Author Veronica Parsons Shares a Shocking Detective Mystery

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New book reveals the grotesque image that lies beneath a seemingly serene environment

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A riveting must-read, Murder in the Moat unveils a shocking series of murders in a quaint and picturesque village of southern England. Created by author Veronica Parsons, this compelling work takes readers on a romp through the English countryside to uncover Saxon treasures and homicidal evidence.

The town of Alwyston lies in a deceptively peaceful rural landscape that hides a rich archaeological heritage. It is this heritage that attracts a range of idiosyncratic characters to the area.

Readers will enjoy these characters, including Madgery Ashfield the retired criminal profiler, Oliver Stilov the gay criminologist and accountant and Cedric Drury the publican and art dealer. They are joined by Detective Inspector Bill Strangman who together with Monte Plum the doctor and Bartholemew Pettigrew the vicar assist the intrepid trio in solving both criminal and archaeological mysteries..

Murder in the Moat must appeal to those who enjoy suspense and appreciate the humour inherent in the human condition. The story promises to stimulate the imagination and test one’s skill in connecting fragmented events that together reveal whodunit

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About the Author
The original concept for this novel developed from simple banter between two friends who had both lived in England and enjoyed the iconic UK television programmes shown in Australia. The characters and plot for the story developed over the occasional wine and cheese platter after work.

From this collaboration, the persona of Veronica Parsons emerged. Veronica is clearly Australian by nationality but an internationalist by nature. She is a keen observer of human behavior but blithely unaware of her own idiosyncrasies. Sociable and inquisitive, Veronica is an ardent amateur sleuth and archaeologist who proffers her expertise around the world. She is looking forward to sharing many more adventures with her readers.

Murder in the Moat * by Veronica Parsons
Publication Date: December 7, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 269 pages; 978-1-4797-3640-9
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 269 pages; 978-1-4797-3641-6
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4797-3642-3

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