CRIM­SON LAKE by Candice Fox, Penguin/Random House.

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For­mer po­lice de­tec­tive Ted Conkaf­fey has fled to Cairns af­ter be­ing ac­cused, but not con­victed, of an ap­palling crime. He’s main­lin­ing Wild Turkey, chat­ting to a goose, and teach­ing her goslings to swim in the bath. And he’s the straight guy in the part­ner­ship of two charm­ing, but dam­aged, pri­vate de­tec­tives in the lit­tle town of Crim­son Lake. Amanda Phar­rell is a con­victed killer and a twitch­ing, rhyming, hu­man tattoo. They set about solv­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of a local au­thor, whose wed­ding band has been found in a croc­o­dile. Crim­son Lake couldn’t be richer in char­ac­ter and at­mos­phere. As for plot, there’s plenty to fas­ci­nate; as Amanda says, “I’m so fas­ci­nated, some­one should pin me in their hair and wear me to the races.”

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