Stage Fright

Stage Fright
By Marianne Delacourt
Allen and Unwin, 2012.

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In Australia we’re privileged to have some world-class crime writers including the two Peters, Corris and Temple, but I wasn’t expecting all that much when I picked up the gaudily-jacketed Stage Fright by local Brisbane author Marianne Delacourt who, it turns out, is the alter ego of SF author Marianne de Pierres.

My first impression of the book was totally mistaken and I was delighted to find that Stage Fright is a really very good crime story and the third in the series about Tara Sharp, PI, who lives in the garage behind her well-to-do parents’ home in Perth.

In an unusual paranormal twist, she is able to read auras and even though she once thought she might be off her rocker, she has been taught to use her gift and it gives her the advantage of often being able to tell what’s going on under the surface with people she meets.

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The Case of the Missing Servant

By Tarquin Hall
Hutchinson: 2009

This book marks the first appearance of Delhi-based private eye Vish Puri whose usual business is checking into the backgrounds of prospective partners in arranged marriages. The detective is not your usual man-of-action hero but, instead, he is a portly 51 year-old Punjabi with an abiding passion for greasy food and a large crew of assistants modelled on Sherlock Holmes’s Baker Street Irregulars.

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