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It Takes a Town

Aoife Clifford

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Ultimo Press
03 April 2024
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'A vivid story of small town allegiances and secret grudges that drew me in and didn’t let go! I was pinned to my chair.' – Amanda Hampson, author of The Tea Ladies

'One of the most enjoyable crime reads of the year.' – Hayley Scrivenor, internationally best-selling author of Dirt Town

So many people had reason to hate her, but did anyone have reason to kill her?


Everyone dies famous in a country town, but glamorous Vanessa Walton was a shining star. A celebrity since she was a child, Vanessa is back on the front page for all the wrong reasons; after a terrible storm she has been found dead at the bottom of her stairs.


At first her death seems to be a simple accident, but anonymous letters are discovered that suggest otherwise – and when 16-year-old Jasmine Langridge claims it is murder, she suddenly disappears. As the police begin to investigate, secrets are exposed and friendships unravel. 

  What happens to a community when murders and abductions sit alongside petty workmates, teenage tribulations and longstanding friendships? It will take a town to solve this crime, but what will be broken in the effort to piece together the truth?

PRAISE for It Takes a Town:

’A page-turning, easy read with a story driven by lively characters, It Takes A Town offers readers glimpses of a community that has more bubbling below the surface than can be contained within this novel.‘ - Books + Publishing


Imprint:   Ultimo Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781761152733
ISBN 10:   1761152734
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Aoife Clifford is the author of All These Perfect Strangers, which was long-listed for both the Australian Industry General Fiction Book of the Year and the Voss Literary Prize, Second Sight, a Publishers Weekly (starred review), PW Pick for Book of the Week and was Highly Commended at the Davitt Awards, and When We Fall, which was shortlisted for the Davitt Awards and the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Fiction. Aoife’s short stories have been published in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States, winning premier prizes such as the Scarlet Stiletto and the S.D. Harvey Ned Kelly Award.

Reviews for It Takes a Town

‘Perfect for lovers of Australian crime...’ * Books + Publishing *

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