ex con who runs a Private Investigation company. Four families were staying at the hotel for two nights. Four 8 year old boys had been left in one of the rooms. An adult had been checking on them every hour. On the second night, when one of the pa
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant read! I love Candice Fox's Crimson Lake series and this third episode is the best so far.

There is so much to love about the series - the location near Cairns where misfits and those running away come to hide on the edge of the rain forest near croc-infested creeks, the sharp (and often amusing) dialogue, as well as the characters themselves. Ted Conkaffey, is hiding and licking his wounds after losing his marriage and career as a detective as a suspect in a high profile child a
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I love the Crimson Lake series, and its two intriguing private investigators. I had to restrain myself from hugging the delivery man as I was so excited when he brought the book to my door. What better way to be shut in the house during a winter snowstorm, than to be vicariously transported to Crimson Lake, North Queensland, with its sweltering heat, mangrove swamps, rainforests and crocodile-infested rivers and lakes. There is a blizzard outside, but I have just spent an enjoyable and thrilling ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox is the third book in a series and it took me a while to get into the story.
A boy goes missing from a hotel room and the police are hoping to find him soon.
Two investigators are hired by the child's mother to look into the case. These characters are pretty unusual and not quite believable.
Thank you NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

This was a really great read that kept me guessing throughout and though part of an ongoing series: (I think there are two before this) can totally be read as a standalone story: I did no issues whatsoever everything here is of an extremely self-explanatory nature.
So the blurb says it all really four boys in a room left to there own devises while their parents are dining downstairs in the hotel restaurant.
Checking in with them every hour: but when Ritchies mum checks on the boys at midnight her
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in the Conkaffy/ Pharrell series.

To say that this pair is the quintessential odd couple would be an understatement.
At its essence this is a thriller with some very odd ball humour thrown in. Most of the humour comes via Amanda Pharrell, who has more than a few bats loose in her belfry. Amanda is, without a doubt, a great sleuth but having her as your partner in crime, so to speak, would test anybody’s powers of endurance. I found some of her idiosyncrasies, frustrating, sometimes to the e
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I LOVE this series! When I got the chance to read GONE BY MIDNIGHT didn't I hesitate, I had to read it straight away. And WOW! The first book was great, the second was fabulous, this one is awesome!

Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read this book.
This is the story of Ted Conkaffey, who has quite the past. He was a police officer but was falsely accused of the rape and murder of a child, and it is still believed by most of the population that he is guilty. He has run as far as he could and lives in a house in the middle of the countryside with his dog and his geese. He now works with a woman called Amanda Pharrell, who is a convicted murderer. She has served her sen
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gone By Midnight is the third instalment in the Crimson Lake series, a fact I was unaware of when I picked this one up to read. Now, luckily, this reads perfectly well as a stand-alone but I already know I’ll be making time to read the previous two as well because I can’t for the life of me figure out how these evaded my radar.

The premise of the story reminded me somewhat of the McCann investigation. Four eight year old boys are left alone in a hotel room while their parents go out to dinner. Bu
Mandy White
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh I do love Crimson Lake and these characters! Another fantastic book from Candice Fox... love the crocs!!!
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I sincerely hope that Candice Fox never stops writing. She has a recognisable unique voice and I just love it! It's snappy. And kooky. And snort-out-loud-hilarious. I love her characters; their pains & fears, vulnerabilities & courage, their humanity amidst evil. The plot & structure all very neatly tied up and as always, explosive snappy endings.

I still can't get my head around Amanda Pharrell. She's just as loud, in-your-face, and unpredictable as she ever was. This is just wh
Liz Barnsley
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gone By Midnight is another pacy, intense and addictive thriller in the “Crimson Lake” series and I’m a fan of the main characters, especially the spiky, mouthy Amanda who takes no prisoners with her acerbic irony and total impatience with humanity. 
In this instalment a child has vanished in a twisty take on a locked room mystery and our pair are called in by the mother, who believes herself under suspicion. 
This fairly rocks along- the mystery is intriguing and emotional, the author keeps thing
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an advance copy of Gone by Midnight, the third novel to feature PIs Ted Koncaffey and Amanda Pharell, set in Northern Queensland.

Richie Farrow and three of his 8 year old friends are spending the evening in a locked hotel room while their parents have dinner downstairs and check on them every hour but the final check reveals that Richie has disappeared. Richie’s mum, Susan, engages Ted to find him so once again Ted and Amanda a
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gone by Midnight is the third instalment in the Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell Crimson Lake series, and it's another thoroughly enjoyable thriller. The combination of brisk pacing, excellent characterisation and a stellar plot make this a single-sitting page-turner; once you begin putting it down is not an option. This is an interesting and evocative story of a missing child; hardly original I know, but it is very well done. There are some great, unexpected developments and surprises in the s ...more
Gone by Midnight, is the third in the Crimson Lake series by Candice Fox.

Thank you to Century publishing for sending me a shiny hardback copy of this to review. And also NetGalley for letting me have a kindle version, all in the same week!

This was fantastic. I have recently read the second in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. So when I knew this was coming, I was very excited.

What is it about? Ted and Amanda run a private investigation firm in Crimson Lake, Australia. They are an odd du
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
I found this book via Netgalley and thought that I would give it a go!

I hadn't read any books by Candice Fox but I found that the authors writing style was one that eased you quite easily into the book. This is the third book in the series it is the sort of book that you can get engrossed into and find yourself not wanting to put it down. The characters in the novel are very well described and makes the novel have more depth too it and helps to ingrain the characters and the story into your mind
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
I think this is your best to date Candice :)

My View:
An outstanding work of crime fiction/mystery!

This is an excellent read, this series just gets better and better. I think this has to be my favourite Candice Fox read thus far. Candice has provided the reader with exciting plot lines, some great empathetic characters, wonderful eerie settings (crocodiles and swamps are a spine chilling combination), some great twists and turns and a conclusion that is spiked with hope.

I love this series! More p
I couldn't put it down and that doesn't happen to me very often anymore.
Only little complain is that two married couples would never go on vacation with a single-divorced-whatever no-couple that is no family to any of them. Ever.
Other than that, great characters all of them.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
‘The real trouble came at midnight.’

You will want to keep reading Gone by Midnight to midnight. It may be the third chapter in the Crimson Lake/Ted & Amanda series, but it is Candice Fox at her very optimum. Super charged by a clever plot, surprising twists, a thick atmosphere and great background character development, Gone by Midnight is a compulsive page turner.

Crimson Lake has previously been the scene of murders and disappearances. Yet again a despe
Leon Jane
‘I thought of a boy lost in the rain, of a body lying in the wet and decay of the marshlands, raindrops sliding down lifeless feet’

Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox is a well written suspense thriller set in tropical north Queensland, Australia.

This is my first read by Candice Fox and I quite enjoyed her writing style and portrayal of the two main characters, hired private investigators, Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell. These characters had enough baggage to make them interesting and believab
Val Wheeler
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book!

Thank you to Netgalley/the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. I was very excited to read this as had only recently read a bookshot by James Patterson and Candice Fox, which I thoroughly enjoyed and after reading the bio of Gone by Midnight I realised that it was the third in the Crimson Lake series.

I must first apologise for the time it's taken me to review, I wanted to be able to review it properly, so had to read the first two in the s
This author certainly knows how to tell a story.
Four young boys are left upstairs watching a movie while their parents are downstairs in the restaurant having a meal. One of the parents checks the boys every hour, at midnight when the mother of one of the boys goes to check she finds that her son is missing.
The hunt is on and Ted Conkaffey an ex cop who was falsely accused of a heinous crime and his partner Amanda Pharrell have been employed by the missing boys mother to help find her son. Thi
First Sentence: The real trouble came at midnight.

Four families, each with one son, are having dinner at the White Caps Hotel, checking about every hour on the four boys left in a hotel room upstairs. At the midnight check, Sara Farrow finds her eight-year-old son, Richard, is missing in spite of the other three boys swearing no one left the room. Police Chief Damien Clark is not pleased when the mother, Sara, insists on hiring PI Ted Conkaffey and his unusual partner, Amanda Pharrell. The inves
Joanne Robertson
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
How is it that this is my very first Candice Fox book?! I don’t know how she has passed me by before but, thankfully, she’s on my radar now! I was attracted to Gone by Midnight by the blurb but what I got went far beyond my expectations as I met interesting, realistic characters who kept my attention focused throughout a strong and impressive storyline. And although it is part of the Crimson Lake series, it can easily be read as a standalone novel.

When a group of parents go out for dinner in the
Thoughts next week
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australian, ebook, crime
When Candice Fox opened up GONE BY MIDNIGHT with a missing child and a sick goose I wasn't sure if I could go on. I mean a missing child is one thing, but a sick, possibly life-threateningly ill goose felt like one blow too many. (Don't @ me - they are both fictional and I'm very fond of my geese...).

If for any reason any of this is worrying any other readers then I would counsel trust this author, read on. Read on through the bullying stand over cops who arrive and take Ted Conkaffey into custo
Julie Garner
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, crime-thriller
I received an advanced reading copy of this book.
I devoured Gone by Midnight in just 2 sittings. It was like an addiction...needing to read to find out what happened to Ritchie.
I had forgotten how much I adore Amanda - she is like a breath of fresh air in a stinky room. Her views on life and observational skills are to be admired and looked up to. Dealing with the stink in her life and still maintaining that hilarious outlook are qualities that everyone needs. I especially love her thoughts on k
Theresa Smith
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww2019, best-series
You never really know exactly how a Candice Fox novel is going to pan out. She’s a marvel, the way she twists her plot and turns everything upside down and inside out. Three books into this series now and she just keeps on delivering.

‘There’s something deeply wrong with Amanda Pharrell. Whatever it is, it defies logic. It’s a slippery, indefinable thing that arms her with an eternal supply of social confidence, while at the same time preventing her from doing anything except horrifying, disturbi
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Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

As a cynical and trouble-makin

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