The Elsinore Vanish

The Elsinore Vanish, sequel to Devastation Road and second in The Beechworth Trilogy, will be published in April 2019. It will be available through selected bookshops and  on all online stores in paperback and ebook.


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            “Murder is extreme. Extreme emotions are involved. We have to try to understand what’s going on inside people’s heads. … Maybe that’s what I’m here for.”

            Which was completely wrong, of course. What I was there for was to look after Chess, to make sure nothing bad happened to her.

            And at that I completely failed.



Ten months ago, in the Beechworth Town Hall, Tim Williams died horribly, poisoned with potassium cyanide in front of a room full of people.

The murder was impossible. When it happened, the poison was locked in a cupboard, two kilometres away, with someone sitting in front of it.

The police have got nowhere with the case, and now Matt Tingle and Chess Febey have been invited to Beechworth, to see if they can find out what happened.

It quickly gets messy. Everybody is lying to them. There are two seriously big guys following them around in a van.

And there’s a kid and who keeps showing them a card trick. The Elsinore Vanish. What’s that all about?

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Chess is a rational person. She approaches complicated puzzles with small logical steps. But this time logic doesn’t seem to be helping. To find this murderer, she needs to discover a new pathway to the truth. She needs to gain some understanding of the people around her.

And she has to look deep into the mysteries of The Elsinore Vanish.

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