Intrigue in Paradise (Book 3)
Annie Bryce’s life is in turmoil. She’s haunted by fears of revenge by a known killer and despairs over breaking up with partner Steve. And it’s all downhill from there.
Desperate to earn money, she agrees to help out with some work with retirees on Australia’s glittering Gold Coast, exploring times past with them. This is how she meets the ageing industrialist Jack Riversdale. The irascible Jack has no interest in nostalgia – he wants action. His time is running out and he’s driven to find out what happened to his two sons. One died recently – was it murder? That’s what he believes, though the police insist it was suicide. He wants Annie to uncover everything she can. His older son has been missing for decades – can she find any clue, any trace of him at all?
As her investigations escalate, Annie is sucked into riptides of break-ins, pursuits, threats, even abduction. What really was the fate of his two sons? Why are those old home movies so crucial? Who wants them so badly? Who can she trust? Are the police involved in some cover-up? Of what?
The action is set against Australia’s fabulous world-famous playground on the Pacific coast – but it’s also the crime capital of the country and a haven for crooks of all persuasions. This is a shadowy, shifting scene.
Traumatised and injured, Annie knows she must be closing in on the truth, but the undertows drag her ever deeper into the murky past before she finally delivers to Jack the real story about his family.
Intrigue in Paradise is the third novel in the Annie Bryce mystery series.
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About the Author
Pat Noad is an Australian author who divides her time between big city life in Brisbane and getting sand between her toes on the nearby Sunshine Coast, where a lot of her writing happens. Pat’s work as a consultant has taken her to all sorts of nooks and crannies of her vast and varied home state of Queensland. She finds herself intrigued by the old stories passing down the generations in this young country, a country which has matured into a sophisticated society so quickly since the First Fleet unloaded its convict passengers just over two hundred years ago – a country which generally looks to the future rather than back over its shoulder. Her stories often find the blazing Australian sun casting dark shadows from the past across the present, and long-dead skeletons rattling in family cupboards. Pat’s mystery writing sits at the lighter end of the crime fiction spectrum. She also enjoys writing about the ever-changing Australian society in which she lives, and reflecting on the changing nature of our world. She's written a series of five Annie Bryce mysteries along with two anthologies of short stories and essays. Her latest novel 'On the Edge' is her first venture away from crime fiction in novel form.