Sleight Malice

Sleight Malice

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by Vicki Tyley
     
 
�If you like mystery fiction with a psychological flair, Vicki Tyley will deliver. She understands that fiction is about real people, and that real people have their dangerous flaws. I read Tyley's work with a clenched gut, thrill and dread colliding in every sentence.��Scott Nicholson, The Skull Ring

SLEIGHT ~ use of dexterity or cunning, especially so as to

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�If you like mystery fiction with a psychological flair, Vicki Tyley will deliver. She understands that fiction is about real people, and that real people have their dangerous flaws. I read Tyley's work with a clenched gut, thrill and dread colliding in every sentence.��Scott Nicholson, The Skull Ring

SLEIGHT ~ use of dexterity or cunning, especially so as to deceive.
MALICE ~ the intention or desire to do evil; ill will.

One cold Melbourne winter's night a suburban bungalow goes up in flames. Despite their best efforts, firefighters are unable to save the home. When a badly charred body is discovered in the remains, web designer Desley James is devastated. Her best friend, Laura Noble, had been the only one in the house that night - her partner, Ryan Moore, is away in Sydney on business. Then Desley learns the unidentified body is male. But it's not Ryan. He and Laura have disappeared�

Not realising until it's almost too late what some people will do to cover their tracks, Desley teams up with private investigator Fergus Coleman to search for the missing couple.

Editorial Reviews

Suspense Magazine - Amanda Goossen
In her heart-pounding second novel, author Vicki Tyley confirms what readers of her debut novel �Thin Blood� already knew; Ms. Tyley is a talented, masterful writer who develops thrilling, chill inducing tales like no other...

In perfect Vicki Tyley fashion, �Sleight Malice� entertains and stuns its readers. The characters are marvelous, complex people meticulously constructed for our enjoyment. With this novel Ms. Tyley has proven to be a contender...
MotherLode Blog - Grace Grace
Suspenseful and intriguing, this book is hard to put down, and each small twist and turn keeps you engaged right through to the end. Each new secret that is uncovered leads you to make new guesses as you try to discover the truth right along with Desley. With well-developed characters and interesting connections tying them together, there is never a dull moment. You are pulled further into the story with every new discovery, and it's hard to put the book down before you find out what...
Readers' Favorite - Julia Hopkinson
Vicki Tyley has written another corker! Sleight Malice is a modern, complex, multi-layered mystery which deals its twists and turns skilfully. The plot is enhanced by good dialogue, a little romance and some sprinklings of humour. Whenever you might think you've worked it all out or guessed what's coming next, know for sure that you have not - there is an ocean-full of red herrings on offer here! The story is quite dark in places, is structured well and builds cleverly to a tense climax...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015726794
Publisher:
Patmay Press
Publication date:
11/18/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
765,845
File size:
330 KB

Meet the Author

Based in rural Victoria, Australia, Vicki Tyley writes fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings.

Born in New Zealand, she emigrated with her husband to Australia in 1982. She has travelled extensively, spending a year touring the world before terrorism was an influencing factor. She has lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps.

In the lead up to her writing career, she worked in a multitude of different industries including banking, stockbroking, importing and wholesaling, human resources, mining, hospitality, civil engineering, and toys, in predominantly accounting, IT and management roles.

All these life experiences are brought to bear in her writing.

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Sleight Malice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Julia Hopkinson for Readers' Favorite Sleight Malice is the second in Vicki Tyley's series of stand-alone thrillers set in Melbourne, Australia. Following her recent separation from cheating husband, Trent, website designer Desley James, has been leaning on best friend, Laura, for support. After waving Laura off home after a wine-filled girls’ night in, Desley is woken in the middle of the night by sirens, in time to witness her best friend’s house burning to the ground. If that isn't enough, there is no sign of Laura or her boyfriend, Ryan; only the charred body of a unidentified man. Frustrated by the local police’s lack of progress, Desley starts to investigate, aided by new client and PI, Fergus Coleman. Soon enough, Desley knows she’s searching in the right direction when her house is broken into and her own life is threatened… Vicki Tyley has written another corker! Sleight Malice is a modern, complex, multi-layered mystery which deals its twists and turns skilfully. The plot is enhanced by good dialogue, a little romance and some sprinklings of humour. Whenever you might think you’ve worked it all out or guessed what's coming next, know for sure that you have not - there is an ocean-full of red herrings on offer here! The story is quite dark in places, is structured well and builds cleverly to a tense climax. I was reading through the last few dozen pages at double speed, desperate to find out what happened next; and it was well worth the wait. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all mystery and thriller fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual Vicki Tyley has not disappointed. The story captures your attention from the first sentence and keeps you until the last page.
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SusanSometimes More than 1 year ago
Vicki Tyley's story telling skills are such that I instantly feel I know her main characters very well. No turning back to the first few chapters to check on details. In this story, Desley is a loyal, trusting soul who is confronted with confounding deceptions, and reacts in a very human way. She has a quirky side too . who would've thought of preparing a Vegemite snack the way she does! Desley is surrounded by a gamut of strong characters all with their own agenda and seemingly plausible reasons for their actions. A cleverly thought out, well edited and entertaining story.
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Samantha VanHooser More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I recommend it to more mature audience's. I also say buy this authors other 3 incredible books.
GuidoHenkel More than 1 year ago
"Sleight Malice" was my second encounter with Vicki Tyley's writing. Her debut novel "Thin Blood" was a truly captivating story with strong characters already, but early on, "Sleight Malice" makes it clear that it is superior in many ways. Once again, Tyley shows her prowess in creating dimensional characters that readers can latch on to very quickly. These characters make up the heartbeat of the novel, as her character-driven plot is more about what people say, think and feel, as it is about t...more"Sleight Malice" was my second encounter with Vicki Tyley's writing. Her debut novel "Thin Blood" was a truly captivating story with strong characters already, but early on, "Sleight Malice" makes it clear that it is superior in many ways. Once again, Tyley shows her prowess in creating dimensional characters that readers can latch on to very quickly. These characters make up the heartbeat of the novel, as her character-driven plot is more about what people say, think and feel, as it is about the unfolding of the actual events. In this case the events surround the mysterious burning down of her best friends house and the disappearance of said friend and her husband. Determined to find out what happened, the story's main character, Desley, makes use of all the tools and information at her disposal as she goes down a path of self-discovery that ultimately solves the case. Tyley's writing conjures up images of urban Australia, the lifestyle, the people, while always keeping it a bit edgy and unsettling, as the mystery evolves and the sense of danger grows. Nicely balanced and paced, the story is filled with surprises that keep the reader engaged. By the time the story reaches its third act it is practically impossible to put the book down and I found myself turning page after page to finally learn what really happened. What a great read!
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ScottNicholson More than 1 year ago
You can see my cover blurb if you look in the product description, but just wanted to add that Vicki Tyley keeps surprising and delighting with every paragraph. Psychological suspense that ratchets the drama into a tense and compact knot before it explodes with unexpected consequences. Tyley is at the top of my A-list for suspense and mystery fiction. Scott Nicholson, Disintegration
pawoodburn More than 1 year ago
'Sleight Malice' by Vicki Tyley kept me up most of the night. In this mystery/suspense Ms. Tyley skillfully rachets up the pressure until I felt I couldn't endure it any longer. Then there is a surprise ending. You will get no hints from me. Ms. Tyley cleverly provides several suspects and red herrings that left me unable to predict the finale. I love the Australian background with little comments about climate, scenery, housing and way of life which all blend in smoothly with the plot. Ms.Tyley gives small touches of humour at intervals allowing the reader some much needed breathing space. I sensed a tension between Delsey and Fergus Coleman throughout. This is very normal since the relationship develops under so much tension and makes it even more realistic. Vicki Tyley shows that she is a professional by providing readers with both three dimensional characters and a well written, polished, difficult to solve mystery. I eagerly await her next book.
NYM More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous novel from Vicki Tyley. Fast paced, it's a page turner from the get go. There are also plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end. I can't wait for additional works. I'll buy them all. :) Thanks Vicki!
Tim_Frost More than 1 year ago
Laura and Ryan's home burns down. A man's body is found in the embers but Laura is missing. The police seem baffled. Laura's best friend, website designer Desley James, takes matters into her own hands to solve the mystery. The more she probes, the more complex things become. Friends and family are drawn into the intrigue. Twist follows turn as the story builds up to a tense climax - and a most surprising conclusion. Vicki Tyley has given us another fast-paced, page-turning mystery to follow on from her debut novel 'Thin Blood' (also great). Like the first book, this one too is set in her Australian homeland. It's a very enjoyable and easy read, with nicely developed characters and natural dialogue, and some well-judged romantic interest along the way. Desley is a warm and sympathetic character that you grow to like. I really enjoyed it. Get it at the current price and it's an absolute bargain too.