While Pat enjoys reading and writing crime, she knows the worlds of terrorism, police procedurals and private investigators are not for her. Instead, she's chosen to set her mysteries where passions run highest - in the family. After all, year after year statistics prove that this is by far the most fertile ground for murder!
The five novels in the Annie Bryce series give a fresh take on Australia's past, and on its society today.
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She thinks it's all behind her, that she and photographer Steve can start a serene new life together now her nemesis the manic Martin Barclay is dead. Just two phone calls shatter journalist Annie Bryce's illusions.
Nightmares are triggered when the English detective on the Barclay case seeks her help to find his daughter, missing in Australia. Then a minor research job suddenly turns toxic: Annie is mired in a maze of old crimes and new conundrums as she heads west with Inspector Harold Mason to follow a tenuous lead to his daughter - and go on the run to escape deadly danger.
At the world-famous dinosaur digs in outback Queensland the quest for prehistoric fossils interweaves with the search for the girl, and for the shocking truth about that toxic research. Violence erupts after secrets buried deep in history are finally unearthed. How far will Annie go to reclaim the serenity she craves?
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Queensland writer Pat Noad divides her time between a busy city life in Brisbane and burying herself on the idyllic Sunshine Coast, where most of her writing happens.
She is the author of the Queensland based series The Annie Bryce Mysteries. Five novels have been published between 2006 and 2012: Loose Ends, Rockhound, Intrigue in Paradise, Destination Tribulation and Unearthed. She’s also written award-winning short stories; one collection entitled Murky Waters has been published as an e-book.
Pat loves drawing on the rich stories of her home state of Queensland, always finding sinister plots waiting for her in the stand-out locations she explores – from the glittering Gold Coast through the arid gemfields to the crocodile-infested waters of the far north and, in her fifth novel Unearthed, to the romance of prehistory, when her characters find themselves involved in the dinosaur excavations going on in the blistering outback. Pat is with them every step of the way, digging around for plots and eavesdropping in pubs.
‘I really enjoy the research,’ she says. ‘Then comes the challenge of weaving the threads together into a credible story, and letting your characters loose to see what happens next.’ (alexdaw)