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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Publicious Self-Publishing (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987061291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987061294
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Link to My Books on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/od8hsyb

My latest novel featuring Susan Prescott from The Naked Room (she's now a Detective Inspector) AFTER ARIEL, was published on the 10th November in e-book and the paperback version is available also. This book also has Pamela Miller from The Naked Room and two other characters from The Celibate Mouse! http://tinyurl.com/nyup6uj

My first novel: THE NAKED ROOM :http://tinyurl.com/ohu4n46

I was presenting an episode of my weekly classical music program and the thought surfaced: what would happen if the main performer didn't turn up for the concert? Artists of any genre will perform on their deathbeds, so why would Ally Carpenter (the name popped into my mind without conscious thought) go missing?

Second in the Detective Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott series: http://tinyurl.com/ltsdqvo

I needed to find out what happened to some of them, so before I finished N/Room, I began THE CELIBATE MOUSE. I had to get Susan into the country, so it became necessary to work out why a city cop would voluntarily move there for an extended time.

In 2008, Andrew and I, who are members of the Working Sheepdogs Association, went to Tasmania to see the finals of the Tasman Cup in Launceston.I was watching a trial finish. The human competitor was standing exposed to the elements at the last pen, just about to close it on the three sheep, with the dog poised to prevent breakouts. A breathless moment indeed. A scenario popped into my slimy little mind.'You could pick him off with a rifle quite easily.' Hence the opening line in Celibate Mouse: 'There is no mistaking the crack of a high powered rifle.'

Why? Well, you will have to buy it to answer that question!

SHORT STORIES: All available on Amazon e-books for 0.99c or whatever the exchange rate is.
The Cloud:http://tinyurl.com/kegxklh
Christmas with Snoz: http://tinyurl.com/mflma2g
The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether: http://tinyurl.com/meorht7
An Honourable Man: http://tinyurl.com/m532qoq
Frisbee, Rat Detective: http://tinyurl.com/ltqe5fu
and the latest:
Requiem for a Lost Youth: http://tinyurl.com/lrpb8wg


Apart from beta reading, writing, editing and reviewing for KRL free online mag in California, I do volunteer work in our community, which includes producing and as I have mentioned, present a weekly classical radio program, Thursday Night Concert, streamed on the net. If you want to hear it you will have to work out your time difference. My program is on Brisbane, Queensland Australian time: Thursday. 7-9pm, RIMFM 101.1

I am passionate supporter of the RSPCA, Animals Rahat, SPANA, Animals Asia, WPSF and in Melbourne, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the Animal Welfare league. I am one of a trio of ladies who run Brisbane Rat Rescue.I live in an Australian country town in southeast Queensland, with my husband, Andrew, and seven pet rats - Inky, Margaret, Lizzie and one male, Mozart, who has recently had his expectations cut extremely short! There are three big loving males called Prodigal, Harley and Willy Yum Yum. I choose to buy books on www.smile.amazon.com because a portion of the money I pay goes to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

I have three lovely adult children all married and responsible citizens in spite of their mad mother. We have three grandchildren - Evan who just turned 19 and is driving his own car (OMG) Ben who has just turned 10 and doing so well with his maths, and Ally who is 7 and a peach of a girl!

For thirteen years we lived on a 35 acre farm, running a small Scottish Highland cattle stud (Fold) and valeting mice. Yes,mice! Our primary business was actually a mouse circus which kept the roof over the heads of ourselves, our cats, our dogs and our cows for ten years. Andrew, known to the show fraternity as The Mouse Man, traveled throughout southeast and western Queensland, northern and western New South Wales and as far south as Coffs Harbour with the circus, which was featured in lots of TV shows and documentaries. I also judged the mice classes at the Fancy Mouse & Rat Club Shows.

A few years ago, we retired and the mouse circus was sold.( YouTube, mouse circus Australia).



Customer Reviews

I found the Australian setting different and interesting, and very well described.
Drusila Kehl
The story line is very well thought out and well plotted keeping its readers guessing and turning pages right up until very end.
Eishinas
In the end, I enjoyed this book, but I have to admit there were times that I thought about abandoning it.
Docemeles

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Reader on January 17, 2012
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What a pleasure to read an Australian murder mystery and learn a little about sheep and mice. More than that, this police procedural gives a glimpse behind the curtain into how women fare in the Australian police forces.

Expecting a bucolic retreat to gain perspective on the violent death of a colleague, Senior Sergeant Detective Susan and her teenage daughter witness a murder at the sheepdog trials.

Susan fights being embroiled in a murder investigation, especially one headed by her sexy ex-husband. Unraveling the events that lead to the murder runs along quickly and quite satisfyingly as the plot; however, the undercurrent is the sexy reconciliation of Susan with her husband, and the behavior of her two vile daughters.

Altogether a good read. There are some memorable very nasty characters, and then there is the mouse under the sink who has not been celibate, but that's another story.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Drusila Kehl on June 6, 2011
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I found this an enjoyable murder mystery with believable albeit gorgeous characters. I found myself liking the leading character Susan Prescott a lot and wishing that I knew her. The bickering teenage daughters seemed quite believable. I found the Australian setting different and interesting, and very well described. After finishing this novel I find myself wanting to read another.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By New books on March 14, 2012
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Two murders in rapid succession set this tale off to a good start. A large number of characters, which the author has developed, both the intimate family of the policewoman and the conniving, dominant family in this Australian country town, all of whom may be a murder suspect. It is up to Detective Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott to discover who and why. My only reserve is, a tighter edit would have made for a crisper read and a proof-read correct some niggling errors. But an original approach to the genre. I read it as an eBook; I think I would have preferred to read it as a paperback.The Celibate Mouse

Since posting this review I've learned there has been some revision by the author, which overcome some of my reservations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James A. Anderson on August 12, 2012
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An interesting and captivating Australian mystery that keeps you guessing until the end.

Diana Hockley's novel has Detective Senior Sergeant Susan Prescott going to a small Australian town on stress leave. While there she becomes involved in two murder investigations and meets up with her ex-husband, also a policeman, who arrives to head the investigations.

The story is an interesting look at family dynamics, deep family secrets, and life in a small Australian town. I must say some of the Aussie slang threw me for a loop, but Hockley provides a glossary at the end of the book that helps explain many of the terms.

The author presents the story in present tense first person view and third person views that takes some getting used to, but it works.

It is a well written novel which maintains suspense and drama throughout. The romance parts were a little much for my taste, but women readers will love it. There are some hot hunks in this book.

I love the title, but you will have to read the book to find out the significance. I would definitely read more of Diana Hockley's work. There is also a preview of her next novel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Greaves on November 4, 2011
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This book is based on the same character as Diana's first book, The Naked Room, Susan Prescott. She is a thoroughly believable character whose life is very realistic. This book had me on the edge of my seat, being lazy and waiting for the author to reveal the murderer, which Diana made me read almost until the end to resolve. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries set in real life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fiona on June 2, 2013
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When it started out, I thought the book might be a bit of a re-hash of many other detective novels (it seemed to start out like a Miss Marple story with the sheep dog trials!), but actually it was engaging (and not at all like a Miss Marple!), page-turning, and absorbing. The characters were very believable and rounded. I would read other books by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JOHN L WORK on January 1, 2012
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Here we have another entertaining yarn spun by Diana Hockley. Filled with sinister family secrets, a few unsolved murders, a little romance thrown in for good measure, it's all interspersed with some clever Australian humor.

Every family has its skeletons hiding in the closet, but when the skeletons come out and begin to commit murders, it's high time for an investigation. Enter Susan Prescott, a ranking police detective on administrative leave and in the middle of a divorce. What's supposed to be some recuperation time to recover from the tragic on-duty death of one of her subordinate detectives plunges her into the middle of a nightmarish spate of killings. It's all in the family, as Sergeant Prescott soon discovers - but who is it?

It was a bit difficult at times trying to keep up with the numerous players and all their different relationships, but then again, it's a large family with some pretty grim history. Hockley is just excellent, once again, at building suspense toward the action-packed climax. Once you get to that certain point, it's impossible to close the book. I'm not going to tell you anything more - except to say that the heroine, Detective Sergeant Susan Prescott, deserves every penny of her hard-earned salary.

Thanks, Diana Hockley. This one is another kick in the pants.
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