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Murder At The Rocks (A Fitzjohn Mystery, Book 2) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Jill Paterson was born in Yorkshire and grew up in Adelaide, South Australia before spending 11 years in Ontario, Canada. After returning to Australia, she settled in Canberra where she now lives with her husband. After doing an arts degree at the Australian National University, she worked at the Australian National University's School of Law before spending the next 10 years with the Business Council of Australia and the University of NSW, ADFA Campus in the school of Electrical Engineering. Murder At The Rocks is her second published novel.

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  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: J. Henderson (November 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055TFNWG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jill Paterson is best known for her popular Fitzjohn mysteries. The first book in the series, The Celtic Dagger, was published in 2010 by New Holland Publishers after Jill came second in the 2008 New Holland Publishers & NSW Writers Centre Genre Fiction Award. Since then, through Amazon, she has independently published its second edition along with four further books in the series.

Jill has also authored two non-fiction books entitled Self Publishing-Pocket Guide and Writing-Painting A Picture With Words.

Jill lives in Australia with her musician husband and bossy cat, Fergus. Her favourite pastimes when not writing are painting and photography. If you would like to know when Jill's next book comes out, please visit her blog, The Perfect Plot, at, where you can sign up to receive an email about new releases.

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I purchased Murder at the Rocks because it was set in Sydney, Australia a city in which I once lived. It sounded like a cozy mystery/police procedural and I wasn't disappointed there.

But if you're looking for an action-packed adventure story, this isn't it. While the pace was a little plotting in parts, and the dialogue a little mundane in places, I have to tell you the story intrigued me.

Nick has come home from Central America to find his father has died and he has inherited controlling shares in the family jewelry business. His unlikable uncle demands the inheritance, but is murdered shortly after. Needless to say, Nick is a suspect. But so are many others, also. While it was confusing to sort out all the characters until well into the story, the mystery and the idea of a police procedural were quite good and I must say a lot more realistic than many stories you read. And there are loads of plot twists.

If you like cozy mysteries and figuring things out along with the characters, pick this book up. Inspector Fitzjohn, Nick and Betts are all extremely likable. I look forward to other fits John books in the future.
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I enjoyed the book, but why on earth does Nick not give the locket to one of the employees at his father's jewellery business to open? As soon as I read about the locket and the accompanying letter that was the first thing I thought of - but he just talks about it. Although not necessarily a plot hole, it shows a lack of thinking the problem through.

And how can the attorney send a letter to Nick but Piers not find him? It is the 21st century - even in South America there is email, satellite phones etc. If Nick was on a scientific mission there has to be access to technology. And if he was on sabbatical from his university for a year, didn't they know how to reach him? That explanation of not being to track him down seemed a little thin - it is obvious Nick had a cell phone and took it with him - from references made throughout the book. He had Claire's cell phone number programmed into his phone - he programmed it in before he left.

Thirdly - the age of the characters. Nick is at least 38 - if you go by the fact that he remembers he has not seen his aunt for 30 years and he was 8 years old when he saw her last. He says he was 8 in 1980, so he was born in 1972. If the story is set in 2010-2012 that means he is now 38-40 years old. But when Fitzjohn first meets Nick's aunt the author says she is in her mid-forties. How can that be? That makes her only about 5-7 years older than Nick; so she got married at age 13? I don't think so.

Also, Nick is the one who tells his aunt about the large amounts of money in Laurence's bank accounts - that is something the police would have questioned her about, even though she is no longer a suspect.

The reason I have finished the book is it is well written - with some tweaking it would be really good.
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Murder at the Rocks was an intriguing mystery but confusing as to time and place. The immediate story seems to take place in the twenty first century but the interplay between the characters was if they were in the 1930s. As to place, it was as if the author had a map of Sydney and surrounds and picked out places with a pin.
I suppose this didn't matter to the plot but it mattered to me as I like to lose myself in the story and be able to visualise the places mentioned but couldn't.

I would probably buy another book by this author as she did come up with an intriguing mystery.
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I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. Nicholas Harford returns from a long research trip to find his father dead and his uncle Laurence threatening to contest the will leaving everything to Nicholas. But when Laurence is murdered, Inspector Fitzjohn has plenty of suspects besides Nicholas, who continues to search for information on his mother's death 30 years earlier.

Surprisingly good plot, although there are some minor inconsistencies, such as characters' ages not meshing with the elapsed time. There is also a feeling that Paterson hasn't decided whether she is writing a police procedural or a cozy, and I sensed occasionally that some scenes were put in because "I should show Fitzjohn's personal side here" rather than because it advanced the plot. The romance seemed contrived and was not very believable. What the Big Secret will be is pretty obvious. But Paterson managed several different storylines nicely and kept me reading from the solid fast start all the way to the end, without the all-too-common initial who-did-what explanations and plot-dragging in the middle of the book. Two major problems bothered me. When Nicholas gets the letter that Explains Everything, Paterson does not reveal the contents to the reader. I hate that and often quit a book at that point because the author has stopped playing fair with the reader. The ending left me confused. I didn't feel that I understood "why" so "who" wasn't quite believable.

The characters felt real and Paterson avoided the tedious long background that too many writers indulge in, bringing the storyline to a screeching halt. We could have used a little more character explanation: Why was Lawrence so obnoxious? Why on earth did Julia ever marry him?
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