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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The way Sam conducts herself in this case will have readers split at her decisions. Did she ...more
Anyhow if you love a good edge of the seat police investigation mystery this series is for you!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
We are introduced early on to Sam Shephard who remains our protagonist throughout. The book focuses on her struggle ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more