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Gerard Hardy's Misfortune

Dorothy Johnston

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For Pity Sake Publishing
28 October 2019
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery
According to local legend, the historic Royal hotel in the Victorian coastal town of Queenscliff is haunted. Having served as both a mental asylum and a morgue in the early days it could hardly fail to be, but a bizarre murder in the hotel's basement puts a decidedly eerie spin on things. The victim is an academic, obsessed with spiritualism, the tarot and the town's most famous literary resident, Henry Handel Richardson. From the outset, the local knowledge and unorthodox methods of Queenscliff's police officers, Chris Blackie and Anthea Merritt, are ridiculed by the bull-necked Detective Inspector Masterson from Geelong's CIU. And yet, hard-nosed police investigation practices seem ill-equipped to counter the otherworldly influences at play. What DI Masterson believes is an open and shut case turns out to be anything but.
By:   Dorothy Johnston
Imprint:   For Pity Sake Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 202mm,  Width: 132mm,  Spine: 51mm
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780648416579
ISBN 10:   0648416577
Pages:   286
Publication Date:   28 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dorothy Johnston was born in Geelong, Victoria, and lived in Canberra for thirty years before returning to Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula where her 'sea-change mystery' series is set, commencing with 'Through a Camel's Eye', followed by 'The Swan Island Connection' and 'Gerard Hardy's Misfortune'. She is the author of twelve novels, including a quartet of mysteries set in Canberra. The first of these, 'The Trojan Dog', was joint winner ACT Book of the Year and runner-up in the inaugural Davitt Award. The Age gave it their 'Best of 2000' in the crime section. Two of Johnston's literary novels, 'One for the Master' and 'Ruth', have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award. She has published many short stories in journals and anthologies, along with essays in Australia's major newspapers. For more information about the author, please visit her website: http: //dorothyjohnston.com.au

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