The next Dusty Kent mystery is nearing the finish line. In this fourth book in the series, Dusty and her assistant Sean O’Kelly are in Port Douglas, Queensland.
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas early on a warm winter's morning.
The manuscript is currently in the UK with Lisanne Radice – renowned crime fiction editor. Changes will need to be made after I receive Lisanne's report; then my awesome beta readers will improve it even further by picking up on any fine details I might have missed.
Team Dusty has just returned from our second trip to Port Douglas to research the setting for the book. Not a difficult assignment, escaping Melbourne’s winter to the warmth of Queensland where we enjoyed sunrise walks along the beach, snorkelling among tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef, early morning swimming in the pool, lazing on the balcony in the green surrounds of the Sheraton Mirage Resort and sailing in a catamaran on the Coral Sea. (See picture above - that's me on the catamaran, supplies in hand. Photo taken by Kay: my unpaid and overworked PA. )
I can’t tell you the title of the book yet, but I can give you a sneak preview of the blurb:
'From an Amazon bestselling author comes a classic whodunit with twists and turns and secrets that must be revealed...
The dead body of a Buddhist monk is found at the bottom of a cliff early one morning. Four months later with the killer still at large, the police in the small town of Port Douglas in Australia’s Far North Queensland call in Dusty Kent: investigative journalist renowned for her ability to solve cold cases.
Dusty’s heart goes out to the humble monk who lived quietly in a forest community, nurturing the garden and volunteering to read books to elderly residents. Why would anyone want to kill such a gentle soul? Is the killer a fellow monk with psychopathic traits? Had small town prejudice against the forest community manifested into violent hatred? What Dusty discovers in her quest to find the truth shocks and saddens her and has her Irish assistant questioning whether they should continue with the case.'
Let all your cares fall away: read a Dusty Kent today!
Murder in Murloo, A Devious Mind, Rippling Red.
Until next time. JB (aka Brigid George)
Team Dusty enjoying pre-dinner drinks on our last evening in Port Douglas
at Nautilus Restaurant deep in a rainforest. Photo taken by our waiter, Etienne.