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(Sam Shephard #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  42 reviews

Dunedins favourite young police officer Sam Shephard is drawn into a perplexing investigation when a series of shipping containers wash up on a sleepy New Zealand beach, and a spate of unexplained deaths ensues

Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast, when a series of shipping containers wash up on the beach and looting begins.


Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published January 5th 2020 by ORENDA BOOKS (first published 2009)
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Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god!! It is true... It is so freaking true... Good things come in small packages. And there cannot be anything better than DC Samantha Shephard. She was fiesty, bold, sensitive, and vulnerable. She was just perfect.

My first book by author Vanda Symon saw me chuckling and smirking at the irreverent dialogues that Sam could come up with. Her banter with partner Smithy was the most fun I'd had the whole day. Yes, there was a ship adrift on the beach with a container open where looters could
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
It seems a quirk of fate to be writing a review of a book entitled Containment given current events around the world, especially since here in the UK we seem to have moved beyond containment of COVID-19. On the other hand, what better way to distract yourself than to immerse yourself in a skilfully plotted and absorbing story.

Containment is the third outing for New Zealand police constable and rookie detective, Sam Shephard. I havent read either of the previous books  Overkill and The
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his is really starting to become one of my favourite crime series. Book three and I am totally invested in the characters, plot and of course setting. The setting is particularly crucial to these books as its so intrinsically woven into the novel on every level. The crimes, the investigations, the work force of the police, the characters who live in the small town..all fit perfectly and can I say even complement each other? Its a very nice mix of all you could
Stephen Donovan
3.5 stars

This was an intelligently written police procedural which begins a little slowly before developing into an intriguing mystery. One crime leads to another as we follow protagonist DC Sam Shephard during a complex  case that the author conveys in meticulous detail throughout.

It is actually the third book in a series, but despite that it works well as a standalone and there was never a moment where I needed to have read the previous two instalments to understand what was going on. This was
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Just when you felt like the Crime Fiction genre was becoming over populated with not much variation or uniqueness to the storylineBANG. Containment. Vanda Symon hits you straight between the eyes for a killer blow. It was a refreshing change to be transported some idyllic. You know what they say a change is as good as a rest. Aramoana Beach. Just uttering those words feels tranquil. Set the scene. Golden sands, turquoise seas, glittering horizons, the sun beating down on your chest, the warmth ...more
Police procedural set in DUNEDIN

The novel is published to coincide with Internationals Womens Month (March). It is shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime novel.

Much of the setting is at Aramoana Beach, a township north of Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand. It is a setting that in real life experienced a massacre of 13 people in 1990. So it already has a dark history.

DC Sam Shepherd arrives early on the scene of a boat wreck, where a container ship, the Lauretia Express,
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
When I agreed to be a part of the Containment blog tour, I had no idea it was the third book in a series. I'm pretty anal about reading books in order but I'm thrilled to say reading this our of order worked out perfectly fine for me and has actually prompted me to go back and look up the first two.

Detective Constable Sam Shephard is dog sitting for a family friend when a large shipping boat wrecks along the shoreline of Anamoana, off of New Zealand, spilling shipping containers along the beach.
Liz Barnsley
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow for the tour.
Craig Sisterson
Dunedin crime writer Vanda Symon, who will be appearing at the upcoming The Press Christchurch Writers Festival, brings back her feisty local heroine Sam Shephard for a third instalment in what has become an excellent detective series.

In Containment the junior detective is investigates a bizarre death - what seems a routine diving accident before forensics reveal the man didnt die from drowning and his body was stuffed in its wetsuit afterwards - that might be linked to the grounding of a
Oct 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New Zealand fiction fans, Crime novel
Another great book in the Sam Shepard series. This time we have Constable Detective Shepard running around the colorful streets of Dunedin in search of washed up artifacts and antiques. What will she uncover this time? Who will she piss off in the mean time? Recommend to all crime novel fans, plus an extra bonus for New Zealand fiction fans, as the story is set in the rich and vibrant southern city of Dunedin.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaos has taken over the beach of the sleepy village town of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast. A series of shipping containers have washed up on shore as the result of a container ship getting stuck. Looters have emerged from all over the local area to take whatever they can get their hands on. Detective Constable Sam Shephard happens to be in Aramoana trying to get in a bit of relaxation when she is called to the scene. While trying to break up a fight between two scavengers, Sam finds herself ...more
Lel Budge
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
#3 in the Sam Shephard series, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

Set in the Small town of Dunedin, New Zealand, (which the author describes so well I feel I know it)A cargo ship has run aground and shipping containers are strewn across the beach, so obviously people see this as an opportunity to loot. The police arrive amid the mayhem and DC Sam Shephard arrives only to be assaulted by one of the looters.

A skull is found on the beach and an investigation begins, for there only then to be
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Containment is book three in the Sam Shephard series. This is a series that just gets hotter and better with each book. Vanda has really upped the stakes in this one. Its tense. Edgy. Thilling and a real page turner. Can easily be read as a standalone. In this case Sam finds herself in a tricky position between work and personal life. She is involved with this case but not in the police way In other ways.
The way Sam conducts herself in this case will have readers split at her decisions. Did she
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lets talk about our wonderful protagonist Sam Shepherd first, never have I been so happy to finally meet a character because I am terrible and have yet to read the first two in the series (Containment is a great stand alone, but dont do a me, start at the beginning) but ill be rectifying this maybe with a #SymonSunday for Orentober? Anyway, lets get back to Sam, shes an absolute pleasure of a literary companion. Not only is she smart, hilarious and independent, too much so maybe, but shes also ...more
Louise Beech
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloody cracking book. Thrashed through this in literally a day or two. Symon is an extraordinary, larger-than-life, vivid writer, and I LOVE Sam Shepherd. She is sassy, passionate, funny - exactly how I like my lead females. Don't miss this one. I'm still smiling. Though, erm, it's dark and gritty too, so maybe don't expect to smile the whole time!
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Vanda never disappoints - will be visiting Dunedin in 3 weeks time and I use her books for research. Not that I want to find any bodies, and I am very grateful that the baddies in this book were located, but I've got the name of a coffee shop that is actually near where we are staying so plan to pop in as we walk down to the Octagon. Sort of author stalking without the author :)

Anyhow if you love a good edge of the seat police investigation mystery this series is for you!
Karen Cole
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While so many of us are currently contained in our homes to one extent or another, we can at least travel the world through books and so I was delighted to be transported to Dunedin in New Zealand and reunited once again with Detective Constable Sam Shephard. The Containment of the title refers not to people on lockdown or a disease-management strategy but to the shipping containers that wash up on the shore when a cargo ship runs aground off the coast at Aramoana. With scores of locals claiming ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling when you find a book that just pulls you in? That one more chapter kind of vibe that takes root and just won't stop growing? The one more more chapter that suddenly becomes another five or six ... or the whole book. Whatever. That was me and this book. I lost a nights sleep reading this book as whenever I thought I was going to put it down, I couldn't, and didn't.

It's not that this is a fast paced, high action kind of read. It's not. There is a sort of shoot out situation
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right where are we off to now on another global crime adventure- New Zealand thats where, and into the world of Detective Constable Sam Shephard, where a seemingly simple case of container looting, leads to a whole heap of trouble for this sassier than your average cop

Containment marks the third outing for DC Sam Shepard (following Overkill and The Ringmaster) and its good to see our female cop has lost none of her gumption and slightly gung-ho attitude in the interim. From getting physically
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Detective Constable Sam Shephard's quiet weekend in sleepy Aramoana, on dog-sitting duties, comes to an abrupt end when a container ship comes aground and washes some of the containers onto the beach.

For some reason, the locals have assumed a "Whisky Galore" attitude to the contents of the containers and are busy helping themselves to all manner of goodies, but when their foraging uncovers a human skull and the police put in an unwelcome appearance, things get out of hand. Unfortunately, Sam
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This the first novel by this author that Ive read, but the third in the authors series of New Zealand set police procedurals. That said, Containment is a self-contained story (excuse the pun on the title) and there is no need to have read the authors previous titles to either enjoy it or follow the story (though of course, you might want to).

Sam Shepherd is the heroine and shes a detective with the Dunedin police force. Sam is something of an outsider, not fully accepted in the masculine world
Pam Robertson
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sam Shephard is a great creation and I was delighted to return to Dunedin in New Zealand to see what she was up to. The opening scene is quite a surprise, but that is nothing compared to another discovery she has shortly after, as a body is pulled from the water. The descriptions thereafter are detailed and gruesome in places but always, you see the action through Sam's eyes. She is quite a complex character. Still brave and impulsive, she struggles to establish her place in the team, whilst in ...more
Donna Maguire

I have really enjoyed the other two books in this series so I was really happy to see that Vanda had a new release out, this book, Containment!

I thought that this book was really good, it was a great story that was well developed.

I loved the pace of the story and it was great to be able to catch up with Sam too. She is a fabulous character, well developed and she has a wicked personality and I do love a bit of girl power and a great lead to this kind of
Kelly Van Damme
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hi and welcome to Aramoana beach! Imagine the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, imagine the wind playing with your hair, imagine the early morning sun warming your face Idyllic innit! Now imagine a ginormous cargo ship run aground on this beach, imagine dozens of looters roaming it for washed-up treasure, imagine spotting two men fighting over a box with someones belongings, each trying to make off with it, imagine trying to stop them and one of them punching your lights out Welcome to ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great and quick read from this author. I like that its a light and easy to read crime novel with a New Zealand twist. ...more
Don Jimmy Reviews
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I should say will probably be on benefit to some of you, but is also a bit of a confession for me. I havent read book 1 or 2 in this series, which is something I almost never do. However, this book works perfectly as a standalone. I felt like I hadnt really missed anything from the previous books, although it did make me want to go back and read them in the future.

We are introduced early on to Sam Shephard who remains our protagonist throughout. The book focuses on her struggle
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, new-zealand
CONTAINMENT is the third in the Sam Shephard series from New Zealand writer Vanda Symon. It's rapidly stepped up to be one of my all time favourite series for a whole bunch of reasons.

Firstly these are truly humorous books. Subtly, ever so slightly tongue in cheek, the humour is both self-deprecating and tension alleviating. My favourite sort. Sam's voice is particularly appealing - as she busily beats herself up mentally, leaving the physical assault to the scavengers on the beach in the case
I am such a huge fan of Vanda Symon and her heroine, Sam Shephard, I love love love this series! Every single thing about them works for me and the books just keep getting better and better (Containment is book three) and reading this was like putting on a pair of well worn comfortable slippers.

The first chapter opens on the scene of a container ship accident, a beautiful beach being overrun with opportunistic looters and we see Sam, witnessing the carnage, missing the day when a dog turd was
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimepieces
A commonly made criticism of crime fiction is that murders take place in relatively small areas that you would normally expect to experience a violent crime, say, once every five years. You could make this argument in relation to murders set in sleepy villages, universities, multi-national corporations and so on. Although as crime fiction readers, we are usually happy to put aside such practical considerations it is nice to read a book where the focus of a crime scene seems absolutely right for ...more
Melinda Szymanik
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a ripping crime novel with plenty of threads and clues to excite and confuse the grey matter, as they should. I enjoy the voice of the main character, young detective constable Sam Shepard in Symon's books (this is the third I've read) and the Dunedin location playing a supporting character is well done. The 'who' in the whodunnit was a smart resolution but I felt the end was a little rushed and left a few threads still dangling. A great read and I will be checking out the next in the ...more
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