Murder with the Lot


At the launch of Murder with the Lot at Readings in Carlton. Photo by Michael Vandertuin.

My debut novel, Murder with the Lot was published by Australia’s best independent publisher, Text in 2013.

It was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Awards, Best First Fiction, 2013.

I adore the cover, designed by the talented W.H. Chong.murder with lot cover low res

Here’s a peek at the story:

A smart, sassy self-appointed private investigator, Cass Tuplin is unforgettable and the town of Rusty Bore will never be the same…

Cass Tuplin’s takeaway isn’t the last shop left in Rusty Bore. There’s also Vern’s General Store. But it’s true the town’s not exactly overflowing with residents, and a stranger in Cass’s shop is quite an event. Especially one like Clarence: suspicious, bleeding, looking for a burger with the lot and somewhere quiet to stay. Cass knows just the place. Then she finds out more about Clarence and wants him out of town. It turns out that’s not as easy as it sounds.

And then she finds the body.

It sounds like a job for the local police. Except that the local police is Cass’s son Dean, who has his doubts about Cass. And there’s no way he’s expending police resources on his mother’s fantasy crimes, not anymore.

So it looks like Cass is going to have to find the killer on her own.

Reader's Feast window snapped by Duncan
Yay, Reader’s Feast! Photo by Duncan Welsh.
Praise for Murder with the Lot:

‘A well-sauced outback caper, with Chiko Rolls – and murder.’ – Kerry Greenwood

‘Thank goodness for Sue Williams’ debut thriller-murder mystery. Williams is an Australian with a wonderful tongue-in-cheek style, a mix of subtle and laugh-out-loud humour, individual characters, and a crazy plot that keeps you turning the pages…This story is told…in a wonderful freewheeling style that continually undercuts itself, throws ironies around by the mile, and in general offers us a character we love from page one, even when she’s driving her family and several other people crazy.’  – Otago Daily Times

‘There is a murder; there may be mafia involved. Or so thinks Cass, your classic nosy small Aussie town Miss Marple—although her manner and turn of phrase are somewhat less refined. A racy romp.’ – Weekend Herald

‘Enjoyable, easy to read with a few well-timed twists and turns and a touch of very Australian humour.’ – Ballarat Courier

‘[Cass] is a very funny character.’ – AustCrime

‘A debut novel as dinky-di as an outback salute.’  – Adelaide Advertiser

‘An easy-flowing story with plenty of humour and amusing observations by Cass…In all, an entertaining and enjoyable read that also effectively captures the plight of rural Australia.’ – Canberra Times

‘[Cass] is an engaging narrator.’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Let’s hope that Murder with the Lot is the first of many capers for Cass.’ – Sisters in Crime


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