Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Outstanding New Zealand crime fiction set in the Southern Lakes district
When a woman’s
body is discovered frozen in the ice of a river near the alpine resort of
Queenstown, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Buchan faces both a mystery and a moral
dilemma. The identity of the nude woman is critical to the motives and manner
of her murder, and Buchan is personally involved. So are a number of locals,
from ski bums to multi-millionaire businessman.
to head CIB in the Southern Lakes district, Buchan hunts the killer through the
entanglements of corruption and abuse that lie barely below the surface of the
assistance of a woman traffic sergeant is critical to the hunt but she brings
her own dilemmas. The community is practised at keeping its secrets, and
finding the truth comes at a price.
About the author: Publisher and author Gordon Ell wrote The Ice Shroud on
his retirement from The Bush Press which specialised in publishing books about
New Zealand’s natural and historical heritage.
He told The Bookman:
‘I’ve always been a fan of adventure and crime fiction
and here was an opportunity to change direction. I thought it would be easy to
write fiction about New Zealand and not be tied down by facts but it turned out
to need just as much discipline. I chose Central Otago as the setting because
I’ve spent a lot of time there, exploring old gold trails and ghost towns for
previous books, and the countryside is exciting and beautiful.
previous books include his first, Encouraging Birds in the NZ Garden, still in
print after 34 years, books about the discovery and exploration of NZ, early
Maori settlement, New Zealand traditions, and popular guides to natural history
and travel. His main interests are in exploring the New Zealand wilderness,
travel to unusual destinations abroad, and reading crime fiction.
I hope he will now add writing crime fiction featuring D.S.Malcolm Buchan to his interests. Buchan is an excellent character in the crime-fiction mould and this is a cracker of a novel.