"A first-rate debut, and that's the dinki-di." -Aaron Elkins,
Edgar-winning author of Old Bones
Dinah Pelerin's wealthy uncle has summoned his entire family to a remote, comfortless lodge in the Top End of Australia where he intends to rewrite his will and commit suicide with the aid of a rogue Australian physician. Dinah sees this time as a last chance to learn the truth about her father, who died when she was a child. But when she arrives, she discovers that the truth has darker ramifications. When a man none of them claims to know is murdered on a nearby island, impaled on the back of a sea turtle, Dinah must sort out the complicated song lines of her own ancestors while struggling to solve not one, but two, bizarre murders.
Jeanne Matthews has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and Drama teacher, and a paralegal. She lives in Renton, Washington, with her law professor husband and their West Highland terrier. This is her debut novel.