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Angels Of Death - Emily Webb

Serial killers in the caring professions.

Doctors, nurses and health workers have a duty of care to their patients to ensure they act in the best interests of an individual; and not act or fail to act in a way that results in harm.

But those featured within these pages are serial killers who roamed their places of work, preying on people at their most vulnerable.

Angels of Death is an updated collection of real life crimes exploring murders committed in hospitals and doctors’ surgeries – the very places where lives are supposed to be healed or saved.

The accounts also include cases where the murderers struck in places that are meant to be safe havens, like aged care homes and even people’s living rooms.

These disturbing crimes take place in Australia, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada and Europe.

Emily Webb is a journalist and author, specialising in true crime. She co-hosts the popular podcast Australian True Crime.

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Trauma and Redemption : Justin Smith

Babies of the Rose

James Kite is a Vietnam veteran. He’s alone and at the end of his life, haunted by his role in the death of a mentally disabled Vietnamese boy during the War.

Grace Moore spent her teenage years hiding her body before becoming a plus size model and getting the attention she’d always craved. After she’s assaulted during a street robbery, she finds herself in a new battle, with depression. 

The Soldier is a serving military professional. After a failed suicide attempt, he returns to duty in Afghanistan. One day while on patrol in the mountains, he cradles a local woman as she dies — an event that follows him home to his wife and newborn child.

James, Grace and the Soldier meet on Anzac Day while watching the dawn service at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. Has fate brought them together for one last chance at finding peace?  

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It’s my job to evaluate violent inmates for parole : Ellery A Kane

Watch Her Vanish

Fear hits her like a wave crashing against the sheer cliffs nearby. She sees the woman’s feet first, then the legs bent like broken driftwood. Then, the blouse strewn open; the marks on her beautiful neck. Her knees buckle as a hand grabs her elbow to break her fall.

Forced home to Fog Harbor, California, to look after her little sister, Criminal Psychologist Olivia Rockwell is struggling to adjust to life in a town so small she can hardly breathe. Until, at church one morning, the sound of a scream leads her to the body of a missing local teacher in the shallows nearby. All the evidence points to Olivia’s most threatening patient, Drake, who is safely locked up behind bars…

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Brisbane Noir With a Twist : Iain Ryan

The Spiral

It’s not just the truth that lurks at the bottom of the spiral . . . The utterly original and brilliantly compelling new thriller by twice Ned Kelly Award shortlisted Iain Ryan.

Enter the spiral.
Find the truth.

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The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries

The Award-Winning Rowland Sinclair Mystery Series by Sulari Gentill is a charming historical crime series, set in the 1930s in Australia and overseas.

Each novel can be read as a stand alone story, or as part of the series.

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Sport, Snow and Suspense : Allie Reynolds

Shiver

In this propulsive locked-room thriller, a reunion weekend in the French Alps turns deadly when five friends discover someone has deliberately stranded them in a deserted mountaintop resort.

When Milla is invited to a reunion in the tiny resort that saw the peak of her snowboarding career, she drops everything to go. While she would rather forget the events of that winter, the invitation comes from Curtis, the one person she can’t seem to let go.

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The science of crime and thrillers : Ruhi Choudhary

Our Daughter's Bones (Hidden Lake)

When she was just twelve years old, Mackenzie Price came home to find her father bleeding to death on the kitchen floor. She will never forget that night, nor what her mother asked her to do…

Twenty years later, Detective ‘Mack’ Price is back in Lakemore, despite vowing never to return. Determined to atone for the sins of the past, she is unstoppable in her quest for justice.

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Discovering more about DI Tom Thorne : Mark Billingham

Cry Baby

The gripping prequel to Mark Billingham’s acclaimed debut, Sleepyhead, Cry Baby is the shocking first case for one of British crime fiction’s most iconic detectives.

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Rush Of Blood

Perfect strangers. A perfect holiday. The perfect murder.

In the standalone novel Rush of Blood, internationally bestselling author Mark Billingham puts a sinister twist on a deceptively innocent topic: the beach vacation.

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Becoming a bestselling crime author after retirement : DK Hood

Don't Tell A Soul

The floor was stone cold on her bare skin. Her heart pounded in her chest. ‘Not a soul knows where I am, ‘ she thought as she took in the darkness around her. And then she heard his footsteps…

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How far would a mother go for her child? : Kimberley Starr

Torched

If my son killed anyone, I’d know. I know him.

A small Yarra Valley town has been devastated by a bushfire, and Reefton Primary School principal Phoebe Warton can’t sleep. She’s the single mother of eighteen-year-old Caleb who is accused of starting the fire – on purpose. Twelve people are dead, students from her school among them; only a monster would cause such carnage. But where was her son was that day? No one knows but Caleb, and he’s not talking.

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Longing for a long gone gritty city : Michael Brissenden

Dead Letters

A dead politician. A decades-old unsolved murder. A hornet’s nest is about to be stirred.

Counter terrorism expert Sid Allen knows nothing good ever comes from a phone call at 5 am. Politician Dan LeRoi, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, has been shot. Four bullets to the head. The crime scene is chaotic. Homicide. Counter Terrorism. Media. And for Sid, hunting the killer is going to get complicated.

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Writing about the minds of men who hate women : Dr Chris Merritt

Knock Knock

Natasha Mayston wasn’t expecting anyone to knock on her door so late at night. And she has no idea that the face staring back at her is the last one she’ll ever see…

As Detective Dan Lockhart is called to a wealthy London street to investigate Natasha’s death, he’s startled by the similarity to a previous case. Noticing the cable-tie restraints and the tiny scratches on Natasha’s wedding finger, Dan already knows what he will find if he looks in her mouth – the metal ball which choked her to death. He knows Natasha isn’t the killer’s first victim and is certain that he will strike again.

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What’s a better place to write a crime thriller than a cabin deep in a Swedish forest? : Will Dean

The Last Thing To Burn

A dark and brilliant new standalone thriller from a rising star in the crime genre.

He is her husband. She is his captive.
Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

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From corporate suit to award-winning crime novelist : Natalie Conyer

Present Tense

What if justice isn’t enough?

Schalk Lourens got out his phone and started filming, something Pieterse taught him years ago. Keep a record. Do it yourself, boykie, every time. That way you can be sure. Cover your arse. Don’t trust any of them.

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Obsessed with serial killers? So is YA author Ellie Marney

None Shall Sleep

The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie in this riveting psychological thriller about two teenagers teaming up with the FBI to track down juvenile serial killers.

In 1982, two teenagers–serial killer survivor Emma Lewis and US Marshal candidate Travis Bell–are recruited by the FBI to interview convicted juvenile killers and provide insight and advice on cold cases. From the start, Emma and Travis develop a quick friendship, gaining information from juvenile murderers that even the FBI can’t crack. But when the team is called in to give advice on an active case — a serial killer who exclusively hunts teenagers — things begin to unravel. Working against the clock, they must turn to one of the country’s most notorious incarcerated murderers for help: teenage sociopath Simon Gutmunsson.

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European Vacation by day, plotting murder by night : Stephen Johnson

Tugga's Mob

What happens on tour stays on tour was the mantra for the southern hemisphere backpackers who swarmed Europe in the 1980s. Foreign countries had to be explored and devoured in every way possible.

Waikato-born Judy Williams worked hard for her big OE: London, Paris, Rome, Gallipoli; and her adventures were dutifully recorded in her diary.

*Pleased be advised that Tugga’s Mob deals with themes of sexual assault* 

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From probation officer to crime author: Noelle Holten

Dead Inside

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.

The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

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Being on a Kindergarten committee inspired my first crime story: Aoife Clifford

All These Perfect Strangers

You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you.

You don’t have to be a murderer to be guilty.

Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why.

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Second Sight

When the biggest legal case of her career brings Eliza Carmody back to Kinsale, the hometown she thought she had left forever, she witnesses an old friend commit a crime that sends her on a dangerous quest to uncover the mysteries of her childhood that the rest of the town seems willing to ignore.

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800 rejection letters then...a bestseller! : SR White

Hermit

He disappeared for 15 years…She has 12 hours to find out why.

Compulsive, atmospheric and stunningly accomplished, Hermit introduces a thrilling new voice in Australian crime fiction, perfect for fans of Jane Harper and Chris Hammer.

After the puzzling death of a shopkeeper in rural Australia, troubled detective Dana Russo has just 12 hours to interrogate the prime suspect – a silent, inscrutable man found at the scene of the crime, who simply vanished 15 years earlier.

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