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Dig Two Graves

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Six international artists are invited to a residency in southern Spain. 
One falls in lust.
Two fall in love.
One talks only about New York.
One makes installations out of feathers and stones.
And one is left for dead on the side of a mountain.

 
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Part love story, part thriller and wholly page-turning, Dig Two Graves show us once again that 'Morwood is a classy act.’ Australian

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Previous books
 

 
Death and the Spanish Lady An Eleanor Jones Mystery #1 Melbourne, 1919. Sister Eleanor Jones, returned from the Great War, is once again risking her life. In the temporary hospital set up in the grand Melbourne Exhibition Building, she faces the deadliest of diseases: the Spanish ‘Flu. And many are dying. But there is one death unlike all the others on the makeshift ward, inflicted by poison.  And hiding behind the gauze masks designed to stop infection, someone is intent on adding to the death toll. Can Eleanor create a trap to reveal a killer...?

Death and the Spanish Lady
An Eleanor Jones Mystery #1

Melbourne, 1919.

Sister Eleanor Jones, returned from the Great War, is once again risking her life. In the temporary hospital set up in the grand Melbourne Exhibition Building, she faces the deadliest of diseases: the Spanish ‘Flu. And many are dying.

But there is one death unlike all the others on the makeshift ward, inflicted by poison. 

And hiding behind the gauze masks designed to stop infection, someone is intent on adding to the death toll.

Can Eleanor create a trap to reveal a killer...?

Cyanide and Poppies An Eleanor Jones Mystery #2 Melbourne, the spring of 1923. When reporter Edward Bain is found dead in his office at The Argus newspaper, Eleanor Jones, former nurse and film reviewer for the paper, recognises the signs of a violent death. The city streets are ugly and lawless in the wake of a police strike. With the chaos outside a smokescreen behind which potential witnesses are attacked, Eleanor is drawn, uneasily, into the investigation. But, as events build to a dangerous conclusion at the Melbourne Cup ball, Eleanor will have to face events from her own past in order to bring a killer to justice...

Cyanide and Poppies
An Eleanor Jones Mystery #2

Melbourne, the spring of 1923.

When reporter Edward Bain is found dead in his office at
The Argus newspaper, Eleanor Jones, former nurse and film reviewer for the paper, recognises the signs of a violent death.

The city streets are ugly and lawless in the wake of a police strike. With the chaos outside a smokescreen behind which potential witnesses are attacked, Eleanor is drawn, uneasily, into the investigation.

But, as events build to a dangerous conclusion at the Melbourne Cup ball, Eleanor will have to face events from her own past in order to bring a killer to justice...

 
‘Morwood again mixes history with mystery – to deadly effect!’ Sisters in Crime
Morwood is a classy act.’
Graeme Blundell, Weekend Australian
An enigmatic young woman appears in Lyn BLessing's antiquarian bookshop every Friday at precisely 1.15 and always leaves empty handed. Intrigued, Lyn feels compelled to follow her.  But events begin to overtake her when she is chased down the dark, winding alleyways of Melbourne; and when mysterious strangers begin to invade her literary world. As she is drawn deeper and deeper into the young woman's world, Lyn is increasingly reminded of her sister's words:  'This house is no longer safe.' 

An enigmatic young woman appears in Lyn BLessing's antiquarian bookshop every Friday at precisely 1.15 and always leaves empty handed. Intrigued, Lyn feels compelled to follow her.  But events begin to overtake her when she is chased down the dark, winding alleyways of Melbourne; and when mysterious strangers begin to invade her literary world.

As she is drawn deeper and deeper into the young woman's world, Lyn is increasingly reminded of her sister's words:  'This house is no longer safe.' 

featuring Marlo Shaw Marlo can't believe her aunt Jenny would commit suicide. Too many things don't add up. But there is no evidence of forced entry, no smashed windows, footprints in the flowerbeds or signs of a struggle. Trying to avoid a complicated love affair, and caught in a web of complex family ties and mysterious disappearances, Marlo is determined to find out if her aunt's death was a suicide, or murder...

featuring Marlo Shaw

Marlo can't believe her aunt Jenny would commit suicide. Too many things don't add up. But there is no evidence of forced entry, no smashed windows, footprints in the flowerbeds or signs of a struggle.
Trying to avoid a complicated love affair, and caught in a web of complex family ties and mysterious disappearances, Marlo is determined to find out if her aunt's death was a suicide, or murder...

featuring Marlo Shaw

After the death of her aunt Jenny and the suicide of her cousin Cate, Marlo attempts to get on with her life. But when she discovers the body of a tramp bludgeoned to death in a local park, her grief emerges raw and fresh. Reluctant to get drawn into the investigation of another death, Marlo finds she has no choice when the police point the finger at her boss and friend of many years, Harold. Perhaps in solving this new mystery, she will at last be able to put her own ghosts to rest.


About the author

 

Carolyn Morwood writes novels, short stories and poetry. Her books have won both the Tom Howard Mystery Novel Contest and the Davitt Award. She is also an avid photographer. She lives by the sea in Melbourne, Australia, with her dog, Gemma.

 

 

praise for

The Blessing File

Winner Tom Howard Mystery Novel Contest

‘This may be the most original Australian crime novel debut since Barry Maitlands’s The Marx Sisters.
Australian Book Review

‘A most auspicious debut, both for its author and her
excellent heroine…I look forward to more from this very talented author with impatience.’ Dorothy L. Sayers Society

‘Engaging Oz whodunnit…showing serious muscle beneath the civilities.’ Literary Review (UK)

 

marlo shaw crime thrillers

An Uncertain Death

‘A perceptive and disturbing journey through the delicate web of human relationships…Atmospheric and firmly rooted in her native Melbourne, this is a fascinating read.’
Val McDermid

‘Confirms Morwood’s status as one of the brightest new stars on the Australian crime fiction scene. Highly recommended.’ Canberra Times

‘A writer to watch.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)

‘As a demonstration of both psychological and technical skills, it suggests that Carolyn Morwood’s next novel could be even better than this one.’ Times Literary Supplement

‘An intriguing whodunnit…Such a treat.’ Guardian

‘The categories of the mystery novel continue to fragment…throw out enough mutations and you know that some will survive and endure. Clever, hard-to-categorise Melbourne writer Carolyn Morwood appears to be working in a genre that is a variation on the modern female hero struggling against residual gender assumptions…but crosses over into the area publishers like to call blood relationship thriller…Morwood takes us up many paths before the perpetrator of a far from simple death is finally found…Morwood is a classy act.’ Graeme Blundell, Weekend Australian

‘As Marlo notes of the murder itself: “It’s fun,” I say thoughtlessly. “I mean, not the death…but the puzzle of it.” The same could be said of this cleverly plotted mystery, which provides the perfect antidote, if one is needed, to the hardboiled violence and sordid sex of most Aussie crime novels. Recommended.’ Crime Factory

‘Despite a dead body on page one (the narrator’s aunt, no less), an amateur sleuth with an idiosyncratic interest (cricket) and a Big Dipper of a love affair (exacerbated by distance), Morwood’s tale proves to be tight but not glib, having all the right ingredients of the genre without deteriorating into the formulaic. And, importantly, I couldn’t guess whodunit.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Morwood’s second outing is a fascinating, extremely well-sustained offering…Aside from being a captivating and immensely entertaining story, An Uncertain Death taught me something I didn’t know, and nicely destroys the mythology of male dominance in cricket.’ Stuart Coupe, The Age

A Simple Death

Winner 2002 Davitt Award

‘An excellent book with enough twists and turns to make you dizzy. I was completely engrossed.’ Crime Time

‘Taut and terrific’ Australian Women’s Weekly

‘A perceptive and disturbing journey through the delicate web of human relationships…a fascinating read.’ Manchester Evening News

‘This is the third in this Australian series, and I can hardly wait to get to the other two.’ Globe and Mail (Canada)

‘Morwood is an Australian crime writer who deserves to be better known. Her new novel is a strong contender in the historical-mystery stakes. The setting is Melbourne, just after World War I. The epidemic of Spanish flu rages and the Exhibition Building has been turned into a hospital.
The city is in lockdown, its citizens ghost-like in protective masks. Against this eerie background, Morwood fashions
an evocative and intricate murder mystery…The first of a projected trilogy. More, please.’ The Age

‘Multi-layered…moving. ★★★★’ Australian Bookseller and Publisher