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Crimson Lake, where the crocodiles are mean…

January 29, 2019

I have not read any of this author’s books before but I was hooked from the first. Australian crime fiction author Candice Fox writes excellent characters that grab you straight away. These are good summer reads that hold a bit more bite than the normal fluffy pastel beach reads. If you’ve got nothing on this weekend, I highly recommend you pick this author up (after I’ve finished, of course).

In ‘Crimson Lake’ Ted Conkaffey is a man haunted by a wrongful arrest and the repercussions of the charges he faced. While found not guilty, his case polarised a nation and his notoriety means he is a man on the run. Ending up in the fictitious Queensland town of Crimson Lake he meets another misfit, Amanda Pharrell, a young woman who spent 10 years in prison for murder. Ted and Amanda make an unusual team of private investigators, solving crimes in their town, while also working through their own trauma and history. In the first book, they are looking for a missing bestselling author.

Candice Fox

I really like Ms Fox’s writing style. Her books are easy to read, even if the subjects are not so easy to hear about. I liked Ted straight away although I find Amanda a hard character to like. The descriptions of the Queensland rain forest and wildlife are excellent. The side characters are well described and the plot twists keep you on your toes, even for a last page reader like myself. I am already on the second book “Redemption Point” and look forward to the third, “Gone by midnight”.   



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