Vanda Symon is a New Zealand serial crime fiction writer who has 3 published novels (with another on the way, to be released Feb next year). She has just been signed to a publishing company (Gregory and Company, of London - YAY!!! Congrats Vanda!!!). I own all Vanda's books (one of these days I'll get her to sign them for me ;p), they are well worth a read.
If you are into crime novels I suggest you go find Vanda's books - you can purchase them through Uni Books online or go to your local library
Sam Shephard, a young sole-charge police constable in Mataura, is the main character in a new series of crime novels set in New Zealand.
When a young mother in the town is brutally murdered (it seems to be a professional job), Sam is at the heart of the police hunt to find the killer. But then Sam's past relationship with the dead woman's husband is revealed. Sam is stood down from the case and is now a prime murder suspect.
Frustrated, Sam loses her cool. She can't stop herself making murder inquiries and gets into serious trouble with her police superiors. But then the young constable stumbles onto something. The murdered woman was working as a journalist and had uncovered a local scandal. She'd been killed to keep her quiet. When Sam enters this world she's in real physical danger, until at last a conspiracy is uncovered and the killer revealed. Disillusioned, Sam prepares to leave town.
What will she do next?
THE RINGMASTER (2008)
Death is stalking the southern South Island. And what role does the visiting Darling Brothers Circus have to play?
Sam Shephard is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation there when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens. Sam soon discoveres this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin.
Is the murderer in the circus or closer to home?
Sam must find out who's running the show.
Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana when shipping containers washup on the beach and are looted.
Detective Constable Sam Shephard knows first-hand the desperation of the scavengers - she's got the scars to prove it.
Plus a skull in the sand.
And a body pulled from the ocean.
The undercurrents from one morning's madness are far-reaching. Who else will be caught in the backwash? Can Sam stem the tide?
BOUND (Feb 2011)
A brutal home invasion shocks the nation. A man is murdered, his wife bound, gagged and left to watch.
But when Detective Sam Shephard scratches the surface, the victim, a successful businessman, is not all he seems to be. And when the evidence points to two of Dunedin's most hated criminals, the case seems cut and dried... until the body count starts to rise.
Meanwhile, Sam is in big trouble again ...
Sounds exciting! I can't wait to read it (sadly knowing the Author doesn't get me an advanced copy, oh well, looks like I know what to ask for for my birthday ;p)
Information in this post has come from Vanda's website http://www.vandasymon.com/ or blog http://www.vandasymon.blogspot.com/
And on a side note - Vanda also personally knows my favourite writer of all time, meaning I'm just 2 degrees of separation away from the Scottish crime novelist Val McDermid!!! Woohoo! LOL ;p