THE DISPATCH by Judith Lees
ISBN: 9780645733631 276pp 234x153mm
Detective Dean Matthews is back on the force and he needs to solve this intriguing murder mystery.
A mystery of life, love and revenge.
The peaceful Adelaide Hills town of Ashcombe, still reeling from the murder of its local baker, is once again a major crime scene when the local butcher is found dead in his cool room.
Having served their time in Vietnam, three men return to their lives and their wives in the hills’ communities of Ashcombe and Wattle Creek.
It soon becomes clear that the war has changed them and the snowballing effects on their families, leads to tragedy.
Friends Bev, Anne and Carol had not expected their lives would be forever haunted by these changes in their husbands. How will they protect their families from unravelling?
Judith Lees vividly describes the lives and lies of those being investigated by Detective Dean Mathews and his old partner Detective Graham Solomon. But as they narrow down the list of suspects has Dean become distracted by his grief, love and loyalty?
Is everything what it seems in these idyllic hills’ towns?
First it was the bakers, then the butchers… who will be next?
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'A wonderful murder mystery with numerous twists and turns: The cheerful butchers are not always what they seem. I’m hesitant to enter the cold room again!’ – A Local Butcher’s Wife
‘A cleverly crafted, delightfully unpredictable tale of long held, deeply ingrained feelings of loss, remorse, guilt, anger and hatred, culminating in sweet revenge.’ - Robert Koehne, Author of Killer Island
‘In this sequel to The Silent Syringe Judith Lees has once again captured the lives of people living on an outback station in the Flinders Ranges to the complicated lives of families in the gentle towns of the Adelaide Hills, but there’s no gentility in the crimes committed. The police work by Detective Dean Matthews will keep you guessing until the last chapter.’ - Mike Prescott, Retired SAPOL Detective