Stella Hardy, the wisecracking social worker, is back to tackle crooked private contractors, an exotic cattle scam, and a delicious Mushroom Jalfrezi.

All Stella Hardy wants is a romantic country getaway with her artist boyfriend, Brophy. Instead, she must head to the Athol Goldwater Agricultural Prison (aka Arsehole Bogwater) to visit her jailbird brother, Ben, and sort out some ‘urgent’ family paperwork. But Stella has barely set foot in the prison when a prisoner, Joe Phelan, is found dead.

Reviews

‘A great read … Wisecracking good fun.’

KARINA BARRYMORE, HERALD SUN

‘Very enjoyable, with a great cast of characters and some nice twists.’

JEFF POPPLE, CANBERRA WEEKLY

‘Green peppers Stella’s adventures with sarcastic asides and light political commentary, which leavens the narrative without detracting from the fast-paced action.’

ERICH MAYER, ARTSHUB

‘Green has written another edge of your seat thriller. A crime thriller peppered with the desert-dry dark humour I’ve come to love … an action-packed conclusion to a much loved Aussie crime series.’

BOOKLOVER BOOK REVIEWS

‘Stella is every bit the smart-talking, cynical, hardboiled investigator … The gritty descriptions of the city read like a love letter to Melbourne’s colour and edge … The tension grows as the plot unfolds, but there are also unexpected moments of laughter and relief in the form of Stella’s wry and sarcastic observations.’

DEECAREY.COM

‘Crisp prose, rocketing pace, a flawed hero and some of the best jokes in fiction.’

JANE RAWSON, THE AGE ‘THE BOOKS WE LOVED IN 2019’

‘This is a rollicking tale and will readily fill your day as you recline with your favourite beverage.’

MAGGIE BARON, SISTERS IN CRIME

‘A smart, pacey read, with an engaging protagonist, a nice amount of social commentary and generous dollops of both sly and dry humour.’

CARMEL REILLY, SISTERS IN CRIME

‘Complex and entertaining.’

ANNA CREER, CANBERRA TIMES