The Ringmaster - Sam Shephard 2 (Paperback)
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The Ringmaster - Sam Shephard 2 (Paperback)

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Published: 18/04/2019
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When a university student is murdered in Dunedin’s university district, newly transferred young female police officer Sam Shephard is drawn into the investigation … The heart-stoppingly tense next instalment in the page-turning, international bestselling Sam Shephard series

‘Finally, UK readers get to discover New Zealand’s own Queen of Crime. Vanda Symon is a big talent and everything she writes is fast, intelligent and utterly gripping. This one’s a cracker’ Liam McIlvanney

‘Fast-moving New Zealand procedural … the Edinburgh of the south has never been more deadly’ Ian Rankin

‘It is Symon’s copper Sam, self-deprecating and very human, who represents the writer’s real achievement’ Guardian

‘Antipodean-set crime is riding high thanks to the likes of Jane Harper and fans of The Dry will also love Vanda Symon’s The Ringmaster’ Red Magazine

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Death is stalking the South Island of New Zealand

Marginalised by previous antics, Sam Shephard, is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation, when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens, and Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin, and a very strong possibility that the deaths are linked to a visiting circus…

Determined to find out who’s running the show, and to prove herself, Sam throws herself into an investigation that can have only one ending…

Rich with atmosphere, humour and a dark, shocking plot, The Ringmaster marks the return of passionate, headstrong police officer, Sam Shephard, in the next instalment of Vanda Symon’s bestselling series.

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‘An absolute must-have’ Daily Express

‘A sassy heroine, fabulous sense of place, and rip-roaring stories with a twist’ Kate Mosse

‘Vanda Symon is part of a new wave of Kiwi crime writers … her talent for creating well-rounded characters permeates throughout’ Crime Watch

‘Lively evocation of small-town life, with a plot that grabs the reader’s attention with a heart-stopping opening and doesn’t let go’ The Times

‘An absolute beauty of a read, well-written, absorbing, and extremely enjoyable’ LoveReading

‘Fast-moving New Zealand procedural … the Edinburgh of the south has never been more deadly’ Ian Rankin

‘Full of action and plenty of plot twists, but the star of the show is always the small but mighty Sam Shephard. With her dry sense of humor, indomitable spirit, and constant need to prove herself, Sam is the perfect heroine to root for … Atmospheric, emotional, and gripping’ Foreword Reviews

‘Symon follows up the terrific Overkill (2019) with this equally absorbing story … A fine thriller by a writer who deserves a larger audience in the US’ Booklist

Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781912374656
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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"A sassy heroine, fabulous sense of place, and rip-roaring stories with a twist." --Kate Mosse, author, Languedoc Trilogy "Vanda Symon is part of a new wave of Kiwi crime writers . . . her talent for creating well-rounded characters permeates throughout." --Crimewatch "Finally, UK readers get to discover New Zealand's own Queen of Crime. Vanda Symon is a big talent and everything she writes is fast, intelligent and utterly gripping. In Sam Shephard, Symon has created a compelling series lead, and her treatment of small-town New Zealand is superbly atmospheric. This one's a cracker." --Liam McIlvanney, author, Conway Trilogy "[A] crime novel with many layers...A fine thriller by a writer who deserves a larger audience in the U.S." -- Booklist Online Exclusive "Atmospheric, emotional, and gripping, The Ringmaster proves that Sam Shephard will continue to be a force to be reckoned with." -- Foreword Reviews "A rollicking good read." --Sunday Star Times "One of the best in this genre that I've read in years." --Waikato Times "Lively evocation of small-town life, with a plot that grabs the reader's attention with a heart-stopping opening and doesn't let go." --Times

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“A great addition to the series”

After thoroughly enjoying the first in the Sam Shephard series, I was pleased that I could jump straight into The Ringmaster to see what Vanda had in store for the feisty NZ copper. After previous events in Mataura,... More

Paperback edition
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“Atmospheric and compelling”

This is the second book in the Sam Shephard series from Vanda Symon, but this is my introduction to this feisty detective. Some how Vanda Symon has actually made Dunedin, in New Zealand sound interesting and not just... More

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“Sam Shephard is in trouble again...”

I'm grateful to Orenda Books for a free advance reading copy of The Ringmaster.

The Ringmaster is the sequel to Overkill (link to my review) also featuring detective Sam Shephard. Both books are new to the UK... More

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