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May 08 2018

A royal murder by Sandra Winter-Dewhirst

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A Rebecca Keith mystery book 2. Wakefield Press, 2018. ISBN 9781743055243
(Age: Adult) Recommended. Themes: Mystery. Murder. Adelaide. During the Women's Australian Open golf tournament in Adelaide, Rebecca Keith discovers a silk duffle bag containing the body of one of the golfers. She then embarks on an investigation of the murder, cavorting through some of Adelaide's best restaurants and eateries, not to forget the delights of Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley.
Like the first in the series, The Pop Eye murder, this is an easy to read, lighthearted murder mystery, with the food and wine topping the bill for interest. South Australians will once again delight in recognising favourite restaurants and the fabulous Adelaide parklands as Rebecca follows clues to the murders, and other readers will enjoy the atmosphere and setting. It is heart-warming to see the close friendship of Rebecca and her two friends, Penny and Lisa. There are quite a few laughs to be had as they travel around South Australia.
The background to the murders is also unusual with Chinese triads, top women professional golfers and property developers on the suspect list. This keeps the reader involved following the clues while enjoying a gourmet food and wine trail. Details about the process of getting news articles published and a slow moving romance with the police officer Gary, also round out what is an entertaining read.
Pat Pledger

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