Some of Pat’s books
If you like crime stories – and enjoy a sense of place – Pat Noad’s series of books about amateur sleuth Annie Bryce are for you. Where better to unravel a crime than in the vast and amazing state of Queensland?
Find out more about Pat’s stories by visiting her website
and about Pat by visiting her blog.
Enjoy the photographs on the site as well.
Sara Delaval’s first book has just been released. It is currently available through Feedaread.com and will shortly be available through most online booksellers.
Cicadas In Summer
In Brisbane, single parent Kate Anderson, 34, drops her two youngsters at school before a routine visit to Lisa, an emergency housing client. A Queenslander, social worker Kate has rebuilt her life after divorce and enjoys her work supporting disadvantaged people. After being first to witness the gory scene following the brutal murder of Lisa and her children, Kate turns to her close-knit family for support. She meets Jack, her brother’s solicitor friend and gratefully accepts his help, as the horrors multiply to engulf her. Suddenly and inexplicably, as she tries to piece the mystery together, Kate becomes the target of a prowler and telephone threats. Determined to find out why this is happening and feeling that the police are missing something, she ignores all warnings of risk to herself. Jack’s assistance becomes increasingly important and although romantic entanglements are out of the question, Kate finds herself strongly attracted to him. Events escalate with another killing and when Kate’s own precious children are kidnapped the stakes reach a new level. With the help of the police the children are rescued. Then when Prue, a work colleague disappears, Kate becomes bait to catch the killer.
Day 28 (March 20)
Cool and wet again.
Managed to tidy up one of the problematic early chapters in Part One (at one stage it was Chapter One). The action takes place in Mackay, a large town on the Queensland coast, around one thousand kilometres north of Brisbane.
Sun Times in Mackay, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The major dissonance was solved by re-jigging the beginning of this chapter to draw attention to the gap of four years since the last action, given that the now preceding chapters were taken forward and into the present to avoid back-story flashbacks included in later chapters. Now I need to be conscious of eliminating repeat content and checking that tenses are consistent with the new structural approach. Two more awkward chapters to deal with and it should be easier after that.
Library was comfortable and quiet for working most of the time today.
Good work environment