"Jeanne Matthews' Bones of Contention has it all....It's a first-rate debut, and that's the dinki-di."
-Aaron Elkins, Edgar-winning author of Old Bones
"Bloody murder in a country house in the Aussie Outback, and the most dysfunctional family since Cold Comfort Farm."
-Dana Stabenow, Edgar-winning author
of the Kate Shugak mysteries
"Dinah Pelerin [is] a most welcome addition to the ranks of fictional detectives." -Stephen Greenleaf, Edgar-nominated
author of the John Marshall Tanner detective series
The Top End of Australia is a strange place to choose to end one's life, but that is what Dinah Pelerin's wealthy American uncle has done. He has summoned his entire family to a remote, comfortless lodge where he intends to rewrite his will and commit suicide with the aid of a rogue Australian physician.
Dinah sees this time with her uncle as a last chance to learn the truth about her father, who died during the commission of a felony when she was a child. But upon her arrival, 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 was born and raised in Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism and has worked as a copywriter, a high school English and Drama teacher, and a paralegal. She currently lives in Renton, Washington, with her husband, who is a law professor, and their West Highland terrier.