To make a killing (Blacklist)

by Jean Bedford

‘…Bedford’s plot is tight and pacy.’ – The Sunday Age

Hilda Trelawney, a resident of a sleepy fishing village on the Australian South coast, has recently been widowed.

Her husband Mark was found dead at the bottom of a dangerous cliff walk on the Shoalhaven River, and the cops have ruled the death an accident.

Hilda, however, is unconvinced. She hires private eye Anna Southwood to investigate the case.

Anna soon finds that this rural idyll is not as peaceful as it seems, with the local residents at war with property developers, who seek to destroy the natural parks to make way for housing complexes and resorts.

Mark was one of the key players in thwarting these plans – but could anyone have hated him enough to murder him?

On a quest to get to the bottom of it all, Anna finds herself uncovering corruption in the present and past; fanaticism and greed; and lies and more lies, as gradually she unpeels layers of concealment that have lain in place for more than forty years.

To Make A Killing is a gripping crime thriller from a master story teller.

Praise for Jean Bedford

‘Both Anna and Bedford show promise in the world of detective fiction and we should look forward to another Anna Southwood mystery.’ – New Woman

‘It is a very satisfying experience to read a detective thriller that is not only well written but so interesting it is hard to put down.’ – The Newcastle Herald

Jean Bedford was born in England in 1946 and came to Australia in 1947. She was brought up in Victoria, graduated in Arts at Monash University and in TESL at the University of Papua New Guinea. She has taught English as a second language, worked as a journalist and a publisher’s editor, taught creative writing classes, and was Literary and Arts Editor of the National Times. Her short stories have appeared in Nation Review, the National Times and Meanjin, and have been widely anthologised. She is married to Peter Corris and has three daughters, Sofya, Miriam and Ruth, and a stepdaughter, Abi. She lives on a small island in Moreton Bay.