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Publisher's Summary

A shocking discovery deep in the Snowy Mountains. A killer who will do anything to keep secrets buried.

When ski patroller Vanessa Bell discovers human bones high on Mount Stilwell at Charlotte Pass ski resort, Detective Sergeant Pierce Ryder of Sydney Homicide Squad is called in to lead the investigative team. Arriving in the isolated, snowed-in village with Winterfest Celebrations underway, Ryder soon determines that the bones are those of Celia Delaney, a young woman who disappeared from the ski resort in 1964, during the biggest winter storm in Australian alpine history. 

When a second murder takes place, Ryder suspects that the deaths are related, and the person responsible is still in the village. Amid the escalating tension, Ryder is desperate to make an arrest before the stakes rise even higher.

Set within the stunning Snowy Mountains, this intriguing mystery uncovers deadly, long-buried secrets in the valleys and mountains of this iconic area.

©2020 Lee Christine (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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“Hums with tension and long-held secrets.” (Fleur Mcdonald, best-selling author of Starting from Now

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Loved it!

Charlotte Pass is a lovely name for a place where a tragic event happened over 50 years ago, which leads to another tragedy in the here and now.

Charlotte Pass is a place where people come to enjoy the abundant snow, the majority too young to have even heard about the 50 year old tragedy; they are put out because their favourite snowy playground has been put into lockdown by the police.

The book presents the reader with an exciting police drama and a list of characters that you will mostly love, and several who it is very easy to dislike. But the whole cast of characters make this a totally absorbing read and the winter wonderland in which the story is set is just the icing on the cake. Henry Nixon brings this Australian tale to life with his unmistakable Aussie accent. I would be happy to listen to him over and over. And Lee Christine gave Henry a wonderful Australian police drama to wrap his talented vocal cords around.

If you are Australian or you love books written by Australians, set in Australia, then you are on a winner if you purchase Charlotte Pass. 👍🏻 ❄️🌨⛄️

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loved it

Very descriptive writing. I felt like I was in the snowy mountains. great book. well performed by reader. good storyline.

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  • 24-01-2022

Well narrated especially the Italian man.

A realistic Australian whodunnit taking place up on Mt Kosciusko. Having been to the area, and appreciating its beauty, I imagined where it took place. There were sad sides to the tale and touching incidents such as tiny posies placed on an area known to be a grave. The last chapters seemed to drag a bit like the end was hard to find. For Editors…hospital wards are never ‘sterile’.
The ‘love’ side was routine and like millions of books, with the couple in bed within hours. Why not be different?
That and the cursing made it lose stars for me.
A pleasant book, lacking outstanding qualities.

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  • Paula Beavan
  • 05-08-2020

Just loved this one

This story had me from the first. I was almost immediately invested in the characters and loved the sparks that flew between Vanessa & Pierce. The narrator was good too.

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