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Gone by Midnight

(Crimson Lake #3)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,028 ratings  ·  597 reviews
Crimson Lake is where people with dark pasts come to disappear—and where others vanish into thin air…

Four young boys are left alone in a hotel room while their parents dine downstairs. When Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing.

Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake’s unlikeliest private investigators—disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Forge (first published January 22nd 2019)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sara and some other parents are having dinner in a hotel restaurant while their sons play noisily, and finally fall asleep, in an upstairs hotel room. Someone checks on the boys every hour, but when the dinner is over and the final check is performed Sara’s 8 year old son Richie is missing, seemingly having vanished into thin air. Sara asks the police to involve the private detectives Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell who, as outcasts, have joined together as an investigative team. Although this ...more
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
Carolyn Walsh
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
I enjoy a nice sleuth story now and then and this novel sounded interesting to me for its Australian setting and the narrator’s accent of the audiobook. Unbeknownst to me though, this book happened to be the third in the current Crimson Lake series as I realized when several references were made to the main character’s backstory that I was missing and had to figure out.

Ted Conkaffey is a private investigator who had to leave his prior cop career after some devastating accusations against him ab
NAT.orious reads ☾
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 midnight-blue STARS ★★★★✬
This book is for you if… you're a crime fan that enjoys the thrill of both human and animal predators. Australia is dangerous, people! Not at all like what all the WAT-people tell you.

What an awesome book! Worth the wait and way better than the predecessor! I'll apologize in advance for the boring and short review, I've got low energy levels today but know I won't come around to reviewing this for another couple of days, soooo...

This series is fanta
Gloria Arthur
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️
Totally addictive, confronting and thrilling crime series

Four eight-year-old boys are left alone in a hotel room while their parents are dining downstairs. When Sara Farrow carries out the hourly check on the boys, it's at midnight she finds that her son Richie is nowhere to be found. Distrustful of the police Sara hires Crimson’s Lake, unlikeliest private Investigators Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell to find her boy.

For Ted two years after a false accusation robbed him of the lif
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private detectives Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell are hired to find an 8-year-old child that has disappeared from a Cairns hotel room. He was there with three of his friends while their parents enjoyed dinner downstairs. When the parents return, Richie Farrow is missing. Fox provides a new twist on the classic ‘locked room’ mystery. The eccentric savant Amanda takes the lead role as Ted is distracted by a week-long visit with his 3-year-old daughter Lillian, and a sick goose. As always, Fox p ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here’s what to love in this book.

1. A locked room mystery
2. Ted’s daughter, Lillian
3. Amanda’s high jinks
4. An impending biker-cop war
5. Escalating animosity between Amanda and Joanna
6. Superfish
7. A character you will love to hate

This is a great third book in the series. Man, I hope there’s a fourth.
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
In this suspenseful fast-paced story, PI Ted Conkaffey and side-kick Amanda Pharrell must find a missing boy. The trouble is, there is no record of him leaving the hotel in which he was last seen. Conkaffey, a disgraced former police officer and Pharrell, an ex-con, frequently clash with the local authorities, slowing down their frantic search efforts for their victim. For fans of Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes trilogy. ...more
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!

Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Oh I do love Crimson Lake and these characters! Another fantastic book from Candice Fox... love the crocs!!!
Really enjoyed this one, last book in the series. You can read this one as a standalone.
I want more books from Candice Fox. I listened to this one on Audio,( the whole series actually and really enjoyed it). 4.5 stars
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
4.5 Terrific. Fox is one of my favourite Australian authors. I especially like the way she brings the Australian setting (in this case think vast and poorly populated), excellent lead characters (Ted Conkaffey PI and Amanda Pharrel asst PI) with an ongoing prejudiced and distrustful local population. This includes the majority of the police.
Conkaffey was accused of an unproven charge against a minor. Pharrell was a convicted killer.

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I’ve had this on my kindle for a while now.
Saw this on audio from my library. Reminded me about it.

So dived right in.

I’ve not read the previous books in this serious and although I knew that I’d miss out on some background I still dived in. Having read previous books by Candice Fox that I’ve loved and some I didn’t find so enthralling I loved the premise and advertising of this one.

Went in with little expectations and came out wide eyed.....
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
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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All the stars! The Crimson Lake series is outstanding, and one you don’t want to miss if you enjoy crime thrillers with a detailed, well thought out mystery.

Gone By Midnight (book #3) follows the brilliant Australian crime solving duo of Ted and his sidekick, the ever-so-quirky filterless Amanda, as they’re drawn into a race against time to find a missing eight year old.

Fox delves into the backstories of her protagonists for a better understanding of them, and writes a positively atmospheric s
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 inv
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 what I love; b
Liz Barnsley
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenny Jo Weir
I read this whole book in one sitting!
I love Ted Conkaffey! He's just one of those characters who stick with you. I was so glad to get to continue his story and delve into this one. Amanda is a serious force to be reckoned with and I'm so glad she showed yet another side to her personality in this one. The ending was also a very nice plot twist! I didn't see that one coming. I don't know where Candice is going to take this story from here but I'm already looking forward to continuing the journe
Natasha Niezgoda
AMANDA IS FANTASTIC! She's quirky and badass and her behavior towards children is HILARIOUS!

Really loved this book. Full review to come!
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Deb Jones
Candice Fox weaves one heck of a story, engaging the reader from the first page and holding my attention as the story moves forward. I read this in one sitting, having fallen in love with the main characters in the first two books in the Crimson Lake series and with Fox's writing style and skill. ...more
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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.

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