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From cosy mysteries to action-packed thrillers and from the edge of reason to the edge of your seat, Fremantle Press has a crime novel to suit any reader.


‘So intense that you read frenetically.’

When Australian expat Simone moves to London to start a career, having a baby is not on her agenda. Now a new mum fighting sleep-deprivation and a rising sense of unease, Simone begins to question the motives of a house guest who overstays her welcome.

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Zoe Deleuil moved to London in her 20s, working as a magazine subeditor for the BBC, before completing her master’s in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She now lives in Germany with her husband and two children.

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‘A superb debut written with personality and pace.’
Craig Sisterson

Andrew Deacon is a young, fit, single junior prosecutor with a bright future and a sense of entitlement to match. When Lily Constantine, the attractive stranger he’s just slept with, is found dead in her apartment, the clock starts ticking for Andrew as he tries to catch the killer before the killer takes him down instead.

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Lisa Ellery studied law and arts at the University of Western Australia before returning to regional WA in 1998 to commence her career as a lawyer in the goldmining city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. She divides her time between running her law firm, running marathons and writing her second novel.

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‘A brilliant new voice.’
—David Whish-Wilson

Ten years after her son Darren is found in the Weymouth River with a gunshot wound to his chest, Sandra still doesn’t know who killed him. But when Sandra’s best friend also turns up dead, Sandra is forced to acknowledge a troubling link between the two.

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Karen Herbert spent her childhood in Geraldton on the midwest coast of Australia. She holds a Master of Science in Applied Psychology and has worked in aged care, disability services, higher education, Indigenous land management, social housing and the public sector. The River Mouth is her first book.

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Journalist Alex Grant is good at sniffing out a story and eating her body weight in brie. So when Alex’s Croatian holiday is interrupted by a suspicious death involving the heirs to the Puharich cheese-making empire, she can’t resist their invitation to visit the family creamery in Australia’s south-west. With the body count rising in the cheese factory, will Alex’s pursuit of a juicy story have a sticky ending?

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Sally Scott wrote her first novel as an 11-year-old and kept writing cosies and short stories until ‘adulting’ happened and creative writing gave way to articles, papers, grant applications, teaching and running her business development consultancy. Fromage is the first novel in the Alex Grant series.

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‘Crime fiction at its best.’
The Australian

Resourceful, multilingual and hard as nails, Rory has been Canberra’s go-to guy when things get sticky in the Asia-Pacific. Now Rory wants out. But first he’s needed to chaperone a motley group of whistleblowers with a price on their heads. And there’s one on his, too.

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Alan Carter has won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and has 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 two Nick Chester novels, Marlborough Man and Doom Creek, set in New Zealand.

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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
  • National online author talks: A Shot in the Dark with Zoe Deleuil (Wednesday 28 July), A Shot in the Dark with Lisa Ellery (Wednesday 18 August), A Shot in the Dark with Sally Scott (Wednesday 8 September), A Shot in the Dark with Karen Herbert (Wednesday 6 October) and A Shot in the Dark with Alan Carter (early November)
  • Instore and online merchandise includes posters and bookmarks, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram assets

For all publicity and marketing enquiries, contact


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Matthia Dempsey

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