Welcome to another edition of Introducing… Today, I’d like you to “meet” Carole Sutton. Originally from Devon, Sutton and her family lived for many years in Cornwall, where much of their spare time was spent building and sailing boats. The family migrated to Perth, Australia in 1981, where they owned a family business. When she retired, Sutton decided to turn full-time to writing. Since that time she’s had three crime fiction novels published: Ferryman, And the Devil Laughed and Blood Opal. Unlike many authors, Sutton’s chosen thus far to write standalones, so the novels aren’t really connected. But they all reflect Sutton’s knowledge of and love of sailing and the sea.
For example, Ferryman is the story of Steve Pengally, who moves to the Isle of Guernsey to start life over. He buys a beautiful thirty-foot sailboat and settles in to enjoy his new life. He begins a romantic involvement with Angela DuPont, the woman who’d told him about the boat. Then, Pengally discovers that DuPont has been using him until she finds a better “catch.” He breaks up with her, and then she disappears. DI Alec Grimstone is sure that Pengally killed DuPont, and there’s evidence to support that theory, even though Pengally claims he’s innocent. Pengally is arrested and sent to prison. Two years later, the body of Angela DuPont washes ashore at Cornwall’s Fal Estuary. When forensic evidence shows that she died only a few weeks before the body was found, it becomes clear that Pengally didn’t kill her, so he is released from prison. He simply wants to forget the whole thing, but then, he gets a visit from Veryan Pascoe, who tells him her sister went missing in the same way that Angela DuPont did. Pascoe is convinced that the same person was responsible for both disappearances and wants Pengally’s help. At first he refuses but he’s slowly persuaded to take an interest in the case. Meanwhile, Grimstone has to re-open the DuPont case and in parallel fashion, he and Pengally get to the truth about what happened.
And The Devil Laughed features undercover cop Hannah Ford, who’s recovering from her husband’s death and an experience as a rape survivor. She’s sent to investigate the drug trade in the town of Draper’s Wharf on the banks of Australia’s Parramatta River. When she arrives, Ford finds that the drug trade is now “old news.” A local barmaid who happens to be a distant relation of Ford’s has been brutally raped and murdered and her body dumped into a grave intended for someone else. Ford needs to keep her “cover” as a magazine writer, but she can’t resist looking into this case.
In Blood Opal, Patricia “Pug” Germaine comes home one day to find her husband Dom in the arms of his lover. Both have been brutally murdered and the house ransacked. With nothing much left but her sailboat and dog, Pug decides to start over. But that’s much easier said than done. It turns out that whoever was after Dom is after something Pug may have and is not afraid to kill to get it.
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