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Violent Exposure

(Detective Ella Marconi #4)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  46 reviews
When Suzanne Crawford is found stabbed to death and her husband Connor is discovered to be missing, it looks like just another tragic case of domestic violence to Detective Ella Marconi. But as the investigation progresses, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Why is there no record of Connor Crawford beyond a few years ago? Why has a teenager who worked for the p ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Pan MacMillan Australia (first published November 1st 2010)
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 Li'l Owl ~ Incorrigible Reader
Another excellent installment in the Detective Ella Marconi series by Katherine Howell.

While paramedics Carley and trainee Aiden are on duty they are called to a case at the residence of Conner and Suzanne Crawford with a report of possible domestic violence. When they arrive both Conner and his wife, Suzanne, deny an argument or fight but are checked for injuries while waiting for the police to arrive. While Carley takes a report from Conner, Aiden takes Suzanne to the bathroom to bandage a min
I normally love Detective Ella and her escapades. As I do the paramedics stories. This one wasn’t for me unfortunately. I skimmed, wasn’t fully engaged. A little cardboard cut-out I felt were the story lines, the thrilling parts lacked the thrill. I am very much interested in Ella, and what lies ahead for her. She's complex, unsure of what she wants but won't settle on being 'comfortable'. The author has hooked us in to want to know what is next for this hardworking detective. I am still very mu ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Paramedics Carly and trainee Aiden are called out to a domestic disturbance to a private house of Suzanne and Connor Crawford. Once Carly and Aiden arrive at the address it's explained to them by Suzanne and Connor that it was nothing more than a disagreement.

The following evening police and paramedics are called back to the same address, but this time Suzanne Crawford is found dead and her husband is missing. Detective Ella Maroconi is assigned the case and at first it looks like a case of dom
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in Katherine Howell's series featuring detective Ella Marconi and a paramedic unit working out of Ultimo in Sydney's inner west and it's another excellent, fast paced story.

When police are called to the scene of a murder they find Suzanne Crawford stabbed to death on her kitchen floor and her husband Connor missing. Investigations into Connor's past find that no such person exists and the police must work hard to discover whether Suzanne's murder is just another domestic
Diana Hockley
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I was amazed to see that this novel was written in 2010 and still has only three reviews on Amazon! Could it be the kindle price is the same price as an Australian paperback and is preventing kindle owners from downloading it?

I won't repeat the synopsis, that is here for all to read. What I do want to say is that this is about the best crime novel written by an Australian that I have ever read. Brilliantly paced and written, the characterisation is detailed and believable for all the characters
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
4.5 stars

Ooh, this series just gets better and better, this is the fourth novel in the Ella Marconi series and wowee this is one thrilling tale. Love love love Sydney therefore the setting was perfect and real-life settings are always a drawcard in the crime genre for me (not to say I don’t enjoy fictional towns, ‘cause I really really do) and I can’t go past mentioning how much I relished the alternating viewpoints between the ambos and police. Loved it.

A gripping, fascinating and addictive ser
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant, fast paced Ella Marconi novel by Katherine Howell!

When Carly and trainee paramedic Aiden Simpson were called to a domestic violence situation, Carly was cautious. There was always the risk of violence toward the paramedics, and she wasn’t prepared to take any chances. But things seemed fine with Connor and Suzanne Crawford...just a minor disagreement, or so they said.

But things rapidly went downhill the following day, when it was discovered that Suzanne had been stabbed to de
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Still getting a handle on the Aussie isms, who would have guessed that a "skip" is a dumpster!

There were so many characters introduced in this book, I had a bit of a time keeping them straight or separated.

The best part of the book was in the last couple of chapters, lots of action and a hint as to who the killer is. Street teenagers with their angst and all their worldly knowledge are very irritating to me, but I can understand their part in the book.

Again this book ended a chapter too soon, wh
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book but it took me a while to remember the characters as it is quite some time since I read the previous books in this series.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Paramedics are called to attend a possible domestic, when they arrive at the scene the husband and wife, Connor and Suzanne Crawford, insist it was just a minor argument and that the neighbours were overreacting. The next night the police and paramedics are called back as Suzanne has been found brutally stabbed and her husband is missing.

Detective Ella Marconi is assigned to the case and immediately starts to focus on the missing husband as a suspect in his wife’s murder, only it would appear t
Karen Brooks
Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The next installment in Katherine Howell's series featuring the cop with a heart, Ella Marconi, Violent Exposure is a beautifully written, tightly paced novel that I had to read in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. Commencing with the murder of a young woman, Suzanne, whose husband, Connor is subsequently missing, the novel moves between the hunt for her killer and the professional and personal lives of the investigators, including the paramedics, particularly, Mick and the obn ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another Detective Ella Marconi book set in Sydney which gives it an added pleasure. Katherine Howell writes well and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole way through. She never errs on the side of the incredulous - the actions of all her charatcters are within the bounds of reason unlike some other popular authors in this genre. Howell knows her stuff having been a paramedic herself and it shows. An excellent, gripping read.
I read this one and Silent Fear running on from each other in order, and they are kind of imprinted in my mind together, so I’m going to do a joint review! Classic Katherine Howell in the Ella Marconi style - we found out a bit more about her, and a bit more about the original paramedics from the first book (wished I hadn’t read the first book quite so long ago now…) and how things were tying in together.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As usual I enjoyed this Katherine Howell novel. The story is centered around paramedics and their everyday working and personal lives. We also had a murder and a kidnapping. Did not pick the plot til close to the end....a must read all the characters and their everyday problems...which is part of why I keep going back to read the next book. Ella Marconi is a tough female cop however, we see her emotional side. Well done Katherine.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
When paramedics Carly and Aiden are called to a domestic disturbance call, trainee Aiden is sure there will be no issue. After all, his view is that no one ever wants help in these situations. The next night, however, when Aiden is working with Mick, the pair are called back to the same house. What they find there will bring Ella Marconi to the scene for another case of a very Violent Exposure.

In this 4th novel of The Ella Marconi Series, we meet up with an old acquaintance, who this time is tak
Lee Baker
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read with interesting characters and complex plot. I’ll be reading more of Katherine Howell
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hoping to get more in this series!!
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Katherine Howell is rapidly becoming one of my stars of crime fiction writing in Australia. Part of what really works in Howell's books (and VIOLENT EXPOSURE is no exception) is the way that the viewpoint is slightly skewed from the common police, detective, investigator concentration. In all the books there is a paramedic viewpoint (no surprise as she was a paramedic herself for 14 years), but I particularly like the way that even that predictable element is slightly twisted in all the books - ...more
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Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
What sets Katherine’s books apart from her Australian colleagues is not only the freshness of her main character – she is so ‘natural’ – but more so the ‘naturalism’ of the crime scenes the reader encounters. No, I don’t mean “Silent Witness”, etc–style gore. You see, Katherine brings to her writing what every writer does, I suppose – her own previous life. It’s just that pre-professional writing, Katherine was an “ambo” paramedic, for 14 years. Not only, then, do we get factual realism; she als ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I don't read a lot of crime fiction, but picked this one up because it sounded interesting. A mix of paramedic and police procedural? Sounds like a great way to spend a few evenings.

The plot was interesting, the characters likeable, and the reading experience was about what IU'd expect from this type of book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the setting was Sydney, and that it had been included in the novel so completely that I really got to enjoy the sights and sounds of my favourite Au
Kathleen Hagen
Violent Exposure, by Katherine Howell, b-plus, Narrated by Caroline Lee, Produced by Bolinda Publishing, downloaded from

In this book we continue with the paramedics and the police. Two paramedics have a troublesome trainee in tow who has been there for three months but seems not to be picking up anything about the job. A paramedic and the trainee in question arrive at a scene where there is a possibility of domestic violence. But things appear to be fine and no one wants to press ch
Alexandra Daw
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This was an easy read and remarkably enjoyable given I'm not a huge fan of crime fiction. It was my first experience of Katherine Howell and I will probably pick up another of her stories just to check consistency and because I love reading a book I don't have to struggle to read. Violent Exposure is the 4th in the Ella Marconi series. It didn't really matter that I hadn't read the first ones - I could pick up the story pretty quickly and there were only a couple of references to things that wer ...more
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of suspense/thrillers, crime and medical fiction
WOW, I didn't think it was possible but Aussie author Katherine Howell has outdone herself, Violent Exposure blew me away. This is my favourite of Katherine's novels featuring Detective Ella Marconi and that's saying something, because I've loved them all.

Violent Exposure is an "edge-of-your-seat" ride blending the gritty realism of the paramedic scene (and years of Katherine's personal experience as a paramedic) with the nail-biting suspense of the investigative world. It moves along at a crack
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it
What starts out as an apparent domestic abuse case turns into something much much more.

Howell has crafted a pretty good mystery revolving around the paramedics who attend the initial domestic abuse case to the detectives who attend the subsequent murder. The prime suspect, the victim’s husband, is not who he seems to be and the detectives find the leads take some unexpected turns.

I liked the snappy dialogue, and the banter between the work colleagues The paramedic scenes were very realistic and
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had this one on audiobook. One star is purely for Caroline Lee whose narratives manage to bring flares to the story and characters, who are all very plain and one-dimensional to start with. Had I have this as a paperback, I'm pretty sure I won't have sat it through.
The other star is for the story being homey. It sets in Sydney, the whole surrounding and ambiance i'm really familiar with.
Other than that, it is a very weakly-plotted and immature sort of detective story. I don't think I'll read a
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: australian, crime
Probably closer to a 5 than a 4 in its rating. Katherine Howell brings her life experiences as a paramedic to the story. Believable characters and real settings. This is the first Katherine Howell that I have read, but had to search her out at the bookstore after I heard a radio interview where she described how she came to be a writer. The story holds the suspense to the end, spurring the reader to continue. Great late night reading.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Book four in the Ella Marconi fast paced crime thriller series. I love the realistic portrayal of what paramedics deal with and the little details that come through from Katherine Howell's experience of working as a paramedic. This book kept me engaged the whole way through, wondering what the secrets were and trying to pick up on the clues. I love the familiar Australian setting and the alternating perspectives between the police and the paramedics. Looking forwand to reading the next one.
Michaela Shea
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who don't read much
Gosh, judging from the other reviews I'm on my own here. Wow, the author was an ambo. Wow, she's written some books. I found the characters weak (the baddies are all so pathetic and one dimensional) and the motivation embarrassing and untrue. On the other hand, it's a female, Australian writer and we don't have many of those. It'll probably get made into a tv series starring Rebecca Gibney. Puke.

Not as bad as Sandy McCutcheon.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, abandoned
Abandoned I'm sorry to say. I have enjoyed this Australian ambulance/police procedural series before but this time I could see the manipulations too easily. When one of the heroes is in a tight spot and steals some drug money attached to a dead man I was not prepared to go through all the predictable twists I could see ahead of me.

Of course when I abandon a book I must accept that I may have been mistaken about lies ahead. I am only reviewing the first fifty pages after all.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
The next book in the series...just as good as the previous three. Detective Ella Marconi returns, along with other minor characters. A good story, more about Ella and her professional and personal life. The ending leaves room for the next book...and while some readers may prefer more of a conclusion to a book, I like the lead-in to the next.
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Katherine Howell worked as a paramedic for fifteen years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing. Her first novel, Frantic, was published in 2007 by Pan Macmillan and set a paramedic alongside Sydney police detective Ella Marconi in 'an adrenaline rush of a thriller' (Sydney Morning Herald). It won the 2008 Davitt award for best crime fiction. Her second book, The Dar ...more

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