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From cosy crime to classic characters and from hard-boiled to heart-stopping, Fremantle Press has 2020 crime novels to suit all readers.



‘Crime fiction at its best.’
The Australian

All Nick Chester wants is to enjoy a quiet life, but amid the gold-prospectors and doomsday preppers, strife is brewing in the Wakamarina valley. As tensions simmer, Nick finds himself investigating a cold-case murder and a scandal-plagued religious sect. This is book two in the highly anticipated, award-winning Nick Chester crime series.

Read a sample chapter here.


Alan Carter has won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. He is the author of the four Cato Kwong novels – Prime Cut, Getting Warmer, Bad Seed and Heaven Sent – and the first Nick Chester novel, Marlborough Man, set in New Zealand.

Watch Alan Carter introduce his book.



‘Crime writing at its apex.’
Australian Book Review

Dr Georgette Watson has mastered the art of bringing frozen hamsters back to life, so why not bring back the world’s greatest detective as well? Straight from the deep freeze and as snappy as ever, Sherlock Holmes is on the trail of a serial killer in New York City.

Read a sample chapter here.


Dave Warner is an author, musician and screenwriter who first shot to fame with his gold album Mug’s Game. His debut crime novel, City of Light, won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Fiction and Before It Breaks won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction.

Watch Dave Warner introduce his book.



‘A master of hard-boiled crime.’
Emma Viskic

An American navy ship docks in Fremantle. When Frank Swann is called in to investigate an incident at a local brothel, he finds a link between the deaths of two women and the ship – and that’s just the start of the trouble that washes ashore. This is book four in the critically acclaimed Frank Swann series.

Read a sample chapter here.


David Whish-Wilson is the author of The Summons, The Coves, True West and the three earlier crime novels in the Frank Swann series: Line of Sight, Zero at the Bone and Old Scores. His non-fiction book Perth, part of the NewSouth Books city series, was shortlisted for a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award.

Watch David Whish-Wilson introduce his book.



‘Highly entertaining new voice.’

It’s 1927 and a nameless friar turns up uninvited and unannounced at Halfwell Station. Enter a vanishing corpse, an orphaned girl and a hidden past: this is Golden Age crime with an outback twist.

Read a sample chapter here.


Alexander Thorpe is a debut novelist from Fremantle. He has written for news outlets, travel journals, marketing companies and education providers, taught English in Joseph Stalin’s home town and almost managed to read half of James Joyce’s Ulysses twice.

Watch Alexander Thorpe introduce his book.


Publicity and marketing for the Fremantle Press crime list

• Advertising co-op for booksellers who would like to partner with Fremantle Press on online advertising to local, targeted audiences
• Major media campaign including radio, digital and print interviews
• Advertising across bookseller newsletters and catalogues, print and digital media
• Instore and online merchandise includes posters, bookmarks, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram assets
• National online author talks: 
5.30 pm AWST / 7.30 pm AEST on Wednesday 23 September 2020: A Shot in the Dark gets cosy as Jane Seaton of Beaufort Street Bookshop talks to Alexander Thorpe about Death Leaves the Station

5.30 pm AWST / 7.30 pm AEST on Wednesday 7 October 2020:  A Shot in the Dark brings Sherlock Holmes in from the cold as Dani Vee of Words and  Nerds Podcast talks to Dave Warner about Over My Dead Body

5.30 pm AWST / 7.30 pm AEST on Wednesday 4 November 2020: A Shot in the Dark goes hard-boiled as Fiona Hardy of Readings Books in  Melbourne talks to David Whish-Wilson about book four in the Frank Swann series, Shore Leave

5.30 pm AWST / 7.30 pm AEST on Wednesday 9 December 2020: A Shot in the Dark crosses the ditch, heading to New Zealand and Tassie when Fiona Stager of Avid Reader talks to Alan Carter about book two in the Nick Chester series, Doom Creek

For all publicity and marketing enquiries, contact Claire Miller.


Win an advance reading copy

For your chance to win an advance copy of any book mentioned above, email Fremantle Press, mentioning your preferred crime novel in the subject line.




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