Last year I read Karen M Davis’ debut novel Sinister Intent (reviewed here) – my verdict was twofold: it was a cracker read and I wanted more. Davis’ second novel, Deadly Obsession, has landed on my sagging bookshelf and I’m looking forward to reading it. Here’s the teaser:

Detective Lexie Rogers stared, with a mixture of horror and fascination, into the open eyes of the dead man. Lifeless orbs gazed vacantly past her, staring blankly into the distance, at nothing. ‘What a waste.’

Here’s the blurb:

Deadly Obsession
A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands – and there’s an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket. Investigating the scene, Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner Brad Sommers know something is not right. It appears to be a staged suicide. And as they begin to dig deeper, Lexie discovers the case is too close to home. The dead girl was a work colleague of Lexie’s ex-husband, who is now a paramedic – and she was also a friend of the woman who broke up Lexie’s marriage. Struggling as she is with her breakup with Josh Harrison, who pushed her away after the suicide of his sister, and the numbing flashbacks of the violent attacks she’s suffered in the past, Lexie throws herself into the case. When she’s handed the lead on the investigation, Lexie sets out to solve the murder and prove she’s up to the job.
Due to be released in August, you can find out more at Simon & Schuster. Look out for my interview with Davis (coming soon) in which she discusses her former policing career, life with post-traumatic stress disorder and writing.


What do you think? Sound like something you’d read?



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Monique Mulligan

Monique Mulligan

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  1. Hi Monique,

    I haven’t read any Australian crime fiction before, so both of Karen Davis’s books are firmly on my ‘Want To Read’ list at Goodreads.

    Your teaser lines would of course have me wanting more and definitely needing to read on, in the anticipation that the rest of the story is so intensely detailed in its descriptiveness.

    I haven’t actually explore the world of Australian fiction very deeply, much to my shame, although one of my favourite authors is one of your countrymen … Dean Mayes …. Check out ‘The Hambledown Dream’ and ‘Gifts Of the Peramangk’ on his site.


    Thanks for introducing me to a new author and enjoy the rest of ‘Deadly Obsession’


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