The Ringmaster

by Vanda Symon

Part of the Sam Shephard Series

Crime and Mystery Humorous fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Ringmaster

The second in a fabulous crime series set in New Zealand, if you like your reads to be full on action and highly entertaining then stop right here.

A crime series you can really get your armchair sleuthing teeth into, Detective Sam Shepherd is back in her typical headstrong (oh so fabulous) style. I have quite simply adored the first two books in this award-winning New Zealand based series, which starts with ‘Overkill’ and is followed by ‘The Ringmaster’. A murder is linked to a travelling circus, and Sam wants in on the detective action. Cracking whip-fast action goes hand in hand with Sam telling her own story. Vanda Symon has the wonderful knack of conjuring Sam into being before my very eyes. I can hear her talking as plain as plain can be, her voice magically transfers from the page, straight into my head. Sam makes me flinch, smirk, even laugh out loud as she makes her way through life, I really do have a soft spot for her and would be more than happy to go out for a drink (perhaps just the one though). The author allows you to be several steps ahead of Sam, sometimes it is a case of waiting for her to catch up, which I found to be exceedingly entertaining! ‘The Ringmaster’ is an absolute beauty of a read, well-written, absorbing, and extremely enjoyable.

Liz Robinson

The Ringmaster Synopsis

Death is stalking the southern South Island of New Zealand.

Marginalised by previous antics, Sam Shephard, is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation, when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens, and Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin, and a very strong possibility that the deaths are linked to a visiting circus...

Determined to find out who's running the show, and to prove herself, Sam throws herself into an investigation that can have only one ending...Rich with atmosphere, humour and a dark, shocking plot, The Ringmaster marks the return of passionate, headstrong police officer, Sam Shephard, in the next instalment of Vanda Symon's bestselling series.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781912374656
Publication date: 18th April 2019
Author: Vanda Symon
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Collections: 30 Novels Featuring The Lands Down Under, 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter., Father's Day Gifts,
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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What To Read After The Ringmaster

Little Siberia
A Question of Trust
Palm Beach, Finland
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Vanda Symon Press Reviews

The heartstoppingly tense next instalment in the richly atmospheric, bestselling Sam Shephard series ... for fans of The Dry.

`Vanda Symon is part of a new wave of Kiwi crime writers ... her talent for creating well-rounded characters permeates throughout' Crimewatch,

`It is Symon's copper Sam, self-deprecating and very human, who represents the writer's real achievement. Barry Forshaw, The Guardian. 

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ISBN: 9781912374656
Publication date: 18/04/2019
Format: Paperback

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About Vanda Symon

Vanda Symon (born 1969) is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has hit number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.

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