Leigh Redhead, my daughter, has just had her fourth novel in the Simone Kirsch series released and I've just picked up a copy at the local bookstore. Yes, it's hard to believe, my own daughter didn't send me a freeby, instead I have to buy my own! It also looks like they have re-released the three earlier books in the series "Peepshow", "Rubdown" and "Cherry Pie"
In Thrill City, Simone Kirsch, ex-stripper, sleuth and bad girl, is back in business - and before she has time to crack a bottle of cheap champagne to celebrate the opening of her very own detective agency, she's up to her neck in lethal fun and games.
It all starts off quite innocently, when a best-selling crime novelist, Nick Austin, wants to follow her around for a few days as background research for his next novel. But the day after he, his ex-wife and her new lover all appear on the same panel at a writers festival, his ex-wife is found brutally murdered and Nick disappears, leaving Simone with more trouble than she can handle.
While she can take murderous bikies, desperate publishers, poetry slams and a crystal meth-addicted psycho killer with literary ambitions in her stride, Simone is also juggling her very pregnant and possibly hormonally unbalanced best friend, Chloe; her ongoing attraction to ex-cop, Alex; and her boyfriend, Sean, who wants her to give up her agency and move to Vietnam.
All up, life is complicated - not to mention the fact that she's facing the toughest, most dangerous case of her career.
In case you want to buy it here's some links...
Allen & Unwin
Angus & Robertson
[Notice her books sit right between Ian Rankin and Kathy Reichs!]